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:  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.


small CommemorativePartnerLogo_Final_10-3-12 ai.png Spotlight: Veterans Benefits and Services
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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​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.

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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24-Hour VA Crisis Hotline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)
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    Recent Events

    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.

    Speaking to Students

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    On July 17, KDVA Commissioner Norman E. Arflack spoke to VBS students at Crestwood Baptists Church in Frankfort.

    For Meritorious Service

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    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 hereCommendation text.pdfCommendation text.pdf.

    Ribbon-Cutting

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    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

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    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

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    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.

    Poppy Pickup

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    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

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    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

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    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.

    KDVA Headquarters

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