Benefits 

     

The Department of Veterans' Affairs may issue an identification card to any veteran who is a permanent resident of the state and who has been adjudged by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or its predecessor to have a 100-percent, service-connected permanent and total disability rating for compensation, this could also be a rating of Individual Unemployability from the VA, or who has been determined to have a service-connected total and permanent disability rating of 100 percent and is in receipt of disability retirement pay from any branch of the United States Armed Services, upon the written request of such veteran. Such card may be used by the veteran as proof of eligibility for any benefit provided by state law for 100-percent, service-connected permanently and totally disabled veterans except this card may not be used as proof of eligibility for Exemption of Homesteads. The identification card shall bear a statement that it is unlawful for any person other than the veteran to whom it was issued to use the card. FS 295.17
     
To obtain a card:
Contact the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ at 1-800-827-1000, extension 7400 or commercial at (727) 319-7440 and request an application or contact the local County Veteran Service Office.

 

    

Tuition Benefits

 

Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed into law the "Florida GI Bill," modeled after the World War II-era program and intended to make Florida the most military-friendly state in the nation. The new law provides university tuition waivers for veterans and is expected to help increase employment opportunities for veterans. Florida state universities and colleges will be giving $11.7 million in waivers for out-of-state tuition charges for all honorably discharged veterans. Because in-state tuition is thousands of dollars cheaper than out-of-state rates, lawmakers hope the new waivers encourage veterans from outside of the state to apply to Florida schools.