Veterans Program Trust Fund

The Trust Fund paid for the gold eagles at the entrance to each Kentucky State Veterans CemeteryThe 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 VPTF is overseen by a Board of Directors whose members are appointed by the Governor. The list of Trust Fund Board Members with their affiliations is here. The VPTF Board of Directors meets several times a year.
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. [PDF 507 KB]

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 eight applications are received.  The Board cannot consider  more than eight and applications that are not time critical may be postponed to the very next scheduled Board meeting. The Board shall consider the first eight applications in the order the applications arrive.

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 

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
Women Veterans
Benefits Assistance
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)
Kentucky Veterans Cemetery South East (Hyden)
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.
Trust Fund Check Presentation

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Chuck Reed of Kentucky Wounded Heroes accepts a $5,000 check from Keith Jackson, representing the Kentucky Veterans Program Trust Fund Board of Directors.  The grant will be used to help pay for disabled veterans to travel to Alaska for Wounded Heroes' annual fishing trip.  From left, James Knight, Jackson, John Cline, Dean Stoops, Reed and Bryan Roach.

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