WMU-Cooley Law School’s Tampa Bay campus hosted area veterans during a Veterans Day recognition program on Monday, Nov. 11.
The Hon. Daryl M. Manning, of 13th Judicial Circuit Court in Hillsborough County, spoke during the event, sharing how there are over 19 million veterans living in America and 98,000 of them reside in Hillsborough County.
Pictured: Professor Patrick Tolan (left), a retired Air Force veteran, presents a lapel pin to WMU-Cooley student and veteran Joseph Garrido during the Veterans Day recognition program
“Saying ‘Thank you for your service’ is not enough for some – they need jobs and access to good health care,” the United States Army retired lieutenant colonel and former judge advocate officer said after thanking the veterans in the audience.
Manning told the law school students that they can play a pivotal role in a veteran’s life, and become agents of change to help address issues veterans face in today’s society. He shared how students can help veterans at Bay Area Legal Services now while in law school, as well as when they become lawyers.
“Veterans need legal assistance, but they also need help with their bank accounts, Social Security and veterans benefits,” Manning said.