Gov. Scott Honors 179 Veterans with Governor’s Veterans Service Award

Governor Rick Scott today, joined by Florida National Guard Major General Emmett Titshaw, Florida Department of Veterans Affairs Executive Director Mike Prendergast, and Gray Kilpatrick, Home Administrator of the Daytona Beach State Veterans Nursing Home awarded 179 Florida veterans with the Governor’s Veterans Service Award for their service to Florida and the nation.

Governor Scott said, “We must take every opportunity possible to thank our heroes for their service. The Governor’s Veterans Service Award is just one way Floridians honor our veterans for their courage and sacrifice to the nation.”

Retired Army Colonel Mike Prendergast, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs, said, “We honor and appreciate the service and sacrifice of all in uniform. Connecting our state’s Veterans and National Guard members with their earned services, benefits and support through these medal ceremonies is a major way to expand our outreach to these patriots.”

The ceremony was held at the Headquarters of the 2nd Battalion, 124th Infantry in Orlando, Florida. During the ceremony, Governor Scott highlighted the service of Florida veteran Craig Dunning.


Craig Dunning
Craig Dunning is currently the 2nd Battalion, 124th Infantry Operations Sergeant Major with more than 27 years of service. He served in two wars, including Operation Desert Storm and two tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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 U.S. Military with an inscription that reads “Honoring Those Who Served.”


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