KY Veteran Helping Other Vets Receives AARP Service Honor

Nov 11, 2019
Carlen Pippen, Public News Service

Every Wednesday, Vietnam War veteran Carlen Pippin can be found handing out food to fellow veterans in need.

The 80-year-old retired veterinarian, a Shelby County resident, has received AARP's Andrus Award for Community Service, the seniors advocacy group’s highest honor for volunteers over 50.

Five years ago, Pippin started a local Veterans Rural Outreach group to help Kentucky military veterans in need, after several told him they were sleeping in their cars or on the street.


After a meticulous two-day inspection by the National Cemetery Administration (NCA), Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North (KVCN) scored 96 – the highest score of any state veterans cemetery in the country.

“The very highest standards are what we strive to reach every day,” said Benjamin Adams, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, which operates five state veterans cemeteries in Kentucky. “NCA standards are exacting and their inspectors famously strict. To achieve this highest score in the nation is an enormous accomplishment.”

Feeding South Florida

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded multiple competitive federal grants totaling $866,121 to the Volunteers of America (VOA) Mid-States in Kentucky.

The funds will be used to provide services in several locations across Kentucky as part of the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP). Senator McConnell contacted U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta on behalf of VOA Mid-States in support of their competitive grant applications.

Kentucky Arts Council

The Kentucky Veteran Project, an art exhibit sponsored by the Kentucky Arts Council, will begin its yearlong tour of Kentucky beginning Dec. 11 at Gallery on the Square in Franklin.

Tops Friendly Markets

Morehead State University and the Rowan County School District are co-sponsoring a luncheon to honor military veterans in the MSU family and throughout the community on Friday, Nov. 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Academic-Athletic Center.

The event will feature a catered lunch form Aramark and live music by performers from the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music. Veterans throughout the community, as well as MSU staff, faculty and student veterans from all branches of military service are welcome at the luncheon, as are Gold Star parents.


As part of its Occupational and Licensing Review and Reform Program, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded the Commonwealth of Kentucky two grants totaling $1.95 million. The grants will be used to review and streamline licensing requirements and address licensure challenges for veterans and transitioning service members.


Attorney General Andy Beshear has joined with AARP Kentucky and partners to launch “Mission Veterans Protected” to help reverse the high rate of veterans, active-duty service members, reservists and military families from being targeted and falling victim to scams.

“Mission Veterans Protected,” part of Beshear’s Scam Alerts initiative, provides preventative resources to help Kentucky’s veteran community combat the findings in a recent AARP study that determined more veterans are targeted by con artists and fall victim to fraud when compared to nonveterans.

Road Trippers

Current and former members of the nation’s armed services can receive lodging discounts at Kentucky State Parks with the “USA Military Discount” program from Nov. 1, 2017, to Mar. 31, 2018.

Those on active military duty, retired members of the military, veterans, members of the National Guard and reservists, are eligible for the program.

“Kentucky State Parks are proud to offer this lodging discount to show our appreciation to the women and men who serve or who have served in uniform for our country,” Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland said.

Morehead State University

Morehead State University values and honors all the men and women who have served in our Armed Forces. MSU continues to take great pride in recognizing Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 10, as a celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

The official Veterans Day holiday is Saturday, Nov. 11.

At 11 a.m., a wreath ceremony will be held next to the Veterans Wall near the Rowan County Arts Center on Main Street.


America’s military veterans have proven they can be relied upon to get jobs done.

So, East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) is inviting veterans to learn more about careers in helping to safely provide reliable, affordable power to over 1 million Kentucky residents.

In November, EKPC will offer a series of career fairs for veterans to highlight the electric cooperative and its related careers.

Morehead State University

Morehead State University values and honors all the men and women who have served in our Armed Forces.

MSU continues to take great pride in recognizing Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, as a celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

At 11 a.m., a wreath ceremony will be held next to the Veterans Wall near the Rowan County Arts Center on Main Street.


Voters can honor Kentucky veterans’ service by casting their ballots in their honor during the upcoming general election on Nov. 8. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding Kentuckians to participate in her office’s "Vote in Honor of a Veteran" program.

EKPC Offers Job Fairs for Veterans

Sep 28, 2016

Safely providing affordable, reliable electricity 24/7/365 is a challenging job. But East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) knows where to turn when they need a few good men and women: America’s military veterans.

In October, EKPC will offer job fairs for veterans to highlight the electric cooperative and its related careers.

Congressman Rogers Supports Veterans Bill

Apr 30, 2015
The Leader

Kentucky Congressman Hal Rogers is urging passage of a $76.6 billion dollar military construction and veterans affairs bill.

The Somerset Republican is Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

He says the measure funds important veterans’ benefits and the infrastructure that supports them. The amount, says Rogers, is $4.6 billion dollars more than last year.

Morehead State University and the local community will honor American service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice on Tuesday, Nov. 11.

