Office of Kentucky Veterans Centers

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Our Mission

We are committed to serving Kentucky’s veterans by fosterin​g independence, preserving dignity and providing compassionate care.

National Skilled Nursing Care Week at KDVA

Food and fun will be the order of the week every day next week at Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Centers in Radcliff, Wilmore, Hazard and Hanson.

Events at the Carl M. Brashear Radcliff Veterans Center in Radcliff begins this Saturday, May 11:

Saturday, May 11th – Music by Kentucky Arts Council Visiting Artist Jim McGee
Sunday, May 12th – Afternoon Matinees
Monday, May 13th – Bob Montgomery Blacksmithing Demonstration and Dewar’s Ice Cream Truck
Tuesday, May 14th  - Art from the Heart, Country Soul Coulton Kise Performance, Food for the Soul Make Your Own Sundae
Wednesday, May 15th – Gift Shop Spring Clearance Sale,  Soulful Beats Drumming with Joan Brannon
Thursday, May 16th - Food for the Soul MasterChefs “Memories from Mom’s kitchen”
Friday, May 17th  – Soul Train party, Music in a box Jim Walters, Gratitude stones social, Youth piano recital, Snow cones & popcorn
Saturday, May 18th  – Stories for our Soul Video storytelling, Papa George Chicago Soul Food cart, Soulful Snack and trivia cart

Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore invites all families, friends and supports to join them in celebrating the resident veterans’ life stories every morning in each neighborhood. For the week:

Monday May 13th — Blue Brothers Day!  Popcorn, Blues Brothers Appearance, Blues Brothers Movie and Blues Brothers Staff Video
Tuesday May 14th — Soul Food, Fishing, Music and Games
Wednesday May 15th — Salsarita Food Truck, Birgin Margaritas, Salsa Music, Salsa Food and Pinatas
Thursday May 16th — Hot dogs, Karaoke, Cake Walk and Games
Friday May 17th — Watermelon and Cantelope, Sunflower Seed Spitting Contest, Cornhole Tournament

At the Paul Patton Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center in Hazard, the celebration begins on Sunday, May 12th:
Sunday, May 12th - Coffee Social, Release Balloons outside, Mother’s Day Banquet, Flowers for the ladies, Church, and Bingo!
Monday, May 13th - Morning Café/Current Events, Bean Bag Toss, Pizza Party, Karaoke, and Bingo Exercise Bash!
Tuesday, May 14th - Coffee Social, Pet Therapy Dog Visits, Dance like a Chicken Contest, Grill Hotdogs Outside, Birds of Prey (Fish & Wildlife), and the VFW Bingo Outing!
Wednesday, May 15th - Coffee Social, celebrate National Chocolate Chip Day by baking tons of cookies with the residents, Way back Wednesday (Memories & Music Reminisce), Big Country Breakfast, and a Cryptology Treasure Hunt.
Thursday, May 16th - Coffee Social, Celebrate Sea Monkey day with outside activities, Grill Hamburgers Outside, Movie, Popcorn & Ice Cream Social.
Friday, May 17th - Morning Café/Current Events, Hill Billy Olympics all day, Fruit & Ice Cream Social after Lunch, and then a Movie with Popcorn.
Saturday, May 18th - Celebrate Armed Forces Day with a Car/Truck/Bike Show, DJ playing 50’s & 60’s music, Elvis Singing for an hour, horseshoes, bean bag toss, crocket, volleyball, inflatable children’s gym set, face painting, animal balloons, water balloon launching, German Food Truck, Service Officers to help the public with benefit questions, and over a dozen local artist vendors.

At the Joseph “Eddie” Ballard Western Kentucky Veterans Center in Hanson, they are celebrating Living Soulfully in body, mind and spirit through music, gardening, games, spiritual, outdoors, intergenerational activities  and also celebrating longevity of life!

