PANAMA CITY, Florida (AP) - Veterans living in the state of Florida will get some additional benefits under a bill signed by Gov. Rick Scott.
On Monday, Scott signed the "Florida GI" bill at the National Guard Armory in Panama City. The bill offers a tuition break to honorably discharged veterans regardless of when they moved to the state.
The tuition break will cost an estimated $12 million.
The bill also includes college scholarships for National Guard members and sets aside money to renovate armories and acquire land adjacent to existing military installations in the state. It also waives professional licensing fees up to five years after a veteran is discharged.
Florida has roughly 1.5 million veterans, and there are an estimated 61,000 active military personnel stationed in the state.