With only three and a half weeks left of the 2019 Florida Legislative Session, subcommittees are scheduled to end on Monday and bills are being moved from committees to the House and Senate floors as we wait for conferees to be appointed to begin the conference process.
Florida’s 30 local United Ways are supporting two Senate bills that will assist 1.2 million veterans across our state. These include: SB 442 Postsecondary Education for Certain Military Personnel, sponsored by Senator Tom Lee, would standardize the transfer of college credits from military service into college credits for veterans; SB 1222 Services for Veterans and Their Families, sponsored by Senator Gayle Harrell, would coordinate services for behavioral health care referrals and care coordination services through Florida 211 Network.
This is the first year that Florida’s United Ways have adopted veteran issues in the Consensus Legislative Agenda in order to support and augment our work to serve Florida veterans through our Mission United programs. Currently, there are seven Mission United initiatives serving our veterans across the state, helping them transition back to civilian life by providing legal and housing assistance, workforce development and education, among other services for those who have served our country.