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bullet VHPA National Web Site
bulletAccess to the VHPA National website.
bullet www.armyawards.com/awards.shtml
bulletGreat site to research awards
bullet http://www.static.cc.gatech.edu/fac/Thomas.Pilsch/Vietnam.html
bulletThis site is probably one of the best search lists ever compiled about Vietnam. It would take months to look at everything this site offers.
bullet http://www.panoramio.com/photo_explorer#view=photo&position=80&with_photo_id=84020523&ss_play&order=date_desc&user=1643333
bulletThis may be one of the largest collections of Vietnam photos you are likely to see.  Mostly from the 60's and with captions & credited. 
There are some repeats - or shots taken from a different angles – and some general civilian city/country day-to-day life; temples, air parks, battle damage scenes (us & them), water-ways, military posts, combat bases & ammo dumps, tons of aerial shots, aircraft, watercraft, known highways and the wondrous Vietnam area terrain.






January 25, 2016

A Publication of the Joint Executive Council of Veterans Organizations of Kentucky (JECVO)

March 1                Deadline for application for the University of Louisville’s 4th Military Spouse Graduate Assistant Fellowship.  This is a competitive scholarship provided by the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies for any military spouse seeking a Master's Degree in an approved Graduate program.  The fellowship will pay 100% tuition, a monthly stipend of $1,200 for 10 months (August through May) and health benefits for full-time students. Deadline for applications is March 1, 2016 to: http://louisville.edu/graduate/forms/military-spouse-graduate-assistantship-application

The fellowship is renewable for one additional year so long as the student is making progress toward the degree.  The student who receives this award must be enrolled full-time and may be required to work up to twenty hours per week in research, teaching or service directly related to their graduate training. Individuals who are underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. For additional information, please contact Ms. Mary Leggett at 502-852-3108 or melegg02@louisville.edu


March 2                10:00 AM-12:00 Noon    JECVO Meeting.  VFW Post 4075 located at 104 2nd Street in Frankfort. Chairman Sparks has several informative speakers on the agenda including KDVA Commissioner Heather French Henry and Associate Director James Belmont of the Lexington VA Medical Center. Attendees can also expect an excellent meal after the meeting at no charge. Invite your friends to attend with you! Hope to see you there! The public is invited to attend.


March 5                3:30 PM-5:30 PM              4th Annual “Shining the Light on Military Women”. Colvin Community Center, 230 Freedom Way, Radcliff, KY. Hosted by National Association for Black Veterans, Inc. Fort Knox Chapter 70. This event is open to the public!  Vendors will be available 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. Banquet and Awards Recognition 3:00 P.M.– 5:30 P.M. Military women, please RSVP to one of the following POC’s:  Fort Knox Chapter 70 Commander Lolita Williams Martin 270-319-1915 or KY State Auxiliary President Gail Lyons (270) 401-3219. $15.00 donation for Banquet.  Guest Speakers: 2015 KY Female Veteran of the Year Julia M. Martin; Lindsay Garlotto; Kecia Copeland; BG Barbara L. Owens and BG Donna W. Martin.           


March 6                2:00 PM                                State-level American Legion Oratorical Contest. American Legion Post 7, Frankfort. Competing for the Department (State) Championship and the right to compete at the National Contest at Indianapolis in April will be three of the most outstanding young high school students in Kentucky. They have studied the Constitution, practiced hours and hours, and have all won their respective Area competitions. For more information, contact Chairman Dave King at (859) 595-6595.


March 7                6:00 PM-9:00 PM              2016 Veterans Memorial Walk. Eastern Kentucky University. Registration 5:00 PM-6:00 PM. Students $10; Community $15; Day of the walk is $20. Register by March 2 and receive a free T-shirt. The proceeds for this walk are to go towards the purchase of a statute of the boots, M16 and helmet depicted in the logo of the shirt.  For further information contact Bryan Cole at (859) 200-6457 or bryan.cole@eku.edu. Music provided by local musician Corey Kenton. Register at ekuveteransmemorialwalk@myevent.com.  

March 11             6:00 PM                Agent Orange Town Hall Meeting.  Prichard Community Center, Elizabethtown. •What is it? •Who does it effect? •How long will problems last? Attend the meeting and learn how this chemical is changing veterans’ lives and the lives of their children and grandchildren. Are you a descendent of a veteran exposed to Agent Orange? You need to attend. More information is available by contacting the host, E-town VVA Chapter 1051 at etownvva@yahoo.com or David Cowherd

at herd437@gmail.com or 270-312-0463.


March 11             6:00 PM                “Warrior to Scholar to Leader” seminar:  Women Veterans’ Transition Experiences. Allen Hall, Room 460A • Bellarmine University • Snacks served. Features a veteran-mediated panel discussion by student veterans. In this second seminar, the panel will be moderated by Lindsay Gargotto, founder of Athena’s Sisters and the 2014 Kentucky Veteran of the Year. You are invited to listen in as women veterans sit down and discuss their transition from military life to university and civilian life. Listen to this unique population of women as they give voice and provide insight into the lives of the 8% of 5% of Americans who are veterans. Q & A to follow.

