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Florida’s new budget supports military veterans, governor says

Ron DeSantis
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During a news conference on Friday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said a newly passed budget is helping military veterans and their families.

“Florida is here to stand with the men and women who’ve stood by us,” DeSantis said during a news conference in Ponte Vedra Beach.

The $101.5 billion budget, which DeSantis signed on Wednesday,includes $28 million for Florida’s military presence and their families. The money will be distributed among the Florida Defense Support Task Force, the Defense Infrastructure Program, armory maintenance, military base protection, including additional security measures for National Guard armories, Florida National Guardsmen seeking higher education degrees and scholarships for children and spouses of deceased or disabled veterans.

The budget also includes up to $50 million to construct two new National Guard armories in Immokalee and Zephyrhills.

The governor on Friday also signed a bill into law that helps match retiring servicemembers from Florida’s 21 military installations with career opportunities throughout the state.