The Florida Senate honored the brave men and women who serve during Military Day at the Capitol. On the same day, the Senate unanimously passed the Florida GI Bill which aims to establish Florida as the top “Welcome Home” state for the military, veterans and their families. The bill expands education and employment opportunities for service members and their families. Over 1.5 million veterans and their families help make Florida the great state it is today. To show our gratitude for their unwavering commitment and sacrifice, the Legislature is devoted to making Florida the most-military friendly state in the nation.

The Florida GI Bill provides funding for a program to expand education options for National Guard members to include industry certification and continuing education to maintain license certification. Additionally, the bill creates the Veteran Tuition Waiver Program which directs state universities, colleges, career centers, and technical centers to waive out-of-state tuition fees for honorably discharged veterans.

The bill also expands a measure sponsored by Senator Sachs in a previous year which creates an employment preference for positions in state, local and regional governmental entities, including the public education system, to all veterans, current members of the Reserves and the Florida National Guard, and the parents and spouses of service members who died in combat. Further, the bill contains language filed by Senator Sachs this year which waives the initial licensing fees for 60 months for licenses obtained through the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Department of Health for honorably discharged veterans and their spouses.