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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...

Quilts of Valor: A special ‘healing’ gift from Fayette County Extension Homemakers to veterans

By Carol Lea Spence UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment The dinner Fayette County Extension Homemakers recently hosted for 14 military veterans and their families was the result of days of cooking, weeks of preparation and many months of quilting for the Quilts of Valor program—all to say thank you to the veterans for their service. Quilts of Valor, a national, nonprofit organization...

Kentucky service members targeted by USA Discounters to receive nearly $1 million in restitution

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Kentucky service members and their families targeted by retailer USA Discounters will share nearly $1 million in restitution from a multistate settlement to resolve claims the company preyed on service members with deceptive trade practices. According to the suit, it’s alleged that USA Discounters sold overpriced items at high interest rates and used the military’s...

Honor Flight takes off from CVG Tuesday as 72 tri-state veterans, guardians head to Washington D.C.

Seventy-two Tri-State veterans and their guardians will take an Honor Flight from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) Tuesday, destined for Washington D.C. to see memorials and participate in ceremonies that honor their service to their country. A send-off ceremony is scheduled for 6 a.m., with a welcome home set for 10:15 p.m. Honor Flight Tri-State’s sole mission is to fly...

Jeff Rubin: As we celebrate 4th of July, remember that veterans deserve dignity, respect — and benefits

This 4th of July as we celebrate the many freedoms we enjoy as Americans, let us not forget the right each of us has to live a life of dignity, respect, and independence regardless of our age or condition. Consider too, the opportunity it affords us to assist those with needs or seek assistance for ourselves when time and circumstances require action. I was reminded of all this when I had the opportunity...

Food banks in five counties conducting outreach programs for veterans

Food banks in five Kentucky counties are conducting outreach programs and targeting services to veterans. Anderson, Clay, Hardin, Madison, and Shelby counties are all home to food banks that received grant funds through Reaching Rural Veterans, the University of Kentucky and Purdue University program funded by the Veterans Affairs Administration and administered by the Military Family Research Institute...

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...

Legal Aid of the Bluegrass adds attorney, hotline dedicated to veterans’ legal questions

The door to legal services for veterans opened wider this year with the addition of a Veteran’s Affairs accredited attorney and dedicated phone line for legal questions at Legal Aid of the Bluegrass. Veterans often return from active duty to stacks of problems requiring immediate attention. Legal Aid of the Bluegrass provides direction and legal services regarding civil matters and VA benefits. The...

Organization that assists veterans with brain injuries to benefit from restaurant program

Throughout the month of January, City Barbeque, will donate all of the profits from its sales of limited edition drink tumblers to Resurrecting Lives Foundation, an organization that assists Veterans with traumatic brain injuries. Guests who purchase the tumblers for $5 receive free refills with any purchase through the end of March, along with the satisfaction of knowing they are helping our country’s...

Homegrown by Heroes goes national; Kentucky brand will help vets across U.S.

A Kentucky initiative to identify farm products produced by veterans will become a national brand.   The Farmer Veteran Coalition will administer the Homegrown by Heroes program on the national level. At the same time Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer announced the program yesterday – Veteran’s Day – the Farm Credit System announced a $250,000 commitment to fund...

Everyday Heroes: Sandy Hart’s devotion
to ‘true heroes’ evident in military museum

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” New King James (2003)   By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   Sandy Hart knows a good deal about what it means to give all of oneself to something important. As an example, we might start with her marriage, a lesson...

Wounded Wear’s Fitness Fest & Freedom 5K + Giveaway

In honor of Memorial Day and the sacrifies that all of our serviceman make for the greater good of our country, we wanted to let you know about the Wounded Wear Fitness Fest & Freedom 5k that’s taking place at Waterfront Park in Louisville on June 15th. The story of Wounded Wear began back in 2007. Jason Redman was a Navy Seal deployed overseas during the Iraq War when he was severely injured...

The Rural Blog: Government report shows every 65.5 minutes, a veteran commits suicide

By Al Cross Special to KyForward   Almost every hour in this country, on average, a veteran commits suicide. The Department of Veterans Affairs reported that 22 veterans per day took their own lives in 2010, up four a day from the 2007 rate. Perhaps contrary to public perception, the report said most suicides occurred among veterans over 50. It recognized Vietnam-era veterans as a risk group,...