Week of Valor celebration expanded

Week of Valor 2019 is a two-week celebration in Lexington this year, with organizations working together to celebrate Veterans.

Veterans Resources United of Central/Southeastern Kentucky (VRUCK), the City of Lexington, the Lexington VA Health Care System and the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs have planned multiple events from Nov. 2-16 as part of Week of Valor. 

“Lexington has a strong community of veterans, and this is our opportunity to recognize them and honor them,” Gorton said. “This is personal for me and for many citizens. My family is a military family. As we celebrate Week of Valor, I give thanks for the community resources in Lexington that work to make veterans’ lives better.”

Many of the Week of Valor events will support VA, Lexington Fisher House, and the Kentucky Veterans Experience Action Center, set for June 12-13, 2020, at Lexington Christian Academy. VEAC is a one-stop shop where Veterans and their families can get questions answered by experts.

Phyllis Abbott, co-chair of VRUCK said, the city, the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs and the Lexington VA Health Care System partner together to put on events for Veterans throughout the year.

“On behalf of Veterans Resources United of Central/Southeastern Kentucky (VRUCK), we invite the entire community to honor our Veterans by supporting events scheduled throughout the entire community, including our first-ever VetTalk at Parkette Restaurant,” Abbott said. “Listening to Veterans tell their stories is a great way for civilians to feel connected to a community of people with very unique experiences.”

The celebration kicks off Nov. 1, with Mayor Linda Gorton issuing a proclamation designating November 1-16 as Week of Valor.

On Nov. 2, Veterans organizations at NiSource and the Department of Corrections will host the VA5K on the Lexington VA Sousley Campus on Leestown Road. Proceeds from the 5K benefit the Lexington Fisher House and the Lexington VA Health Care System.

“The Lexington VA Healthcare System works every day to show Veterans our admiration and support,” said Gregory Goins, Lexington VA Health Care System director. “But in November we want to go all out to ensure Veterans know how much we, as a community, appreciate their service.”

Kentucky Commissioner for Veterans Affairs Benjamin Adams said Kentucky’s goal is to be a state of choice for Veterans. “With events like this in Lexington, and the VEAC next June, we are well on our way,” he said. 

View the full schedule of events. 

More information on these events is available at VRUCK.org/events. For more information on these events, contact Ms. Abbott at 859-806-4297 or info@ladyVeteransConnect.org, or Lexington VA Health Care System Public Affairs Officer, Cat Trombley at 248-925-8032 or CatherineA.Trombley@va.gov.