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KDVA Restricts Visitors to Veterans Centers Under New COVID-19 Guidance
FRANKFORT, Ky (March 10, 2020) In order to protect Kentucky’s at-risk veteran population, the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs is currently restricting all visitors to the Commonwealth’s four state veterans centers except for families dealing with end-of-life situations.
These centers include: Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore, Joseph “Eddie” Ballard Western Kentucky Veterans Center in Hanson, Carl M. Brashear Radcliff Veterans Center in Radcliff, and Paul E. Patton Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center in Hazard.
“As difficult and painful as this is for the family members of our veterans, it is a critical part of our efforts to protect the lives and health of our veterans,” Gov. Beshear said. “We must and will do everything we can to provide the highest level of care for those who served the nation and this commonwealth at risk of their lives. They came home to serve again in their communities because service is their watchword. And now it is our turn to protect them.”
This measure is intended to protect the lives and well-being of our most vulnerable population. As more information becomes available, the Department will reassess its visitor policy. Families of veteran residents should directly contact the appropriate veterans center. Staff will continue conducting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recommended screening processes to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
For the latest information and prevention updates about COVID-19, visit www.kycovid19.ky.gov or contact the COVID-19 Hotline at 1-800-722-5725.
THVC Staff Save Veteran's Life
It was a usual lunchtime in the dining room at Thomson-Hood Veterans Center when Vietnam Veteran David Baker, an Army Veteran and resident of THVC, had a seizure. He stopped breathing and his heart stopped. Nurse Lindsey Lay and Nurse Aides Anna Teater, Ben Ratliff, Luz Montero and Brenda Kersey recognized the emergency immediately and all five took turns giving CPR.
Mr. Baker regained a pulse and started breathing again. He was sent to the hospital where he was diagnosed with a Pulmonary Embolism as the cause of the cardiac arrest. PE is usually fatal. But these employees were able to recognize the situation, initiate a code blue, give adequate chest compressions and breaths, literally saving the veteran’s life. They are true examples of commitment, accountability, responsibility and excellence in the skilled nursing field of work. The teamwork and dedication they showed is exceptional. They are true life savers.
On August 27, KDVA Commissioner Benjamin Adams presented to each of the life savers the Commonwealth Ambassador Award. The Award is presented to any person who demonstrates exceptional character and citizenship through their contributions to the community, Kentucky or nation.
Alvin Perry Receives French Legion of Honor
On June 7, 2019, THVC Resident Alvin Perry received the Legion of Honor from French Consul-General Guillaume LaCroix. The medal is the highest award from the French Government, similar to the U.S. Medal of Honor. Mr. Perry, 95, earned it for his service fighting in France during World War II. More than 200 people filled the main room of Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore to help honor Mr. Perry.
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Resident Veterans Receive Long-Overdue Medals
On June 19, 2019, more than two dozen veterans living at Thomson-Hood Veterans Center received service medals they had not received at the time they earned them. The medals presented included a Distinguished Flying Cross, one of the highest medals of valor awarded.
More than 100 friends and family gathered to honor those veterans.