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. 


 
 WWI Logo.jpg Spotlight:  Vietnam Veterans Day

On this day of national recognition for Vietnam Veterans we remember the service and sacrifice made by the nearly three million veterans serving in-country and another six million serving elsewhere during this war. For all who served in Vietnam, this day means “welcome home and thank you.” -- KDVA Commissioner Benjamin Adams 


Today is Vietnam Veterans Day in Kentucky and throughout the nation. Remember their sacrifices. Recognize and honor them at home, at work, and in your communities. 


Thomson-Hood Veterans Center held a Vietnam Veterans Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday. WLEX-TV in Lexington covered it:

Story: http://www.lex18.com/story/37838493/vietnam-veterans-gather-for-ceremony 

Video: https://youtu.be/9yyFp_jubwg 


As Governor Matt Bevin wrote in his Proclamation:

WHEREAS, The commitment of this nation to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War was initiated by President Obama on Memorial Day 2012 and will continue through Veterans Day, 2025; and 

WHEREAS, On March 28, 2017, President Trump signed the Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day Act in order to set aside every March 29th as a day to commemorate the sacrifices of Vietnam veterans and their families; and 

WHEREAS, March 29th is a significant day in the history of the Vietnam conflict, when the last combat troops were withdrawn from Vietnam and the last prisoners of war held in North Vietnam arrived on American soil; and 

WHEREAS, The Department of Veteran’s Affairs estimates that today there are seven million living Vietnam veterans with approximately 105,760 Vietnam Veterans living in Kentucky; and 

WHEREAS, Vietnam Veterans Day is part of a national effort to recognize the men and women who were denied proper welcome upon returning home nearly 50 years ago; 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, MATTHEW G. BEVIN, Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, do hereby proclaim March 29, 2018 as 

VIETNAM VETERAN’S DAY in Kentucky, and encourage all Kentuckians to use this day to demonstrate their appreciation to these Veterans for their dedicated service.



Spotlight:  Kentucky In the Great War

This is the 100th Anniversary of the Great War, the one they called the War to End All Wars.  There are no more World War I veterans alive to tell us about it themselves, but the United States World War I Centennial Commemoration​ is making sure the rest of us don't forget them and what they did. 

Learn about Kentucky in World War 1 here andhere.



Spotlight:  KYVets Employment Program

KYVets is the Kentucky Veterans Employment Training and Support Program. KYVets provides resources and support to assist veterans across the commonwealth in gainful employment and training services. Kelli Carter directs the program. She has extensive experience with regard to veteran employment, and a thorough understanding of the barriers they face in finding employment. 
 
Call or email Kelli at 502-564-9203, kelli.carter@ky.gov.


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KDVA proudly offers FREE benefits assistance, including filing claims and appeals, by our 18 Veterans Benefits Field Representatives to veterans in every county of the Commonwealth. Our benefits experts are fully accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and take pride in obtaining every benefit and service veterans have earned.


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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 lisa.aug@ky.gov.

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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.

Kentucky Veterans Program Trust Fund Board of Directors Meeting
10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 at KDVA Headquarters in Frankfort. 

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

    Gov. Bevin Signs TBI Treatment Bill

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    On Thursday, April 12, 2018, Gov. Matt Bevin signed HB 64, which allows Kentucky veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury to access hyperbaric chamber treatment. KDVA Commissioner congratulated Retired Col. Ron Ray, for whom the bill is named, and presented him with a Vietnam Veteran pin. Col. Ray earned a Silver Star for his combat service in Vietnam, and later suffered the effects of TBI for which he needed hyperbaric treatment.

    Long-Delayed Upgrade Awarded

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    Henry “Hank” Mullins served in 10 consecutive combat campaigns as a Marine serving in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968. He took part in some of the bloodiest battles of that war. However, he committed infractions of the rules on his return to the States. The violations were the result of PTSD. He received an other-than-honorable discharge from the Marine Corps. With the help of his wife, Renee, and the assistance of KDVA, Hank had his discharge upgraded. On Friday, April 06, 2018, KDVA Commissioner Benjamin Adams presented Mr. Mullins with his new DD-214 showing honorable service. Commissioner Adams also presented Hank with a Vietnam Veteran pin as well as the Kentucky Veteran pin.

    Meeting With Korean Delegation

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    On March 20, KDVA Commissioner Adams met with Dr. Doo Oak Kim, Director of the International Public Policy and Management Institute at the University of Kentucky, and his Martin School students to discuss how our respective countries serve veterans.  The students are all leaders in various departments of the South Korean government.

    Traveling Kentucky Vietnam Wall

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    On March 12, KDVA Commissioner Adams spoke at the unveiling of the Traveling Kentucky Vietnam Wall at the Capitol Rotunda. Traveling KY Vietnam Wall.pdfRead more here. More pictures here.

    Wreaths Across America

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    On Dec. 11, Commissioner Arflack spoke at the Wreaths Across America ceremony with Gov. Bevin at the Capitol Rotunda.
    More pictures here.


    Veterans Day Ceremony

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    On Nov. 11, Commissioner Arflack spoke at the Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Park in Lexington.
    Watch the video here.


    Funding for Bowling Green Veterans Home

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    On August 28, Governor Matt Bevin signed HB 213, which authorizes state match funding to build a state veterans nursing home in Bowling Green when the state obtains a federal grant for the project. From left, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Roy Lawrence, Dr. Ray Biggerstaff, Betty Biggerstaff, Rep. Michael Meredith, Rep. Jody Richards, KDVA Deputy Commissioner Heather French Henry and Rep. Brandon Reed.

    WWI Exhibit at the Kentucky State Fair

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    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.


    KDVA Headquarters

    1111B Louisville Rd
    Frankfort, KY 40601
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     Phone: (502) 564-9203
     Toll-free: (800) 572-6245
     Fax: (502) 564-9240
     
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