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CFO Atwater Presents Award to VeteransPlus in Recognition of April as Financial Literacy Month


Contact: Alexis Lambert 
(850) 413-2842

TALLAHASSEE—At a Cabinet meeting today, Florida CFO Jeff Atwater sponsored a resolution recognizing April as Financial Literacy Month.  In celebration of Financial Literacy Month, CFO Atwater presented Clearwater-based VeteransPlus with the 2011 Champion of Financial Literacy Award for providing financial education to more than 4,000 military personnel and their families last year. Each year, the Florida Financial Literacy Council (FFLC) selects an individual or organization that possesses a strong commitment to financial literacy education in Florida to receive the Champion of Financial Literacy Award.

CFO Atwater also sponsored a resolution to designate April 17, 2011, as Military Family and Community Covenant Day.  The Community Covenant program was created in 2008 to foster and sustain community partnerships to support service members and their families with the stresses of military life.
“There is no greater calling than serving one’s country, and VeteransPlus and Community Covenant programs offer incredibly valuable services to our men and women in uniform by empowering them with tools for financial prosperity and aiding their families through community partnerships,” said CFO Atwater.  “I am honored to recognize their efforts to promote financial literacy and support our military personnel.”

There are currently more than 1.6 million veterans living in Florida. VeteransPlus provides one-on-one counseling with licensed, certified financial counselors to veterans, active-duty service members and their families.  Their singular goal is to help establish a better quality of life and a sound financial future for the men and women who have served our country and their families.

CFO Atwater’s Department of Financial Services is hosting events throughout the state during the month of April as part of Financial Literacy Month. Topics include identity theft, hurricane preparedness, small business security, life insurance, and financial fraud along with first-time homebuyer workshops.
To find a schedule of events occurring throughout the state for Financial Literacy Month, log on to CFO Atwater’s Family Fiscal Fitness website at  For more information about the Financial Literacy Council, visit  For more information about the VeteransPlus program, visit

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official and officer of the Florida Cabinet, oversees the Department of Financial Services including the Division of Insurance Fraud.  CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government, reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses, and providing transparency and accountability in spending.