The State of Florida honors and shows appreciation to the American armed forces by offering a long list of benefits and services to its military veterans.

In addition to the veterans' benefits offered at the federal level through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Florida also offers state-level programs to honor and recognize the tremendous service and sacrifice of American veterans.

Florida operates a robust veterans’ service program to provide a wide variety of benefits to the more than 1.5 million Florida residents who are U.S. military veterans.

16 Benefits for Florida Veterans

  1. Military and Veterans Assistance Program
  2. Financial Literacy and Insurance Assistance
  3. Agriculture and Consumer Services for Veterans
  4. Salute our Soldiers Military Loan Program
  5. State Women Veterans’ Coordinator
  6. Florida’s Homeless Veterans
  7. Florida State Veterans’ Homes
  8. Florida Education Benefits
  9. Florida Property Tax Exemptions for Veterans
  10. Florida Burial Benefits for Veterans
  11. Florida Memorial Benefits for Veterans
  12. Motor Vehicle Licensing & Fee Exemptions for Veterans
  13. Recreational Discounts and Fee Waivers
  14. Veterans Florida
  15. Florida Employment Benefits for Veterans
  16. Florida Legal Services for Veterans

Near the end of World War II, the state of Florida began to recognize the importance of connecting its veteran residents with both state and federal resources available to them as they returned from war.

Eventually, the state’s efforts expanded to include the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The state has a publicly stated goal of ensuring that Florida is the most veteran-friendly state in America.

What Is the FDVA?

The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs represents more than 1,400 team members who work toward administering the services and compensation associated with veterans benefits programs.

The FDVA was founded in 1988 through a state constitutional amendment to honor those who have served the United States through military service. As an essential resource and point of contact for any Florida veteran, the FDVA connects eligible veterans to vital benefits, services, and support they have earned through their military service.

The FDVA’s stated mission is to “advocate with purpose and passion for Florida veterans and

link them to superior services, benefits and support.” It functions as a cabinet-level agency, reporting to the governor of Florida and appropriate cabinet officers, with an appointed executive director as its chief executive.

Primary offices are located in the city of Largo, with additional staff offices located in Bay Pines and Tallahassee. Through the FDVA website, veterans can access everything from career services and benefits to information regarding state veterans’ homes and public records requests.

What Is the Florida Veterans Foundation?

The Florida Veterans Foundation serves as the state’s primary support organization to the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs. The foundation works collaboratively with Veterans Service Organizations across the state to help Florida veterans who need assistance with everything from employment and transportation to housing, benefits assistance, and more.

16 Florida Veterans Benefits

Below, we’ve outlined the major elements of Florida’s benefits programs for veterans.

1. Military and Veterans Assistance Program

The Military and Veterans Assistance Program educates military service members, veterans, and their families about common scams targeting the community and the steps they can take to protect themselves. Veterans also learn how they can report potential scams and deceptive business practices.

MVAP members also work directly with service members and veterans who have been targeted by scammers, helping resolve their issues or connecting victims with outside assistance when necessary.

2. Financial Literacy and Insurance Assistance

The Financial Literacy and Insurance Assistance Program in Florida is administered through the state’s Department of Financial Services. It offers several programs in support of U.S. veterans and their families.

Most importantly is Financial Frontlines, an online-only program that helps protect veterans and their families against debt and financial fraud. Topics covered include budgeting, credit scoring, identity theft, predatory lending, and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.

Along with Financial Frontlines, the state of Florida offers a whole series of programs to help individuals and families develop greater financial literacy. The online resources contains helpful information for everyone, including veterans. Typical topics covered may include everything from scholarships and budgeting to identity theft and possible scams targeting veterans.

Florida’s Department of Financial Services also stands ready to assist veterans and their families with insurance questions and concerns.

The department employs experts in the areas of health insurance, life insurance, car insurance, bonds, product warranties, and annuities. These experts can help address concerns, answer questions, and even help file a formal complaint when necessary. The department will also reach out to an insurance company to advocate on a veteran’s behalf if needed.

3. Agriculture and Consumer Services for Veterans

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services helps veterans pursue careers in agriculture through various programs and initiatives.

Current farmers are retiring in Florida at a faster rate than new farmers are pursuing agriculture careers. Florida veterans represent an experienced and attractive population who can help close this gap. Careers in agriculture can translate into meaningful, mission-driven work for veterans who seek additional ways to serve their country.

