Governor Rick Scott, commander in chief of the Florida National Guard, will spend Independence Day with troops currently deployed in Kuwait. Governor Scott will visit Camp Arifjan and Camp Behring to meet Florida National Guard and Orlando-based Army Reserve troops, and bring with him some reminders of the Sunshine State as the servicemen and women serve in the Middle East.
“It is an honor to celebrate our country’s Independence Day with the brave men and women who are currently serving and protecting our freedom,” said Governor Scott. “As a Navy veteran, and the son of a WWII veteran, I know how important it is to support our veterans, active duty military and their families, which is why I’ll never stop fighting to make sure Florida is the most military and veteran-friendly state in the nation. I look forward to spending time with our troops and making sure they know that Floridians appreciate their service to our country.”
While this is an official trip as governor, it’s also certain to boost Scott’s campaign for the United States Senate. The trip gives Scott an opportunity to tout his focus on the military and veterans during his nearly eight years in office. The news release announcing Governor Scott’s Kuwait trip mentions the $180 million in this year’s state budget to benefit active duty military, veterans and family members.
More details of the July 4 will be announced this week.