When veterans with war injuries need accessible housing, they often have few options.

Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF Public Media

Military retirees can camp, golf, and fish at hundreds of  military bases. It costs less than civilian resorts, making the bases popular vacation spots for thousands of former service members.

The waters of Tampa Bay lap at the marina boat ramp on the southern tip of the Tampa peninsula. Visitors can dock their boats at the slips, buy fresh and frozen bait, or spend a day on the water.

Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed a pair of veterans-focused bills. He held the signing ceremony Tuesday at Jacksonville’s National Guard armory.

The measures are meant to make it easier for vets and active duty service members to get an education and a job.

The Veterans Health Administration is planning to make mental health care more available to help reduce veteran suicide. But veterans advocates worry about the impact on the already strained VA health system.

Senate Pitches Health Care Alternative For Veterans

Feb 28, 2018

A state Senate proposal would authorize Florida to begin negotiations with the federal government to see if the state could offer managed health-care programs to veterans and their families as an alternative to the health system provided by the federal Veterans Administration.

The newly-rekindled Veterans and Military Families Caucus is endorsing a series of bills to further help veterans and their families in the state of Florida. 

Fewer than one percent of Americans are in the military, compared with about nine percent during World War II. Researchers say that's helped create a divide between veterans and non-veterans.

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

A Florida driver’s license can show if a person has served in the military. But there’s a problem with the law that permits the “veteran” designation on the license – it doesn’t prohibit counties from charging veterans extra for that service.

A workshop in New York uses creative writing and Shakespearean monologues to help veterans heal.

New Generators Headed To Veterans' Nursing Homes

Dec 20, 2017

The Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs is buying new generators for three of its long-term care facilities after legislative leaders approved $3 million for the purchase.

Roberto Roldan / WUSF Public Media

Volunteers laid wreaths on the graves of hundreds of thousands of veterans on Saturday as part of a national event known as Wreaths Across America.


It might seem a bit surprising – but there is no standardized Identification Card for veterans. Military retirees with 20 years or more service have their own ID card. And veterans who use VA health services have another. But there was no ID card for all veterans - until now.

Fact Check: Trump On Veterans' Health Care

Nov 13, 2017

Veterans Day prompted President Donald Trump and his administration to take stock of what's been done to fix health care for those in uniform. They claimed more progress than has been made.

Team Red, White and Blue

The Old Glory Veterans Relay is a cross-country walk that began in Seattle in September. Two months later, it finishes up in Brandon on Saturday.

The official start of the 2018 legislative session may be months off, but some measures are already nearing the home stretch.  A veteran’s ID measure and a bill allowing Florida to share voter information with other states are just one stop away from the House floor.

Congressman John Rutherford, R-Florida, is spearheading an effort to bring more workforce training to returning veterans.

The measure would create a matching grant program housed in the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Honorably discharged veterans could get a two-month break from sales taxes under a measure filed by Miami Democratic Representative Kionne  McGhee. / Department of Veterans Affairs

This week the Department of Veterans Affairs expanded emergency mental health care to vets with other-than-honorable discharges. It's part of an effort to curb the recent increase in veteran suicide.

The U.S. has seen an increased rate of suicide among its veterans, and those deaths can change the lives of family and friends forever. This week on Florida Matters, our special two-part program on veteran suicide and the impact it can have on comrades and loved ones continues.

Our country asks a lot of its military members, most recently during the many years of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan. The multiple deployments during Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn have taken their toll, in part, through an increased risk in suicide, especially among young male veterans.