The department recognizes the tremendous therapeutic effects of a positive connection with nature. Operation Outdoor Freedom provides recreational and rehabilitative opportunities for wounded veterans in state forests and on agricultural and private lands throughout the state of Florida – all at no cost to the veteran.

Florida firearm or concealed weapon license applications submitted through the FDACS by active military members and veterans are now expedited. The FDACS also waives first-time license application fees for veterans, their spouses, or any business in which a veteran and/or spouse owns a majority stake, though other fees may apply.

The FDACS’ Consumer Services Division serves a mission to protect all Florida residents, including veterans and their families, from consumer fraud, waste, and abuse.

4. Salute Our Soldiers Military Loan Program

Through the Salute our Soldiers Military Loan Program, the state of Florida provides loan opportunities to active military members and veterans. The program offers 30-year, fixed-rate first mortgage loans at a lower rate than conventional mortgage loans. Florida veterans can also take advantage of a wide variety of down payment assistance options.

This program is available to service members and veterans who:

  • Intend to purchase their primary residence
  • Meet income requirements and loan limits
  • Qualify for a first mortgage loan
  • Complete a specified homebuyer education course

Note: Veterans are not required to be first-time home buyers.

5. State Women Veterans’ Coordinator

With more than 162,000 women veterans, Florida boasts the second-largest female veteran population in the country.

The State Women Veterans Coordinator helps make sure women veterans, as one of the fastest-growing veteran segments, are connected to the benefits and services they have earned. Currently in Florida, the State Women Veterans’ Coordinator is Vanessa Thomas.

6. Florida’s Homeless Veterans

Since 2010, the homeless veteran population in Florida has decreased by approximately 70%. This is largely due to targeted federal programs aimed at reducing veteran homelessness nationwide.

The state of Florida has also invested millions of dollars in VA Supportive Services for Veteran Families grants, along with HUD VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers that help homeless veterans get access to permanent housing, largely through long-term rental assistance.

7. Florida State Veterans’ Homes

The Florida Department of Veterans Affairs operates six skilled nursing facilities and one long-term assisted living facility within the state of Florida.

The facilities are supervised around the clock by licensed health care professionals. Each facility is separately licensed by Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration and inspected annually by both the AHCA and the VA to maintain high standards for quality patient care.

Florida’s veterans’ homes have earned Five Star and Gold Seal ratings for the care they provide.

Florida operates the following state veterans homes:

  • The Robert H. Jenkins Jr. Veterans’ Domiciliary Home in Lake City
  • The Emory L. Bennett State Veterans’ Nursing Home in Daytona Beach
  • The Baldomero Lopez State Veterans’ Nursing Home in Land O’ Lakes
  • The Alexander “Sandy” Nininger State Veterans’ Nursing Home in Pembroke Pines
  • The Clifford C. Sims State Veterans’ Nursing Home in Panama City
  • The Douglas T. Jacobson State Veterans’ Nursing Home in Port Charlotte
  • The Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans’ Nursing Home in St. Augustine
  • The Ardie R. Copas State Veterans’ Nursing Home in Port St. Lucie
  • The Lake Baldwin State Veterans’ Nursing Home in Orlando

To be eligible for admission into a Florida Veterans Home, a veteran typically must have received an honorable discharge, be a Florida resident, and require assisted living or skilled nursing care as outlined by a VA physician.

8. Florida Education Benefits

Florida understands that access to education is key for ensuring the success of Florida’s veterans and their families. The state of Florida encourages veterans to continue or augment their education by waiving all out-of-state tuition fees for all honorably discharged Florida veterans who enroll in one of Florida’s many public institutions of higher education.

The Florida Department of Education waives out-of-state tuition fees for active-duty members currently residing or stationed outside of the state of Florida. Fee waivers are made possible through the Congressman C.W. Bill Young Tuition Waiver Program. In some cases, this benefit may extend to veterans’ spouses and dependent children.

For Florida veterans who have received the Purple Heart or any other superior combat-related recognition, the state waives undergraduate tuition at all state universities, career and technical training facilities, and community colleges.

Florida’s institutions of higher education waive all transcript fees for active duty service members and honorably discharged veterans. This benefit extends to a veteran’s spouse and dependents as well.

Additionally, all active duty service members who use the U.S. Department of Defense’s Military Tuition Assistance for enrollment in any Florida College System institution of higher education may have their fees waived by the institution.

For eligible dependent children and surviving spouses, the state of Florida offers scholarship opportunities through its Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans program. In some cases, the state also offers tuition benefits for dependent children of military service members who are classified as either Missing in Action or Prisoners of War.

