Florida Legislature passes tuition break for veterans

Backers say Florida would become #1 state for vets

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -  (AP) -- Veterans living in Florida would get a tuition break as part of a "military friendly" bill that is headed to the desk of Gov. Rick Scott.

   The Florida Legislature on Tuesday passed the "Florida GI" bill.

   The key part of the bill would offer a tuition break to honorably discharged veterans regardless of when they moved to the state.

   But the measure also includes college scholarships for National Guard members, while also setting aside money to renovate armories and acquire land adjacent to existing military installations in the state.

   Backers of the legislation (HB 7015) contend it would make the state the "number one" place for veterans.

   Florida has roughly 1.5 million veterans, and there is an estimated 61,000 active military personnel stationed in the state.
 

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