Patronis appoints Judge Maney to Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame Council
Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis has appointed retired Army Brig. Gen. T. Patt Maney to the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame Council.
Maney served nearly 30 years as an Okaloosa County Judge, received numerous awards and honors for his time of service, and retired as a brigadier general in 2007.
“Gen. Maney’s track record of service speaks for itself — he loves his country and the State of Florida,” Patronis said. “His passion for veterans’ issues makes him the perfect person to fill the role on the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame Council. I know Gen. Maney will add tremendous value to the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs and will help further the critical mission of the council.”
In December 2018, Maney was inducted into Florida’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame. Maney also received numerous military awards including: Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Combat Action Badge for his work in Panama, Haiti, Bosnia, and Afghanistan.
“Our state is blessed to have nearly 1.6 million veterans and the third largest veteran population in the nation,” Maney said. “I am humbled to be asked by CFO Jimmy Patronis to serve on the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame Council and to play a part in honoring those veterans who continue to serve the people of Florida.”
During a deployment to Afghanistan in 2005, Judge Maney sustained a traumatic brain injury when a roadside bomb detonated under his vehicle. After multiple surgeries and thousands of hours of physical therapy, Judge Maney regained his cognitive ability and continued his public service as a county judge. In 2009, Maney came up with the idea of working with homeless veterans in court, spearheading a “Stand Down” event in Okaloosa County that became a model for the state. In 2011, the Florida Legislature passed the “T. Patt Maney Veterans’ Treatment Intervention Act,” which provides treatment modeled after drug courts, with pretrial diversion programs, and requirements for judges to consider veterans’ combat experience in making post-trial sentencing decisions.
Maney’s term begins immediately and expires on January 1, 2023.