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EKU ranked among nation’s best in ‘Military Times: Best for Vets’ for support of military veterans

Eastern Kentucky University has long been ranked as a great school for military veterans, and this year is no different. The “Military Times: Best for Vets” 2020 rankings once again placed EKU in the top 10 percent of public universities in the nation and number one in Kentucky as the university prepares to offer new services and grants for its military and veteran students. “One of the main...

Kentucky Proud is on the menu at the Kentucky Derby Festival; events to feature local foods, drinks

Kentucky Derby Festival revelers can enjoy Kentucky Proud foods and beverages in events throughout the annual celebration of the Commonwealth’s signature event. “Kentucky Proud and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture are thrilled to be a part of the Kentucky Derby Festival again this year,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “In the run-up to the most exciting two minutes in sports,...

Wreaths Across America holds largest-ever wreath-laying ceremony at Camp Nelson in Nicholasville

Wreaths Across America presented a program and laid almost 5000 live evergreen wreaths on graves at Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Nicholasville on December 15. With over 700 volunteers and attendees, this was the largest Wreaths Across America ever at Camp Nelson. BG Benjamin Adams, Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner, was the keynote speaker and told of his experience a few years...

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...

Sullivan University partners with USA Cares to provide education and training for veterans

Sullivan University is announcing a partnership with USA Cares, a national nonprofit organization based in Louisville, to provide education and training opportunities to active duty and military veterans and their families to enhance USA Cares’ total mission. Addressing the critical and unmet needs of post-9/11 service members and their families, USA Cares provides immediate financial and advocacy...

New commission will focus on the needs of Fayette County’s military veterans and their families

Mayor Jim Gray and Councilmember James Brown have announced the creation of a new city commission that will focus on the needs of Fayette County’s military veterans and their families. The Commission on Veterans’ Affairs will evaluate and recommend programs, policies and practices to the Urban County Council designed to improve veteran benefits, opportunities and recognition. “The men and women...

Study shows volunteering improves physical, mental health for post-911 military veterans

Volunteering improves physical health, mental health and social outcomes for post-9/11 military veterans, according to a recent study co-authored by Karen Lawrence, assistant professor at the University of Kentucky College of Social Work. The study is the first national study of civic service among United States military veterans and will be published in the February 2017 print issue of Psychiatry...