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Honoring Our Veterans


We are recognizing UMKC faculty, staff and student veterans in this issue of UMATTERS.

The past few weeks, individuals voluntarily submitted their name, branch and years of service so we can publicly thank them.

On Nov. 8 we will honor all at a Veterans and Service Members Breakfast sponsored by the Associated Students of the University of Missouri. UMKC has 423 students affiliated with the military on campus. There are 147 UMKC employees who have a designated military status.

Reginald Bassa
Lieutenant Commander U.S. Navy, Retired
U.S. Army and U.S. Navy
11 Years of Service in U.S. Army
15 Years of Service in U.S. Navy
West Point graduate and staff/faculty member. NATO Liaison. Branch Chief. Campus Liaison and Regional Recruiting Officer. Third generation military service member.

Rose Marie Bell
Staff Sergeant
U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserves
1967-1972, 1973-2001
Vietnam Era Women’s Army Corps and Adjutant General Office.

Raymond Coveney
U.S. Navy
Active duty aboard USS Fremont in Atlantic, Mediterranean & Caribbean.

Steven Driever
U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Marine Corps Reserves

Grant Eshelman, Jr.
U.S. Air Force

Troy Frazier (student)
U.S. Navy
10 Years of Service

Matthew Gratton
Captain, Retired
U.S. Navy

Jennifer Kell (student)
U.S. Air Force
18 Years and 8 Months of Service

Uzziel Hernandez Pecina
U.S. Army
Kansas National Guard
13B Artillery-Cannoneer
E-4 Specialist

Bob Prue
U.S. Army

Robert Pruitt
U.S. Air Force
20 Years of Service

Doris Mitchell Rogers
U.S. Air Force
17 Years of Service

Edward Shamieh
U.S. Air Force
4 Years of Service, 4 Years Reserve

Greg Silkman
U.S. Army

Jim Tjaden
U.S. Army
Stationed in Central Highlands of Vietnam from Jan 1970 to Jan 1971.

David Van Horn
U.S. Army Reserve and U.S. National Guard

Shawn Zembles
U.S. Air Force
31 Years of Service

About the Photo:
Sgt. Peter Ducos, UMKC student in the photo above, is an Army Veteran and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Pilot who served from 1999 to 2004 and was stationed in Korea and Kosovo. He also served as a civilian in support of the Army in Iraq from 2008 through 2009.

His picture, along with 21 other photos of veterans, is part of Hope 22, a Kansas City photography project showcasing veterans’ stories to the community through pictures taken by local Kansas City photographers. Photos will go on display for a week at the National World War 1 Museum and Memorial this coming weekend for Veteran’s Day. The exhibition is free and open to all. The photo of Ducos was taken by Steve Gibson.

The mission of Hope 22 is to raise awareness surrounding the country’s veteran suicide epidemic while educating the public on mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder and offering local resources for help.

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