Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Operation Outdoor Freedom

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Sponsored by Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam, “Operation Outdoor Freedom” provides wounded veterans with the outdoor activities they enjoy at no cost. Designated state and agricultural lands throughout Florida grant these veterans unique opportunities for recreation and rehabilitation. The Florida Forest Service, within the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, has provided hundreds of veterans with the “Operation Outdoor Freedom” experience, and Commissioner Putnam encourages veterans who qualify to register for upcoming events.

Eligibility Requirements

Participation in the Operation Outdoor Freedom Program has been established for Florida residents, as defined in s. 379.101(30)(b), Florida Statutes, who are honorably discharged military veterans with either:

  • A service-connected disability rating of 30% or greater from the United States Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Or Purple Heart recipient

Upcoming Events

Please visit the Operation Outdoor Freedom Event Registration System for the current schedule of events.

 Note: The registration system requires Internet Explorer version 9 or later, Firefox, Chrome or Safari.


Operation Outdoor Freedom
Florida Forest Service
Florida Department of Agriculture
170 Century Blvd.
Bartow, FL  33830

David C. Hunt
State Program Coordinator
(863) 578-1894 Office 

Randy L. Ross
Asst. State Coordinator
(863) 578-1893 Office
(863) 224-7013 Cell


For media inquiries regarding Operation Outdoor Freedom, please call (850) 617-7737 or email  Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com.

Our Participating Partners

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Wounded Warrior Project

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