Serving Veterans in the Commonwealth

Commissioner Henry July 2014.jpgThat is our mission, our job, and our privilege. We work every day to make sure Kentucky's 339,000 veterans and their families receive all the benefits and services they have earned. Here you will find information on benefits counseling, skilled long-term care at state veterans centers, dignified interment at state veterans cemeteries health care, education, employment and special programs for women veterans, homeless veterans and others.Commissioner Heather French Henry

Military Appreciation Night at Lexington Legends

Join us on Saturday evening, June 13, in Lexington.  Military members and veterans enter free.​ [PDF 2 MB] 

DD-214s or KY Veterans Designation driver's license accepted as ID.  Wounded Warriors softball game begins at 5 p.m., and Legends game at 7 p.m.

Traveling Vietnam Wall at Horse Park in July

Governor Steve Beshear will be the keynote speaker for the Opening Ceremony on Friday, July 10 at 10 a.m.  The Traveling Wall will be open 24/7 from 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 9 through 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 12.  Free parking for veterans or with parking pass you can Download for printing here.


KY Women Veterans Unite! 2015

2015 is the Year of the Woman Veteran

Women Veterans Day at Thurby

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Thursday, April 30, 2015 was the first Women Veterans Day on Thurby at Churchill Downs. 

Pictured in front are Lindsay Gargotto, Kentucky Woman Veteran of the Year and founder of Athena's Sisters, KDVA Commissioner Henry and new Women Veterans Coordinator LuWanda Knuckles.

During Thurby, Commissioner Henry presented a check for $5,000 from the Kentucky Veterans Program Trust Fund to Ms. Gargott to support programs by Athena Sisters to help women veterans.

Thurby Interview on WDRB

WKYT News on Year of the Woman Veteran

WDRB News on Year of the Woman Veteran

The Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA) will spotlight Kentucky’s 33,000 women veterans throughout 2015, which Governor Steve Beshear has proclaimed the Year of the Woman Veteran in Kentucky.

50th Vietnam War Anniversary Commemoration

KDVA honors all veterans every day, but for the next 10 years we will be focusing on Vietnam War veterans. Decades after they came home to no parades, no recognition and no thanks, Congress has declared the 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemoration.

Here in the Commonwealth we have approximately 116,000 Vietnam Veterans. About 8,000 of those are women. About 8,000 are African-American or Hispanic. They live and work in all 120 counties. They, like many groups of veterans we have honored, are worthy of the national 12-year-long Commemoration.

The purpose of the Commemoration is to recognize, honor and thank the Vietnam veterans in our communities.

Photos from Kentucky's Commemoration Event

Get directions to the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Two Ways to Stay Informed:

Sign up for text alerts.  We send these no more than two or three times per week, always to call attention to imminent events of interest to veterans.  Text Follow kyveterans to 40404.

Join the KDVA listserve. We send no more than two or three emails per day about events and issues importatnt to veterans. If you wish to be added to the listserve, please email

Show Your Support

Purchase an I Support Veterans license plate
Purchase an  I Support Veterans License Plate

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​News & Events

Become a Vietnam War Commemorative Partner 
Join more than 100 Kentucky communities and organizations.
Find out how your town, country, group, business or club can honor local Vietnam Veterans and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

Regional Career Fair
Thursday, June 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Lexington. Veteran Priority 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Military Appreciation Night at Lexington Legends [PDF 2 MB]
Saturday, June 13, 2015 in Lexington

Traveling Vietnam Wall
Thursday, July 9, 2015 through Sunday, July 12, 2015, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.


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Recent Events

Hooray for Heroes/Traveling Wall in Radcliff

KDVA Commissioner and staff were in Radcliff for the Dedication and to recognize, honor and thank Vietnam Veterans.

More pictures here.

Luncheon with an Admiral

KDVA Deputy Commissioner Margaret Plattner with VADM Robin Braun, Chief of Navy Reserve and Commander, Navy Reserve Force.  VADM Braun is the first woman to lead any Reserve Component of the U. S. military.  She is in Louisville as the featured speaker for the Armed Forces Dinner, May 15, 2015.

Hopkinsville Visit

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Staff of Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West presented Commissioner Henry with an original painting of the cemetery by a local artist.

National Commander Tours Radcliff Veterans Center Construction Site
KDVA Commissioner Heather French Henry welcomed American Legion National Commander Michael Helm to the under-construction Radcliff Veterans Center.
Helm and others toured the site as part of a visit to Fort Knox.

THVC Women Veterans Get Pinned

THVC Administrator Ben Sweger saluted Veteran June Dumas and other women veterans after Asst. Administrator Sue Poppelwell presented special Woman Veteran pins to each of them.

More photos

Military Appreciation Day at Keeneland April 19

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Commissioner Henry and Women Veterans Coordinator LuWanda Knuckles with women military members.

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Commissioner Henry with Vietnam Veteran J.R. Decker. View More Photos.

Women Veterans Conference
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On April 11, more than 100 Kentucky Women Veterans attended an all-day conference in Louisville focused exclusively on the experiences of women veterans and benefits and services available to them.

More Photos from Women Veterans Conference

Navy Reserve Centennial Celebration and Women's History Month at Naval Operations Support Command in Louisville March 14

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CAPT Stephen Fitzgerald, KDVA Deputy Commissioner Margaret Plattner, Master Chief Michael Angeline, Robin Jones of USDVA and Lindsay Gargatto of Athena Sisters

POW/MIA Annual Meeting

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KDVA attorney Dennis Shepherd spoke at the POW/MIA Annual Meeting March 13.

Ladies Spa Day at THVC

Commissioner Henry applied makeup to veteran Inez Wilson.

See more pictures here

KDVA's Veterans Centers Go Red for Women's Hearts. 


See more pictures here

Commissioner Henry Testifies Before KY House Committee on Veterans' Bill

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From the Ashland Daily Independent:  

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Dennis Pearl Harbor.jpg KDVA General Counsel Dennis Shepherd, seated at right, read Gov. Besehar's Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Proclamation at the Pearl Harbor Commemorative Association​ in Lexington.

Read the Proclamation here
Veteran's Day Message from Governor Beshear
View here
A New Name for the Memorial

Two days of heavy clouds cleared twice on Nov. 7, just for a minute, each time at the exact moment Andrew E. Futrell revealed the finished engraving of the name John R. Jones, the 1,104th Kentucky casualty of the Vietnam War to be added to the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Frankfort.

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Heroes Day at UK Football Game
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KDVA Commissioner Heather French Henry appeared at the UK-ULM game on October 11 to announce the 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemoration that recognizes, thanks and honors Kentucky's 116,000 Vietnam Veterans. She was accompanied by Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Dennis Shepherd, Darrel Martin and Don Helton.

Read the press release here. [PDF 123 KB]
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