Some Florida College System institutions offer priority course registration for veteran students who are using U.S. GI Bill benefits to pay for their higher education. The same is true for Florida veteran spouses and dependents who pay for college using the GI Bill.

Colleges and universities in Florida will also allow honorably discharged veterans to earn academic credit for any college-level training or education acquired during active military service.

To ease the path to higher education, the state of Florida allows any honorably discharged veteran who was not able to earn a high school diploma before joining the military to be awarded a State of Florida High School Diploma.

9. Florida Property Tax Exemptions for Veterans

In Florida, eligible veterans with a documented, VA-certified disability of 10% or more may claim a $5,000 deduction on the assessment of their home for tax-exemption purposes. Please note that the veteran must establish this exemption with the local county tax office.

This exemption also extends to the surviving spouse of a veteran, provided that, on the date of the disabled veteran’s death, the surviving spouse had been married to the veteran for at least five years.

If an honorably discharged, disabled Florida veteran owns a property used as a homestead, that property may be exempt from taxation. To qualify, the veteran must be a permanent resident of Florida and hold legal title to the homestead property on Jan. 1 of each tax year for which the exemption is being claimed.

This exemption extends to surviving spouses of military service members who died from service-related causes while on active duty – if the military service member was a permanent resident of Florida on Jan. 1 of the year the service member died. Typically, the benefit extends to the spouse until the spouse remarries or sells the property.

The state of Florida also provides real estate tax exemptions for veterans who are disabled, which range from discounts to total tax exemptions.

10. Florida Burial Benefits for Veterans

The state of Florida honors veterans through the Gold Star Families program, which offers Florida Survivor Outreach Services to connect with survivors of veterans and direct them to the resources they need to navigate the death of a loved one.

Veteran survivors may select a Gold Star license plate from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to honor their loved ones.

11. Florida Memorial Benefits for Veterans

Florida honors its veterans with three dedicated memorials maintained by the Florida Department of Management Services. All are located in the state’s capital city of Tallahassee.

The World War II Memorial was dedicated on June 6, 2005, by former Governor Jeb Bush. This memorial is located directly in front of the R. A. Gray Building on 500 South Bronough Street and honors the more than 248,000 Florida veterans who served during World War II.

The Korean War Memorial honors the more than 294,000 Florida veterans who served in the Armed Forces during that conflict. It is located in Cascades Park in downtown Tallahassee and was officially dedicated on Dec. 11, 1999, by then-Governor Jeb Bush.

The Vietnam War Memorial features a 28’ x 15’ U.S. flag and lists the names of all known Florida residents killed in the war. Dedicated on Nov. 12, 1985, by then-Governor Bob Graham, this memorial is located across Monroe Street from the old capitol building in downtown Tallahassee.

12. Motor Vehicle Licensing & Fee Exemptions for Veterans

Florida allows its resident veterans to obtain a special veteran designation on their driver’s license or state-issued ID card. To request the designation, a veteran should be prepared to show documentation of an honorable or under honorable conditions discharge from active military service.

Any U.S. veteran living in Florida who is deemed 100% disabled may enjoy fee exemptions if they also are qualified to obtain a driver’s license. The veteran must be able to present a letter from the VA verifying Florida disability benefits status, and some reinstatement fees may apply.

Some veterans who were discharged honorably or under honorable conditions may also qualify for one free Designated Veteran license plate from the state of Florida. In most cases, the veteran must have lived in Florida for a minimum of five years to qualify. Disabled veterans with the DV tag may park in designated handicapped parking spaces.

The state of Florida’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles also offers veterans a wide array of special-use license plates that designate wartime service, awards, campaigns, decorations, and military status.

13. Recreational Discounts and Fee Waivers

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Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection gives veterans and active-duty military a 25% discount on the purchase of both individual and family annual passes to all Florida state parks. Many county and municipal departments of parks and recreation provide a full or partial discount on park entrance fees as well.

Additionally, all honorably discharged veterans with service-related disabilities, plus surviving spouses and/or parents of U.S. military members killed in combat, qualify to receive a free-for-life Military Entrance Pass to all Florida state parks.

All Florida military veterans and Gold Star Families receive free access to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks, wildlife refuges, and forests.

For outdoor enthusiasts, Florida’s Military Gold Sportsman’s License is available to Florida active duty military personnel and veterans for a reduced fee of $20.

