Stetson University

Meet Student and Alumni Veterans

Stetson University College of Law honors all of those who have served in our nation's military. Read the profiles below to learn more about a few of the more than 30 student veterans on campus.



Dagmara Bastiks - Navy

The people who serve have a lot of dedication and commitment. The adventure aspect is certainly present. You do much more than practice medicine or law.

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David Fernandez - Navy

The Navy taught me to be focused and driven regardless of the environment or surrounding circumstances, especially in high stress situations, and to overcome fear of the unknown.

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David Veenstra - Air Force

What I think the average person should know is the thing service members have in common: the real and personal cost and sacrifice that comes part and parcel with serving.

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Jeff Harvey

Jeff Harvey - Army

I selected Stetson Law because of the emphasis it places on practical skills. By choosing law as a second career, it is important to me to be able to hit the ground running as an attorney once I graduate.

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John Crawford - Army

I learned to place the welfare of others above my own welfare when needed. If not for the military, I would not have succeeded in life, much less in law school.

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Jon McGill - Air Force

I've found Stetson Law to be a perfect fit for my goals. The philosophy here is one that mirrors military philosophy because there is a heavy emphasis on success and teamwork.

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Lawrence Miccolis - Marine Corps

I could not have asked for greater support while deployed and the warm welcomes home, which shows Americans understand the dedication and sacrifice in defending our nation.

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Rachel Sanders - Air Force

Throughout my time in the military I learned to never be satisfied with the status quo. I possess the ability to make things better, and I have a duty to use that ability for the greater good, which leads to why I am in law school.

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Robert Stines - Army

Serving in the military is not easy. For many service men and women, every day in the military is a personal sacrifice, but all of them serve with a smile, if not on their faces in their hearts.

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Ryan Nichols - Marine Corps

Serving in the Marines has been a huge part of my success in law school because of the high level of discipline that is required.

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Stephanie Broad - Army

It's a completely different existence, and I just ask civilians not to judge soldiers when they meet them on the street and don't completely understand why they seem "different."

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