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Military and Defense in Florida

Florida has the nation’s third-largest veteran population and a rich military history dating to the Spanish colonial era

This guide from the State Library of Florida explores the role of military and defense in Florida history and in modern times. 

Military and veterans’ affairs professionals employed by the State of Florida who have a State Library card can access e-books, online journals and other resources for free. 

We can also deliver books and research articles directly to your office.  

Other researchers can request most of these materials through their local public library. 

Links within the bibliographies take you to information in our catalog or to more information on external sites.

1941 photo of soldiers at Camp Blanding 

Military and defense in history 

Military and defense today 

Reports and statistics 

Logo for Florida National Guard Department of Military Affairs

Professional resources 

For FY2024-25, the percentage of total costs for the State Library and Statewide Resource Sharing program financed with federal money is 67%; the federal dollar amount to be spent on the program is $1,502,070. Local match, which includes non-governmental funding, is $742,070.31.

imls180.for.panel.jpgMany of these resources and programs are funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida's LSTA program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services.