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Regional
9:36 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Ft. Campbell Unit to Case Colors Before Deployment

A Fort Campbell-based battalion is set to case its colors before deploying to Afghanistan later this year.

The 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment will conduct the ceremony Jan. 10 at the sprawling military post on the Kentucky-Tennessee state line.

The unit colors are a flag that represents the unit on the battlefield, and casing it symbolizes the unit is prepared for movement.

Once in Afghanistan, the battalion will provide protection for coalition forces across Afghanistan against the threat of indirect fire.

The "Strike Fear" battalion deployed to Afghanistan in 2013, when its members worked to protect Forward Operating Base Shank in the Logar province of eastern Afghanistan, in the north of the city of Gardez.

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Regional
11:13 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Ft. Knox Soldiers Welcomed Back Home After Serving in Afghanistan

Nearly 300 Ft. Knox soldiers are home for the holidays after serving a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan.

The soldiers assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division were honored during a ceremony Sunday night at the Hardin County Army post. The 285 troops had been operating in the roughly 7,000–square-mile Zabul Province in southern Afghanistan, assisting Afghan security forces, government representatives, and police forces.

The unit will continue to send soldiers home through next May, with the majority of the brigade home before March.

Regional
5:00 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Batter Up! Wounded Fort Knox Soldiers Can Still Enjoy America's Favorite Pastime

A blindfolded Fort Knox soldier takes a swing at the ball during a game of Beep Baseball.
Credit Lisa Autry

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. 

The uniform here is camouflage.

BJ Levis has come to Fort Knox to introduce Beep Baseball.  Levis works for Metro Parks and Recreation in Louisville.  One of the programs she oversees is adaptive sports for people with disabilities. 

“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.  "We like to introduce different sports and say 'Yes you can.'  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.”

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Regional
11:36 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Ft. Knox to Welcome Back 250 Soldiers from Afghanistan

Nearly 250 Ft. Knox soldiers will be welcomed home Wednesday following a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan.

The members of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division have been operating in the southern province of Zabul, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Ft. Knox soldiers assisted Afghan security forces, government, and police forces as they transitioned to independent security and governance.

Soldiers in the unit will continue to return to Ft. Knox in small groups through May of next year.

Wednesday’s welcome home ceremony is being held at 4:30 am eastern, at the Natcher Physical Fitness Center.

Regional
10:59 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Kentucky Sees Rise in Number of Homeless Military Veterans

A new report says the number of homeless veterans in Kentucky has increased in recent years.

Numbers released by the Kentucky Housing Corporation show the number of homeless veterans jumped 37 percent in the last four years. The report indicates that the higher numbers are in part a result of troop withdrawals in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The proportion of veterans in the overall homeless population in Kentucky increased this year as well, to over 10 percent.

Regional
9:02 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Young Veteran at WKU Helps Other Military Students Navigate Maze of College Life

Kent Johnson, now a WKU senior, served as a U.S. Marine in As Saqlawiyah, Iraq.
Credit Kent Johnson

Kent Johnson's interview with WKU Public Radio

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.

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.

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.

Here are some excerpts from our interview with Kent:

What was life like for you after you got out of the Marines?

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Veterans
7:55 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Homeless Veteran's Makeover Goes Viral: VIDEO

Jim Wolf of Grand Rapids, Mich. The Army veteran was transformed for a video that the maker hopes will convince people to look at the homeless differently.
Screen grabs from the RobBlissCreative video

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 8:18 am

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Elections
7:55 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Kentucky Receives $2.2 Million Grant to Help Deployed Soldiers Vote

Kentucky has received a $2.2 million federal grant to help pay for an electronic system for delivering election ballots to soldiers deployed overseas.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced the grant from the U.S. Department of Defense. Tuesday.

Grimes said the money will help with the cost of an electronic system that could be used in place of U.S. mail to get ballots to military personnel.

Lawmakers approved legislation earlier this year to allow soldiers and civilians living overseas to receive ballots electronically to speed up the process.

The secretary of state's office is in the preliminary stages of developing the system, which is expected to be in place for next year's general election.

NPR News
6:28 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Army Bars New Recruits With Conspicuous Tattoos

A U.S. Army soldier at Outpost Monti in Afghanistan's Kunar province, in Sept. 2011.
Tauseef Mustafa AFP/Getty Images

No visible ink. That's the gist of a new regulation approved by the secretary of the Army that prohibits fresh recruits from showing tattoos while in uniform.

Josh Smith, a reporter with Stars and Stripes, says the rules on tattoos were loosened in 2006 when the Army was looking to increase recruitment.

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Regional
9:28 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Work Begins on Veterans Center in Hardin County

Work has begun on a veteran's center planned in Hardin County even though officials are still awaiting final approval from federal officials.

Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Ken Lucas told The News-Enterprise that the project in Radcliff has gotten preliminary approval and there's no indication that it won't get final approval soon.

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.

Lucas says the final cost of the facility is estimated at $40 million, with the state paying 35% and the federal government paying 65%.

He said it will be the fourth nursing center in Kentucky authorized specifically for veterans.

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