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Florida Veterans Information

Lecanto VA Clinic

The closest VA clinic is located in Lecanto, Fl.  They offer primary care and mental health care for Florida veterans. 

Address:

2804 West Marc Knighton Court, Suite A

Lecanto, FL 34461

Phone numbers

Main phone: 352-746-8000

VA health connect: 877-741-3400

Clinic hours:

  • Mon: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Tue: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Wed: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Thu: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Fri: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Sat: Closed

  • Sun: Closed

James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital

The closest VA hospital to Citrus Hills is the James A. Haley Hospital in Tampa.  Florida veterans receive primary care, cardiology, podiatry, mental health care, spinal cord treatment, prosthetics, diabetes treatment, dental....

For a list of available services for Florida veterans click here to be connected to the VA website.  

Address

13000 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard

Tampa, FL 33612-4745

Phone numbers

Main phone: 813-972-2000

VA health connect: 877-741-3400

Mental health care: 813-631-7100

Clinical hours

  • Mon: 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • Tue: 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • Wed: 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • Thu: 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • Fri: 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • Sat: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

  • Sun: Closed

DMV Benefits for Florida Veterans

Florida Veterans and Military Driver Laws and Benefits in Florida

by Valerie Johnston on  May 17, 2016

The state of Florida offers a number of benefits and perks for those Americans who have either served in an Armed Forces branch in the past, or are current active military members.

Florida Vetrans Vehicle registration and fee waivers

Florida Veterans who are verified 100% disabled as a result of their military service are exempted from driver license fees as well as veteran designation fees. They may also receive a disabled Florida veterans license plate at no charge. Documentation from the Department of Veterans Affairs verifying the 100% service-connected disability is required. The DV license plate also entitles veterans to free parking throughout the state.

Military residents and non-residents, whether stationed inside Florida or in another state, are exempted from paying the initial, one-time $225 vehicle registration fee. You must provide form 82002 along with all other documents required for standard vehicle registration in order to claim this exemption.

In addition, active members of the Florida National Guard are eligible for a free license plate, by submitting form 83030.

Driver’s license veteran designation

Florida veterans are eligible for a military designation on their driver license, in the form of a simple blue “V” at the bottom right of the license or state ID. In order to obtain this designation you must provide a DD 214 and pay a one-time one dollar fee, in addition to regular renewal fees. The Florida Division of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles recommends visiting this website to determine what else you’ll need at the time of your visit.

Military honor plates

Florida offers a host of Florida veteran and military plates. The following are available to those who qualify and provide documentation of related service:

  • Veteran

  • Woman Veteran

  • National Guard

  • U.S. Reserve

  • Operation Enduring Freedom

  • U.S. Paratrooper

  • Pearl Harbor Survivor

  • Ex-Prisoner of War

  • Korean Conflict Veteran

  • Vietnam War Veteran

  • Combat Action Badge

  • Combat Action Ribbon

  • Combat Medical Badge

  • Air Force Combat Action Medal

  • Navy Submariner

  • Purple Heart

  • Medal of Honor

  • Air Force Cross

  • Navy Cross

  • Distinguished Service Cross

  • Silver Star

  • Distinguished Flying Cross

  • World War II Veteran

  • Combat Infantry Badge

  • Operation Desert Shield Veterans

  • Operation Desert Storm Veterans

  • Gold Star

  • Disabled Veteran (vehicle or motorcycle)

  • Disabled Veteran (wheelchair symbol)

  • Paralyzed Vets of America (vehicle or motorcycle)

The following plates are available to any FL motorist:

  • Florida Salutes Veterans

  • Support Our Troops

  • American Legion

  • U.S. Air Force

  • U.S. Army

  • U.S. Coast Guard

  • U.S. Marine Corps

  • U.S. Navy

Most plates require that you fill out form HSMV 83034 except National Guard and U.S. Reserve, which require form HSMV 83030.

Florida Veteran Military skills test waiver

The more military skills you can apply in your civilian life, the better, and thanks to the Commercial Learner’s Permit rule you can use your heavy military vehicle driving experience to avoid taking the skills test to obtain a CDL when you come home. This rule was put in place in 2011 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and gives states – including Florida – the power to waive the requirement for the road test, as long as you qualify. You have to have two years or more of experience driving military commercial type vehicles, and that driving must have been in the year prior to your application (if you’re still active) or your discharge from the military.

Certain motor vehicle violations can trigger a denial, so be sure to check out the waiver here. You will still have to complete the written CDL test.

Mesothelioma

Asbestos exposure is a significant problem that affects many veterans, increasing their risk of developing mesothelioma. At Mesothelioma Hope, they believe in helping our veterans by providing them with detailed information about mesothelioma, its impact, and resources to help increase their chances of fighting it. Approximately one in three mesothelioma patients are veterans, and their mission is to reach as many as we can and provide them with the support they need. Please click on the link below to be connected to their website. 

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