Serving Veterans in the Commonwealth

That is our mission, our job, and our privilege. We work every day to make sure Kentucky's 304,000 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. 

 A Day of Service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Virtually every Federal Holiday is associated with some commercial symbol: Decorated Easter eggs, cornucopia, fireworks, or jack-o-lanterns all conjure some image of the underpinning occasion. One American holiday, though, doesn’t so much reflect on service, as to beckon us to service. 

In what started as a series of local celebrations, then State recognitions, the third Monday in January is now reserved on our American calendars as a day of reflection on how each of us may rise to our best potential. What makes this particular day upon which we celebrate the birth of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., so special is that we now enjoy a reflective lens more than a half-century deep since his assassination. The words of this world-renowned minister and civil rights leader ring no less true today, than they did when he walked the Earth. Many of us remember this giant among men for a single speech rendered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, when he shared his dream that his children would one day live in a world where they would be measured by the content of their character, rather than the color of their skin.

But for those who serve and served in our Armed Forces, this clarion call to service is nothing new. In fact, Kentuckians are renowned for their hospitality, and their willingness to roll up their sleeves when called upon. Where these two concepts intersect of treating one another with dignity, and doing our best for a cause greater than ourselves you’ll find a Kentucky Veteran. And while many Americans will go out of their way to render some service to their communities on this January 21st, our Veterans are involved and engaged every day of the year. Whether cleaning up a city park, camping with some Troop of Scouts, or coaching a little league team, our Veterans are likely there, right in the mix. The celebration of the life of this one Civil Rights icon presents a unique opportunity for service rendered by countless others. 

To that end, I hope you’ll join many of us in the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs in taking the day to serve in your community and across the Commonwealth. Perhaps, even visiting with an aging Veteran or a Wounded Warrior, and learning of their remarkable lives.
Warmest wishes for a joyous MLK Birthday celebration, and hoping you take the opportunity to thank a Veteran for their service – to our Great Nation, to our Commonwealth, and in our communities. 

Benjamin F. Adams, III
Brigadier General, Retired, US Army
Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs

 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.

 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. 
Call or email Dean Stoops at 502-564-9203,

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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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​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.

Operation Victory Volunteers Needed
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Louisville. The KY Department of Veterans Affairs, KY Habitat for Humanity, Metro United Way, greater Louisville area unions, local businesses, and the Housing Partnership Inc., have joined together once again to rehabilitate a vacated house for a Homeless Veteran. We are asking for any volunteers to join us on Saturday, August 18 from 8am-1pm. We will be cleaning out the house and doing some landscaping in the front and backyards. This all must be done so the Electricians, Plumbers and Pipefitters, Carpenters and everyone else can rebuild this house and give this veteran a better life. Get more information here.

6th Annual Robley Rex VA/Community Summit on Suicide Prevention.
Friday, August 24, 2018, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hotel Louisville, 120 West Broadway, Louisville. VA/Community Summit on Suicide Prevention 2018 is a joint collaboration between veterans and their family members, the Robley Rex VA Medical Center, KY Department for Behavioral Health Suicide Prevention, Kentuckiana community agencies and clinical leaders who want to expand community-based efforts to decrease suicide and its impact on Veterans and their families. This year’s Summit features Dr. Frank Campbell, who will talk about building community capacity for post-intervention, as well as a special concurrent workshop for Veterans and their spouses and dual Veteran couples. There is no cost to attend. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Register today at: For more information, contact Ms. Brittany Priddy at 502-287-4001 or via email at or Ms. Sarah Jemison, Centerstone Kentucky at 502-589-8615, ext. 1284 or by email at

Kentucky Veterans Program Trust Fund Board of Directors Meeting
10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 at KDVA Headquarters in Frankfort. 


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    Recent Events

    Captitol Wreaths


    KDVA Commissioner Benjamin Adams was the guest speaker at the Wreaths Across America Statehouse Ceremony on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018.

    See more photos here.

    Medal of Honor Plaque With Garlin Murl Conner Unveiled


    On Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, Governor Matt Bevin and Pauline Conner, widow of Lt. Garlin Murl Conner, unveiled the updated plaque, with Lt. Conner's name engraved among the other WWII MOH recipients from Kentucky. Gov. Bevin also presented Mrs. Conner with a proclamation and a Kentucky state flag that has flown over the Capitol. Before the unveiling, Mrs. Conner and her family, friends and supporters gathered at the Berry Hill Mansion for a reception and luncheon.

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    Kentucky Veterans of the Year


    On Monday, Nov. 5, the Epilepsy Foundation named its Kentucky Veterans of the Year at its annual banquet. Army and Coast Guard veteran Megan Karr is active in Team RWB, which works to connect veterans with their community through physical and social activity. Retired Army Sergeant Jeremy Harrell founded Veterans Club for “veterans who want to join together to share resources, rebuild camaraderie with one another and provide cost-free equine therapy to vets.” KDVA Commissioner Ben Adams spoke of the lifelong service to community exemplified by the 2018 Veterans of the Year and all the nominees.

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    Vietnam War Monument Dedicated at Camp Nelson


    On Saturday, Oct. 6, KDVA Commissioner Adams along with Vietnam Veterans, friends, family and supporters dedicated the Vietnam War Memorial at Camp Nelson in Jessamine County.

    See morephotos here.

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