UK Honors Student Veterans

The videos and stories below are three of a continuing five-part series highlighting student veterans at the University of Kentucky.  During the coming weeks, these student veterans will be honored by UK Athletics during UK Men's Basketball games at Rupp Arena. 

For more information about student veterans at the University of Kentucky, visit the Veterans Resource Center website. 

Michael Chambers

As a medic in the United States Army, Michael Chambers already accomplished a great deal before arriving at the University of Kentucky.

But he says completing the MedVet BSN program at the UK College of Nursing will mean the world to him.

Discover why earning this degree at UK is so special to the Clarksville, Tennessee, native by watching the video above. 

Zach Grills

As an aviation rescue swimmer in the United States Navy, UK freshman Zach Grills had to put his fears aside the moment he began rescue swimming school.

"In a real life scenario, jumping into the water is crazy," said Grills, a native of London, Kentucky.  "Stormy conditions is probably the most stressful environment you could ever put yourself in, so, that's what they wanted to recreate at the school."

While he admits the training was tough, he learned a lot about himself in the process.

"Even though it was difficult at a time, it was the most rewarding and gratifying experience of my military career," Grills said. 

Today he's busy working on trying to accomplish yet another goal by pursuing a kinesiology degree from the UK College of Education.  

"There's nothing you can't do when you put your mind to something," Grills said. "UK is special to me, I always wanted to come here."

Watch the video above to find out what it is that makes UK so special to Grills.

Matthew Ebert

As an aviation electronics technician in the United States Marine Corps, Matthew Ebert experienced two separate deployments to Iraq and the Persian Gulf.

After facing the challenge of serving his country, Ebert says he was ready for a new goal to achieve. That's why he chose to become a mechanical engineering major in University of Kentucky College of Engineering. 

Discover why earning an engineering degree at UK is so special to the Florence, Kentucky, native by watching the video above.