Honoring Our Veterans


  • VETERANS NURSING HOME IN ST. LUCIE COUNTY

     

    Gayle secured funding for a Veteran’s Administration Nursing home in St. Lucie County.  The home will have specific beds for patients with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

     


  • COLLEGE CREDIT FOR MILITARY TRAINING AND EDUCATION COURSES

     

    Gayle sponsored and passed HB 347, College Credit for Military Training and Education Courses in 2012.  It requires Florida Universities, State Colleges and Community Colleges to give college credit for coursework and training received in the military.  It allows many returning service personnel to use the knowledge they have acquired in the military to achieve a college degree.

     


  • VETERANS’ HALL OF FAME

     

    Gayle sponsored and passed HB 465, Veterans’ Hall of Fame in 2011.  It establishes the Veterans’ Hall of Fame to honor Veterans who have made a significant contribution to Florida in civic, business, public service, or other pursuits.

     


  • VETERANS SPOUSES

     

    Gayle sponsored and passed HB 1319 that will allow spouses of veterans who have been transferred to Florida to obtain a temporary license to work immediately in their profession in Florida for six months while they are involved in getting the paper work done for a full license in Florida.

     


  • MILITARY RIGHTS/CHILD CUSTODY

     

    Gayle sponsored and passed HB 435, Military Rights/Child Custody, in 2007. It prohibits courts from modifying child custody agreements during the time a parent is activated, deployed, or temporarily assigned to military service unless there is clear and convincing evidence that it is in the best interest of the child to modify the custody agreement.

     


  • TUITION WAIVERS

     

    Gayle sponsored and passed HB 373, Tuition Waivers in 2006. It requires state universities and community colleges to waive tuition for a recipient of a Purple Heart or other combat decoration superior in precedence.

     


  • MILITARY AND VETERANS SUPPORT

     

    Gayle cosponsored HB 7015, Military and Veterans Support in 2014.  It waives out-of-state fees for honorably discharged veterans that attend a state college, state university, career center, or charter technical career center in Florida. It expands Florida’s veterans’ preference in public employment process, and authorizes, but does not require, a private sector employer to establish a veterans’ preference process for honorably discharged veterans and certain spouses. The bill also creates Florida Is For Veterans, Inc., to promote Florida to retired and recently separated military service members.  It provides  $1.53 to the DMA to fund tuition scholarships and book stipends for Florida National Guard members that participate in Educational Dollars for Duty, which is the Florida National Guard’s education assistance program

     


  • USS JOHN F. KENNEDY

     

    Gayle cosponsored HM 821, USS John F. Kennedy. It urges Congress to ensure that the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy remains in active service, that Naval Station Mayport remains the home port for the USS John F. Kennedy, and that the strength of the U.S. Navy’s Atlantic carrier fleet is maintained at its current level.

     


  • PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS

     

    Gayle cosponsored HB 23, Property Tax Exemption in 2004. It provides a 100 % property tax exemption for permanently and totally disabled veterans. Gayle also cosponsored HB 61, Property Tax Exemptions. The bill entitles disabled veterans and the surviving spouses of such veterans to an exemption from taxation of the value of personal property and household goods.

     


  • HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMAS

     

    Gayle cosponsored HB/CS 875, Requirements for High School Graduation in 2004. The bill enabled honorably discharged veterans of the Korean War who did not complete the necessary graduation requirements to receive their diplomas.

     


  • SPECIALTY LICENSE PLATES

     

    Gayle co-sponsored HB 111, Specialty License Plates in 2003. It creates the U.S. Paratroopers specialty license plate. Gayle also cosponsored HB 679, Specialty License Plates. It creates a series of Military Services license plates and provides for the distribution of annual use fees received from the sale of such plates.

     


  • POW/MIA

     

    Gayle cosponsored HM 209 in 2003. It is a memorial to the Congress of the United States urging Congress to provide adequate federal funding for a full accounting of those missing from our nation’s wars, including any Florida resident who is classified as a United States Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA)

     


  • VETERANS AFFAIRS

     

    Gayle cosponsored HB 1241 Veterans’ Affairs. It revises the definition of the term “veteran”; provides preference eligibility to veterans who served in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized; provides an end date to the Persian Gulf War; excluding active duty for training from criteria for eligibility for veterans’ appointment and retention preference.

     


  • FLORIDA UNIFORMED SERVICE MEMBERS PROTECTION ACT

     

    Gayle cosponsored HB 1475 Military Affairs. It creates the “Florida Uniformed Service members Protection Act” and prohibits a landlord from discriminating against a service member in offering a dwelling unit for rent or in any of the terms of a rental agreement.

     


  • SERGEANT LARRY BOWMAN ACT

     

    Gayle cosponsored HB 7, National Guard/Residency/Tuition Cites act as “Sergeant Larry Bowman Act”. It revises provisions for determination of residency for tuition purposes to classify certain members of active Florida National Guard as residents for tuition purposes.