This [past] week we had the honor of joining United States Air Force Major General Emmett R. Titshaw and the Florida Department of Veteran Affairs in recognizing 286 Florida veterans with the Governor’s Veterans Service Award for their service to Florida and our nation. It is because of our brave veterans that we have the opportunity to achieve the American dream, and it is important to take the time to recognize their hard work and sacrifice.
Florida remains committed to honoring our military and veteran communities. Last week, I signed the Florida GI Bill to waive out of state tuition fees for our veterans, which helps expand employment and career opportunities for veterans and their spouses. We will continue to recognize our veterans for their countless contributions to America and work towards making Florida the most military-friendly state in the nation.
Florida state employees are working hard for Florida families.
I would like to congratulate Daphne Asbell, of the Florida Parole Commission, for receiving the 2014 Charles Morris Victim Advocate of the Year Award from the Big Bend Victims Assistance Coalition. Daphne has dedicated more than 16 years to supporting and serving Florida families across the state.
I would also like to applaud Pat Tuthill, of the Department of Juvenile Justice, for receiving the Ronald Wilson Reagan Public Policy Award. Pat was recognized for her leadership in strengthening safety practices to protect families and communities across our state.
Thank you for all your great work for Florida families and have a great weekend.