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Equal Justice Works fellowship will assist Florida’s veterans

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Jonathan GloverJonathan “Jon” Glover is a recipient of an Equal Justice Works (EJW) fellowship that will expand the impact of the Veterans Law Institute at Stetson University College of Law by assisting veterans with removing barriers to benefits through outreach, education, and representation.

EJW fellowship is sponsored by Greenberg Traurig and The Florida Bar Foundation.

Glover, a Stetson alum and the law school’s first EJW fellow, will be establishing and developing relationships with community groups, veteran service organizations, and local government agencies in order to reach veterans who need help with obtaining the benefits they earned while serving in the military.

Glover, a retired Army captain and former Sacramento police officer, understands the needs of the veteran population because he is also a disabled combat veteran as a result of injuries he suffered during his two deployments to Afghanistan. Glover said he is determined to help other veterans tear down the barriers to benefits and assist them in getting what they deserve.

“The Equal Justice Works fellowship allows me to continue to serve and help an underrepresented segment of our community,” said Glover. “These men and women have made sacrifices for the betterment of our country, and they have earned and deserve to receive their benefits.”

EJW has been facilitating opportunities for law students and lawyers to engage in public service for more than 30 years. The organization’s vision is to create a community of lawyers committed to public service who can fulfill the nation’s promise of equal justice for all.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Florida has the third largest veterans population in the nation and Hillsborough County has the highest number of veterans in Florida.

The Veterans Law Institute and Veterans Advocacy Clinic, directed by Professor Stacey-Rae Simcox, are the host organizations for this project and will provide Glover with the resources he needs to assist veterans during his EJW fellowship.

“The veteran population is underrepresented, and this EJW project is a perfect opportunity to not only expand the impact of the Veterans Law Institute, but also help veterans get the benefits they deserve,” said Simcox. “As a veteran himself, Jon understands the struggles these veterans face. He worked extremely hard to obtain this fellowship and veterans project, and we are excited to partner with him, Equal Justice Works, Greenberg Traurig, and The Florida Bar Foundation on this project.”

Stetson Law students also will be advocating and paving the way by providing veterans with assistance during their road to recovery.

“My EJW project will give Stetson Law students a chance to obtain real-world experience and exposure to challenges facing our veterans,” said Glover. “The students will go out into the community to meet these heroes. It’s a rewarding opportunity for students to help veterans benefit from the services we’re able to provide.”