Unique A&M Class Features All Veterans as Students

By: Michael Oder Email
By: Michael Oder Email

COLLEGE STATION War and history go hand in hand. Especially modern history. Veterans share a connection to the past through their service to our country. They can relate more to what a soldier in World War II or Korea experienced, based roughly on their own experience.

The pictures on the wall show this isn't a normal classroom. The students only further that point. They're all veterans.

"I was a US navy corpsman. I served from 206 to 2013," said Kevin Jurnek.

"Did two tours in Iraq, including the invasion tour. A year in Korea along with that," said Phillip Garner.

A veterans only history class at Texas A&M helps those incoming student vets relate to each other. As veterans, they share a special connection to history.

"They understand how that works," said Dr. Bill Collopy, the professor in charge of the class.

"The story of the history of the United States and their involvement in wars, so yeah I think that's a special spot for them," continued Collopy.

"It definitely comes more alive," said Juranek.

"It's a completely different experience. It's so much more relaxed. It's so much more conversation goes on. You're not waiting on somebody to talk out of 300, you've got 12 guys that are ready to engage in conversation. it's just really good that way," said Garner.

The closer the class gets to current events, the stronger the connection to these veterans. They're studying the events that led to their deployment or service.

"I wonder if they appreciate yet that they have made history. They'll probably figure that out when they're like my age," laughed Collopy.

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