RSVP for any of these seminars at www.bellarmine.edu/veterans/seminars . Presented by Bellarmine University, in conjunction with the Athena’s Sisters and the Bellarmine Student Veteran’s Association.


March 18-20       Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Kentucky 2016 Spring Conference. Holiday Inn, Cincinnati Airport, 1717 Airport Exchange Road, Erlanger, KY. (859)746-5608


March 19             12:00 Noon -1:30 PM        “Veterans Urban /Rural Outreach “Program Official Opening California Community Center, 1600 W. St. Catherine Street, Louisville. Hours of operations: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 10:00 AM-2:00 PM.  Closed On Holidays! For more information, contact Shedrick Jones Sr. at sjjsr@aol.com.

April 8-10            American Huey 369 Event (Spring Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot) in support of raising funds to construct the National American Huey History Museum.  Location is the Knob Creek Gun Range, West Point, KY. Memberships available. Huey rides! For more information, call Chuck Canfield at 330-984-0889 or email: info@americanhuey369.com. Their web site is www.americanhuey369.com.   Anyone (Schools, Veteran's Organizations, etc.) planning a Veteran's Reunion, Moving Wall or Educational Event, the American Huey's 369 and/or 803/Warrior 11 (w/member crew) are available to attend your event. Please contact John Walker at 765-469-2727.


April 9                   AMVETS State Executive Committee (SEC) Meeting.  AMVETS Post 119 located at 1400 Triplett Street in Owensboro, Kentucky. For more information, contact Joe Doebler at jdoebler@bellsouth.net  or 502-459-5144.


April 14                                6:00 PM                “Warrior to Scholar to Leader” seminar:  Skills Veterans Bring to the Workplace. Frazier Hall • Bellarmine University • Snacks served. Features a veteran-mediated panel discussion by student veterans. In this last seminar, veterans will discuss the benefits, challenges, and skills their military time provided. These skills are a valuable commodity that can be put to good use as a student and, later, as an employee. The experience of the veteran is explored by the panel of veterans in order to bring to light these valuable, and sometimes, overlooked advantages that are offered to employers. Q & A to follow. RSVP for any of these seminars at www.bellarmine.edu/veterans/seminars . Presented by Bellarmine University in conjunction with the Athena’s Sisters and the Bellarmine Student Veteran’s Association.


April 15                                9:00 AM-3:00 PM             Free Tax Preparation. Louisville Metro Community Services will be hosting a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance event offering free tax preparation at the Nia Center, 2900 West Broadway, 3rd Floor, Louisville. You are eligible for services if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or if your family household earned less than $55,000 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) in 2015. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY — CALL 574-5191 to schedule today! You will need to bring:

Copy of 2014 federal and state tax return, if available

 Social Security Card or ITIN letter from Social Security Administration for each family member

 Proof of income include including W2s and 1099 forms.

 Interest and dividend statement.

 1095A—Health Insurance Marketplace Statement

 Valid photo I.D. for taxpayer (and spouse)

Date of birth for all household members

 Documentation of deductible expenses.

 Total paid to day care provider and day care tax I.D.

 Account and routing numbers of checking and savings account for direct deposit

For eligibility information for VITA services (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), other site locations or more details, call 2-1-1 or visit www.labcservices.org. Brought to you by the Advocacy and Empowerment Division of Louisville Metro Community Services and the Louisville Asset Building Coalition.


April 15-16          American Legion, Department of Kentucky 2016 Spring Conference. Hilton Hotel, Florence, KY. (859) 327-9667.


April 16                                4:00 PM-6:00 PM              NABVETS Freedom Cruise. Belle of Louisville. Boarding at 3:30 PM. Video presentation, Music: R&B and JAZZ, Humor, Treasure Chest Drawings, Fifty (50) Flags– (SALUTE). Speakers: AARP, Government representatives, Sponsors. Donation: $35.00 per person. For more information, contact: Shedrick J. Jones, Sr., P. O. Box 197103, Louisville, KY. 40259; e-mail: sjjsr@aol.com or phone: 502-592-1475.


April 30                                8:00 AM-1:00 PM             Western Kentucky Women Veterans Regional Conference. Knicely Center, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green. Theme: “Kentucky Women Veterans:  Today’s Leaders”. Benefits, Employment, Education, and Building Women Veteran Connections are topics. Workshops led by accredited experts, entertainment and lunch. No charge for admission, but registration required. Lt. Governor and veteran Jenean Hampton is the keynote speaker.  Entertainment will be provided by the Looking for Lilith Theater Company. Complimentary buffet luncheon. For more information, contact Lisa Aug at 502-564-9203.


May 14                 10:00 AM             BIAK Brain Walk ‘n Talk. E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park located at

3000 Freys Hill Road, Louisville. Check-in: 8:30 AM. Walk Begins: 10:00 AM. Register, form a team and raise funds online at www.BIAK.us. Invite your family, friends and co-workers to support and walk with you. Free pizza from Papa John after the walk! Participants are encouraged to wear military PT/BDU uniforms (if currently serving) or military apparel. One in five households in the state is affected by brain injuries, which can occur after a fall, stroke, trauma, anoxia, infection, tumors or other illnesses. Over half of brain injuries occur before the age of 21, and many could have been prevented. The Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky (BIAK) supports Kentuckians who are affected by brain injury and tumors. Join us for the BIAK Brain Walk ‘n Talk to raise awareness and fund their mission. Help them continue to provide resources, support and advocacy to Kentuckians affected by brain injury! For more information, call Alex Nauert, Military Outreach Coordinator for BIAK at 502-493-0609.

