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Ron DeSantis Wants More Than $100 Million for National Guard, Wants Civilian Volunteers to Help in Emergencies

Last week, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced more than $100 million in funding proposals to support Florida’s National Guard and establish the Florida State Guard, a civilian volunteer force that will assist the National Guard in state-specific emergencies.

The governor’s budget proposal includes:

$87.5 million to expand the existing readiness center in Miramar and to establish three new armories in Homestead, Gainesville and Malabar;

$8.9 million for existing armory maintenance;

$2.2 million for a new headquarters for the National Guard Counter Drug Program;

$5.1 million to support Florida National Guardsmen seeking higher-education degrees; and

$3.5 million to establish the Florida State Guard.

“We are proud of our veterans and active-duty military members and proud of what our communities do to support them,” said DeSantis. “Florida is one of the most veteran-friendly states and I think there are very few places that you would rather be on duty than in the state of Florida. As a veteran, I really appreciate what everyone who wears the uniform does in our state and am excited about these proposals – they will go a long way and have a meaningful impact. In Florida, we are going to continue our momentum of supporting our military, supporting our veterans and being good stewards of our military installations.”

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The military spending budget for the Florida National Guard supports vital emergency response services that the National Guard provides.

The establishment of the Florida State Guard will further support those emergency response efforts in the event of a hurricane, natural disasters and other state emergencies. The $3.5 million to establish the Florida State Guard will enable civilians to be trained in the best emergency response techniques. By establishing the Florida State Guard, Florida will become the 23rd state with a state guard recognized by the federal government.

The budget proposal also includes $12.2 million in scholarships for children and spouses of deceased or disabled veterans, and $3.6 million to improve base infrastructure and support projects that keep our military installations among the best in the nation.

This budget announcement is in addition to other announcements of items that will be in DeSantis’ proposed budget to support law enforcement, education, Everglades restoration and water quality projects.

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  1. Dennis Pruett

    December 5, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    Stoopid idea. Not needed deathsantis needs to back off his world dominance dreams. Loser

  2. Daniel Kroening

    December 5, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    Is their a age limit for the Florida State Guard ?

  3. Anonymous

    December 6, 2021 at 11:49 am

    You should move to California where foolish and stupid people are welcomed to hasten the destruction of that state through the dumbest political policies in this nation!

  4. Brian

    December 6, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    WOW you angry much. They have therapist for that condition!

  5. Margaret Toale

    December 6, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    Please elaborate on stupid and not needed

  6. Ron Girardin Jr.

    December 6, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    Yes this is for our governor of the state of Florida Ron DeSantis, I would like to know more about age limits and helpfulness that I can be to you and the national guard to protect our state. I am 60 year old disabled however I can still hear anything I want to with the scope or anything that I can see you at nine. The biggest problem that I see you have A very large amount of people that you could contact to help and I know most gun owners will back our state and our governor. Do you have a list of all of the hunters the pool hunting licenses as well as all the concealed weapon permit people in this great state. All of us would fight for the constitution and for state. I think our biggest problem would be ammo to have on hand. I don’t know if this is the right place or not but I have a question that I’d like an answer to and I know a lot of Floridians would how are you going about finding all these illegals aliens that have been dropped into our state so we can either send them to Delaware soon and back to hell where they came? Please respond to my email address and I will send you my phone number

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