State News
7:06 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Classes offered to examine military experiences

IPR’s Chris Slaby has more on the new classes being offered at the University of Illinois Springfield.

Past and present members of the armed forces will soon be able to examine their military careers in an academic setting. Kevin Beeson never served in the military, but says over the years he has developed a great respect for those who have. Beeson says he's wanted to give something back to them, and found a way as a visiting instructor at UIS.

“I just felt like there needed to be something that they could identify with. A class that said 'hey, this class is just for you," says Beeson.

Beeson created two classes , one for combat veterans, and another for retired and active service members. Students will talk about their military experiences, and also do an in-depth project about an important event in their lives. Even though that event doesn't have to be military-related, Ryan Yantis says that doesn't matter as long as it helped the student become a better person.Yantis is with the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs. He says the program could serve as a model for other universities...

“As long as it helps our veterans achieve their educational goals.”

The classes are scheduled to start at UIS this summer.