Veterans in Florida enjoy benefits including access to the Department of Veteran Affairs health care system, housing benefits that include property tax exemptions and home loans, and burial benefits that ensure free burial services in a national cemetery. Benefits and services also include employment opportunities through programs such as VetNet.
As of 2015, combat veterans who were released from active service on or after Jan. 28, 2003 can enroll in the V.A. health care system. The enrollment period lasts for five years and starts on the date of discharge or release from service. Through these benefits, veterans gain access to all medical services and treatments that V.A. medical centers in Florida provide. The health care benefits also encompass mental health services for various issues, including substance abuse, depression, suicidal tendencies and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Veterans who suffered injuries that lead to a permanent and total disability during service are exempt from property taxation as long as they’re legal residents of Florida and possess legal titles to their properties. This benefit also extends to surviving spouses of veterans who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Employment benefits through programs such as Employ Florida Vets, Outreach Assistance and VA for Vets, among others, provide opportunities for veterans to apply their military skills in civilian milieus, conduct job searches and build their resumes.