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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...

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...

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)....

Celebration, Reflection and Honor: An unforgettable day for both veterans and UK alike

By Whitney Harder, Amy Jones-Timoney, and Kody Kiser Special to KyForward When Thomas Kubeck returned home from the Vietnam War, he never received a hero’s welcome. He landed back in the states on a stretcher, not to a crowd of cheering people or handshakes of gratitude. Last Saturday, Kubeck, a former staff sergeant in the U.S. Army, finally received the celebration he deserved. He and nearly...

BBB Trends: Veterans holidays are a time for sound-alike solicitations; beware of scams and pressure

Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Veteran’s Day are all great holidays to honor the men and women who have served or are currently serving our country. It’s also a great opportunity for scam artists to look like, sound like, and act like a charity when they aren’t. There are numerous nonprofits honorably providing the services veterans need and several more that support active military personnel...

Free dental care for local Lexington veterans available by appointment on June 24

On Saturday, June 24, nearly 450 Aspen Dental practices will open their doors to provide free dental care for thousands of veterans across the nation. Local veterans can call 1-844-AspenHMM to schedule an appointment at a participating office in the Lexington area. Appointments are required and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Of the more than 21 million veterans across the U.S., fewer...

Mutts 4 the Military matches veterans with 4-legged friends — dogs get a good home and a purpose

Mutts 4 the Military rescues dogs from high-kill shelters and places them where they are needed the most — with veterans and active duty military personnel. These dogs are vetted, trained, and certified as emotional support companions at no cost to the recipient. Help is also available with any future veterinarian bills if needed. It is the organization’s goal to place at least 20 dogs a year...

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...

Lexington’s City Barbeque to donate $12,500 to support veterans with traumatic brain injury

Throughout March—National Brain Injury Awareness month—City Barbeque restaurants raised $12,500 to benefit veterans living with traumatic brain injury. These funds, which represent 200% of profits from sales of a limited-edition drink tumbler, will be donated to the Resurrecting Lives Foundation. Established in 2012, the Resurrecting Lives Foundation supports the estimated 20–25% of troops returning...