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Veterans Services

Veteran Services Statistics & Information

In 2015, the Leon County Veteran Services Division conducted more than 4,500 interviews with veterans and dependents and handled more than 13,000 phone and e-mail contacts.  

Veterans in Leon County number 19,195 according to the most recent Department of Veterans Affairs reports.  Veterans and their related benefits and entitlements continue to have a major financial impact here.  

  • Total expenditures by the Department of Veterans Affairs in Leon County totaled $119.73 million!
  • Additionally, Leon County Veterans and their dependents received cash payments of $49.36 million in Fiscal Year 2015!
  • Costs associated with the Department of Veterans Affairs' Education, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment services exceeded $13.87 million!

Your Leon County Division of Veterans Services greatly impacts the above figures by advocating for Veterans and their eligible dependents in pursuit of all the benefits mentioned above.  Visit our V.A. Benefits Info page to find out more about eligibility!

Community Relationships

Leon County Veterans Services Division has a strong relationship and continually partners with other organizations that assist our veterans. 

These agencies include: American Red Cross, Florida Department of Veteran Affairs, Florida Veterans Foundation, VET Center, Veteran Service Organizations, Vet Village, FSU Collegiate Veterans Association, VA Outpatient clinic, and Workforce Plus. The Division and its community partners meet on a monthly basis to share information on Veteran programs and to address the current needs of our Veteran community.

Planning for the Future

One issue that is most critical for Leon County and Tallahassee veterans is VA health care. The VA is conducting a comprehensive planning process to objectively evaluate future demand for Veteran health-care services. The planning process is called CARES, Capital Asset Realignment for Enhanced Services. Veterans Health Administration assets are planned to be positioned in a way that results in more accessible quality health care for more veterans. In Florida, veteran enrollees are projected to increase 18% by 2012 and 6% by 2022 over the 2001 enrollment numbers. Proposed Florida panhandle health-care solutions include the following:

  • New bed tower in Gainesville VAMC

  • Contract inpatient care at Jacksonville Navy hospital and Panama City commercial hospitals

  • Increase sharing with Pensacola Navy hospital and share with Eglin AFB hospital

  • Transition Lake City VAMC from a 24/7 hospital to an 8 hour/5 day outpatient clinic

  • New community-based outpatient clinics at Marianna, Palatka, St. Mary’s (GA), and Eglin AFB (Okaloosa County)

  • New specialty outpatient clinic in Marion County 

  • New joint VA/DoD ambulatory care center in Pensacola

  • Expand Panama City and Tallahassee outpatient clinics

  • Institute seamless transition for returning injured veterans