Changes to the Kentucky National Guard’s code of justice have enabled military police to better deal with sexual assault occurring within their ranks.
The reforms were pushed through last year’s General Assembly by Rep. Tanya Pullin, a Democrat who co-chairs the Joint Committee on the Military, Veterans Affairs and Public Protection.
National Guard deputy state judge advocate Col. John Knox Mill told the panel this week that the number of victims’ advocates in his organization has increased to 60, and victims are reporting offenses in greater numbers as a result.
“This increase in cases is not because there have been more sexual assaults, but rather that it reflects a greater awareness and trust by victims in the program and the new criminal code," Mill said.
A Kentucky National Guard firefighting team is returning to Greenville on Tuesday, on the 11th anniversary of 9/11 and a year to the day since the soldiers' departure. The unit will be welcomed home Tuesday afternoon at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center.
A team of Kentucky military and health care professionals have been charged with finding better ways to help military service members, veterans and their families with substance abuse and mental health issues.
Motorcycle riders are revving their engines for a charity ride that they hope raises $100,000 for a memorial at the National Guard Center in Frankfort. Volunteers are raising money for the Labor Day weekend ride, called Ride II Remember, which is on Sept. 2.