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CFO Jimmy Patronis: Honoring Our Nation’s Heroes on Veterans Day

11/12/2019

For Immediate Release: Monday, November 11, 2019
Contact: Katie Strickland, 850.413.2842, katie.strickland@myfloridacfo.com
Devin Galetta, 850.413.2842, devin.galetta@myfloridacfo.com
 
CFO Jimmy Patronis: Honoring Our Nation’s Heroes on Veterans Day
 
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis released the following statement in honor of Veterans Day:

CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “I'm proud that Florida is home to an estimated 1.5 million U.S. veterans and more than 65,000 active-duty military personnel. Our nation is forever indebted to these brave men and women who selflessly put their lives on the line to protect our freedom and defend our country at home and abroad. I’m fully committed to ensuring Florida is the most veteran-friendly state in the nation, and I’m proud to honor the service and sacrifice of America’s military veterans and their families during Veterans Day.”
 
Florida Veterans Protection Act
With an estimated 1.5 million veterans living in Florida we must work to protect our men and women in uniform who so bravely served to protect us. That is why CFO Patronis has made the Florida Veterans Protection Act one of his top legislative priorities. Sponsored by Senator Tom Wright and Representative Bobby Payne, this legislation will help protect veterans by adding the victimization of 10 or more veterans as an aggravated white-collar crime.
 
Operation Return the Valor
Launched earlier this year by CFO Patronis, this statewide initiative is aimed at further honoring those who serve in our armed forces. The mission of Operation Return the Valor is to find owners or heirs of nearly 40 medals of veterans left in forgotten safety deposit boxes and sent to the state’s unclaimed property program. The medals include decorations such as Purple Hearts, Bronze Stars, and Distinguished Flying Crosses.

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About CFO Jimmy Patronis 
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).