Florida hunting and fishing licenses and corresponding permits are issued for five years with no fee to any veteran who is a Florida resident, deemed 100% disabled by the VA or the U.S. Armed Forces, or who has been issued a valid disabled veteran ID card by the FDVA.

Florida’s Operation Outdoor Freedom provides recreational and rehabilitative opportunities to wounded veterans throughout state forests, agricultural lands, and private lands across Florida at no cost to the veterans.

14. Veterans Florida

Veterans Florida is a non-profit corporation created by the state to help connect Florida veterans with the resources they need to start a business or find a new career. The organization recognizes that businesses in high-growth fields such as manufacturing, aerospace, logistics, research and development, and technology are often great fits for veterans.

Veterans Florida provides support for translating military skills to meet the needs of private employers and helps veterans evolve their military training through its world-class entrepreneurship program.

The Veterans Florida Agriculture Program provides participants with a six-month training fellowship that provides a comprehensive, hands-on learning experience to develop the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities to launch careers in Florida’s $149 billion agriculture industry.

15. Florida Employment Benefits for Veterans

The state of Florida recognizes that the transition from military to civilian employment is often challenging and stressful. Through the CareerSource Florida network, the state provides services ranging from resume writing assistance, career planning, and interview preparation to job and training-related referrals, job search and placement assistance, vocational guidance, and even Internet access.

In some cases, veterans may be eligible for Florida unemployment benefits if they separate from service and have difficulty finding work. To be eligible, veterans must have completed the first term of obligated service under honorable conditions – or have been released at the convenience of the government.

Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives conduct regular and ongoing outreach to Florida employers and business associations, engaging in advocacy efforts to increase employment opportunities for veterans and particularly to encourage the hiring of disabled veterans.

Florida’s Disabled Veterans Outreach Program also provides individualized career services to veterans with significant barriers to employment, with an emphasis on serving veterans who are economically or educationally disadvantaged.

Many other resources are available to help veterans transition into civilian work. For example, the state administers the Florida Veterans Program Portal, which serves as a tremendous resource for veterans and their families.

Florida also participates in the national Troops to Teachers program, designed to help veterans forge new careers as K-12 classroom teachers. Be aware that this program is scheduled to stop at the end of 2021.

The state may choose to waive many professional licensing fees for a wide variety of professions – including health care, construction, cosmetology, real estate, and more – if the licensing application is submitted within 60 months of leaving active military service.

For Florida veterans who would like to start their own businesses, the state’s Department of Management Services’ Office of Supplier Diversity certifies small businesses for eligible women veterans and minority veterans. This office also provides technical assistance, certification support, and relevant information about state contract opportunities available to Florida’s veteran-owned small businesses.

16. Florida Legal Services for Veterans

Veterans in Florida have several different resources available to them when they need legal services or counsel. Florida veterans have access to VA legal resources, which can be found in VA facilities across the country.

At the federal level, veterans also have access to resources made available by the American Bar Association. The Florida Bar Association offers free legal advice through a series of virtual clinics.

The state of Florida operates the Florida Veterans Legal Helpline, which helps with legal issues including VA benefits, driver’s licenses/ID cards, landlord-tenant disputes, foreclosures, Social Security, consumer credit issues, public benefits, discharge upgrades, divorce, child support, and other civil legal matters.

It’s worth noting that this hotline does not offer counsel or services related to criminal matters or traffic violations. Veterans can call 866-486-6161 Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The veteran will first speak with a representative who gathers details about the legal situation at hand and can make a follow-up appointment with an attorney.

Florida also administers a Veterans Court system that can help address the particular needs of veterans within the state court system, specifically including issues related to mental health and substance abuse. Since its inception, this program has dramatically decreased the rate of recidivism among veterans across the state.

Federal Benefits for Florida Veterans

In addition to the state-level benefits Florida veterans enjoy, it’s important to remember the vast array of federal benefits also available to Florida veterans.

Florida has several programs in place that connects its residents to the federal veterans benefits they have earned. Below are some examples of federal benefits for veterans.

The National Veteran Crisis Hotline

Veterans can reach out for support and assistance around the clock by calling 800- 273-8255. In addition, Florida veterans may call the Florida Veterans Support Line at 844-MyFLVet (844-693-5838) or by dialing 211.

Connecting Aging Veterans With Benefits

The Florida Veterans Foundation works closely with many different national partners to ensure that Florida veterans who need assistance can connect with vital benefits such as a VA pension, and Aid and Attendance benefits. These services help elderly veterans cover costs associated with long-term care.

