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Florida State University is committed to military and veteran support and success through initiatives that ease the transition from military service to campus life, foster a community of past, present and future veterans, raise awareness of veterans issues among campus and local communities, and support student veterans through graduation and into rewarding careers and graduate-education programs. 

Veterans Ready Room

At FSU Panama City, we are honored to provide the James and Cameron Skinner Ready Room for Veterans, a dedicated space for studying, small group meetings, decompressing and socializing with fellow veteran students between classes.

Enjoy Nintendo/Playstation gaming consoles, a comfortable lounge area and TV viewing, all of which are reserved exclusively for our student veterans, active duty and military dependents in the FSU Panama City Veterans Ready Room in the Holley Academic Center room A-212.

One critical factor for post-graduation success is learning to translate your unique skill set acquired through military service into transferable knowledge, skills and abilities. While civilian hiring managers and employers highly value your military skills and experiences, you must be able to describe them in a way that civilian hiring managers and employers can easily understand. There are resources designed to help you showcase your military experiences during the civilian employment hiring process on your resume, in your cover letter and during interviews or through the graduate school application process. Be proactive, and utilize the available career preparedness resources available to all FSU Panama City students.

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The Veterans Ready Room was dedicated by Floyd and Gloria Skinner, in memory of Floyd’s brother PFC James Allen Skinner, who died on August 15, 1966, from injuries incurred while serving in Vietnam; and in honor of Floyd and Gloria’s son, 2nd Lt. Cameron Floyd Skinner, who served in Iraq in 2003 and received the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service.

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Jim and Sandy Dafoe, community members and active on the FSU Veterans Advancement Council, have funded the addition of the Veterans Alliance arrowhead, mounted prominently on the wall of the study room. This symbol demonstrates Florida State University’s campus-wide commitment to become a national beacon of veteran support and success.

To support Student Veterans initiatives at FSU Panama City, contact:

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Mary Beth Lovingood

Director of Development
Holley Academic Center, room A 313
(850) 770-2108

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