Commissioner Putnam Highlights Services Available to Veterans and Military Members

Nov 30, 16 Commissioner Putnam Highlights Services Available to Veterans and Military Members

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Leading up to Veterans Day, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam is highlighting the services that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services provides to the state’s more than 1.6 million veterans, as well as some services for active military members. From expediting concealed weapon license applications to waiving fees for professional licenses, the department is working to support our nation’s heroes and their families.

“The men and women who serve and have served our country deserve all of the respect and support we can provide,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam.

The department has provided enhanced services to veterans and active members of the military by:

• Waiving the fees for honorably discharged veterans and their spouses to enter new professions or open a business that is licensed by the department so that these men and women can jumpstart their next careers.

• Expediting more than 50,000 applications for concealed weapon licenses for veterans and active duty military since the summer of 2015. Honorably discharged veterans should submit a copy of their DD 214 long form with their applications. Find more information on how honorably discharged veterans can apply for a concealed weapons license.

• Creating Operation Outdoor Freedom, which has provided more than 2,500 wounded veterans with opportunities to enjoy Florida’s great outdoors, free of charge. Designated state and agricultural lands throughout Florida grant these veterans unique opportunities for recreation and rehabilitation.  Find additional info about the program and upcoming events.  • Dedicating two of Florida’s state forests in honor of our veterans — Peace River State Forest and Prairie Tract State Forest — and reducing forest entrance and camping rates for veterans to enjoy these great places.

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