Gov. Scott Honors Veterans With Governor's Veterans Service Award

By: Governor Rick Scott's Office Email
By: Governor Rick Scott's Office Email

News Release: Governor Rick Scott's Office
Updated: April 29, 2014

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott, joined by Florida Army National Guard Major General James D. “Don” Tyre and Dan Davis, Director of the State Veterans’ Homes Program with the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA), awarded 101 Florida veterans with the Governor’s Veterans Service Award for their service to Florida and the nation.

Governor Scott said, “It is an honor to present so many veterans with the Governor’s Veterans Service Award thanking them for their sacrifice and service to our nation. Our heroes have made countless sacrifices for Florida families, which is why we must take every opportunity possible to thank our heroes – and tell them that we have much reverence for their service. We will continue to make Florida the most military-friendly state in the nation and continue to recognize our veterans for their countless contributions to America.”

Major General Don Tyre, Florida Assistant Adjutant General-Army and Commander of the Florida Army National Guard, said, “Recognizing our patriots for their service is an honor, and I am privileged to join Governor Scott in this ceremony. These men and women and their families made tremendous sacrifices for our nation, and we are proud to acknowledge their contributions.”

Dan Davis, Director of the State Veterans’ Homes Program and a U.S. Navy veteran said, “From our younger, returning veterans to those in our network of state veterans’ homes, the Governor’s focus on honoring our military and veteran communities is helping us connect veterans with their earned services and benefits.”

The ceremony was held at the National Guard Armory at 400 Southwest 24th Street in Fort Lauderdale. During the ceremony, Governor Scott highlighted the service of Florida veteran Sergeant Scarlett Martinez.

Sergeant Scarlett Martinez

Sergeant Scarlett Martinez is a 9-year veteran of the Florida Army National Guard, where she has earned qualifications in three different career fields: Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic, Truck Driver and Automation Logistician. She was awarded a Purple Heart during a tour in Iraq in 2007, where she was assigned to work with a Special Forces unit on a Female Engagement Team. She currently serves in Fort Lauderdale as a proud member of the 356th Quartermaster Company.

Florida Veterans Medal

The “Governor’s Veterans Service Award” honors Floridians who have served in the U.S. Military. The front of the medal depicts the Great Seal of the State of Florida. The back of the medal displays the five seals representing the five branches of the U.S. Military with an inscription that reads “Honoring Those Who Served.”


News Release: Governor Rick Scott's Office
Updated: April 10, 2014, 11am

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott, joined by United States Air Force Major General Emmett R. Titshaw, Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA) Executive Director Mike Prendergrast and FDVA Deputy Executive Director Al Carter, awarded 286 Florida veterans with the Governor’s Veterans Service Award for their service to Florida and the nation.

Governor Scott said, “It is an honor to present so many veterans with the Governor’s Veterans Service Award thanking them for their sacrifice and service to our nation. Last week I signed the Florida GI Bill to waive out of state tuition fees for our honorably discharged veterans, which is just one of the many ways to thank them. We will continue to make Florida the most military-friendly state in the nation and continue to recognize our veterans for their countless contributions to America.”

Adjutant General of Florida & Major General Emmett R. Titshaw, Jr. said, “Officially acknowledging all of our patriots for their service is a privilege, and I am honored to join Governor Scott in this ceremony that celebrates our veterans - and to reflect upon how strong and blessed our nation is because of their commitment.”

Retired Army Colonel Mike Prendergast, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs said, “As a Navy veteran and proud military advocate, the Governor’s commitment to honor our military and veteran communities is truly appreciated. These presentations enhance our ability to connect veterans with their earned services, benefits and support.”

The ceremony was held at the Congressman C.W. Bill Young Armed Forces Reserve Center in Pinellas Park. During the ceremony, Governor Scott highlighted the service of Florida veterans Cynthia Brown and Frank Strom.

Cynthia Brown

Cynthia Brown graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Pensacola, Florida and enrolled in the U.S. Navy in 1989. Miss Brown is a 20-year Navy veteran who worked as an electrician on aircraft carriers doing aircraft maintenance. After 11 years, she switched military career paths to perform duties in career program management. She retired as a “Petty Officer First Class” veteran, and has been performing Veterans' Claims Examiner duties at the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs for three years.

Frank Strom

Frank Strom graduated from Dixie Hollins High School in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1982, and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1983. Frank Strom is a retired U.S. Marine First Sergeant and combat veteran, and is now a Hillsborough County Veteran Service Officer. He was an infantry noncommissioned officer who later served as a drill instructor at both Parris Island and the U.S. Naval Academy. He currently serves as a veteran’s advocate and helps connect local veterans with their earned services benefits and support.

Florida Veterans Medal

The “Governor’s Veterans Service Award” honors Floridians who have served in the U.S. Military. The front of the medal depicts the Great Seal of the State of Florida. The back of the medal displays the five seals representing the five branches of the U.S. Military with an inscription that reads “Honoring Those Who Served.”


News Release: Governor Rick Scott's Office

Port Charlotte, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott today, joined by United States Air Force Major General Emmett R. Titshaw and Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Deputy Executive Director Al Carter, awarded 139 Florida veterans with the Governor’s Veterans Service Award for their service to Florida and the nation.

Governor Scott said, “It is an honor to recognize the service of these brave veterans who now call Port Charlotte home. The courage and sacrifice they displayed while serving our country has contributed to the freedoms and opportunities we benefit from everyday in America, and this medal serves as a testament of thanks from Floridians everywhere.”

Major General Emmett R. Titshaw, Jr. said, “I am honored, on behalf of the 12,000 Soldiers and Airmen of the Florida National Guard, to join Governor Scott to recognize the heroes of our state. Many of these men and women and their families made tremendous sacrifices for our nation, some of their stories are remarkable, like Gil Broughton, a 27-month Korean War POW. He is among many of the great service members whom we are proud to recognize.”

Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Deputy Executive Director & retired Army Colonel Al Carter said, “Honoring our residents and former military staff at the Jacobson Veterans’ Home is very appropriate as the skilled-nursing facility is commemorating its 10th anniversary. The men and women honored today were not seeking fortune or glory, but simply joining something larger than themselves. We honor and remember their selfless service to our nation.”

The ceremony was held at the Douglas T. Jacobson State Veterans’ Nursing Home in Port Charlotte, which received a Five-Star Rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in January 2014. During the ceremony, Governor Scott highlighted the service of Florida veteran, Gilbert Broughton.

Gilbert Broughton

Gilbert Broughton was born in Wyandote, MI on January 1, 1929. He graduated from Wyandotte High School and then enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1946 where he trained in Hawaii.

Gil was later stationed in Japan where he served for one and a half years. During that time, he demonstrated expert use of the bayonet making him one of 12 selected to teach the drill team.

Mr. Broughton was discharged in 1947 and remained in the active Army Reserve. In 1950, Mr. Broughton was stationed in Korea where he served over seven months in the Korean War and taken prisoner by the North Koreans. He spent 27 months in captivity as a prisoner of war. After the war, Mr. Broughton returned to Michigan to attend college and begin a career as an assistant school principal.

Florida Veterans Medal

The “Governor’s Veterans Service Award” honors Floridians who have served in the U.S. Military. The front of the medal depicts the Great Seal of the State of Florida. The back of the medal displays the five seals representing the five branches of U.S. Military with an inscription that reads “Honoring Those Who Served.”


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