The Kentucky General Assembly established the Veteran’s Program Trust Fund (VPTF) as part of the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans’ Bonus Act on December 23, 1988. The purpose of the VPTF is to direct funding to projects and programs that help Kentucky’s veterans but for which other funds are not available.
The Trust Fund supports many veterans programs and projects throughout the Commonwealth, like the University of Louisville's free behavioral health treatment for traumatized children of Military Families
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The application deadline is thirty calendar days before the meeting date and must be received (not stamped by post office, but received in our office) at the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs by US mail or by fax no later than thirty calendar days from the scheduled meeting. Note: KDVA reserves the right to postpone applications to the next Board scheduled when more than ten applications are received. The Board cannot consider more than ten and applications that are not time critical may be postponed to the very next scheduled Board meeting.
Trust Fund Requests Expressly Prohibited
Kentucky regulations specifically prohibit certain requests for funding from the Kentucky Veterans Program Trust Fund. Those are:
- Construction of a structure
- Renovation of an existing structure
- Entertainment costs
- Maintenance costs associated with a VSO (meeting hall, clubhouse, and similar facility)
- Any program already funded by the state or federal government
Trust Fund Requests Impliedly Prohibited
- Continuing maintenance and upkeep of any kind, especially of a memorial or monument.
Rationale: we can deal with a one-time cost, but “continuing” means the funds go beyond the purview of a given Board’s decision.
- Salaries of an organization (these go to a person and not directly to a veteran’s benefit)
Rationale: no direct benefit to a veteran; no recognition factor.
- Travel costs to attend seminars, conference, and other meetings
Rationale: no direct benefit to a veteran; no recognition factor.
- Any costs associated with entertainment (music, promos, equipment)
Rationale: associated costs of entertainment still relate to the prohibited subject matter
Donation to Kentucky Veterans Program Trust Fund
As Chair of the Kentucky Veterans Program Trust Fund Board of Directors, KDVA Deputy Commissioner Heather French Henry accepted a donation from the Kentucky Children of the American Revolution.
On March 19, Sandra Humphries, President of the Childen of the American Revolution, presents a check for $5,466 to Deputy Commissioner Henry for the Kentucky Veterans Program Trust Fund.
Donation to Women Veterans Program Trust Fund
At the Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans themed banquet Nov. 9, KDVA Deputy Commissioner Heather French Henry spoke movingly of her own father's and uncle's struggles to deal with the consequences of their Vietnam War service. She also expressed her profound thanks to all of those who work to ensure we never forget a generation of veterans, and never stop thanking all of them for their service.
In her capacity as Chair of the Kentucky Veterans Program Trust Fund, she also accepted a $4,000 donation from the Kentucky AARP to support programs for Women Veterans.
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At its December 11, 2015 meeting, the Trust Fund Board of Directors awarded $103,490 in grants to six applicants:
to VisionWorks to help homeless veterans obtain safe, decent, affordable housing.
- $15,000 to DAV Chapter 128 in FLoyd County to purchase a van to transport veterans to and from medical appointments and honor guards to and from veteran funerals.
- $14,000 to the Women Veterans Program to hold two regional conferences in Eastern and Western Kentucky.
- $12,090 to KY Foothills Therapeutic Horsemanship Center to purchase a carriage and harness.
- $10,000 to KY Veterans Hall of Fame to offset operations cost.
- $2,400 to Veteran Outreach for its new food pantry.
At its September 18, 2015 meeting, the Trust Fund Board of Directors awarded $73,500 in grants to seven applicants:
- $25,000 to the DAV to purchase two vans to transport veterans to medical appointments. Vans will be transferred to VAMCs for insurance and maintenance.
- $18,000 to Vision Works for the Louisville Veterans Parade.
- $15,000 to Marine Corps League Greenbo Detachment #1345 for a Gold Star Mothers monument at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North East in Greenup County.
- $6,000 to Flags4Vets to buy replacement flags.
- $5,000 to Athena’s Sisters to continue the Women Veterans Writing Workshop.
- Up to $4,000 to Western Kentucky Veterans Center to purchase a yogurt machine for residents.
- $500 to the Spirit of Sophia for 10 women veterans to attend a retreat series.
At its May 15, 2015 meeting, the Trust Fund Board of Directors awarded $213,000 in grants to seven applicants:
- $100,000 to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for the Vet Connect program.
- $32,170 to Habitat for Humanity to repair the homes of veterans in counties not currently served by a Habitat for Humanity affiliate.
- $25,000 to Honor Flight Bluegrass to help cover the costs of taking World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans to their memorials in Washington, D.C.
- $40,000 to the Homeless Veterans Trust Fund for emergency cash assistance to veterans in danger of losing their homes.
- $5,000 to Athena’s Sisters, for programs to help women veterans.
- $6,000 to the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA) to bring the AVTT Traveling Vietnam Wall to Lexington July 9-12.
- $5,000 to the KDVA Women Veteran’s Program for outreach.
The VPTF has received a steady, moderate income from a $5.00 fee that is included in the initial purchase price and renewal of Veterans’ License Plates. The VPTF is also a legal recipient of tax-deductible contributions from individuals, companies and organizations. Donations to the Trust Fund are tax-deductible. Such contributions may be made through the VPTF check-off box on the Kentucky Income Tax form, directly to the VPTF through personal checks to the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, or securely online.
Kentucky’s Veterans Service Organizations have contributed generously to the VPTF since its creation and continue to do so. Donors may also specify that their contribution go to one of several specific programs/facilities KDVA operates for the benefit of veterans:
Homeless Veterans Trust Fund
Thomson-Hood Veterans Center (Wilmore)
Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center (Hazard)
Western Kentucky Veterans Center (Hanson)
Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West (Hopkinsville)
Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central (Fort Knox)
Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North (Williamstown)
Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North East (Greenup County)
Charitable contributions to governmental units are tax-deductable under section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code if made for a public purpose.
For more information about the Kentucky Veterans Program Trust Fund, send an email.