That is our mission, our job, and our privilege. We work every day to make sure Kentucky's 311,000 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. CommissionerHeather French Henry
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
Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance Monday, Dec. 7, 12 p.m. in Lexington. Details here.
Wreaths Across America State Capitol Ceremony Monday, Dec. 7, 12:00 p.m. in the Rotunda in Frankfort.
Wreaths Across America at KY State Veterans Cemeteries:
KVCW (Hopkinsville) December 12, 2015 (Saturday) 11:00 a.m.
KVCC (Radcliff) December 12, 2015 (Saturday) 10:00 a.m.
KVCN (Williamstown) December 5, 2015 (Saturday) 10:00 a.m.
KVCNE (Greenup Co.) December 12, 2015 (Saturday) 9:00 a.m.
Award for Veterans Outreach and Support
On Wednesday, Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Heather French Henry was honored for her efforts to support veterans. She received the 2015 Charles W. Anderson Laureate Award. Her recent outreach efforts resulted in comprehensive legislation, the Heather French Henry Homeless Veteran’s Assistance Act. The act establishes the Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans and supports the continuation of programs addressing the needs of homeless veterans including outreach, physical and mental healthcare, and transitional assistance. Henry also has established the Heather French Henry Foundation for Veterans, Inc. which focuses on community outreach for veterans.
Commissioner Henry with Arthur Lucas Jr., Executive Director of the KY Personnel Cabinet's Office of Diversity.
Donation to Women Veterans Trust Fund
At the Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans themed banquet Nov. 9, KDVA Commissioner Heather French Henry spoke movingly of her own father's and uncle's struggles to deal with the consequences of their Vietnam War service. She also expressed her profound thanks to all of those who work to ensure we never forget a generation of veterans, and never stop thanking all of them for their service.
In her capacity as Chair of the Kentucky Veterans Program Trust Fund, she also accepted a $4,000 donation from the Kentucky AARP to support programs for Women Veterans.
See more pictures here
Gov. Beshear At Radcliff Veterans Center
Governor Steve Beshear toured the nearly-completed new veterans nursing home at Radcliff Oct. 26.
He complimented legislators, local officials, VSO leaders and KDVA staff for their work getting the new facility planned and built. After presenting U.S. and Kentucky flags to Commissioner Henry for display at the new center, Gov. Beshear toured the state-of-the-art neighborhoods that feature large private rooms and baths for veterans and home-like living, dining, kitchen and patio areas.
Radcliff Veterans Center is scheduled to open in late spring.See more pictures here
.Read the press release here
Women Veterans on Honor Flight
Commissioner Heather French Henry accompanied Kentucky Women Veterans on the Sept. 26 Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., including THVC resident Inez Wilson.
About 70 World War II, Korea and Vietnam veterans made the flight, which was the first full Honor Flight from BlueGrass Airport in Lexington. Other flights have departed from Louisville.
From the Maysville Independent:
Just before the return flight to Lexington, the veterans were treated to a “mail call” just as they had when they were in service. The men and women received notes of appreciation written by friends, family, school children, electric co-op employees, church groups and other admirers.
A “welcome home” party coordinated by cooperative employees met the Honor Flight participants when they returned late on Saturday night. Hundreds of family members, friends, co-op employees and patriotic Americans waved flags to greet the veterans.
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