TAMPA (FOX 13) - Come one, come all. The state of Florida has launched a push to attract veterans, especially young ones, in hopes of an economic boost.
Two years ago, Florida formed Veterans Florida, an organization whose sole purpose is to convince veterans to join the 1.58 million who are already living here.
Veterans Florida is now using print, TV, and social media to highlight the reasons why Florida is a great place for veterans to call home.
So, "Why Florida?", exactly?
According to their website, VetertansFlorida.org, here's why:
The tax breaks:
- There are "No taxes on personal income, military pensions, inheritance, gifts, or intangible property" for vets.
- "Every Florida resident receives $25,000 homestead property tax exemption", and an
- "Additional $5,000 Homestead Exemption for veterans with 10% or greater disability."
- There's also "No property tax on homestead property for veterans with service connected permanent, [or] total disability."
The strong economy:
- "Florida ranks #2 for 'best state for business' and is a leader "in high growth industries like aerospace, manufacturing, logistics, research and development, and technology.
- "Florida’s high tech economy includes over 750,000 defense related jobs."
Education Opportunities, and discounts:
- Thanks to Florida's GI Bill, the state can give in-state tuition rates to all veterans, spouses and dependents of veterans.
- FREE TUITION is also an option for those who have received the Purple Heart, or "combat decorations in superior precedence."
Other listed perks include the state's natural landscape for veterans to lead an active lifestyle. With access to five of 'Forbes' Top 10 Beaches in America', as well as (discounted) entry to Florida's State Parks, Veterans Florida says there is plenty to enjoy.
Click here for more information on the Veterans Florida campaign.