Western Kentucky Veterans Center

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The Joseph Eddie Ballard Western Kentucky Veterans Center opened 14 March 2002. 
The facility is named after Mr. Eddie Ballard, an Air Force Veteran, a previous State Representative, and Chairman of the Veteran’s Affairs Subcommittee in the KY General Assembly as 10th District State Representative for 24 years. Since the establishment of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs in 1998, Mr. Ballard used his position as Chairman to fight for many veteran causes, including construction of the Joseph Eddie Ballard Western Kentucky Veterans Center facility in 2002. 
Western Kentucky Veterans Center (WKVC) is situated on 33 acres of beautiful farmland 5 miles north of Madisonville, the 156-bed facility provides long-term skilled nursing care for Kentucky’s veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States. WKVC also provides free parking at the facility. Its Hanson location combines the tranquility of a small town and the amenities of the city of Evansville just 45 minutes away.


Western Kentucky Veterans Center's mission is to serve Kentucky’s veterans by fostering independence, preserving dignity, and providing compassionate care.​


  • primary care physician on site
  • 24-hour nursing care
  • pharmacy services
  • physical therapy in house
  • gift shop
  • chaplain on staff
  • daily activities
  • arts and crafts
  • ​library on site
  • one wing designated for dementia/Alzheimer's disease.​​


In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity.​

Portrait image of Administrator LaDonna Scott standing in front of  United States flag and Kentucky flag.

Administrator Ladonna Scott

Email: Ladonna Scott​