Mission and Goals

​​​​​​Our ​Mission

 "Serve Kentucky's Veteran and their family members."

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  That is what Gov. Paul Patton said when founding KDVA Commissioner Les Beavers asked what was his mission.  "Serve Kentucky Veterans." That is our mission, our job, and our privilege..​​​​​​

Our Vision


We work every day to make sure Kentucky's 290,000 veterans and their families receive all the benefits and services they have earned. Those include 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. ​​​

   Our ​Motto

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  ​The mission of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA) is defined in KRS Chapter 40.310. The statute provides for services and support to the citizens of the Commonwealth who are veterans of military service, their families, dependents and/or survivors and like persons residing in other states.​​

  We strive to assist veterans and their dependents in the presentation, proof and establishment of all claims, privileges, rights and other veteran benefits, which they may have under federal, state or local laws. The other services offered by KDVA include veterans' nursing homes, cemeteries, counseling, and programs for homeless veterans and women veterans.​​​