FRANKFORT, Ky. — Sen. Ray S. Jones II, (D-Pikeville), recently filed a resolution urging the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to consider establishing a VA Medical Center in southeastern Kentucky.
Kentucky has only two full-service veterans hospitals, the Lexington VA Medical Center and the Robley Rex VA Medical Center in Louisville.
“Southeastern Kentucky is home to more than 34,000 veterans who have courageously served our country, many of whom sacrificed their own safety for the freedom of all Americans,” Jones said. “The courage and sacrifices exemplified by our veterans require no less than our unwavering determination to ensure that they are able to easily utilize the benefits they have so bravely earned.
Jones said the lack of a nearby VA medical center “leaves the veterans who are residents of southeastern Kentucky no option other than to drive to Lexington, Louisville, or one of the surrounding states to utilize the services of a veterans hospital.”
“If the United States Department of Veterans Affairs would establish a VA Medical Center in Southeastern Kentucky, it would greatly ease travel burdens of many veterans residing in Southeastern Kentucky who turn to VA Medical Centers for their healthcare needs,” Jones said.
The resolution will be considered during the 2013 Regular Session. Sen. Johnny Ray Turner, (D-Prestonsburg), is the resolution’s primary co-sponsor.