VA Health Care

The VA provides hospital care and a full range of medical services to veterans. Veterans who qualify for these benefits may receive medical treatment at any VA Medical Center or clinic throughout the state of Florida. Combat veterans who exited active service on or after Jan. 28, 2003, are eligible to enroll in the VA health care system for up to five years following their date of separation from service.

Dental Care
Following separation from military service, veterans have 180 days to schedule and receive a comprehensive, one-time separation dental appointment and treatment through the VA. This service is only for transitioning veterans with a military discharge that does not certify a complete dental examination and treatment prior to discharge.

Eligible veterans and their family members may also purchase dental insurance through the VA as long as they are receiving health care under the Civilian Health and Medical Program. The program does not feature any eligibility limitations based on a particular VA disability benefits rating or enrollment priority assignment.

Veterans Community Care Program
The VA Mission Act of 2018 established the Veterans Community Care Program, which ensures that veterans have access to appropriate hospital care, medical services, and extended care services through some non-VA providers.

Disability Benefits

Veterans who have suffered a service-related disability or medical condition may qualify for VA disability benefits. This is a monthly, tax-free monetary benefit paid directly to the veteran and/or any qualified dependents.

To qualify, a veteran must show documented service connection, which is medical evidence that the disability in question was a direct result of serving in the U.S. military – or was an existing condition that was amplified because of the veteran’s military service.

Additionally, the veteran must have served on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training and must have received an official VA disability rating for the illness or medical condition for which disability benefits are requested. This rating is based on the severity of the disability and will help determine the amount of your monthly benefit, along with your eligibility for additional related VA resources and services.

VA disability ratings are expressed as a percentage, which is meant to convey the extent to which the disability decreases overall health and ability to function. For example, VA disability ratings range anywhere from 10% to 100%.

Common conditions for which veterans receive VA disability benefits include severe hearing loss, loss of range of motion, depression, anxiety, and cancers caused by toxic exposures during military service.

Veterans may file a claim for VA disability benefits online, by mail, using VA Form 21-526EZ, or in person by bringing a completed application to the nearest VA regional office.

Presumptive Conditions
Veterans who suffered exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War or who suffer various illnesses after serving in the Gulf War may qualify for additional VA benefits if the diseases or illnesses in question are connected to service. Veteran dependents and survivors also may be eligible for these types of benefits.

In addition, the VA has recognized a documented presumption of service connection for eight diseases associated with potential exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune. Any active duty, Reserve, or National Guard member who was stationed at Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River, North Carolina, for a minimum of 30 days from Aug. 1, 1953, through Dec. 31, 1987, may be eligible for disability benefits specifically related to these conditions.

Education Benefits

VA education benefits like the Post-9/11 GI Bill help veterans access financial assistance for furthering their education. For some veterans, these benefits are available for 15 years after exiting military service, while for those who exited military service after Jan. 1, 2013, are not held to the 15-year expiration date.

Additionally, the Montgomery GI Bill provides education-related financial assistance for 10 years after an honorably discharged veteran separates from service. To qualify, the veteran must have enlisted after June 30, 1985, and elected to participate in the program within the first 12 months of service.

VA Pension Benefits

A VA pension represents a need-based level of compensation paid to wartime veterans who meet age or disability requirements.

The Aid and Attendance benefit provides supplemental compensation to help cover costs for in-home personal care. A veteran might be eligible for this additional benefit if they require the help of a caregiver to perform basic day-to-day activities such as feeding, dressing, bathing, toileting, or adjusting prosthetic devices.

Some Florida veterans may be eligible both for Florida Medicaid and for Aid and Attendance benefit if medical expenses exceed the veteran’s income.

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation is tax-free compensation paid to eligible survivors of U.S. military members who died in the line of duty – or eligible survivors of veterans whose death resulted from a service-related condition. It’s important to note that the service-related injury or disease does not have to be the immediate cause of death – it only needs to be a “significant contributor” to the veteran’s death. In most cases, a death certificate that clearly articulates the cause of death is required to prove eligibility.

VA Home Loans

The VA may guarantee part of a veteran’s mortgage loan for the purchase of a detached family home, manufactured home, or condominium. Thanks to the Veterans’ Benefits Improvement Act of 2008, veterans also have the option to refinance an existing conventional home loan to a VA home loan.

For veterans with certain permanent service-related disabilities, the VA provides grants to assist with the purchase or construction of an ADA-adapted home or with the modification of an existing home to accommodate a disability.

