Florida Veterans’ Affairs Could Face Cuts

Florida Gov.-elect Scott served on the USS Glover as a radar man.

Florida’s Governor-elect served in the Navy. But, Rick Scott’s former military service is no guarantee that the Florida Department of Veterans\’ Affairs will be protected from budget cuts.


Friday, I directly asked Gov.-elect Scott if Florida Veterans’ Affairs should be put on a “do not touch” list as his administration considers ways to reduce government and cut the state budget as promised during his campaign.

Scott said, “We’re going through all of our departments and making sure we’re getting our bang for our buck.”

Gov.-elect Scott as he visited the University of South Florida Research Park on Friday.

So, nothing is untouchable. What the governor-elect does plan to do is focus on finding veterans jobs.

“We need to understand people coming back from Afghanistan and Iraq are having a hard time getting jobs,” Scott said. “So, I’m going to put a lot of effort into making sure we treat our military very well.”

Scott met with many of the military leaders in the state as part of a week-long fact finding tour throughout the state. And, his inauguration committee has selected the Wounded Warriors Project to receive proceeds from inaugural event contributions.

The Wounded Warrior Project is a non-profit, national organization based in Jacksonville, FL. The organization works to empower injured military members and their families, provide services, programs and raise public awareness.

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