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Missouri Western Honors Veterans

Missouri Western held a special event to honor students, faculty and staff who served in the military. The university recognized almost two dozen veterans. Many who served for decades, and some who are just getting started.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Nearly two dozen veterans were recognized at Missouri Western State University Thursday night.

Among them was Wilem Wykert. Wykert joined the Army in 2012.

He currently serves as a Private First Class in the Missouri National Guard. He comes from a family with a long-tie to the military, and dedicated this award to them.

"My great-grandfather, my mother was deployed once. And my father was deployed three times. And, just seeing how they can be honored is just amazing," said Wykert.

This is the first year the Non-traditional and Commuter Student Center honored the university's veterans.

The department accepted nominations and picked honorees based on applications.

One program coordinator said Wykert set the standard for future nominees.

"A great student, they're here to learn, and they've done their time for the military or their country," said Jason Mullin.

Wykert was in disbelief when he found out he was nominated for the award.

"Just the fact that it happened, kind of made my heart stop and think, who would've nominated someone like me? Who's only 19? Joined the army as of last year," Wykert said.

As modest as he may be, the department said he was more than deserving.

"His dedication to being a student, and just his willingness to learn. Those are the things that popped out to me," said Mullin.

Wykert plans to pursue a degree in Liberal Arts.

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