VA Life Insurance 

VA Life Insurance is another benefit provided by the federal government.

The Veterans’ Group Life Insurance program allows veterans to retain their life insurance coverage after exiting military service. Existing Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance may be converted to VGLI within one year and 120 days of military discharge.

Any veteran with a newly documented service-related disability, but otherwise in good health, may apply for up to $10,000 in life insurance coverage at standard, competitive rates. Veterans who receive a new disability rating of 0% or greater are eligible for this supplemental coverage. The application must be submitted within two years of being notified.

Eligible veterans must have received a military discharge other than dishonorable and have existed military service after April 25, 1951.

VA Burial Benefits

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers several burial benefits for honorably discharged veterans.

Veterans, spouses, and dependents may qualify for no-cost burial within a national cemetery. Through the VA’s Pre-Need Determination of Eligibility Program, individuals can learn in advance if they are eligible for burial or memorialization in a national cemetery.

As part of a national cemetery burial or memorialization, the VA will provide a gravesite, grave liner, the opening and closing of the grave, a government headstone or marker, a U.S. burial flag, a Presidential Memorial Certificate, and perpetual care of the gravesite.

If a veteran chooses to be buried in a private cemetery, the VA will provide a headstone, marker, or medallion that can be placed on a private headstone at no cost to the family. But please note that the VA does not make funeral arrangements. Instead, the VA will work with a funeral home or director of the family’s choice.

Troops to Teachers

This federal program is scheduled to stop operations at the end of 2021. Administered by the U.S. Department of Defense, Troops to Teachers is a federal program that aims to give veterans the knowledge, skills, and certifications they need to transition to classroom teachers after their military service is complete.

Many schools across the nation have learned that veterans make outstanding classroom teachers, and since the program’s founding in 1993, more than 100,000 veterans have successfully transitioned to a career in education.

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act safeguards employment rights and helps guarantee the reemployment of veterans, reservists, and National Guard members once they return from a period of active service.

USERRA also prohibits employment discrimination because of previous, current, or future military obligations, and it applies to all employers, regardless of size or whether the organization operates in the public or private sector.

Veteran Readiness and Employment

Veterans may receive VR&E services to gain access to job training, resume development, employment accommodations, and employment search coaching.

Other services may be available to help veterans start businesses or to provide independent living services for veterans who are severely disabled and unable to secure traditional employment.

Benefits for Florida Veterans

Florida greatly values the men and women who have made the Sunshine State their home after completing their time of military service. If you’re a U.S. military veteran living in Florida, be sure to carefully evaluate the many benefits and services at your disposal.

These are benefits that veterans have rightfully earned through years of dedication, sacrifice, and service. The state of Florida formally thanks military veterans for their service and strives to connect its honored veterans to all the programs and benefits that make living in Florida an outstanding experience.

Veterans Benefits Facilities

VBA Offices

St. Petersburg Regional Office9500 Bay Pines Boulevard
St. Petersburg, FL 33708
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1437
St. Petersburg, FL 33731
Corry StationVA Joint Ambulatory Care Center
Pensacola, FL 32507
Eglin Air Force BaseAirman & Family Readiness Center
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32542
Hurlburt FieldAirman & Family Readiness Center
Hurlburt Field, FL 32544
Key West Coast GuardNAS Key West & USCG Group Key West
Key West, FL 33040
MacDill Air Force BaseBase Hospital 2nd Floor Room C 277
Tampa, FL 33621
Mayport Naval StationBranch Medical Clinic
Mayport, FL 32228
NAS JacksonvilleDepartment of Veterans Affairs
Jacksonville, FL 32217
NAS Key WestNAS Key West & USCG Group
Key West, FL 33040
NAS PensacolaFleet and Family Support Center
Pensacola, FL 32508
NAS Whiting FieldFleet & Family Support Center
Milton, FL 32570
Naval Hospital Pensacola6000 US-98
Pensacola, FL 32506
Naval Support Activity-Panama CityFleet & Family Support Center
Panama City, FL 32407
Patrick Air Force BaseVA Office of Public Contact
Viera, FL 32940
Tyndall Air Force Base325 FSS/FSFR
Tyndall AFB, FL 32403
St. Petersburg Regional Loan Center9500 Bay Pines Boulevard
St. Petersburg, FL 33708
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1437
St. Petersburg, FL 33731
Barrancas National CemeteryNaval Air Station, 1 Cemetery Road
Pensacola, FL 32508
Bay Pines National Cemetery10000 Bay Pines Boulevard North
St. Petersburg, FL 33708
Cape Canaveral National Cemetery5525 U.S. Highway 1
North Mims, FL 32754
Florida National Cemetery6502 S.W. 102nd Avenue
Bushnell, FL 33513
Jacksonville National Cemetery4083 Lannie Road
Jacksonville, FL 32218
Saint Augustine National Cemetery104 Marine Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Sarasota National Cemetery9810 State Road 72
Sarasota, FL 34241
South Florida National Cemetery6501 S. State Road 7
Lake Worth, FL 33449
Tallahassee National Cemetery5015 Apalachee Parkway
Tallahassee, FL 32311

Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Offices

VA Sunshine Healthcare Network140 Fountain Parkway, Ste. 600
St. Petersburg, FL 33716
Bay County Vet Center3109 Minnesota Ave, Suite 101
Panama City, FL 32405
Bay Pines VA Healthcare System10000 Bay Pines Blvd
Bay Pines, FL 33744
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 5005
Bay Pines, FL 33744
Boca Raton CBOC901 Meadows Road
Boca Raton, FL 33433
Bradenton Community-Based Outpatient Clinic5520 S.R. 64 Suite 101
Bradenton, FL 34208
Brooksville CBOC14540 Cortez Blvd., Suite 108
Brooksville, FL 34613
Clearwater Vet Center29259 US Hwy 19
North Clearwater, FL 337612102
Clermont Community Based Outpatient Clinic805 Oakley Seaver Drive
Clermont, FL 34711
Clermont Vet Center1655 East Highway 50, Suite 102
Clermont, FL 34711
Daytona Beach Vet Center1620 Mason Ave., Suite C
Daytona Beach, FL 32117
Deerfield Beach VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic2100 S.W. 10th St.
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
Delray Beach CBOC4800 Linton Blvd., Building E Suite 300
Delray Beach, FL 33445
Deltona Community Based Outpatient Clinic1200 Deltona Boulevard
Deltona, FL 32725
Eglin CBOC100 Veterans Way
Eglin AFB, FL 32542
Fort Lauderdale Vet Center3666 West Oakland Park Blvd
Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33311
Fort Myers Vet Center2891 Center Pointe Drive, Suite 100
Ft. Myers, FL 33916
Fort Pierce CBOC1901 South 25th Street, Suite 103
Ft. Pierce, FL 34947
Gainesville Vet Center105 NW 75th Street, Suite #2
Gainesville, FL 32607
Healthcare for Homeless Veterans1492 Flagler St
Miami, FL 33135
Healthcare for Homeless Veterans1492 W. Flagler St., Suite 101
Miami, FL 33135
Hollywood VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic3702 Washington St., Suite 201
Hollywood, FL 33021
Homestead VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic950 Krome Ave., Suite 401
Homestead, FL 33030
Jacksonville Navy VA Medical Center280 Child Street
Jacksonville, FL 32214-0001
Jacksonville OPC1536 N Jefferson St
Jacksonville, FL 32209
Jacksonville, FL Vet Center3728 Phillips Highway, Suite 31
Jacksonville, FL 32207
James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital13000 Bruce B. Downs
Tampa, FL 33612
James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital Primary Care Annex13515 Lake Terrace Lane
Tampa, FL 33637
James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital Primary Care Annex13515 Lake Terrace Lane
Tampa, FL 33637
Joint Ambulatory Care Center790 Veterans Way
Pensacola, FL 32507
Jupiter Vet Center6650 W. Indiantown Rd., Suite 120
Jupiter, FL 33458-4673
Key Largo VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic105662 Overseas Highway
Key Largo, FL 33037
Key West VA Outpatient Clinic1300 Douglas Circle, Building L-15
Key West, FL 33040
Kissimmee CBOC2285 North Central Avenue
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Lake Baldwin OPC5201 Raymond Street
Orlando, FL 32803
Lake City VAMC, NF/SGVHS619 S. Marion Avenue
Lake City, FL 32025-5808
Lakeland CBOC4237 South Pipkin Rd
Lakeland, FL 33811
Lakeland Vet Center1370 Ariana St.
Lakeland, FL 33803
Lee County VA Healthcare Center2489 Diplomat Parkway
East Cape Coral, FL 33909
Leo C. Chase, Jr. VA Clinic100 Deerfield Preserve Blvd
St. Augustine, FL 32086
Malcom Randall VAMC, NF/SGVHS1601 S.W. Archer Road
Gainesville, FL 32608-1197
Marianna CBOC4970 Highway 90
Marianna, FL 32446