At 11 a.m., a Doughboy Statue and Wreath Ceremony will be held next to the Veterans Wall of the Rowan County Arts Center. The doughboy statue has recently received a makeover and has returned to its foundation.

Morehead State will host a free lunch for all current and former members of the military from 11:30 a.m. through 12:30 p.m. in the Crager Room of the Adron Doran University Center. Entertainment also will be provided.

Feature: MCTC Student Veteran Center

Sep 25, 2014

Maysville Community and Technical College will soon be adding a new facility to serve those who have served their country. MSPR's Sam Steiert reports...

Morehead State University has for the sixth straight year been named a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. This places MSU once again in the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.

The common bond of these institutions is their shared priority of recruiting and retaining students with military experience.

Grayson Rural Electric Cooperative

Grayson RECC and Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives are joining with the Bluegrass Chapter of the Honor Flight Network to sponsor an Honor Flight for veterans from Kentucky who served during World War II or the Korean War.

This year’s cooperative-sponsored flight to Washington, D.C., takes place on Thursday, October 2.

Radcliff Veterans Center Progressing

Aug 20, 2014
Office of Kentucky Veterans Centers

Kentucky’s fourth nursing home for veterans should be completed about a year from now, according to the new director of those facilities for the State Department of Veterans Affairs Mark Bowman.

He visited the construction site of the Radcliff Veterans Center this week and says the community has really embraced the project.

Health Care Vouchers For Veterans Discussed

Jul 11, 2014
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

State Representative Robert Benvenuti would like Kentucky to be used in a federal pilot project aimed at improving access to medical care for veterans.

The Fayette County Republican thinks Kentucky should ask Congress for legislation permitting veterans in the Commonwealth to use vouchers to pay for services from providers outside the Veterans Administration health care system.

Paul Lobbies For Voting Rights

Jun 24, 2014
The Nation

U.S. Senator Rand Paul hopes to do in Washington what he hasn’t been able to do in Kentucky. 

The Bowling Green Republican is drafting a bill to restore the voting rights of some convicted felons.  Senator Paul plans to introduce federal legislation this week that would restore voting privileges to non-violent convicted felons who have completed their sentences. 

Veterans Museum Open On Saturdays

Jun 10, 2014

The Rowan County Historical Veterans Museum is now open on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. 

Curator of the facility Charles Gilley says it’s the first time regular hours have been scheduled at the facility.

“We always try to open it on special days, you know Flag Day, Veterans Day, Memorial Day and things like that. Hopefully, some people will come down and see it. We’ve got a lot of artifacts in there of war memorabilia. I think people would enjoy it.” –Charles Gilley

Lexington Veterans Administration Hospital Under Review

May 23, 2014
University of Kentucky College of Medicine

Lexington's Veterans Administration Hospital is in the midst of a two week internal audit.  VA Spokeswoman Desti Stimes says it's part of a national review called for in April. 

National news reports have focused on delays in appointments at some VA facilities with life-impacting consequences. 

Stimes believes the audit will find local employees are following the federal agency's national scheduling guidance.

Ashland To Honor WWII Veterans

Apr 28, 2014
Times Union

Visitors to the city of Ashland on Saturday, June 14th, may think they’ve stepped 70 years back in time.

The city is honoring its World War II veterans with a tribute to those who fought and died in the war seven decades after the D-Day invasion. June 6th is the actual anniversary of the Allied landing on the beaches of Normandy.

The Highlands Museum and Discovery Center is working with the Eastern Kentucky Military Historical Society to present a walking tour of Ashland featuring photographs, sidewalk displays and other memorabilia from 1944.

Support Group Serves Eastern Kentucky Veterans

Mar 24, 2014
East Kentucky Military Historical Society

The East Kentucky Military History Society is working with schools and various service organizations to educate people about the role the Armed Forces has played in the region.

Matt Potter of Flatwoods is president of the organization. He says it was formed just over a year ago and now has about 600 members from a dozen counties.

Ashland Plans WWII Commemorative Event

Mar 17, 2014
U.S. Army

The 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion that helped the Allies win World War Two is coming up in June and Ashland plans to commemorate the event in grand style. The East Kentucky Military History Society is planning an activity it calls “The War Days: A 1944 Walking Tour of Downtown Ashland”.

President of the organization Matt Potter says it’ll give people a chance to take a nostalgic tour of Ashland, as it was seven decades ago. He says they’ll also have a chance to thank the city’s surviving World War Two veterans.

Military Times has announced Morehead State University has made its Best for Vets: Colleges 2014 rankings. 

The organization comprising Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times placed a new emphasis on academic rigor this year when conducting and scoring the fourth annual Best for Vets: Colleges survey, a highly respected 150-question analysis of a school’s complete offerings for veterans. 

The Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs is supporting legislation that would enable people who have a master’s degree in a behavioral science to become certified alcohol and drug counselors.

Dr. Patrick McKiernan is the KDVA’s Homeless Veterans Outreach Coordinator and says many veterans need those services and there’s a statewide shortage of counselors.