A decorated combat military veteran, Ron DeSantis earned both the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service and the Iraq Campaign Medal.
As Governor, DeSantis has worked hard to take care of Florida’s service members and veterans.
And Ron DeSantis just made one announcement that will make children of Florida’s military veterans smile.
Ron DeSantis is known for going above and beyond to make sure military members, law enforcement officers, and first responders all receive the respect and treatment they deserve for their service.
DeSantis fought to protect first responders against Joe Biden’s illegal vaccine mandate.
And when Democrats were waging war on the police and calling for defunding entire departments, DeSantis offered bonuses to law enforcement officers who relocated to Florida.
He also did the same for those in states where vaccine mandates were in place.
DeSantis is also looking out for military families.
Children of active duty military members will move to a new school six to nine times from the time they enter kindergarten until they graduate from high school.
This constant moving around can be difficult for children of service members.
Last year, Ron DeSantis signed a bill that created the Purple Star Campus Program, which recognizes schools that go above and beyond to help military families succeed.
During a press conference on Tuesday, DeSantis announced 114 schools in 10 counties will be designated as Purple Star campuses in recognition of their support for children of military families.
According to DeSantis, Florida’s 114 Purple Star Schools “have a designated faculty member as a military POC, provide teachers with professional tools focused on military students, go the extra mile to help military children move to a new school, and reserve 5% of open seats for military students.”
DeSantis made the announcement from Fort Walton Beach High School in Okaloosa County, which has the highest percentage of military child enrollment of any school district in the state.
“This is a big deal for the state, and I think it’s something that’s going to be very beneficial for our military families and for their kids,” DeSantis said at a press conference announcing the 114 schools.
“Congratulations to the schools that have been designated as Purple Star Schools of Distinction,” State Education Commissioner Manny Diaz Jr. wrote in prepared comments. “The Purple Star program is another leap forward in ensuring that military families and students receive the support they need to be successful and the schools that serve them are recognized.”
DeSantis shared a video from the press conference on Twitter, writing that “these schools go above and beyond to help the children of military families succeed. Honored to support our veterans, active-duty military and their families.”
Florida has designated 114 Purple Star Schools in 10 school districts throughout the state.
These schools go above and beyond to help the children of military families succeed. Honored to support our veterans, active-duty military and their families. pic.twitter.com/9XN5ffWzJG
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) November 15, 2022
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