Gov. Scott and First Lady Ann Scott Honor 187 Veterans with Governor’s Veterans Service Award

Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott today, joined by Florida National Guard Leader Major General Emmett Titshaw, Florida Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General Tim Ferguson, and Larry Militello, Florida Department of Veterans Affairs Home Administrator for the Pembroke Pines State Veterans Nursing Home awarded 187 Florida veterans with the Governor’s Veterans Service Award for their service to Florida and the nation.

Governor Scott said, “The Governor’s Veterans Service Award is just one way that Floridians across the state express our deepest gratitude to the brave veterans who have sacrificed for our freedoms. We will keep working to recognize and support the veterans in the Sunshine State.”

First Lady Ann Scott said, “As First Lady, I have had the opportunity to visit military bases across the State of Florida. I am proud that Rick and our state’s leaders have championed programs that help these active duty service members, veterans and their families.”

Tim Ferguson, Inspector General for the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, said, “Today with the help of our community partners, we honored and personally thanked over one hundred local veterans and guardsmen. I could not think of a more fitting tribute to our veterans as we approach Independence Day.”

The ceremony was held at the 254th Transportation Corps Battalion in West Palm Beach. During the ceremony, Governor Scott highlighted the service of Florida veterans James Albano and Jerrod Klein.

James Albano
James Albano is a 23-year Army veteran who served seven years on active duty. After his discharge, James enlisted into the Florida Army National Guard. James was called to serve in support of Operation Noble Eagle and deployed twice to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where he earned the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Combat Action Badge. James is currently employed by the town of Jupiter as a Police Officer and is a member of their SWAT team. He was awarded the Department’s Bravery Citation and was recognized with two Lifesaving Awards as well as the Police Chief’s Award of Excellence.

Jerrod Klein

Jerrod Klein entered the Unites States Army in March 1967 and served with A Company 2nd Battalion 8th Calvary 1st Division until August 1968. He was awarded the Silver Star, the Air Medal, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge for his service in Vietnam. Jerrod graduated from the University of New York and earned his Master’s Degree from the Long Island University C.W. Post College. In 2004, Jerrod was elected 1st Vice President of the Florida State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America and chaired the State Council Veterans Benefits Committee from 2003 to 2011.

Florida Veterans Medal

The “Governor’s Veterans Service Award” honors Floridians who have served in the U.S. Military. The front of the medal depicts the Great Seal of the State of Florida. The back of the medal displays the five seals representing the five branches of U.S. Military with an inscription that reads “Honoring Those Who Served.”


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