veterans http://wkyufm.org en Advocates for Veterans Want Long-Term Care Facility Built in Warren County http://wkyufm.org/post/advocates-veterans-want-long-term-care-facility-built-warren-county <p></p><p>Some retired military veterans are asking Kentucky lawmakers to commit funding for a new long-term care facility for veterans that would be located in Bowling Green.</p><p>The commonwealth currently has only three such facilities, with a fourth veterans nursing home scheduled to open next summer in Hardin County.</p><p>Dr. Ray Biggerstaff served in Vietnam as a Captain with the 101<sup>st</sup> Airborne Division, based in Fort Campbell. He told state lawmakers in Frankfort that the number of veterans in the south-central Kentucky region makes Warren County a logical location for a long-term care operation.</p><p>“When we take a look at the demographic data for Bowling Green and the Barren River Area Development District, we’re looking at a total of 20,000 veterans in that particular area. Surrounding the area, we have an additional 22,000 veterans that are in the perimeter,” said Biggerstaff.</p><p>Biggerstaff said he also thought a long-term care facility for veterans in southern Kentucky could attract veterans who live in northern Tennessee.</p><p>In testimony before a joint committee on State Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection, Biggerstaff said backers of the proposed veteran’s nursing home in Warren County have identified a 30-acre site off I-65 near the Kentucky Transpark as a possible location for the facility.</p><p>The nursing home being built in Hardin County will sit on 195 acres of land donated by the Defense Department, and feature a dozen ten-person homes providing full nursing services to 120 veterans. It’s scheduled to open next June.</p><p>Kentucky’s three nursing homes for veterans currently in operation are in Hopkins, Jessamine, and Perry counties. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:40:05 +0000 Kevin Willis & Dan Conti 51021 at http://wkyufm.org Advocates for Veterans Want Long-Term Care Facility Built in Warren County Kentucky Lawmakers Consider Ways to Help Veterans Suffering from PTSD, Including Medical Marijuana http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-lawmakers-consider-ways-help-veterans-suffering-ptsd-including-medical-marijuana <p></p><p>Kentucky lawmakers have been discussing the causes of post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans, and how sexual assault in the military plays a factor.</p><p>Dr. Mary Sweeney was among a team of physicians from the Robley Rex Veterans Affairs hospital in Louisville who recently testified before a joint Committee on the Military, Veterans Affairs and Public Safety about PTSD treatment efforts.</p><p>“Fifty percent of people who experience a rape go on to get PTSD. The numbers are lower for combat. Vietnam veterans, probably about 30 percent at some point in their life. Gulf War&nbsp; veterans, perhaps 10 percent. The numbers are still out in the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.”</p><p>Many veterans have lobbied Frankfort in support of medical marijuana as a treatment for their symptoms.</p><p>About 18,500 veterans in Kentucky suffer from PTSD. Nationwide, that number is 350,000.</p><p><strong>Medical Marijuana for Veterans?</strong></p><p>Kentucky lawmakers also heard testimony from those advocating for the legalization of medical marijuana as a way for veterans to cope with the impact of PTSD and physical ailments related to their military service. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:21:35 +0000 Jonathan Meador 51015 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky Lawmakers Consider Ways to Help Veterans Suffering from PTSD, Including Medical Marijuana Batter Up! Wounded Fort Knox Soldiers Can Still Enjoy America's Favorite Pastime http://wkyufm.org/post/batter-wounded-fort-knox-soldiers-can-still-enjoy-americas-favorite-pastime <div><p>Inside a gym on the Fort Knox Army post, a group of soldiers show up ready to play ball, but not in jerseys and cleats.&nbsp;</p><p>The uniform here is camouflage.</p></div><p>BJ Levis has come to Fort Knox to introduce Beep Baseball.&nbsp; Levis works for Metro Parks and Recreation in Louisville.&nbsp; One of the programs she oversees is adaptive sports for people with disabilities.&nbsp;</p><p>“A lot of times when people have a recent injury and their life has changed it’s like 'I’m not going to be able to do anything I could do before,'" says Levis.&nbsp; "We like to introduce different sports and say 'Yes you can.'&nbsp; There’s just some simple adaptations or some simple equipment you might need so you still can participate in sports or start some you’ve never even done before which is really cool.” Mon, 02 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Lisa Autry 40456 at http://wkyufm.org Batter Up! Wounded Fort Knox Soldiers Can Still Enjoy America's Favorite Pastime WKU Called One of the Nation's Best Schools for Military Veterans http://wkyufm.org/post/wku-called-one-nations-best-schools-military-veterans <p></p><p>WKU is being recognized for its efforts in reaching out to military veterans.</p><p>The school was ranked seventh among all four-year schools in the 2014 "Best for Vets" report published by the Military Times. WKU was praised for having the state's only Veterans Upward Bound program, as well as a tuition discount for active duty military.</p><p>WKU Military Student Services Director Tonya Archey, a 10 year Navy veteran, says schools have to work to convince some veterans that they can succeed academically after being out of the classroom for many years.</p><p>"Speaking for myself, and many of my students, we can tell you that we've been out for a long time and we lack some of the confidence--do I have what it takes to make it through college? Many wonder since they've been out of high school so long, are they going to be really rusty on a lot of the basic stuff."