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Special Veterans Court program started by Boyd County Circuit Court Judge allows vets a fresh start

By Carly Carver The Daily Independent CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (KT) – A United States Marine has a chance at a fresh start thanks to hard work and a specialized court program led by northeastern Kentucky circuit court judges in conjunction with the Veterans Administration. 
James “Jim” Blankenship, a United States Marine Corps veteran, graduated from Boyd County Circuit Court’s Veterans Court...

Commentary: Keeping our commitment to Kentucky’s veterans by improving VA accountability

By Sen. Mitch McConnell Special to KyForward One of the greatest privileges I have as a U.S. Senator is representing nearly 300,000 veterans who call Kentucky home. Through their selfless service, America’s veterans have earned our admiration and gratitude. They have also earned the right to access medical care they deserve and were promised through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)....

Rural Blog: Focus moves to therapy, exercise after 270 percent surge in painkiller prescriptions to vets

Use of prescription painkillers among veterans increased 270 percent from 2001 to 2012, Jessica Lilly and Roxy Todd report for West Virginia Public Broadcasting as part of a series on opioids in Appalachia. About 24 percent of all veterans live in rural areas. In West Virginia, which leads the nation in opioid use, VA clinics were known for prescribing painkillers for chronic pain, reports WVPB. For...

Aspen Dental volunteers to provide free dental care to local veterans in Frankfort Friday

Aspen Dental dentists and teams will be volunteering their time and to provide free dental care to local veterans on Friday in Frankfort. Aspen will be parking its MouthMobile – a 42-foot dentist office on wheels – at the state capitol building and will provide care from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is the seventh tour stop of the 2016 Healthy Mouth Movement, a program that helps veterans who are unable...