Gov. Scott Honors 101 Veterans with Governor’s Veterans Service Award

Today, Governor Rick Scott, joined by Florida Army National Guard Major General James D. “Don” Tyre and Dan Davis, Director of the State Veterans’ Homes Program with the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA), awarded 101 Florida veterans with the Governor’s Veterans Service Award for their service to Florida and the nation.

Governor Scott said, “It is an honor to present so many veterans with the Governor’s Veterans Service Award thanking them for their sacrifice and service to our nation. Our heroes have made countless sacrifices for Florida families, which is why we must take every opportunity possible to thank our heroes – and tell them that we have much reverence for their service. We will continue to make Florida the most military-friendly state in the nation and continue to recognize our veterans for their countless contributions to America.”

Major General Don Tyre, Florida Assistant Adjutant General-Army and Commander of the Florida Army National Guard, said, “Recognizing our patriots for their service is an honor, and I am privileged to join Governor Scott in this ceremony. These men and women and their families made tremendous sacrifices for our nation, and we are proud to acknowledge their contributions.”

Dan Davis, Director of the State Veterans’ Homes Program and a U.S. Navy veteran said, “From our younger, returning veterans to those in our network of state veterans’ homes, the Governor’s focus on honoring our military and veteran communities is helping us connect veterans with their earned services and benefits.”

The ceremony was held at the National Guard Armory at 400 Southwest 24th Street in Fort Lauderdale. During the ceremony, Governor Scott highlighted the service of Florida veteran Sergeant Scarlett Martinez.

Sergeant Scarlett Martinez

Sergeant Scarlett Martinez is a 9-year veteran of the Florida Army National Guard, where she has earned qualifications in three different career fields: Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic, Truck Driver and Automation Logistician. She was awarded a Purple Heart during a tour in Iraq in 2007, where she was assigned to work with a Special Forces unit on a Female Engagement Team. She currently serves in Fort Lauderdale as a proud member of the 356th Quartermaster Company.

Florida Veterans Medal

The “Governor’s Veterans Service Award” honors Floridians who have served in the U.S. Military. The front of the medal depicts the Great Seal of the State of Florida. The back of the medal displays the five seals representing the five branches of the U.S. Military with an inscription that reads “Honoring Those Who Served.”

 

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