Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs

Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs KDVA is the advocate for Kentucky's 300,000 veterans and their families.
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If you're having a mental health crisis, please dial 988 and you'll connect with someone to talk to and help you. You ca...
01/04/2024

If you're having a mental health crisis, please dial 988 and you'll connect with someone to talk to and help you. You can now request a trained crisis counselor fluent in American Sign Language.

Dina Parrott, KDVA Women Veterans coordinator, Kimberly Hillard, KDVA Wounded and Disabled Program Coordinator, and Robi...
01/03/2024

Dina Parrott, KDVA Women Veterans coordinator, Kimberly Hillard, KDVA Wounded and Disabled Program Coordinator, and Robin Grant, Assistant Director of Robley Rex VAMC Regional Office, did a women veterans outreach event in Casey County, December 19, 2023. These outreach events allow women veterans to come together and connect with each other and discuss issues facing women veterans.

The next outreach event will be in Carter County.

If you're a woman veteran and would like to learn more about the program and events please join the private Kentucky Women Veterans Facebook Group pinned at the top of our page.

This is an opportunity for veterans and families to file claims for veterans disability compensation, non-service connec...
01/02/2024

This is an opportunity for veterans and families to file claims for veterans disability compensation, non-service connected pensions, survivor benefits, healthcare, and educational benefits.

*All services provided by
KDVA are FREE *

January 25, 2024
9:00 AM to 6:00PM

Colvin Community Center
230 Freedom Way
Radcliff, KY 40160

PLEASE BRING
DD214
MEDICAL RECORDS
MARRIAGE LICENSE
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS

01/02/2024

Being a Veteran’s caregiver can take a toll on your health. Annie text messages can support you by sharing strategies for reducing stress.

Check out some of the assessments, courses and resources for veterans!
01/02/2024

Check out some of the assessments, courses and resources for veterans!

Free and confidential online resources Veterans Health Administration sent this bulletin at 12/29/2023 10:00 AM EST Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. Veterans can get free, confidential resources to support their mental health! To help Veterans and their families deal with ch...

12/25/2023

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from KDVA!

Eileen Ward, KDVA Homeless Veterans Program Coordinator, picked up cards for veterans from Coldwell Banker McMahan, one ...
12/15/2023

Eileen Ward, KDVA Homeless Veterans Program Coordinator, picked up cards for veterans from Coldwell Banker McMahan, one of the homeless program donors, Dec. 15, 2023, in Louisville, KY. The cards were made by students and staff from Anchorage Public School and were delivered to Thomson-Hood Veteran Center in Wilmore, KY.

Spotlight on Gratitude
Molly McMahan—Director of Marketing, Technology and Philanthropy for Coldwell Banker McMahan—began making quarterly donations to the KDVA Homeless Veterans Trust Fund in 2019.

From January 1, 2019, to September 30, 2023, the donations came on regular intervals, and Molly and the Agency have never asked for anything in return. It took some convincing, but KDVA finally get a chance to highlight this Agency and others like it that make a difference for Kentucky veterans.

Why the connection with Veterans? The answer is simple. Arvell McMahan—proud USMC and WWII combat veteran— the patriarch of the McMahan family have a foundation of service and gratitude for all the men and women that have served this country.

The American dream is built around the idea of home ownership and security. All the agents at CBMcMahan share this belief and donate a portion of every sale made to help fund the Homeless Veterans Trust Fund, with the hope that the donations will bridge the gap from homelessness to home-ownership. KDVA has received $80,455.00.

How did KDVA get so lucky to have such a generous benefactor? It is because every single dollar that is donated is used directly to prevent eviction or utility disconnection and to help veterans experiencing homelessness to be re-housed as soon as possible. Over two hundred veterans and families have been directly helped.

Coldwell Banker McMahan have nine offices in the Louisville and Lexington area. As a spotlight on gratitude, we will talk with other offices and see what special projects they have going on.

Secretary Eric Friedlander, Barbara Fox, and Heath Dolen from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services delivered holid...
12/14/2023

Secretary Eric Friedlander, Barbara Fox, and Heath Dolen from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services delivered holiday cards for veterans to the Frankfort Headquarters Office for KDVA Dec. 14, 2023. The 1,369 cards came from staff members and their families at the CHFS and students and staff at Stonewall Elementary School in Lexington. They will be given to residents of the four Veteran Centers in Kentucky. CHFS has been gathering cards for veterans each year since 2018 for veterans.

