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National Cemetary Administration awards Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North highest score in nation

After a meticulous two-day inspection by the National Cemetery Administration (NCA), Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North (KVCN) scored 96 – the highest score of any state veterans cemetery in the country. “The very highest standards are what we strive to reach every day,” said Benjamin Adams, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, which operates five state veterans cemeteries...

Kentucky’s state veterans cemeteries to hold ceremonies during Memorial Day holiday

Kentucky’s veterans cemeteries, as well as veterans centers across the Commonwealth, will hold ceremonies this Memorial Day holiday, honoring those who have died in service to our country. Kentucky’s newest veterans cemetery, Kentucky Veterans Cemetery South East in Hyden, will hold its Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Eastern on May 27. The guest speaker will be Rep. Derek Lewis. Kentucky Department...

USA Cares to host free career and education expo for veterans, transitioning service members on June 26

USA Cares, a national nonprofit organization supporting military families in crisis, is hosting a career and education expo focused on hiring transitioning military, National Guard and Reservists, as well as veterans and their spouses on June 26. In coordination with the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA), the Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP) and the Army Reserve P3...

New apprenticeship program for nursing aides to further enhance care at veteran homes in Kentucky

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) Secretary Derrick Ramsey and Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA) Commissioner Ben Adams today signed an agreement to create a nurse assistant state registered apprenticeship program within long-term care facilities dedicated to providing healthcare services to veterans. Nurse Assistant State Registered (NASR) are nursing aides who...

Kentucky Arts Council traveling exhibit to highlight artwork by military veterans in November

Military veterans may have put down their rifles, but the Kentucky Arts Council is asking them to pick up their brushes, pencils and other art tools to participate in an exhibit that features and honors their service. The arts council seeks artwork from veterans and their spouses and children for The Kentucky Veteran Project Exhibit. The application deadline for the exhibit is Oct. 5. The exhibit will...

First veteran business owner addresses legislative committee about ‘Boots to Business’ program

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joe Slaughter, the first veteran entrepreneur to start a business under the Secretary of State’s Boots to Business program that started last month, addressed a legislative committee on Thursday about the program as the nation recognizes the week of the 17th anniversary of 9/11. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes met with Slaughter last week as he and other...

Grimes fulfills promise of polling places at Kentucky’s four state veterans centers

Honoring the service of Kentucky’s heroes and accomplishing one of her major goals as Kentucky’s chief elections official, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Wednesday that the Commonwealth’s four state veterans centers will now serve as polling places in future elections. “We owe it all to Kentucky’s 304,000 military veterans for their service and sacrifice...

Special Memorial Day ceremonies planned for Kentucky’s five state veterans cemeteries

Kentucky’s five state veterans cemeteries will hold ceremonies this Memorial Day holiday honoring those who have died for our country. • Kentucky’s newest veterans cemetery, Kentucky Veterans Cemetery South East in Hyden, will hold its Memorial Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. on May 28. It will feature the “Soldiers of the Clouds” ceremony performed by the Perry County Central High School Junior...

U.S. veterans affairs under secretary joins in dedication of new state veterans cemetery in Hyden

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Randy Reeves joined state and local officials in Hyden Thursday to dedicate Kentucky’s newest state veterans cemetery. “Kentucky’s four existing cemeteries have interred more than 10,000 veterans and dependents since the first state veterans cemetery opened in 2004,” Reeves said. “I will say this: Kentucky knows...

Benjamin F. Adams III appointed as commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs

Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed Brig. Gen. Benjamin F. Adams III as the new Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs. He will replace retired Brig. Gen. Norman E. Arflack who has been confirmed to serve as a U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Kentucky. “Brig. Gen. Adams’ military service and exemplary record make him an ideal fit to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs,”...

Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame will induct 23 new members in Class of 2017

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The 23 inductees to the 2017 Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame received a grand preannouncement surprise when the Fastrax parachute team dropped onto the front lawn of the State Capitol on Tuesday carrying large American, Purple Heart and Veterans flags with them. It was a fitting display since the inductees served in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines in such conflicts...

Jeff Rubin: Inspirational, life affirming Honor Flights much more than just a way to honor our veterans

A few weeks ago, I received a call from a friend of mine named Mike. He had called to ask me if I would pass along some information regarding “Honor Flights.” There are two, in fact. One takes off Sept. 6 and the other on Oct. 14. As I was unfamiliar with the term, let alone the program, I inquired further. What I learned about Honor Flights has been inspirational to me and nothing short of...

Lt. Governor cuts ribbon on new Radcliff Veterans Center, Kentucky’s fourth state veterans home

Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton cut the ribbon to ceremoniously open the Radcliff Veterans Center (RVC), a new state veterans nursing home south of Louisville. “This facility is part of Kentucky’s continuing commitment to serve the men and women who served us in military uniform,” said Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton. “I’m honored to help dedicate this nursing home and extend congratulations from Gov....

Special ceremonies set to commemorate Memorial Day at state veterans cemeteries, nursing homes

Kentucky’s four state veterans cemeteries and three veterans nursing homes will hold ceremonies this Memorial Day holiday honoring those who have died for our country. Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central, (KVCC) Radcliff:  Service begins at 11:30 a.m. EDT, Monday May 29. KVCC is collaborating with Fort Knox Command Group on the ceremony. Chaplain Lt. Col. Brain Crane will conduct the invocation. ...

Commentary: Commemoration of Vietnam War offers broader scope for appreciation of vets

By Norman E. Arflack Special to KyForward The 50th Commemoration of the Vietnam War offers a broader scope for appreciating the service and sacrifice of all Kentuckians who served. It’s a persistent myth that National Guard members never served on foreign soil in support of their active duty counterparts. In fact, there have been multiple Kentucky National Guard units that served not only honorably,...

State Veterans Centers and Veterans Cemeteries to honor vets in local community ceremonies

Kentucky’s state veterans centers and veterans cemeteries will host ceremonies in recognition of Veterans Day Friday, Nov. 11. At Paul E. Patton Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center in Hazard, residents will attend events in the community as well as facility celebrations on Veterans Day. November 10: Free Veterans Day dinner at Ponderosa. Bingo with LKLP and prizes November 11: Veterans Day Ceremony...

Vietnam veteran Graves to deliver keynote at first E. Kentucky Women’s Veterans Regional Conference

At the request of women veterans for a conference close to their homes, the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs is holding the first ever Eastern Kentucky Women Veterans Regional Conference in Hazard on Oct. 1. “Women veterans throughout Kentucky let us know that they needed regional conferences near their communities,” said KDVA Commissioner Norman Arflack. “As the primary goal of the Women...

Lt. Gov. Hampton will deliver keynote address at Western Kentucky Women Veterans Conference

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton will be the keynote speaker at the Western Kentucky Women Veterans Regional Conference April 30 in Bowling Green. “I am happy to address my fellow women veterans, especially in my hometown,” Hampton said. “The Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA) is doing a great job of reaching out to women veterans throughout the Commonwealth and I am honored to support that...

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...

Mike Denham: The courage and dedication of Kentucky’s veterans should never be forgotten

Today our nation will come together as it has for nearly a century to pay tribute to those who have sacrificed their time, talents and even their lives and limbs to preserve our freedom. Altogether, there have been more than 40 million men and women who have been part of the U.S. Armed Forces since the Continental Army was first established 240 years ago this past June. Tens of millions...