This is a friendly reminder that Wreaths Across America is happening at the Capitol this Monday at noon! Take this opportunity to honor our heroes and show your support for our state's brave and invaluable veterans.
Governor Andy Beshear will be the speaker at the Wreaths Across America ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort on Monday at noon.
Everyone is welcome to help us honor Kentucky’s veterans who have passed. This is a wonderful opportunity to show your appreciation for all the veterans that have dedicated their lives to protecting our state and nation.
Take a moment to read this message from our Commissioner concerning the 80th anniversary of the tragedy at Pearl Harbor.
"Today marks the 80th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. This attack, resulting in the deaths of 2,403 service members, launched the United States in a devastating world war which changed the course of history for the world and our nation.
Since “the day which will live in infamy,” the United States continues to be a global leader for freedom and democracy through the dedicated service of our military personnel and veterans. In that spirit, KDVA continues to be the Commonwealth’s leader in advocating for all veterans who have served our nation during times of peace and war.
So, on this solemn occasion, please take a few moments to remember and honor those patriotic service members who perished on this day 80 years ago.
Whitney P. Allen, Jr.
LTC, US Army (Retired)
Make plans for the next three Saturdays to join family, friends and volunteers placing wreaths on headstones at Kentucky’s five state veterans cemeteries. Everyone is welcome to participate in the ceremony to express holiday gratitude for the veterans who have passed.
The ceremonies will be held at the following times:
Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North East (KVCNE) in Greenup County will hold its Laying of the Wreaths ceremony this Saturday, Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. Eastern time.
Kentucky Veterans Cemetery South East (KVCSE) will hold its Laying of the Wreaths ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 10 a.m.
Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North (KVCN) in Williamstown will hold Wreaths for KVCN Veterans ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 10 a.m. Eastern time.
Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West (KVCW) in Hopkinsville will hold its Wreaths Across America ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 18 at 11 a.m. Central time.
Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central (KVCC) in Radcliff will hold its Wreaths Across America ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. Eastern time.
Share some cheer this Holiday season and participate in Honor Flight Bluegrass' Christmas Cheer Campaign- a wonderful opportunity to give back to the veterans in your community! Take a look at the info below and makes sure to wish a Merry Christmas to the heroes in your life!
We were proud to be able to interface today with women veterans at the American Legion on Wednesday! The work we do with female veterans is a fundamentally important piece of our mission here at the KDVA and we look forward to continuing to expand our role and our programs in order to best service this important subsection of the veteran community!
Over the course of the last six months, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has begun processing service-connected disability claims for six new presumptive conditions related to environmental exposures during military service.
In May 2021, VA started implementing provisions of the William M. Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (NDAA), adding bladder cancer, hypothyroidism and Parkinsonism to the list of medical conditions presumptively associated with exposure to Agent Orange. A few months later VA added asthma, rhinitis and sinusitis (to include rhinosinusitis) on a presumptive basis based on particulate matter exposures during military service in Southwest Asia and certain other areas.
Any Veteran who was previously denied service-connection for any of these six conditions but had symptoms manifest within 10 years of military service would need to file a supplemental claim. Be sure to use VA Form 20-0995, Decision Review Request: Supplemental Claim when filing. The claim form should include the name of the condition and specify that the condition is being claimed due to in-service exposure to environmental hazards.
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Check out this incredible recorded virtual event if you have any interest in entering the wonderful world of entrepreneurship and learning how your unique skills and experiences as a veteran can give you a "leg-up" in the exciting and emerging world of business!
Today, Monday, November 15th, the Nextgen Leader Initiative and Veterans Recruitment Events will be taking place. Tune in to learn from the best of the best, with high profile speakers such as David Casey, the senior Vice President of Workforce Strategies, and Tasha Bolden from the Department of Defense. For more information, check out the NextGen webpage linked below. We hope to see you there!
On November 14th, Governor Andy Beshear honored the Kentucky-born victims of the COVID-19 with a special ceremony to highlight the trials of the last year and the brave sacrifices we have all endured since the pandemic began.
Beshear said: “Our war against COVID is different in many ways from the wars fought by our brave soldiers. But to achieve our ultimate victory, we must have the same urgency, unity and dedication to one another.”
Take a moment of silence today to remember those we have lost to this once-in-a-lifetime event.