May 14                 8:00 PM                First Annual 5K Run/Walk titled 'A Warrant to Run'  sponsored by the US Army Warrant Officer Association Longrifle Chapter. The event location is Falling Springs Recreational Center Cross Country Course, 275 Beasley Drive in Versailles. The objective of the chapter is to promote fitness while raising money for the USAWOA Scholarship Foundation, make a donation towards the Kentucky National Guard Memorial Fund, and to support year-round events and activities of the organization.  Each participant will receive a goodie bag with a one of a kind race tee shirt. The 'Most Patriotic Runner' will be judged and the winner will receive a special gift. There will be several door prizes offered and all registered participants are eligible to win. The first, second, and third place overall finishers will receive a cash award and medal. A photographer will be stationed to capture your group or individual photos. Please register early and join us for this monumental event! To learn more about this event and to receive updates, please 'like' the Face Book page at "A Warrant to Run 5K".  Registration forms can be picked up at the Falling Springs Center in Versailles or by emailing Jennifer.Lyddane@gmail.com. You can also go directly to the registration website at:
http://www.active.com/versailles-ky/running/distance-running-races/a-warrant-to-run-5k-2016  Early Registration Discount of 17% through March 17. Discount code: 1918.


May 29                 6:00 PM                Memorial Day Ceremony, Jeffersontown Veterans Memorial Park. KDVA Commissioner Heather French Henry will deliver the keynote address. The public is invited. For more information, contact John Wright at johnboyusmc@msn.com.


July 2                     10:00 AM-4:00 PM           Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North Wreaths for Veterans Charity Ride!  All money collected will go to making sure all veterans that have paid the ultimate price have a holiday wreath placed on their headstone this December 2016. Donation requested at the registration. Riders will be leaving the cemetery at 12:00 noon traveling to Frankfort to the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial. More information to follow.


Continuous        Each month Active Heroes hosts FREE events and activities for Military Families and Veterans at the Military Family Community Center located at 8701 Old Bardstown Rd, Suite B, Louisville, KY 40291 Louisville, KY and the Military Family Retreat Center located at 0 Ridgeview Drive, Shepherdsville, KY 40165. The FREE events include acupuncture, massage, self-defense, yoga, meditation and cross-fit workouts.  For more information go to http://activeheroes.org/event/


Each Sunday from 2:00 PM-3:00 PM there will be FREE yoga classes for veterans at Supreme Peace Yoga and Wellness Studio, 343 West Kenwood Way, Louisville. The Veterans Yoga Project is at non-profit 501c(3) organization on a mission to support recovery and resilience among veterans, their families, and communities. Their Mindful Resilience Training helps veterans breathe easy, think clearly, move freely, rest deeply, and find greater connection with themselves and their families. See improvement in sleep, concentration, anger management, mood, and impulsive behavior! Contact is Debi Baldwin of Peace of Healing @ Debi.Baldwin@gmail.com


NABVETS Expansion 2015 – 2020. Interested parties to discuss organization and planning at the Newburg Library (corner of Exeter & Indian Trail), Louisville on the third Thursday of each month from 12:00 noon-1:30 PM. Meetings are open to the public. For more information go to www.kynabvets13.com or www.nabvetsregionvi.com.


Louisville Joint Community Forces (JCF) has partnered with the Veterans Coalition Alliance Louisville (VCAL) folks and they are meeting monthly (every 3rd Wed) at the Bowman Readiness Center in Louisville. JCF is a 100% volunteer initiative comprised of any individual, group or organization that provides resources and support to veterans, military members and their families (VMFs).   VSO’s are encouraged to participate!   JCF hopes to improve communication between JCF partners as it relates to upcoming events, resources, guest speakers, conferences and best practices.  The goal for each regional JCF coalition is to discover new partners, support resources and collaboration opportunities that help us better serve the military community. Anyone desiring more information about this initiative can contact Joe Brummett, Director Community Outreach, Kentucky National Guard, English EL Enterprises, Ctr., 482 Stanford Avenue, Danville, KY 40422; 859-319-4667 or joe.k.brummett.ctr@mail.mil.


Should any veteran or veteran organization have an event that would be of interest to our member organizations and friends, please send me basic information such as listed above to kentuckyauthor@aol.com and I’ll add to the calendar of events.


Join JECVO on Facebook by clicking the link at the top of the page or by going to the Search icon on Facebook and typing in Joint Executive…Once you get to the page, “Like” the page and get our informational updates! Visit our new web page at www.jecvoky.org and keep in touch with issues of importance!


Feel free to share the Events Calendar with others who may also have an interest in attending these activities. Post on your bulletin boards.


Larry Arnett

Colonel (Ret.) U.S. Army

JECVO Past Chairman


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