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To All Military Members and Families,

Celeste Philip, MD, MPH State Surgeon General and Secretary
Celeste Philip, MD, MPH
State Surgeon General and Secretary

The Florida Department of Health is committed to serving members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans and their families. It is important that we recognize and honor their service to our nation. The Department is proud that over 1.5 million veterans call Florida home and our continued goal is to help make Florida the most veteran-friendly state in the nation.

The Department offers several licensure support services to qualified military families. One of the many services the Department offers is the Florida Veterans Application for Licensure Online Response (VALOR) system, which provides an expedited licensing process for honorably discharged veterans with an active license in another state. Additionally, military veterans who apply through the VALOR system are granted a waiver for most licensing fees. During the 2014-2015 fiscal year, veterans who used the VALOR system saved more than $120,000 in licensure fees and we are committed to increasing this number in the coming years.

The Department offers additional armed forces licensure support including an opportunity to receive a temporary certificate to practice in areas of critical need, licensure fee waivers, renewal exemptions and professional examination fee reimbursements. Through these programs, we are committed to creating a veteran-friendly regulatory environment that encourages veterans and their spouses to choose Florida for their health care practice after active duty.

I encourage you to review the Department’s licensure support services and the Florida Veteran Health Heroes, a publication in which we recognize Floridians who protected the health of others while serving our great nation. Thank you for your honorable service to the people of Florida and the United States.


Celeste Philip, MD, MPH
State Surgeon General and Secretary


Florida Veteran Health Heroes

The Florida Department of Health honors and supports veterans, members of the military and their families on Veterans Day.  More than 1.5 million veterans call Florida home, many of whom have served during wartime.

In recognition of Florida’s veteran health care practitioners the Department has released a special Veterans Day message along with this year's “Florida Veteran Health Heroes.” The 2015 Florida Veteran Health Heroes are Major General of the Florida National Guard Michael Calhoun, R. Ph., former State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Harry Frank Farmer Jr., MD, Maureen Daniels-Tremel, ARNP, the late Jeanne Grushinski-Rubin, RN and Daniel Bower, DMD.

For more information about these exceptional individuals, please visit Florida Veteran Health Heroes.

Florida seeks to become the most veteran-friendly state in the nation, launching the VALOR (Veterans Application for Licensure Online Response) System on July 1, 2014 to expedite licensing for military veterans. The state also extended fee waiver eligibility for health care practitioner licenses to 60 months after honorable discharge and included military spouses.



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