</p><p>The "Best for Vets" rankings factored in a school's service member enrollment, percentage of tuition covered by the G.I. Bill, and the presence of programs designed to help active duty and former military personnel. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 21:43:18 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 39720 at http://wkyufm.org WKU Called One of the Nation's Best Schools for Military Veterans Young Veteran at WKU Helps Other Military Students Navigate Maze of College Life http://wkyufm.org/post/young-veteran-wku-helps-other-military-students-navigate-maze-college-life <p></p><p></p><p>Monday is Veteran's Day, and all across our region and nation, people are taking part in parades and ceremonies honoring those who have served in the military.</p><p>With U.S. personnel still fighting in Afghanistan, and following eight years of fighting in Iraq that formally ended in 2011, we thought we would introduce you to a young veteran from our region who is now helping other veterans create new lives after leaving the active service.</p><p>Kent Johnson joined the U.S. Marines in 2004 after graduating from high school in Columbia, Tennessee. As a member of a Marine Corp Infantry Unit, Kent served two tours in the Middle East, including a combat deployment to a town outside of Fallujah, Iraq. He got out of the service in 2008.</p><p>Here are some excerpts from our interview with Kent:</p><p><strong>What was life like for you after you got out of the Marines?</strong> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 15:02:51 +0000 Kevin Willis 39696 at http://wkyufm.org Young Veteran at WKU Helps Other Military Students Navigate Maze of College Life Homeless Veteran's Makeover Goes Viral: VIDEO http://wkyufm.org/post/homeless-veterans-makeover-goes-viral-video <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6a6VVncgHcY</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 13:55:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 39694 at http://wkyufm.org Homeless Veteran's Makeover Goes Viral: VIDEO Citing Need for Long-Term Care, Officials Break Ground for Radcliff Veterans Center http://wkyufm.org/post/citing-need-long-term-care-officials-break-ground-radcliff-veterans-center <p></p><p>A new veterans center planned for Hardin County will be just the fourth such facility in the state, and will offer long-term care in a region known for its close ties to the military.</p><p>State and local leaders were in Radcliff Wednesday to honor the official groundbreaking for the center that has been seven years in the making. With a planned opening in June, 2015, the project will feature a dozen ten-person homes, and will provide full nursing services to 120 veterans.</p><p>Those who helped design the Hardin County facility say it will offer residents a degree of autonomy not often found in nursing homes.</p><p>“They will be able to design their own rooms as far as how they decorate the room,” said Gilda Hill, Executive Director of the Office of Kentucky Veterans Centers. “They are welcome to bring their own furniture if they like, if that will make them feel more at home. They will tell us when they want to eat breakfast, when they want to bathe, and when they want to go out of the building for visits.”</p><p>The Radcliff Veterans Center will sit on 195 acres of land donated by the Defense Department.</p><p>Speaking at Wednesday’s ceremony, Governor Steve Beshear pointed out there is a great need for the kinds of services that be provided at the Radcliff Veterans Center. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 18:43:00 +0000 Kevin Willis 37232 at http://wkyufm.org Citing Need for Long-Term Care, Officials Break Ground for Radcliff Veterans Center Work Begins on Veterans Center in Hardin County http://wkyufm.org/post/work-begins-veterans-center-hardin-county <p>Work has begun on a veteran's center planned in Hardin County even though officials are still awaiting final approval from federal officials.</p><p>Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Ken Lucas told <a href="http://www.thenewsenterprise.com/content/work-begins-veterans-nursing-center" target="_blank">The News-Enterprise</a> that the project in Radcliff has gotten preliminary approval and there's no indication that it won't get final approval soon.</p><p>A construction bid for the Radcliff Veterans Center nursing facility has already been awarded and excavation at the site, which is adjacent to the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central, is underway.</p><p>Lucas says the final cost of the facility is estimated at $40 million, with the state paying 35% and the federal government paying 65%.</p><p>He said it will be the fourth nursing center in Kentucky authorized specifically for veterans. Fri, 09 Aug 2013 14:28:19 +0000 Associated Press 35297 at http://wkyufm.org Special License Designation Available for Kentucky Veterans http://wkyufm.org/post/special-license-designation-available-kentucky-veterans <p>Military veterans who are renewing Kentucky driver's licenses will be able to have a special designation printed on the license. The General Assembly this year authorized the designation, and the required programming for circuit court clerks' offices was finished on Monday. Wed, 26 Sep 2012 12:50:10 +0000 Associated Press 19786 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky Launches Program to Encourage Hiring Veterans http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-launches-program-encourage-hiring-veterans <p>Governor Steve Beshear is announcing a statewide plan to connect returning members of the Reserve, the National Guard, and other veterans with job openings in Kentucky. The program is called &quot;Hiring Kentucky Heroes.&quot; Fri, 15 Jun 2012 20:49:17 +0000 Dan Modlin 14136 at http://wkyufm.org