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Newly signed Florida bills aim to support active-duty families, veterans

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the three bills Friday amid fanfare.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, left, and Medal of Honor Recipient Ryan Pitts shake hands after the opening ceremony of the Florida Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Aspire Health Partners in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, left, and Medal of Honor Recipient Ryan Pitts shake hands after the opening ceremony of the Florida Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Aspire Health Partners in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. [ OCTAVIO JONES | TIMES | Times ]
Published Jun. 8
Updated Jun. 8

TALLAHASSEE — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed two bills Friday aimed at helping veterans transition to the civilian workforce and a third that helps children of active military members adjust to new schools.

One of the bills expands an exemption for qualified veterans to get government jobs even if they don’t have a required post secondary degree.

Another designates Veterans Florida, a non-profit corporation within the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, to be the Florida’s principal organization that works with the U.S. Department of Defense’s SkillBridge program.

SkillBridge provides job training for members of the military who are 180 days from returning to civilian life and helps match them with employers.

The third bill creates a Purple Star Campus program for schools that designate a staff member as a military liaison and maintain a webpage that includes resources for military students and families. The program would help children of military members transition to a new school and offer training for school staff on issues related to military students.