Tallahassee, FL 

Veterans Florida Executive Director Joe Marino issued the following statement today on the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs’ Forward March report:

“We thank Governor DeSantis and Director Burgess for their leadership on Forward March and commitment to maintaining Florida’s status as the nation’s most veteran-friendly state. Economic stability is a key part of families’ successful transition from the military and both veterans and the State of Florida succeed when we equip them with tools to bridge the skill gap, remove barriers to professional licensing, and provide access to resources to help them pursue their goals.

Veterans Florida looks forward to working with Governor DeSantis, Director Burgess, and Legislature to implement the report’s recommendations.”

Forward March is an ongoing effort, which started by touring the state and conducting local town hall type events, to determine best practices and ensure Florida continues to set the national standard for veteran services and support. Veterans Florida led Forward March’s Transition Services breakout sessions. The transition recommendations include creating an in-state transition assistance program administered by Veterans Florida, expanding state reciprocity and waivers for professional licenses, and broadening employer programs for creating a trained veteran workforce.

About Veterans Florida

Veterans Florida is a non-profit created by the State of Florida to help military veterans and their families transition to civilian life and to promote Florida’s status as the nation’s most veteran-friendly state under Florida’s Veterans Employment and Training Services (VETS) Program. Veterans Florida is also the state’s designated DOD SkillBridge assistance organization. Our mission can be summed up in the theme – Your Pursuit. Our Power. – because we recognize military veterans are incredibly focused and will succeed in achieving their personal and professional goals when they take advantage of our tools and resources. Visit veteransflorida.org for more information and follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube for updates on veteran opportunities in Florida.