East Central College Veterans to Embark on Historic European Journey

April 18, 2017 |

This summer, East Central College student veterans will travel overseas on an once-in-a-lifetime trip.

“Everyone should get to experience history rather than just reading about it in a book,” said student and veteran Melissa Yetkin.

It’s all part of The Missouri Consortium for Global Education (MCGE) Veteran Students Study Abroad program. Traveling through England and France, students will follow the footsteps of the United States soldiers in WWII and earn some college credit at the same time.

Four students, including Yetkin, will experience world-renowned museums like the Churchill War Rooms and National Army Museum, as well as tours of Normandy and Paris.

To help offset the costs, the Student Government Association has been collecting donations for the veterans. Every Monday and Wednesday from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Yetkin can be found in the ECC Café selling items to support the trip.

“This is an extremely important experience,” Yetkin said, “and I want to help relieve the financial burden for the other veterans going on this journey.”

She is also setting up shop at Tractor Supply on April 22 and May 6 to get support from the community. If you’d like to learn more about the trip or donate to the cause, contact Melissa Yetkin at 803-983-4387 or melissa.yetkin@student.eastcentral.edu.