A new independent study lists Florida as the most veteran friendly state there is. According to Florida TaxWatch, an impressive 1.6 million veterans are currently residing in Florida. This number comes out to be one in every 12 adults and represents how attractive the sunshine state is to veterans.
Florida is home to more World War II veterans than any other state in the U.S. This may be because Florida offers some very generous benefits to current and past servicemen and women or because of the numerous programs that Florida has created specifically for veterans.
In 2014, lawmakers set out on a mission to make Florida one of the most 'vet-friendly' states in the nation. Starting with the Florida G.I. Bill and moving on to the Florida Is For Veterans, Inc., program designed to attract retired service members to the state. The state also awards veterans with tax benefits that are considered some of the most generous in the nation.
Florida veterans can enjoy things like waived professional license fees, waived vehicle sales tax, grant employment preferences and tuition waivers for themselves and their family members. In comparison to other states, Florida offers the most veteran friendly benefits to its residents. According to Florida TaxWatch providing veterans with these small tokens of appreciation can make a big difference.
Nearly half of the veteran population of Florida is over the age of 65 putting most of them in line for long-term care and estate planning. With the added help of these benefits and tax breaks, more veterans may be able to better plan for their financial future and any care they may need.
Source: Florida Politics, "FLORIDA MOST VETERAN-FRIENDLY STATE, NEW REPORT SHOWS," Phil Ammann, Nov. 10, 2015