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As many put off checkups, men encouraged to get prostate exam; early detection key to beating cancer

By Steve and Heather French Henry, Kristy Young and Melissa Karrer Special to KyForward Cancer screenings save lives among men. But with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, too many Kentuckians are forgoing or delaying their annual health exams and cancer screenings. By putting off these important doctor appointments, we risk trading one public-health crisis for another. We cannot risk more late-stage cancer...

It will be Bevin vs. Beshear in Nov. 5 general election; matchups for other state constitutional offices set

By Tom Latek and Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Kentucky voters have spoken – or at least nearly 20 percent of them – and the race for the governor’s seat is going to be a battle between two political heavyweight rivals. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin received 51 percent of the party’s vote in Tuesday’s primary in his bid for reelection and Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear will be his opponent...

Filing briefs: Stumbo files for AG, Democrat; Schroder files for AG, Republican; Henry for Sec. of State

Greg Stumbo only democrat for Attorney General Greg Stumbo, a former Kentucky attorney general and House speaker, filed with the secretary of state’s office on Friday seeking to return as attorney general. Greg Stumbo Stumbo said he plans to continue the message he held while in the office before. “We’re going to talk about opioids. We’re going to talk about protecting people’s rights. We’re...

Barr proposes legislation to give military sexual assault victims additional options

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Lexington Congressman Andy Barr introduced proposed legislation last week that would aid military sexual assault victims. Barr, who represents the Sixth District, gave statistics backing up his legislation, the Military Sexual Assault Victim Empowerment Act, or SAVE, that allows victims to receive the care that best meets their needs. “The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs...

A home for brave in land of the free: Opening of Thurman-Abbott Home for Lady Veterans

Phyllis Abbott and Shelly Whitehouse look on as their dream project is dedicated. (Photos by Kristy Robinson Horine) By Kristy Robinson Horine KyForward reporter They came from all walks of life. Some were veterans and some were active military. Some were mothers and sons and fathers and daughters. Some were career politicians and some were simply humble volunteers. Despite the differences in ages,...

Bevin appoints Brig. Gen. Arflack as commissioner of Kentucky Department for Veteran Affairs

Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed Retired Brigadier General Norman E. Arflack as the new Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA). “General Arflack is a true servant leader,” said Bevin. “I know Kentucky’s veterans will benefit greatly from his four decades of service in the military, the Kentucky National Guard, and our state government. I am also delighted that Heather...

Veterans service organization to present Silver Helmet Rehabilitation Award to Heather French Henry

The Veterans Service Organization AMVETS will present its highest award, the Silver Helmet Rehabilitation Award, to Heather French Henry, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs. “To say I am honored seems inadequate,” Henry said. “I am truly humbled, and will accept this award on behalf of all Kentucky Veterans, especially our Vietnam Veterans and Women Veterans.” 2015...

Heather French Henry: On 100th anniversary of WWI, we honor those Kentuckians who proved their worth

They were untested. Young, green American troops. To the eyes of the British and French soldiers, worn out by four years of trench warfare, the Americans looked highly unlikely to hold the line against the Germans marching on Paris. As Jim Yardley wrote last year in the New York Times: World War I was the first time an American army had fought in a European war, and they were being delivered to the...

Replica of popular Vietnam Veterans Memorial coming to Lexington July 9-12

  The Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica is about 300 feet long, displaying the names of those who died during the war. (Photo from AVTT)   The American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Wall is coming to Lexington July 9-12.   The replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington will be on display at the Kentucky Horse Park. There is no admission or parking fee for those visiting...

Spotlight on Women Veterans: Mary Somers Ballard put school on hold to serve in WWII

Mary Somers Ballard served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps during World War II. (Photo provided)   In 1942, during World War II, Margaret Mary Somers was a college co-ed learning how to teach nursing when she asked herself, “What am I doing here?”   On Saturday, June 13, World War II veteran Mary Somers Ballard will throw the first pitch at the Lexington Legends baseball game as part of...

No One Left Behind: The story of ‘Sarge’
and the efforts to give him a proper burial

Harold Eugene Laws, known as Sarge, received a proper burial and now lies in honor Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Grant County. (Photo provided)   The call to the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs came from Kentucky State Police, Post 5. A man was struck and killed crossing a road in Carroll County. He had no family that anyone knew of. People in the area knew him only as “Sarge.”   Although...

Ending homelessness among Kentucky vets
is aim of new state, federal collaboration

In 2014, there were 600 homeless veterans in Kentucky, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. (Photo from KDVA)   Housing and veterans officials at both the federal and state levels have joined forces to help shelter Kentucky’s homeless veterans.   The “Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness” – announced Tuesday by Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen – involves...

Kentucky's four Veterans Cemeteries will participate in Wreaths Across America event

(Photo from Creative Commons   Kentucky’s four State Veterans Cemeteries will participate in the national Wreaths Across America ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 13, and ceremonies at each facility will feature families, volunteers and members of the public placing a wreath on each headstone and the columbarium wall.   “There aren’t many public events as both beautiful and moving as the Wreaths...

Honoring Vets: Kentucky’s Vietnam heroes worthy of long overdue gratitude, respect

On Veteran’s Day Nov. 11, Americans pause to celebrate all the men and women who have served in the U.S. military. In the days leading up to this official national holiday, KyForward pauses to celebrate some of the Kentuckians counted among those heroes.   By Heather French Henry Special to KyForward   Every Veterans Day we are reminded to recognize, thank and honor our nation’s...

Heather French Henry’s ‘life’s mission’ will continue as commissioner of Veterans Affairs

Heather French Henry, former Miss America and a longtime advocate for veterans affairs, will assume her new role as Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs July 1.   Heather French Henry Henry replaces Ken Lucas, who’s been asked to oversee completion of the construction of the state’s fourth veterans nursing home in Radcliff. He had served as commissioner since 2009.   “Heather...