Service – to country, community and colleagues – was a priority to Drew Meyers, a former Marine corporal.
Meyers, 29, died at his home on Sunday, July 14. The cause of death was unknown and an autopsy is being performed.
A funeral Mass will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Holy Cross Church, 3612 Church St., Covington.
Meyers graduated from Holy Cross High School in 2003 and attended Thomas More College for two years before entering the Marine Corps. After a leg injury, he earned an honorable discharge in 2009, and he returned home to complete his education. He also worked at the Kenton County Detention Center.
“When Drew came back from Afghanistan, like most of our veterans, he had to make life choices and didn’t know which way to go,” said Richard Shuey, an assistant professor at Thomas More who also became an adviser and personal friend of Meyers.
“Once a Marine, always a Marine. He wanted to make things easier for other vets. He started Servicemen to Saints to re-acclimate the veterans, to get them involved in social things, in service things and to maintain that camaraderie,” Shuey said.
Servicemen to Saints, a Thomas More College student organization, helped connect former military service members with career and educational resources, veterans benefits and each other.
“I always thought one of Drew’s strengths was that he could help others overcome their issues. He was coming along. You know, a lot of people go to college. … He’s one that stuck it out and was doing fine. Obviously, he influenced a lot of people,” Shuey said. “He was a guy who had good leadership. He just would go and motivate and organize people, only for the best of reasons and to get them together supporting one another.”