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Show Your Support
WWI Exhibit at the Kentucky State Fair
Through Sunday, August 27, you can visit the WWI Centennial Exhibit in South Wing B. There is a full-size replica of a Camp Taylor barracks, a replica trench with battle sound effects, many authentic artifacts and the chance to make paper poppies to honor WWI veterans.
More pictures here.
Speaking to Students
On July 17, KDVA Commissioner Norman E. Arflack spoke to VBS students at Crestwood Baptists Church in Frankfort.
For Meritorious Service
On June 10, KDVA Commissioner Norman E. Arflack received the Distinguished Service Medal for his meritorious service of 38 years in the Kentucky Army National Guard. The medal is a United States military individual decoration and is the highest award for meritorious achievement or service. Congressman Andy Barr was among the guests honoring Commissioner Arflack, who was joined by his wife Cindy and his sons Landon and William Captain Aaron Arflack is serving overseas. Major General Stephen R. Hogan pins the medal on Commissioner Arflack.
More pictures here. Commendation text.pdf.
Commissioner Arflack (third from left) cut the ribbon Friday morning on the new KDVA benefits office in Independence City Hall. The City issued a press release praising KDVA's work helping veterans obtain benefits and congratulating them on the new office space, which is provided by the City of Independence. From left, KDVA Veterans Benefits Field Representative Wendi Maxwell, Independence Mayor Chris Reinersman, Commissioner Arflack, City Administrator Chris Moriconi, Veterans Benefits Field Representative Brian O'Neil and Field Operations Director Ray Harris.
KDVA's Honor Flight Guardians
Commissioner Arflack (second from left) and Homeless Veterans Coordinator Trina Patty, (second from right) served as Guardians on the HonorFlightKentucky trip to D.C. on April 22. Commissioner Arflack accompanied Korea Veteran Richard Mick of Nicholasville, (left), and Trina accompanied Korean and Vietnam Veteran Bob Stewart, (right). Read more here.
Air Force Cross Presented to KY Guardsman
Master Sgt. (Ret.) Keary Miller, a pararescueman, received the service's highest valor award. Commissioner Norman Arflack, right, was present at the ceremony in Florida April 20. Read more about the presentation here.
Students across the Commonwealth are making poppies to honor the World War I Centennial and to be displayed at the KY World War I Exhibit at the 2017 Kentucky State Fair in August. Here, Ronnie and Diane French, right, make a Poppy Pick up at Lewis County Central Elementary School from teacher Laura Stone. The class made 110 poppies. Teachers interested in participating in the Poppy Project may call Deputy Commissioner Heather French Henry at 502-564-9203.
Serenading the Veterans at THVC
Chapel Tinius, Miss Kentucky Outstanding Teen and president of the KDVA Youth Council, played her violin for veteran residents at THVC April 15.
Permanent Vietnam Wall for Hardin County
Commissioner Arflack joined local Elizabethtown officials and Vietnam Veterans at the singing of the contract to build a permanent Vietnam Veterans Wall in Hardin County. Pictured are Jack Johnson of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College’s computer-aided drafting department who helped design the wall at
no cost, Veterans Tribute Group President C.T. Christie, and Commissioner Arflack. Read the article.