Crist Appoints Interim Executive Director of the Florida VA

By: Governor's Press Office
By: Governor's Press Office

Tallahassee, Florida (Press Release) --

Statement by
GOVERNOR CHARLIE CRIST
Regarding the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Interim Executive Director

“The sudden and tragic loss of Admiral LeRoy Collins Jr. almost a month ago shocked Florida’s military veterans community, and we will forever remember his legacy of service to his fellow veterans. I am honored to have served alongside such a tireless advocate for the men and women who have made countless sacrifices to protect the precious freedoms we enjoy every day as Americans.

“Admiral Collins fiercely supported Florida’s more than 1.6 million veterans and their families, with a special call to action for our new and returning veterans serving in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. By establishing new resources such as the Florida Vets First Web site, www.floridavets.org, and the new 120-bed Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans’ Nursing Home in St. Augustine, he constantly sought to preserve the dignity and honor of our men and women in uniform.

“I commend the Admiral’s work to champion the creation of the non-profit Florida Veterans Foundation, which will assist Florida’s veteran community for generations to come. I am confident General Bob Milligan will continue Admiral Collins’ great work on behalf of the veterans who call Florida home.”

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Governor Charlie Crist today, August 26, appointed Lt. General Robert F. “Bob” Milligan, USMC (Ret.), as interim executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Retired as Lt. General in 1991 with a distinguished 39-year record of military service, he has served as Florida’s Insurance Consumer Advocate since 2007.

General Milligan served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 35 years, rising to the rank of three-star general before being elected Florida’s Comptroller in 1994 and serving until 2003. Most recently, he served as the interim director of the State Board of Administration, and he was appointed to the Florida Commission on Community Service (formerly the Volunteer Services Commission) by Governor Jeb Bush in 2005. He earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Rochester in New York.

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs is charged with advocating on behalf of Florida’s veterans and their family members. The organization provides information on education programs, acts as a liaison between veterans and other governmental organizations, and ensures that veterans receive long term health care benefits.


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