Monday, May 13th - 10:00 am Hanson Elementary Chorus will be performing for our residents.
Tuesday, May 14th  - 9:00 am The Great Tomato Planting contest begins with residents and staff planting tomatoes. Each unit, CLC or department may have a plant in the contest. All of them will start from seeds.
At 2:00 pm Dale Greer will be leading Karaoke.
Wednesday, May 15th - 10:00 am the American legion Post 6 Auxiliary will be hosting Bingo for our Residents.
Thursday, May 16th  - 10:00 am Spiritual Focus program.
10:45 WKVC will be celebrating our FIRST resident who will be 100! 
Activities will include Through the Decades as staff will be dressing as each decade from 1919 forward and will share music and facts from each of these decades.
We are also having a 100 shirt day and staff may use their creativity and wear a shirt will 100 items on it in celebration of his special day.
We will have a banner with 100 well wishes for him from staff, family, volunteers, and community.
And what is a birthday without cake? We will have that also.
Friday, May 17th - 11:00 residents and staff will play our version of Senior Hungry Hippos Game!
Saturday May 18th   -  2:00pm will close out the week with  VFW Auxiliary will be visiting and hosting Red, White and Blue day with Bingo for Armed Forces Day.

All events and activities are open to family, friends and supporters of veterans.


KDVA Veterans Centers Named Official Polling Places

Hampton.jpgKentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes this month named KDVA's Veterans Centers in Hazard, Hanson and Radcliff as official polling places (Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore is already a polling place.) Grimes stressed the importance of making voting easier for veterans, and KDVA Commissioner Adams stressed the benefit to both veterans and community members of getting to know each other, especially young people.

See photos here

Carl M. Brashear Radcliff Veterans Center Unveiled

Hampton.jpgOn Nov. 9, 2017, the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs and the family of Master Chief Master Diver Carl M. Brashear dedicated the Radcliff Veterans Center to the man whose heroic and historic achievements stand alone and continue to inspire young people to this day. More than 500 people attended the dedication.

Read announcement here.

See photos here

Watch video here.

Ribbon-Cutting at Radcliff Veterans Center

Hampton.jpgLt. Gov. Jenean Hampton ceremoniously cut the ribbon on the new Radcliff Veterans Center July 21, 2017. More than 200 people showed up and it was standing room only despite the heat and humidity. After the ceremony, visitors took tours of the facility. RVC food service staff provided punch and cake.

Read Press release here.

See photos here

Article from the Elizabethtown News-Enterprise.

Watch video from WAVE 3

Appreciating Volunteers at THVC

edted volunteers April 2017.jpgOn April 19, 2017, THVC held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. The longest-serving volunteer pictured is Gene Radin (top row; first man from the left). He has volunteered for 24 years. The youngest volunteer is Hayle C. and is 11 years old (1st row; 3rd from the left). The most collective recorded hours record is owned by Sarah Kaiser (bottom rom; 2nd from the left) with 7,111 hours. The volunteer with the most hours this year and the Volunteer of the year was Chrys Rodgers (2nd row;3rd from the left) with 506 hours in 2016.

Serenading 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, 2017.

Christmas Dinner for Lady Veterans at THVC

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From the white linen and crystal to the prime rib and the sparkling cider in champagne glasses, it was a four-star occasion for the Lady Veterans of Thomson-Hood Veterans Center. Kentucky Women Veterans Coordinator LuWanda Knuckles was the guest speaker, and helped distribute Christmas stockings, gift bags and hand-made angel centerpieces to the veterans, one of whom, Dorothy Farmer, right, just celebrated her 99th birthday.

More pictures here.

Paintings for Veterans

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Three veterans at Western Kentucky Veterans Center in Hanson, including James Barnes at left, received original paintings created by participants in the Louisville Paint for Women Veterans event. Several participants donated their artwork to veterans at KDVA's veterans centers.

More pictures here.

THVC Reaches Charitable Campaign Goal in Hairy Style

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Assistant Directors of Nursing Ed Thompson (seated) and Chad Helton challenged the staff at Thomson-Hood Veterans Center to exceed its Kentucky Employees Charitable Campaign goal of $12,000.  If they did, Thompson and Helton promised to switch head and facial hair.  Thompson shaved off his full head of hair and a nice mustache, while clean-shaven Helton let his start to grow back.

Now That's A Veterans Day Flag

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Paul E. Patton Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center displayed this new flag as part of its Veterans Day events. News coverage included:


Apply for Jobs 

Open positions at the new Radcliff Veterans Center and our other facilities are posted online at Kentucky Careers​. The Kentucky Careers​ website is the only way to apply for jobs with KDVA.