November 8, 2019

Is Your City Veteran-Friendly?

There are nearly 160,000 veterans in Kentucky.  That's why the Kentucky League of Cities has a committee dedicated to exploring the needs of veterans in our communities.   Read an article about the committee and how you can get involved  

Your City a Veteran-Friendly City?  Does your city‚Ķ

  • Have one or more chartered veterans groups?
  • Utilize the Department of Housing and Urban Development housing vouchers for veterans and actively market this resource?  HiddenHeroes.org
  • Have programs for all veteran-related holidays?
  • Encourage local restaurants to provide free meals and/ or local businesses to provide discounts to veterans?
  • Have job fairs that provide special consideration or emphasis for veterans?
  • Have local historical markers that honor WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War or other recognitions (e.g., Purple Heart recipients, 38th Parallel North, Medal of Honor recipients, POW/MIA or Fallen Soldiers)?
  • Provide transportation programs, mental health and/or substance abuse help lines and/or special parking privileges for veterans?
  • Host school programs to recognize and honor veterans?
  • Provide and/or attend funeral honors and burials recognizing military service?
  • Promote the Honor Flight program and/ or the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame?
  • Support and promote the services offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Veterans Service Officers (VSOs)?
  • Support and promote veterans nursing homes?
  • Endorse the Hidden Heroes program?
  • Offer free meeting space for veterans, veterans groups and/or veteran caregivers?
  • Work with Operation Stand Down to help veterans transition into civilian life?

For more information, Contact KLC Governmental Affairs Coordinator Elizabeth Schepens at 800.876.4552.