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Kentucky State Parks offering discounts to active military, veterans from November through March

Through the “USA Military Discount” program, Kentucky State Parks will offer current and former members of the armed forces lodging discounts. Those on active military duty, retired members of the military, veterans, members of the National Guard and reservists are eligible for a state park discount from Nov. 1 to March 31. Discount rates are available at Kentucky State Resort Parks and the cottages...

Older veterans face new fight as coronavirus cases continue to surge across the region

By Corinne Boyer Ohio Valley ReSource On Monday, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear delivered his daily briefing on coronavirus, which is surging across the Ohio Valley. Eleven more Kentuckians had died that day. Then the governor provided an update on an especially worrisome outbreak at the Thomson-Hood Veterans Center near Lexington, one of four long-term care facilities dedicated to veterans in the state....

KDA partners with other organizations to administer grant to help veterans enter agriculture field

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is partnering with other agriculture organizations in administering a federal grant directed to establish and enhance farming opportunities for military veterans, Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles announced. The $746,567 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant will provide agricultural opportunities for veterans and transitioning service members....

Sullivan University, USA Cares partner to provide scholarships and tuition to veterans, family members

Sullivan University and USA Cares are announcing a new partnership that will provide scholarships and tuition discounts to military members, veterans and family members. USA Cares, a Louisville-based charitable organization that provides financial and other emergency assistance as well as post-services skills training, has also designated Sullivan its official education partner. “Sullivan University...

UofL researchers test virtual COVID-19 care tool for veterans; automated texts reassure patients

By Baylee Pulliam University of Louisville Researchers at the University of Louisville are working with the Department of Veterans Affairs on a tool that texts COVID-19 information and advice straight to veterans’ phones. In a new study published in The Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, UofL’s Jason Saleem and doctoral student Jacob Read found the tool, called Annie, gave...

BBB Trends: Beware of Memorial Day scams — typically, they are directed at service members

Memorial Day is upon us, which means many people will be preparing for the unofficial start of summer. But more importantly, Memorial Day is a time to honor those who have lost their lives for our country. Unfortunately, scammers use this time of year to take advantage of victims in a variety of schemes with a patriotic or military approach.  BBB warns of the following scams that are typically directed...

Evan Williams launches new American-Made Hero Foundation in support of veterans and their families

Evan Williams, one of the largest American-made and owned bourbon brands in the country, has established the American-Made Heroes Foundation Fund at the Community Foundation of Louisville to provide funding for nonprofits supporting veterans and their families. “We are honored to launch the American-Made Heroes Foundation Fund with the support of the Community Foundation of Louisville and continue...

David Bledsoe hired as Director of Regional Aviation Maintenance Academies at EKU

Eastern Kentucky University has hired David Bledsoe as its Director of Regional Aviation Maintenance Academies, now in their preliminary stages. The Regional Aviation Maintenance Academies will provide those displaced by the downturn in the coal industry, as well as veterans and others seeking employment in Kentucky Appalachian Regional Commission counties, the opportunity to earn certification as...

Veterans volunteer to help hospice patients, families as part of Bluegrass Care Navigators program

Veterans John Mott and Dave Clark provide a direct service to many hospice patients and families, including fellow veterans, as volunteers for Bluegrass Care Navigators. The organization serves nearly 1,000 veterans in hospice care each year. Mott, a Vietnam veteran in the Marine Corps, said, “I started volunteering [at Bluegrass Care Navigators] last year — I had been volunteering with a local...

Rapid Warrior 5K at Norton Commons on Nov. 16 to benefit USA Cares; runners of all skill levels invited

Runners of all skill levels will take to the community’s picturesque streets to honor, remember and celebrate those who have served our nation on Nov. 16 during the Rapid Warrior 5K at Norton Commons. Presented by USA Cares, this patriotic 5K run is a chip timed race, featuring water stations along the route. Suitable for all fitness levels, the Rapid Warrior 5K is a fantastic opportunity to join...

Troops to Teachers program helping Kentucky veterans hone tools to succeed in the classroom

By Mike Marsee Kentucky Teacher Kentucky has given its veterans a pathway to teacher certification. The next step is to make sure they are ready to succeed in the classroom. A number of veterans who have turned to teaching got some of the tools they’ll need to become successful teachers last week at a workshop held by the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and the University of Louisville (UofL). Norma...

Hundreds of veterans from across U.S. coming to Louisville for 39th annual Wheelchair Games

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Hundreds of veterans will be in Louisville next week to compete in the 39th annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Men and women with spinal-cord injuries, amputations and other impairments will compete in a variety of sports. U.S. Army veteran Ted Rake is coming from Indiana to be part of the games. Rake was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in his 40s, and...

BBB Trends: It’s Military Appreciation Month, veterans; advice — beware of pension poachers

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau May is National Military Appreciation Month, an observance that encourages citizens to honor current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, and those that perished in the line of duty in pursuit of American freedom. But even the noblest of ideals won’t deter unscrupulous individuals out there looking to make a few quick bucks or steal the identity of the...

Changes proposed for hunter education program; optional range day considered, free online courses

Inviting greater participation in hunting while still stressing the importance of hunter safety is the motivation behind a multipronged proposal that Kentucky’s Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider at its next meeting on March 8. The proposal includes multiple recommendations. Among them, range day would be optional for the state’s hunter education program. “Range day is where hunter education...

Greg Hardewig: Companies are pushing past just hiring veterans; we’re supporting their transition

Each time Veteran’s Day comes along, I think about the time when I transitioned from active service member to civilian, and began looking for a new career. It was the 90s, the beginning of the Internet age and job search engines were just being built. Organizations didn’t yet quite understand what experiences or skills sets military veterans could bring into their role. Veterans looking for civilian...

Not much time left to see rare, two-headed copperhead snake at Salato; veterans free today

Less than two weeks remain to see a rare, two-headed copperhead snake before the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort closes for the winter. The unique, month-old copperhead is on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Tuesday through Saturday. Time to view the snake is limited, however, as the Salato Center closes for the season after Nov. 21. Salato will reopen March 1, 2019. The Salato Center...

Kentucky receives two federal grants totaling $1.95M to assist veterans, transitioning service members

As part of its Occupational and Licensing Review and Reform Program, the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded the Commonwealth of Kentucky two grants totaling $1.95 million. The grants will be used to review and streamline licensing requirements and address licensure challenges for veterans and transitioning service members. Kentucky is one of 11 member states in the Occupational Licensing Policy...

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...

Appointments now being accepted for free dental clinic services for veterans at WKCTC

West Kentucky Community and Technical College will offer a dental hygiene clinic to provide free dental cleanings, fluoride and any necessary x-rays for military veterans between Nov. 1, 2017 and Jan. 31, 2018. “We want to honor our service men and woman with just a small token of our appreciation for all they have done for us,” said Amanda Stringer, WKCTC Instructor, dental assisting/dental...

Kentucky Housing Corporation launches home ownership loan program aimed at veterans

Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) has announced a new, statewide loan option to assist eligible military families and non-active duty veterans achieve the dream of homeownership for first-time homebuyers. “Military families make many sacrifices to protect our country, said Edwin King, executive director of KHC. “We have $3 million available that will help our Kentucky military families achieve...