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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As a community of learners and advocates for justice and equality, Stetson University College of Law is honored to provide students, faculty, and staff with a resource to celebrate veteran culture and honor their shared experiences of serving our nation. Veterans' contributions have shaped our campus, the legal profession, and beyond. By joining this national celebration, Stetson Law invites you to explore this community resource page.

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

The Seven Military Forces
United States Department of Defense
Learn the differences between the various branches of the armed forces

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. 

Stetson Law Student Spotlight: Nancy Eriksen
Stetson University College of Law
Veteran Nancy Eriksen, was awarded the "Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Outstanding Law Student Award" due to her commitment to hard work and serving the community

Stetson Law Alumni Spotlight: Javier Centonzio
Stetson University College of Law
Veteran Javier Centonzio, tells his story about how serving in the armed forces inspired his dream of being an attorney

Navajo Code Talkers

The National WWII Museum
The Navajo Code Talkers saved the lives of many due to their imperative role of relaying sensitive information on battlefields across the world. They are celebrated for expediting the end of World War II.

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.



11 │11 │18: The Centennial of the Armistice of WW I
National WW I Museum and Memorial
Take a virtual tour detailing the history and legacy of the Armistice of WWI

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 


Veterans Day Event at the James Museum

The James Museum
November 11 │ 10 am - 5 pm │ 150 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Veterans, active military, Gold Star, and Blue Star families can enjoy free admission to the James Museum on November 11th

Justice for Veterans Benefit Concert

Bay Area Legal Services
November 12 and 13 │ Times vary by day │ 10575 49th Street North, Clearwater, FL 33762

Join Bay Area Legal Services on November 12th and 13th, for a thrilling two-day event, at OCC Road House to celebrate Veterans Day Weekend. The proceeds from this concert will support their veteran services.


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