Navigating HolidaysThe holiday season is often difficult for people with PTSD, but there are healthy ways to cope and ma...
12/13/2023

Navigating Holidays
The holiday season is often difficult for people with PTSD, but there are healthy ways to cope and manage stress.

Here are some tips from our clinicians that can help you manage your PTSD symptoms over this holiday season:

Navigating Holidays Veterans Health Administration sent this bulletin at 12/12/2023 02:26 PM EST View as a webpage / Share December 2023 FEATURED TOPIC Navigating Holidays The holiday season is often difficult for people with PTSD, but there are healthy ways to cope and manage stress. Here are some....

12/13/2023
Announcing our Women Veterans Event "She is a Veteran" for March 2, 2024! If you're a woman veteran please join us to he...
12/11/2023

Announcing our Women Veterans Event "She is a Veteran" for March 2, 2024! If you're a woman veteran please join us to hear from other women veterans and share in the experience making connections with your fellow women who served.

If you'd like to find out more about the Women Veterans Program visit our website at veterans.ky.gov.

Also we have a Facebook group specific for women veterans, check out the link below.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/kentuckywomenveterans/

On Dec. 15, 2023, there will be a hearing from 10am-12:30pm at the Capitol annex. The room will be given later.Maryanne ...
12/11/2023

On Dec. 15, 2023, there will be a hearing from 10am-12:30pm at the Capitol annex. The room will be given later.

Maryanne Elliott is supporting Bipartisan Legislation called Crisis Aversion and Rights Retention. Whitney Austin is the lead for this action.

This legislation is well connected to the Governor Challenge Lethal means safety as well. A key component is a process for people to sign over their weapons while dealing with mental health struggles.

Here is what Whitney Austin is asking for:

1. Write a support statement
2. Send a headshot
3. Be content with their statement and picture being used in a public way
4. Come to the hearing in uniform!

Arrival time is 8:30am.

Statements can be sent toto: [email protected]. -Barbara Lankford or Whitney Austin - [email protected] preferably by Dec 11.th

Here is the Eventbrite link to RSVP for the hearing.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/joint-judiciary-committee-meeting-ws-tickets-756217335407

KDVA held a Leadership Enrichment professional development meet for the Offices of Kentucky Veteran Services which encom...
12/08/2023

KDVA held a Leadership Enrichment professional development meet for the Offices of Kentucky Veteran Services which encompasses Benefits, Cemeteries and State Programs Dec. 8, 2023 in Frankfort, KY. Leaders were able to connect with each other from the various divisions of OKVS and discuss ways in which they can help each other to help veterans across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

12/07/2023
KY VALOR  (KSTC – Kentucky Veterans Accelerated Licensure Occupational Recruitment (kyvalor.com) is growing!  They look ...
12/05/2023

KY VALOR (KSTC – Kentucky Veterans Accelerated Licensure Occupational Recruitment (kyvalor.com) is growing! They look to add two new team members to their organization. As the job description says, there's one position based more closely to Fort Knox, and the other is based near Fort Campbell, for reference.

https://buff.ly/3ScPEi8
https://buff.ly/3Sa0bKL

Please feel free to take a look at these and encourage those you think may be a good fit to apply!

Currently, hundreds of veterans are experiencing homelessness, and YOU can HelpClothing Donations are accepted: December...
12/04/2023

Currently, hundreds of veterans are experiencing homelessness, and YOU can Help
Clothing Donations are accepted: December 1st – December 15th

Accepting NEW items only for men and women (Men: Size Extra Large, Women: Size Large)
Coats
Gloves
Beanies
Socks

Ship to: Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs
1111 Louisville Road, Suite B
Frankfort Kentucky 40601
ATT: Homeless Veteran Coordinator

ATTENTION! Job Opportunity in which you can directly help Kentucky Veterans!See full Job description below:Advertisement...
12/01/2023

ATTENTION! Job Opportunity in which you can directly help Kentucky Veterans!

See full Job description below:

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23-09988
Veterans Benefits Field Rep I
Pay Grade12
Salary
$2,992.26 Monthly
Employment Type
EXECUTIVE BRANCH | FULL TIME | ELIGIBLE FOR OVERTIME PAY | 18A | 40.0 HR/WK

Hiring Agency
General Government Cabinet | Department of Veterans Affairs
Location
126 E. Public Square, Lower Level
Glasgow, KY 42141 USA
Description
The Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA) is charged with ensuring that all Kentucky
veterans and their families obtain the benefits and services they have earned.

