Published: Nov 11, 2010 5:42 PM EST
Updated: Nov 11, 2010 1:32 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A new state initiative has connected nearly 30,000 Florida veterans to information about their benefits during its first four months.

Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink announced that result to coincide with the celebration of Veterans Day on Thursday.

The program called Florida Vets Connect began in July. It's a joint effort by Sink's office and the departments of Veterans Affairs and Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Driver license offices gather information on veterans not already in the state's system when they apply for or renew their licenses.

More than 1.6 million veterans live in Florida, but Veterans Affairs had accurate information on only about 700,000 as of July.