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On Veterans Day, CFO Sink Honors Those Who Bravely Served


CONTACT: Kyra Jennings or Kevin Cate, 850-413-2842
TALLAHASSEE – Florida CFO Alex Sink encouraged citizens to participate in local Veterans Day activities tomorrow to honor the brave men and women who so proudly served our country.
CFO Sink recently offered a resolution to the Florida Cabinet to commemorate the contributions of current and former members of the United States Armed Forces.  Tomorrow she will visit with veterans and thank them for their service at the Baldomero Lopez Veterans’ Nursing Home in Land O’ Lakes.
“We will forever be indebted to the brave men and women who have served our country with honor and distinction, putting their lives on the line to preserve our freedom and protect our shores,” said CFO Sink.  “I encourage all Floridians to join me in honoring the service and sacrifice of America’s military veterans and their families, including the 1.7 million veterans who now call Florida home.”
The Veterans Day resolution, presented by CFO Sink at the October 27 Cabinet meeting, was received by Admiral LeRoy Collins, Jr., executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Navy veteran Mair Costa, president of the Collegiate Veterans Society of Santa Fe College in Gainesville, and other members of the 2009 Honor Detail. 
“It is especially important to me to recognize the veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, such as 25-year-old Mair Costa, and to ensure that our young men and women who are returning home are given the care, help and benefits their sacrifices have earned,” CFO Sink continued.
A copy of the Cabinet resolution introduced by CFO Sink recognizing Veterans Day, November 11, 2009 is below:
WHEREAS, for more than 200 years, individuals from all walks of life have taken up arms and sworn an oath to support and defend the principles upon which our country was founded; and
WHEREAS, throughout our history, courageous men and women have donned the uniform of our Armed Forces and built a noble tradition of faithful and dedicated service to our Nation; and
WHEREAS, Veterans Day has been set aside as both a national and state holiday to honor the 50 million American patriots who answered the call of duty, preserving our freedoms and often making the ultimate sacrifice; and
WHEREAS, we can never fully repay our debt of gratitude to those heroic men and women who served, were wounded, or even died in battle; and
WHEREAS, the unwavering commitment of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and Merchant Mariners has preserved our freedoms and saved millions around the world from tyranny; and
WHEREAS, we continue to draw inspiration from the heroism and dedication of those who currently serve and sacrifice for the cause of liberty and justice; and
WHEREAS, it is fitting that all Floridians honor America’s military veterans, including Florida’s more than 1.7 million living veterans, through whose service and sacrifice we today enjoy freedom and liberty.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Governor and Cabinet of the State of Florida do hereby recognize November 11, 2009, as
and call upon all Floridians to honor the contributions of current and former members of the United States Armed Services.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Governor and Cabinet of the State of Florida do hereby encourage citizens to participate in local Veterans Day activities honoring the men and women who have stood watch over America.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF the Governor and Cabinet of the State of Florida have hereunto subscribed their names and have caused the Official Seal of the State of Florida to be hereunto affixed in the City of Tallahassee on this 27th day of October, 2009.  

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As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, CFO Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services.  A successful businesswoman with nearly three decades of experience in the private sector, Sink is serving her first term as Florida's CFO.  As CFO, Sink's priorities include using her business experience to cut wasteful government spending, cracking down on financial and insurance fraud and reforming the state government's contracting practices.