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Veterans honored at Expo

6/20/2014

Morehead State University, in cooperation with veterans services, community, volunteer and business organizations, presented the second annual Kentucky Veterans Expo on Wednesday, June 18, at Boyd County High School.

The event was organized to honor, assist and publicly recognize the men and women who have served and are currently serving our nation. (View photo gallery)

The Expo also brought together the opportunity to publicly announce the new partnership between Morehead State University and the Kentucky National Guard. During the opening ceremony, Kentucky’s Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Edward Tonini was on hand to sign the partnership agreement with MSU President Wayne D. Andrews.

Rep. Rocky Adkins, Sen. Walter Blevins, and Sen. Robin Webb were on hand for the event. Boyd County High School NJROTC presented the colors, and Cheyenne Jenkins, a specialist in the Kentucky National Guard, performed the National Anthem.

Gen. Tonini was the Veterans Expo guest speaker.

 More than 400 veterans and their families attended the event.

“This event brings together a lot of different agencies with one thing in mind, helping veterans.  We’re pleased to be able to collaborate with these many different agencies to demonstrate our appreciation and improve the quality of life for our veterans.  It is important to us that Morehead State University is a veteran-friendly institution, and we will continue to affirm our commitment through initiatives such as the Veterans Expo,” said Dr. Andrews.  “We want to be a service to those who have served our country.”

Dr. Andrews served in the U.S. Army from 1966-70 and was stationed in Vietnam, 1967-68. He has credited the G.I. Bill, which his military service provided, to the means of achieving a college education.

The Veterans Expo included a career fair, medical services, lunch, entertainment and access to federal, state and community veterans’ resources.

“Two years ago, we started the Vet Expo concept.  We saw the national and regional support for our veterans concentrated in urban and other high population areas, and we saw the need to extend those many services to this region. We also discovered the desire and community support to help provide those services. What started as an idea, gained momentum and became the first Expo in 2013,” said retired Lt. Col. Max Ammons, MSU’s director of military initiatives. “Last year’s Expo was highly successful and this year was even better. We are grateful for the support of our community and the hard work of our partners, who make this possible. We are honored to serve those who served. We also value our veterans and are grateful that they are part of our community.”

“We are thankful that Maj. Gen. Tonini could join us to open the Expo and to formalize our agreement to reinvigorate, strengthen and bind our communities in successful partnership.”

The Veterans Expo was made possible by MSU and the support of Boyd County Schools, Corporation for National and Community Service, Department of Veterans Affairs, FIVCO Area Development District office, Huntington VA Medical Center, Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, Kentucky National Guard, Kentucky Workforce Development/Office of Employment and Training, Ashland Community and Technical College, Shelter of Hope, Volunteers of America, Pepsi Cola Bottling Company, Walmart and many other partners.

Additional information is available by calling 606-783-5081, email vetexpo@moreheadstate.edu or visit www.kyvetexpo.org

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