KDVA administers numerous veterans programs and facilities such as:
 Veterans Benefits
 Homeless Veterans
 Women Veterans
 Educational Benefits
 Employment Services
 5 State Veterans Cemeteries
 4 state Veterans Centers for long-term nursing care
KDVA is looking for a career-minded, self- motivated and energetic Veterans Benefits Representative
I to work in Glasgow, who possesses the skills, knowledge and desire to perform the following:
 Advisory and Advocate duties
 Initiate claim preparation for a designated region of the state to establish veteran's service
connected benefit claims.
 Employee will coordinate with local government officials and media
 Act as an agent/advocate on behalf of Kentucky's veterans and their dependents.
The ideal candidate will work independently from Glasgow, Kentucky, yet be part of a larger team to
meet our commitment to serve Kentucky’s Veterans.

Minimum Requirements
EDUCATION: Graduate of a college or university with a bachelor's degree.

EXPERIENCE, TRAINING, OR SKILLS: Must have one year of experience in administration, military
affairs or veterans' benefits counseling.
Substitute EDUCATION for EXPERIENCE: A master's degree will substitute for the required
experience.

Substitute EXPERIENCE for EDUCATION: Administrative experience will substitute for bachelor's
degree requirement on a year-for-year basis.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS (AGE, LICENSURE, REGULATION, ETC.): Must possess and maintain a
valid driver's license to qualify for employment in this job classification. Must maintain any required
licensure(s), certification(s), or other credentials for the length of employment in this job
classification. Employing agency is responsible for ensuring employee possesses and maintains
required licensure(s), certification(s) or other credentials.
Working Conditions
Travel on a statewide basis to meet with veterans and their dependents.
Probationary Period
This job has an initial and promotional probationary period of 9 months, except as provided in KRS
18A.111.

If you have questions about this advertisement, please contact Donald Walbert
at [email protected] or 270-473-3344.
An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D

KDVA meets with Chase Bank to discuss hiring veterans within the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the U.S. Department of Defens...
11/30/2023

KDVA meets with Chase Bank to discuss hiring veterans within the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the U.S. Department of Defense’s SkillBridge Program, and Chase’s financial literacy initiatives. Everett Bracken (KDVA's Program Administrator) was honored to meet Jennifer Hicks (Community Manager) and Carolyn Randall (Vice President Branch Manager).


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of the Louisville District held a Topping Out Ceremony at the Louisville VA Medical Cen...
11/30/2023

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of the Louisville District held a Topping Out Ceremony at the Louisville VA Medical Center Nov. 30, 2023. The Topping Out Ceremony places an evergreen tree on top of the construction building which is a tradition of various cultures throughout history.

Jennifer Case and Beth Case(No relation) with the Susannah Hart, Shelby Chapter of NSDAR (National Society Daughters of ...
11/29/2023

Jennifer Case and Beth Case(No relation) with the Susannah Hart, Shelby Chapter of NSDAR (National Society Daughters of the American Revolution) presented the KDVA Homeless Program with a box full of handmade scarves for the homeless.

Women met at Milano Italian restaurant in Mt. Washington  for a Lunch & Listen. It was KDVA’s Women Veterans Program's f...
11/29/2023

Women met at Milano Italian restaurant in Mt. Washington for a Lunch & Listen. It was KDVA’s Women Veterans Program's first outreach in District 8 in Bullitt County. There will be an outreach event every month and the next one will be in Casey County, mid Dec. We gather Women Veterans together to bring information and listen to their concerns.

If you're a woman veteran and are interested in attending the events or simply to make connections with other women veterans please join our Kentucky Women Veterans Facebook Group to receive regular updates.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/kentuckywomenveterans/

Volunteers Laying Wreaths for VeteransKentucky State Veteran CemeteriesLocal residents, volunteers and state veteran cem...
11/28/2023

Volunteers Laying Wreaths for Veterans
Kentucky State Veteran Cemeteries

Local residents, volunteers and state veteran cemetery employees will be laying wreaths at our five state veteran cemeteries over the course of December. The days, locations, and start times are scheduled below:

• Kentucky Veteran Cemetery North East (Grayson, KY) "Christmas Wreath Laying" December 2nd at 10AM.
• Kentucky Veteran Cemetery South East (Hyden, KY) "Laying of the Wreaths" December 9th at 9:30AM
• Kentucky Veteran Cemetery North (Williamstown, KY) "Wreaths for Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North" December 9th at 10AM
• Kentucky Veteran Cemetery West (Hopkinsville, KY) "Wreaths Across America" December 16th 11AM Central Standard Time
• Kentucky Veteran Cemetery Central (Radcliff, KY) "Wreaths Across America" December 16th at 10AM

If you have questions or would like to volunteer to assist in this endeavor, please contact your local state veteran cemetery.