Melbourne Vet Center2098 Sarno Road
Melbourne, FL 32935
Miami VA Healthcare System1201 N.W. 16th St.
Miami, FL 33125
Miami Vet Center8280 NW 27th St Suite 511
Miami, FL 33122
Middleburg VA Clinic400 College Drive, Suite 200
Middleburg, FL 32068-8525
Naples Community-Based Outpatient Clinic800 Goodlette-Frank Rd.
N. Naples, FL 34102
Naples Vet Center2705 Horseshoe Dr. South, Suite #204
Naples, FL 34104
New Port Richey OPC9912 Little Road
New Port Richey, FL 34654
North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System1601 S.W. Archer Road
Gainesville, FL 32608
Ocala CBOC1515 Silver Springs Blvd.
Ocala, FL 34470
Ocala Vet Center3300 SW 34th Avenue, Suite 140
Ocala, FL 34474
Okaloosa County Vet Center6 11th Avenue, Suite G-1
Shalimar, FL 32579
Okeechobee CBOC1201 N. Parrot Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Orlando VA Medical Center13800 Veterans Way
Orlando, FL 32827
Orlando Vet Center5575 S. Semoran Blvd., Suite #30
Orlando, FL 32822
Palatka CBOC400 North State Road 19, Suite 48
Palatka, FL 32177
Palm Beach Vet Center4996 10th Ave North, Suite 6
Greenacres, FL 33463
Palm Harbor Community-Based Outpatient Clinic35209 US Highway 19
North Palm Harbor, FL 34684
Panama City Outpatient Clinic2600 Veterans Way
Panama City Beach, FL 32408
Pasco County Vet Center5139 Deer Park Drive
New Port Richey, FL 34653
Pembroke Pines VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic7369 W. Sheridan St., Suite 102
Hollywood, FL 33024
Pensacola Vet Center4504 Twin Oaks Drive
Pensacola, FL 32506
Perry CBOC1224 N. Peacock Ave.
Perry, FL 32347
Pompano Beach Vet Center2300 West Sample Road Suite 102
Pompano, FL 33073
Port Charlotte Community-Based Outpatient Clinic4161 Tamiami Trail
Suite 401 & Suite 602 (Annex Bldg)
Port Charlotte, FL 33952
Port St. Lucie VA Specialty Clinic126 SW Chamber Court Port
St Lucie, FL 34986
RCS Southeast District 2 District Office450 Carillon Parkway, Suite 150
St. Petersburg, FL 33716
Sarasota Community-Based Outpatient Clinic5682 Bee Ridge Road Suite 100
Sarasota, FL 34233
Sarasota Vet Center4801 Swift Rd. Suite A
Sarasota, FL 34231
Sebring Community-Based Outpatient Clinic5901 U.S. Highway 27 South
Sebring, FL 33870
Sergeant Ernest I. "Boots" Thomas VA Clinic2181 East Orange Avenue
Tallahassee, FL 32311
Southpoint Clinic6900 Southpoint Dr
North Jacksonville, FL 32209
St. Petersburg Community-Based Outpatient Clinic840 Dr. MLK Jr. Street N St.
Petersburg, FL 33705
St. Petersburg Vet Center6798 Crosswinds North, Building A
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
Stuart CBOC3501 S E Willoughby Boulevard
Stuart, FL 34997
Tallahassee Vet Center2002 Old St. Augustine Road
Bldg A Suite 10
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Tampa Vet CenterFountain Oaks Business Plaza
3637 W. Waters Ave., Suite 600
Tampa, FL 33614-2783
Tavares Community Based Outpatient Clinic1390 E. Burleigh Blvd.
Tavares, FL 32778
The Villages OPC8900 SE 165th Mulberry Ln.
The Villages, FL 32162
Vero Beach CBOC372 17th Street
Vero Beach, FL 32960
Viera OPC2900 Veterans Way
Viera, FL 32940
West Palm Beach VAMC7305 N. Military Trail
West Palm Beach, FL 33410-6400
William Bill Kling VA Clinic9800 W. Commercial Blvd.
Sunrise, FL 33351
William V. Chappell, Jr., VA OPC551 National Health Care Drive
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Zephyrhills CBOC6937 Medical View Ln
Zephyrhills, FL 33541
Mailing Address: Goodlette-Frank Rd.
N. Naples, FL 34102