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?
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.
A Louisville organization that helps homeless people has been awarded a $300,000 grant to provide homeless female veterans and veterans with families with job training to help them succeed in civilian careers.
Volunteers of America in Louisville will receive the funding from the Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service. The agency announced Monday it is awarding 22 grants totaling more than $5 million to help about 1,900 veterans.
The Labor Department said services provided will include job placement, on-the-job and classroom training, career counseling, life skills and money management mentoring and help in finding housing.
Fort Campbell is holding suicide prevention training and other events this week as part of the Army's Suicide Prevention Month to educate soldiers, their families and civilians on how to spot the warning signs of suicide.
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.
A federal jury on Thursday convicted an AWOL Muslim soldier from Fort Campbell of attempting to blow up a Texas restaurant full of Fort Hood troops. The Waco jury convicted Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo of the most serious charge, attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, which could land him in prison for life. Abdo also was convicted of attempted murder of U.S. officers or employees, and four counts of possessing a weapon in furtherance of a federal crime of violence.