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WHEREAS, it is proper that all Floridians honor America’s military veterans, including Florida’s more than 1.5 million living veterans, through whose selfless service and sacrifice we enjoy freedom and liberty. As a result, the Governor of Florida created executive order number 14-88 “The Governor’s Veterans Service Award” to honor Florida Veterans.

Eligibility: Any Florida resident who is either serving honorably as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, the U.S. Coast Guard, or the U.S. Reserve Forces or any Florida resident who has been honorably discharged or retired from active duty as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Florida National Guard, the U.S. Reserve Forces, or Merchant Mariners with veteran status is eligible. Note: Veterans need not have served in a combat zone to be eligible.

DOWNLOAD FORM: http://floridavets.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/GVSA_Veterans-Form.pdf then mail form and documents to; FDVA Tallahassee Office, Attn: Ms. Colleen Krepstekies, PAO, Suite 2105, The Capitol, 400 South Monroe St, Tallahassee, FL  32399-0001

CEREMONY REGISTRATION:(The medal is not mailed).Registration generally begins one hour before ceremony start time. Veterans must bring a copy of the form with you along with documentation to validate your veteran status (eg., DD214, retiree ID card, military ID, Florida Driver License with “V” designation, Veterans Service Organization membership card, etc.).

Gov Scott’s Office will announce when they start doing again the GVSA Ceremonies. Ceremonies last done at; Jacksonville, Sarasota, Crestview, Lakeland, Melbourne and Avon Park.

Upcoming announcements at the web address www.Floridavets.org/gvsa/