Serving Veterans in the Commonwealth

That is our mission, our job, and our privilege. We work every day to make sure Kentucky's 331,000 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. 


 
 

50th Vietnam War Anniversary Commemoration

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KDVA honors all veterans every day, but for the next nine10 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

 
 

Kentucky's African-American Veterans


 

February is Black History Month, and throughout February KDVA will be profiling African-American Kentucky veterans.

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Read about Col. Pamela Steverson here. [PDF 91 KB]








 

Recent Events

VA Goes Red for Women Veterans

 
HFH at VA Goes Red event Feb. 7.jpgOn Feb. 3, the Lexington VAMC held its annual Go Red for Women day to publicize heart health for women veterans.  KDVA Commissioner Heather French Henry and KDVA Women Veterans Coordinator LuWanda Knuckles both participated.

Read blog post here.

More pictures here.

Commissioner speaking at VA's Go Red for Women event.

Women Veterans at UK Heroes Day

 
HFH and Inez on Honor Flight.jpgOn Nov. 21, the University of Kentucky held its annual Heroes Day football game in Lexington.  Women veterans from throughout Kentucky gathered on the field to be recognized and accept the thankful cheers and applause of the crowd. 


Commissioner Heather French Henry with Women Veterans Coordinator Luwanda Knuckles and other women veterans.


Award for Veterans Outreach and Support

 
HFH and Inez on Honor Flight.jpgOn 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

 
HFH and Inez on Honor Flight.jpgAt 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.

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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.

Veterans Resource Fair
Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 10am-1pm at 410 Calvary Drive in Glasgow, KY

Veterans Stand Down and Job Fair
10am-4pm, Wednesday, April 20 at the Floyd County National Guard Armory, 26 Armory Guard Rd. in Prestonsburg, KY

Frankfort Regional Career Fair  [PDF 216 KB]
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at the Frankfort Convention Center.

Military Appreciation Day at Keeneland
Sunday, April 24, 2016

Medals Presentation
2 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore.

Free Workforce Credential Testing for Veterans
Limited Time Offer. Interested veterans should contact their local Kentucky Career Center and request a free NCRC for Kentucky veterans. To find the nearest Kentucky Career Center, log onto http://kcc.ky.gov.

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Recent Events

VFW CiC Visit to THVC

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John Biedrzycki, Commander-in-Chief, Veterans of Foreign Wars visited Thomson-Hood Veterans Center with KDVA Commissioner Norman Arflack on April 26th. (CiC is fourth from right, next to Commissioenr Arflack)

Youth Ambassador Program

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KDVA Commissioner Norman Arflack, left, attended the Sixth District Youth Ambassador Program April 23 with Sixth District Rep. Andy Barr, Dr. Augusta A. Julian President CEO , Bluegrass Community and Tech College, Metro Councilwoman Amanda Bledsoe, KY Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, and Bob Babbage.

Trust Fund Donation

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On March 19, Sandra Humphries, President of Children of the American Revolution, presented a check for $5,466 to Commissioner Heather French Henry for the Kentucky Veterans Program Trust Fund.

 

Honoring WWII Veterans

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Commissioner Heather French Henry with World War II Veteran Stella West.

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Commissioner Heather French Henry with  WWII Veteran Leroy Spaulding and Rep. Suzanne Miles at the Kentucky Capitol.
KDVA Youth Council at THVC Christmas


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The KDVA Veterans Youth Council visited THVC on December 22, 2015 to deliver Holiday Cards and goodies to the veterans.
Commissioner Heather French Henry with Youth Council members and veteran resident at THVC

 

New JECVO Officers

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The Joint Executive Council of Veterans Organizations elected new officers October 7. From left to right above: Outgoing Chair  - Larry Arnett
New Chairman - Michael Sparks, DAV
Vice Chair - Commander Quire, VFW
Legislative Liaison - Carlos Pugh, VFW


Prostate Screenings at State Fair


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KDVA encouraged veterans to take advantage of the free screenings for prostate cancer at the State Fair in August.

 

Commissioner Henry at NASDVA

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Commissioner Henry spoke with VA Under Secretary Sloan Gibson at the annual conference of the National Association of State Departments of Veterans Affairs in September.

KDVA Youth Council Distributes Gun Locks at State Fair

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Commissioner Henry with members of the KDVA Youth Council helped the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office distribute free gun locks at the State Fair.


Ky Veterans Hall of Fame Induction


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Commissioner Henry attended the induction ceremony for 25 Kentucky Veterans into the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame July 29 at the Capitol Rotunda.

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