Veterans Day

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Now known as Veterans Day, November 11th was originally Armistice Day in the United States which celebrated the ceasefire between the Allied nations and Germany at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. Today, Veterans Day serves as a time to celebrate all military veterans in the United States. Stetson University College of Law thanks all military veterans for their service. 

Stetson Law has a network of students, staff, and faculty committed to serving veterans on our campus and within the local community. Stetson Law’s commitment to veterans is exemplified by our Veteran Law Institute (VLI). The VLI improves veterans’ circumstances in Tampa Bay and the national community through training and outreach, policy reform, advocacy for veterans with disabilities, and support of Stetson University College of Law students’ well-being and education. The dedicated students, faculty, and staff of the VLI honor veterans' service each day with the work they do. Members of the Student Veterans Organization demonstrate their dedication to veterans and veterans law through their advocacy and community outreach.

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While this page is the result of a collaborative effort, it is not a comprehensive resource. We encourage students, faculty, and staff to explore other resources and to feel free to share those that may add to the richness of this page. Please email any insights to [email protected].


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Stetson Law Events

Veterans Day Pro Bono Event

Student Veterans Organization | Elder Law Society
November 9│ 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. │ 150 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Stetson Law students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in decorating cards for senior veterans at Bay Pines Medical Center. Students can receive 1 hour of pro bono for participating in this event. Food and beverages will be provided. 


Veterans Day

The National Park Service recognizes Veterans Day and highlights the battlefield individuals can visit to commemorate United States Veterans (NPS, 2015)

History of Veterans Day
United States Department of Veteran Affairs
Why do we celebrate Veterans Day on November 11?

Why Veterans Need Good Lawyers
Stetson University College of Law
Navigating laws and regulations, gaining access to a lawyer, and receiving benefits can be laborious for veterans. Learn ways lawyers can help in this article.


Department of Defense Military Dictionary and Related Terms
United States Department of Defense
Learn terms used in the armed forces

Stetson Law Commitment to Veterans

Veteran Law Institute
Stetson University College of Law
The Stetson University College of Law Veterans Law Institute (VLI) improves veterans’ circumstances in the Tampa Bay and national community through training and outreach, policy reform, advocacy for veterans with disabilities, and support of Stetson University College of Law students’ well-being and education.

Veterans Advocacy Clinic
Stetson University College of Law
The Veterans Advocacy Clinic provides representation to Tampa Bay area veterans appealing decisions denying Veterans Administration disability benefits. 

Student Veterans Organization
Stetson University College of Law
The Student Veterans Organization increases awareness and alleviates issues that affect veterans and their families on the Stetson Law campus and in the local community 

Yellow Ribbon Scholarship
Stetson University College of Law
Scholarship to support an unlimited number of veteran law students, alumni, and their eligible dependents

Veteran Pioneers and Advocates

Stetson Law Advocate: Professor Stacey-Rae Simcox
Stetson University College of Law
Professor Simcox is a veteran of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps on active duty and a Major in the U.S. Army Reserves. Professor Simcox is dedicated to advocating for veterans as a professor of Law and Director of the College of Law's Veterans Law Institute and Veterans Advocacy Clinic. 

The Women's Army Corps

The United States Army
The Women's Army Corps paved the way for women to serve in the armed forces today.


Why We Serve: Native Americans in the United States Armed Forces
National Museum of the American Indian | The Smithsonian
This exhibit highlights the legacy of Native Americans who served in the armed forces and demonstrates their commitment to protecting their homeland

Florida Military Academy Collection
Stetson University College of Law
Stetson's Gulfport campus was a military academy for boys in the 1930s. Scroll through this collection of memorabilia and photographs from the Florida Military Academy.

The First Line of Defense - Stacey-Rae Simcox

Stetson University College of Law
Explore important topics in veterans Law with Professor Stacey-Rae Simcox in episode 8 of the Real Cases podcast 


Stetson Law's Veteran Law Institute - Learn more about the VLI
Stetson Law's Veterans Advocacy Clinic - Legal Help for Veterans
Veteran Education Benefits - Learn more
Stetson Law's Student Veterans Organization- Learn more about SVO

Bay Area Legal Services - Florida Veterans Legal Helpline
Pinellas County Veteran and Military Resource Guide - Pinellas County Resources
Hillsborough County Veteran Services - Hillsborough County Services
Post 9/11 Veterans - Tampa nonprofit community organization

Florida State Veterans' Benefits Guide - Florida Resources

Free National Park Entry - Learn more
Association of Service Dog Providers for Military Veterans - Learn more