Thursday is a time to honor veterans

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Nov. 11 is Veterans Day.  On this day every year, we should all take time to recognize the service of the more than 300,000 veterans who call Kentucky home.  These men and women have put their lives on the line to defend our nation.

As a former Army officer and 11-year veteran, I am committed to supporting and advocating for the well-deserved benefits of our service members, veterans and their families and will continue to fight for all who wear or have worn the uniform.

Jobs for veterans

A lack of sufficient income and finding a job are the main concerns for most veterans according to the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs.  The Veterans Employment and Training Service, administered through the U.S. Department of Labor, can help.  They are able to help veterans succeed in the 21st century workforce with resources that will maximize their employment opportunities, protect their employment rights and meet labor market demands with qualified veterans.  For more information about these job prospects, please visit the VETS website or call 1-866-487-2365.

The Kentucky Small Business Development Center has partnered with the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide resources to veterans who are looking to open a small business. KSBDC offers specific assistance for beginning or improving your business.  Visit http://kyvetbiz.com or call 1-270-763-6961 for more information.

Homeless veterans

During the cold months that are ahead, there will be anywhere from 800 to 1,200 veterans across Kentucky who have no place to call home.  Assistance with finding affordable housing is one of the top three concerns on the minds of veterans according to the KDVA.  In conjunction with the local VA hospitals and federal, state and local homelessness programs and shelters, the KDVA has been making progress to get more veterans off the street and into a warm, safe facility.  For more information on a shelter near you, contact 1-502-595-4447.

Education for veterans

It is often a difficult transition when a veteran decides to go back to the classroom. Many schools throughout Kentucky offer programs designed to help veterans ease back into things.  Visit the KDVA Education website at http://veterans.ky.gov/Education/ for a list of colleges and universities that offer these programs.

Paying for college is another burden that weighs heavily on veterans looking to head back to school.  In 2008, I supported a law that modernized and improved the GI Bill to ensure our veterans have access to quality education.  The new law pays tuition equal to in-State fees charged at the most expensive public institution in the State where the veteran is enrolled.  It also provides monthly stipends to cover living expenses and allows some service members to transfer these benefits to spouses and children.

For more information, contact my district office at 1-859-426-0080 or visit http://www.gibill.va.gov.

Looking to help troops and veterans in Kentucky?

There are a number of ways for you to show support for our troops, veterans and their families.

On the Support Our Troops section of my website, Kentuckians can find ways to give back to veterans and make things a little easier for active-duty service members.  Organizations such as the United Service Organizations, the Thank You Foundation and Operation Homefront provide Americans with the opportunity to lend a hand and brighten the day of a service member, veteran or military family member.  To learn more about ways to donate your time and support our troops and veterans, visit http://GeoffDavis.house.gov/Troops.

How can we help?

Our office stands ready to assist current service members, veterans, and family members with a wide range of services and benefits provided by the federal government.  We are happy to help you communicate with federal agencies on issues ranging from veterans benefits, TRICARE, GI Bill, veterans’ military records and medals, and much more.  Click here to learn more about our constituent services or contact the Fort Mitchell district office at 1-859-426-0080.

We are all deeply indebted to service members and veterans for their sacrifices.  Please take a moment this week to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.


Geoff Davis represents Kentucky’s 4th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. His district comprises 22 counties, including Carroll, Trimble and Gallatin.