Attention Veterans & Military Spouses:The University of Kentucky Police Department is hiring!Transition from the militar...
11/28/2023

Attention Veterans & Military Spouses:
The University of Kentucky Police Department is hiring!

Transition from the military to a civilian career with the University of Kentucky Police Department. They are an authorized U.S. Department of Defense SkillBridge Industry Partner. Everett Bracken (KDVA's Program Administrator) was honored to meet Police Chief Joe Monroe (University of Kentucky). Learn more about the UK Police Department: Home | University of Kentucky Police Department (uky.edu)

https://police.uky.edu/

In 1972, the Kentucky legislature enacted KRS 164.950, giving all state public universities the power to create campus police agencies and set standards for campus police officers. As a result, on Aug. 8, 1972, the university established the Public Safety Division.

11/23/2023

As we enter the holiday season, the staff of KDVA want to thank you for your service to our country; and to the family members of our veterans, we want to thank you for the sacrifices you have made and continue to make. We all know that life can be challenging to navigate on any given day, and KDVA knows that the Holidays can exacerbate feelings of loneliness, grief, loss, and stress. Reaching out for help can be difficult. We want you to know that you are not alone, and that it is okay to not be okay, and to not feel yourself. Help is available to you as a veteran, and to the families of veterans, twenty-four hours a day through the 988-call service. KDVA can also provide you with resources and connection to qualified professionals in your community who can help with a myriad of issues you may be experiencing or may be effecting someone you know.

Eligible veterans can receive FREE services through the COMPACT ACT, which provides funding for veterans so that you can receive assistance for mental health crisis and substance use disorder services anywhere that you choose. Contact us at 502-782-4291, and our Program Administrator for Wounded or Disabled Veterans, Kimberly Hillard, will be happy to assist you.

We encourage you to watch our posted videos, as another means to gain information and learn tips for dealing with stress during the holidays, and every day.
The staff at KDVA wish you a safe and joyful holiday season!

11/22/2023

This Su***de Prevention Month, Metallica’s James Hetfield and Robert Trujillo have an important message for Veterans. If you or a Veteran you know needs supp...

Veterans and Military Spouses, BlueOval SK is hiring!
11/21/2023

Veterans and Military Spouses, BlueOval SK is hiring!

On Thursday, November 16, the Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities/Kentucky Center for Assisted Living (KAHCF/...
11/21/2023

On Thursday, November 16, the Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities/Kentucky Center for Assisted Living (KAHCF/KCAL) honored the top long-term care facilities in Kentucky at their quality awards banquet. Carl M. Brashear Radcliff Veterans Center was honored to be a part of this elite group of leaders in the industry.

“We are honored to recognize these deserving providers at the top of their class,” said KAHCF/KCAL Interim President Ruby Jo Lubarsky, “During a tumultuous time of staffing shortages, our providers have faced these challenges with innovation and positivity. Each winner and their team have kept their residents’ quality of life at the heart of their work.”

The Best of Kentucky – Nursing and Rehabilitation honorees must possess a CMS star rating of four or higher to apply.

“We are committed to serving Kentucky’s Veterans and serving those that have served.”

Long-term care providers attended the Annual Meeting & Expo, energized by general sessions challenging them with strategies to cope with stress on the job, hiring and retaining quality staff and regulatory issues. On November 15, KCAL held its “KCAL Day” for Assisted Living Communities. More than 100 vendors exhibited during the expo showcasing the latest innovations to providing quality care.

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1111 Louisville Road Suite B
Frankfort, KY
40601

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 10pm
Tuesday 8am - 10pm
Wednesday 8am - 10pm
Thursday 8am - 10pm
Friday 8am - 10pm

Website

https://veterans.ky.gov/Veterans-Programs/Women-Veterans/Pages/default.aspx

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