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
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
information is available by calling 606-783-5081, email email@example.com or visit www.kyvetexpo.org.
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