Student veterans

Donors from Betchel Parsons (Thomas Riley, Kyle Kindred and Benton Shirey) met with student veterans to present a $4,000 check granted for a new student lounge in Powell. 


The Eastern Kentucky University Office of Military and Veteran Affairs held a presentation of a $4,000 check from Bechtel Parsons Bluegrass to fund a new veteran student lounge on Jan. 15. 

Steven Sweeney, an aviation major from Louisville, is looking forward to a comfortable study environment as well and says that he loves the location because it is, “right in the middle of campus and it’s close to the food.”

“I am, on behalf of our student veterans, so grateful but I also recognize that a lot of folks say that we support veterans, we’re military veterans, but you truly put your money where your mouth is. This is going to have a tremendous impact,” said Barbara Kent, director of OMVA,  during the presentation.

The funding from Bechtel Parsons comes through an ongoing partnership between them and the EKU Office of Military and Veterans Affairs.

“I approached them about our move from Burnam House to Powell, as they were a natural choice and to no surprise, they were immediately on board,” said Kent. 

This is the largest donation that the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs has received and Kent said she hopes, “these types of partnerships will enable us to continue to be the best in Kentucky and provide student veterans with the full college experience.”

Victoria Mclear, a fire protection and engineering major from Windsor, Ma., said that she hopes to get a comfortable study environment where she and her friends can hang out.

Kent said that the new veterans student lounge will include a customer service desk staffed by a veterans affairs student worker. The lounge will have free water and snacks, computers, space to study, areas to work on group projects and a projector for students to use. 

Kent said that the new lounge is expected to open later this semester.

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