The Florida Senate unanimously passed the Florida GI Bill, House Bill 7015, on March 11, which is recognized as Florida National Guard Day at the Capitol.
“More than 1.5 million veterans, 61,000 active duty military personnel and nearly 12,000 Florida National Guard members and their families help make Florida the great state it is today,” said Senate President Don Gaetz. “To show our gratitude for their unwavering commitment and sacrifice, the Florida Legislature today finalized our commitment to make our state the most-military friendly in the nation.”
The bill expands the state’s support of educational programs and employment services for veterans and active duty military. Additionally, the bill includes nearly $7.5 million to acquire land around three military installations — including NSA Panama City — to prevent against encroachment.
The Florida GI Bill, which passed the House unanimously on the first day of the legislative session, now awaits the governor’s signature.