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Veteran/ Military Family Services


American Legion Post 23
270-781-1872
208 Dishman Lane
Bowling Green, KY 42101
The American Legion has a special visitation program for veterans in the nursing homes and convalescent centers in Warren County. The average number of veterans visited each month ranges from 50-60 residents. The Legion also provides travel support to veterans in the BRADD area for appointments at the VA Hospital in Nashville. Transportation occurs five days a week.

Barren River Area Career Centers
Donald "Mac" McGlothlin
270-746-7265
Email: Donald.mcglothlin@ky.gov
Employers and employees now have access to a wide variety of important services designed to help meet their challenges all under one roof at the Barren River Area Career Centers. Through the centers, our clients have direct access to resources about everything from jobs to specialized assistance and training programs designed to improve lives, improve production and retention, and develop a world-class qualified/trained workforce.

Blue Star Mothers of America Western Kentucky Chapter 7
P.O. Box 86
Madisonville, KY 42431
Email: wkybsma@hotmail.com or donna.slaton@gmail.com
Blues Star Mothers of America provides packages to deployed troops. Blue Star Mothers of America also supports the Western Kentucky Veterans Center in Hanson and assists American Legion Post 6 with Memorial Day and Veterans Day commemorations. They also sponsor Hounds 2 Heroes dogs for veterans and provide social/ networking assistance to mothers and families of service members in all branches. They continue to find new ways to support and honor veterans.

Bowling Green Military Liaison Board
Kim Bouchey
Email: boucheycrew@yahoo.com
The Bowling Green Military Liaison Board provides a forum that allows veterans to raise concerns to the city and county governments. It is also responsible for organizing brick laying ceremonies at the Veterans Memorial downtown and running the City of Bowling Green's Annual Veterans Day Parade. The board is comprised of 10 members who serve three-year terms. Prospective members are recommended by the board and appointed by the Mayor. The board meets on the last Monday of each month at 9a.m. All meetings are held in the City Commission's chambers at City Hall. These meetings are open to the public.

Community Blueprint Project
Col. William Lytle or Dr. Ray Biggerstaff
270-432-2638 or 270- 202-6991
This project focuses on the eight major areas of veteran need: education, reintegration, housing, family strength, employment, behavioral health, volunteerism, and financial assistance. This service effort is sponsored by the Military Officers Association of America in cooperation with the Southern Kentucky Veterans Council. The local project will work in conjunction with the Department of Defense's Warriors and Family Support Office in an effort to better serve the families throughout the Barren River Area Development District.

Cumberland Hall Hospital
270-889-2127
Cumberland Hall provides clinical care for the men and women and their families who have served or are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces. Our Clinical team recognizes that military personnel and veterans face multiple readjustment issues after serving in active combat situations. These issues can include PTSD, depression, traumatic brain injury, substance abuse, grief, anger and survivor's' guilt.

Disabled American Veterans Chapter 20
270-678-4021
1297 W. Cleveland Ave
Glasgow, KY
Service Officers: Charles McCubbins 270-678-5766
Dan Atkinson 270-678-2487

The Disabled American Veterans Chapter 20 provides services to veterans and their families. The Disabled American Veterans Chapter 20 helps their clients obtain military records, Veteran Administration Benefits, and medical assistance. Also, the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 20 has a color guard that provides the military rites for Honorably Discharged veterans at time of burial. Families may contact their funeral director, or the Color Guard Commander for assistance in arranging this service. The Color Guard also performs flag ceremonies and other veteran related ceremonies. For more information on the color guard please contact the Color Guard Commander, Billy Houchens at 270-6518470 or the Vice Commander Mike Wilson at 270-579-2525.

Hosparus
Debbie Faircloth, Volunteer Coordinator
270-799-3337
Email: dfaircloth@hosparus.org
Hosparus sponsors the Veterans Initiative, which is a ceremony to honor veterans that are Hosparus patients. Hosparus is currently recruiting veterans to participate in these ceremonies.

Marine Corps League-Toys for Tots
Sgt. Malcolm Cherry
270-781-3642
Sponsored by the Marine Corp League, Toys for Tots was started nationally in 1947 and has been providing toys to children in Bowling Green area since 1969. Each child gets one new toy, a book and three stocking stuffers.

Military Student Services-Western Kentucky University
270-745-5837
Tate Page Hall 207, WKU Main Campus
The Military Student Service office acts as a hub of information and assistance to veterans, military students, and their dependents attending WKU. We offer textbooks through the Textbooks for Troops program, and we operate the Veterans Resource Center.

Military Officers Association- Cumberland Trace Chapter
Bill Lytle, President
270-432-2638
Email: wlyte@scrtc.com
The MOAA is working with the BRADD offices to prepare a project proposal to go to the federal government requesting approval to construct the next veteran's nursing home in Kentucky in Bowling Green, KY. MOAA also presents community service awards, supports the Marine Corps League and sponsors the Col. Joe Wright Memorial Scholarship, given annually to a Veterans Upward Bound student. MOAA is also in the process of implementing a Community Blueprint initiative to improve services to all veterans in South Central Kentucky.

