Florida Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis said he was giving $150,000 in inaugural funds to a charity that helps the children whose parents were killed in combat.
Speaking before hundreds of military and first responders this afternoon, DeSantis said the money was going to Operation 300, a nonprofit based in Port Salerno.
The charity hosts camps for children whose fathers were killed in combat, according to the charity's website. DeSantis' inaugural funds come from private and corporate donors, not taxpayers.
"Sometimes we don't do as good a job of appreciating how serving in the military is a team effort that really affects the families," DeSantis said.
The event was the last public event for DeSantis on Monday, a day before he's sworn in as the state's 46th governor.
DeSantis, a former U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General who served in Iraq and Guantanamo, choked up while reading the letter of fallen WWI soldier Martin A. Treptow. Treptow's letter was also read by President Ronald Reagan during his inaugural address in 1981.
"We have people in this audience who have risked their lives, who have risked their lives in service of our country," DeSantis said. "And so that, to me, is the essence of the American spirit."