Natural Resources Conservation Services
270-843-1112
Natural Resources provides volunteer programs, internships and career opportunities for veterans.

New Beginnings Therapeutic Riding - Veterans Equine Corp
Email: aRaymond@mindsping.com
Join NBTR in the recreational activity of riding horses and receiving great therapeutic benefits. Riding has been known to strengthen every part of the body and build up a stronger mental attitude to be able to focus better on the future. This service is offered free to veterans.

Rolling Thunder Kentucky Chapter 3
LTC Richard Palmer
502-545-0030
Email: Richard.palmer1@us.army.mil
Incorporated in 1995, Rolling Thunder is a class 501(c)(4) non-profit organization with over 90 chartered chapters throughout the United States and members abroad. Rolling Thunder Charities, Inc. spends hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in financial aid, food, clothing and other essentials to veterans and veterans' families in need, women's crisis centers and toys for children.

Soldier Support of Bowling Green
270-320-3152 or 270-320-7701
Email: ssofbgky@yahoo.com
Soldier Support of Bowling Green celebrates and supports our local military members by holding community family events to show our appreciation for service members from our area. SSBG has sponsored many events including Summer for the Soldiers, Christmas for the Soldiers, and Bowling Green Fine Arts Gala.
Student Veterans Alliance- Western Kentucky University
Email: sokyvet@gmail.com
SVA's mission is to provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education. SVA strives to create a positive atmosphere through academic, professional, and social programs. SVA provides direct assistance to veterans through peer to peer support with the Vet to Vet Sponsorship Program, networking opportunities at our annual campus and community Veterans Meet and Greet, academic support and information to veteran specific assistance, and host social events throughout the year.

USA Cares
270-352-5451(x. 136) or 270-352-5456
USA Cares exists to help bear the burdens of service by providing post 9/11 military families with financial assistance and advocacy on their behalf in their time of need. Assistance is provided to all branches of service, all components, and all ranks while protecting the privacy and dignity of those military families and veterans who request our help.

Vet Center
615-366-1220
Email: jose.melcio2@va.gov
Vet Center provides individual readjustment counseling, group meetings & counseling, military sexual trauma counseling, bereavement counseling, marital & family counseling, employment counseling & guidance, benefits assistance & referral, substance abuse information and referral, community education, liaison with community agencies, weekly PTSD support group meetings in Bowling Green, and mobile counseling unit.

Veteran Benefits at SKYCTC
800-790-0990 or 270-901-1000
1845 Loop Drive Bowling Green, KY 42101-3601
Building A, Room 28
Veteran Benefits at SKYCTC is a School Certifying Official (SCO) that coordinates federal and state education benefits programs for veterans and eligible dependents through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The SCO will assist you with your application for benefits and certify your enrollment to the VA Regional Processing Office. The office is open from 7:30 am to 4:00pm

Veterans History Project (Western Kentucky University)
Gary Villereal PH.D.
270-745-8923
Veterans History Project provides a video recording of the veteran's life and military experience at no cost to the veteran. It also provides scholarship opportunities for veterans enrolled at WKU.

Veteran Upward Bound- Western Kentucky University
270-745-5008
Jones Jaggers 127, WKU Main Campus
Veterans Upward Bound is a free educational program. It helps low-income veterans and also veterans who are first generation college students get admitted to colleges and vocational schools. VUB also offers students many support services including: academic advising, financial aid counseling, help with getting GI Bill benefits, and help with filling out school admissions applications, scholarships, gas stipends, and more.

VFW Post 1298
JR Nielson, Commander
270-781-1872
1965 Highway185
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Email: Vfwpost1298@hotmail.com
The VFW Post 1298 Sponsors an annual scholarship for the Veterans Upward Bound program, participates in Bowling Green's Annual Veteran's Day Parade, and they host their annual Veterans Day dinner for veterans and their families. Service Officer Gary Villereal helps veterans get their VA benefits, healthcare needs, and other services. The VFW Ladies Auxiliary does youth projects, donates to cancer aid research, organizes visits to nursing homes and helps the family readiness group at the local National Guard armory.

Vocational Rehabilitation
270-846-2092
955 Fairview Ave. Suite 100,
Bowling Green KY 42102
USDVA provides services to veterans with a service-connected disability rating through the VA. Every veteran is provided an evaluation to determine if they meet the entitlement criteria for services. If entitled, they would then receive services under one of the five tracks depending on their individual circumstances: re-employment, rapid access to employment, self-employment, and independent living services.

Yellow Ribbon Program
Yellow Ribbon hosts events for soldiers and their families before deployments to assist them with the stresses of preparing for deployment. Events are held during deployment for families to assist with issues that have risen after their soldier has left. Yellow Ribbon also hosts events for units after they come home to help the soldiers and their families reintegrate back into society and deal with the stresses of coming home. All of these events are at no cost to the family or the soldier.

****Veterans please reference to the other sections of the Community Resource Guide for additional supportive services for Veterans and their families. ****

 Last Modified 3/12/14