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Veterans Day Salute

Veterans Day Salute

Veterans Day Salute

Kentucky Life salutes our veterans. USA Cares focuses on supporting military families in need, Beattyville's pride in its veterans is on display at Three Forks Historical Center and the Lee County Memorial Wall, and the Canine Assisted Therapy program helps Fort Knox veterans with traumatic brain injuries.
S23 E6 Length 28:20 Premiere: 11.11.17

Veterans Day Salute: USA Cares, Canine Assisted Therapy, and More

Kentucky Life salutes our veterans. USA Cares focuses on supporting military families in need, Beattyville’s pride in its veterans is on display at Three Forks Historical Center and the Lee County Memorial Wall, and the Canine Assisted Therapy program helps Fort Knox veterans with traumatic brain injuries.

USA Cares

USA Cares is a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to post-9/11 veterans, active military personnel, and military families. Its programs provide relief for housing expenses, utilities, and service-related medical treatment. The organization got its start as a local initiative in Kentucky.

“We started back in 2003 as they were deploying all of the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines overseas,” says Hank Patton, Executive Director of USA Cares. “A lot of folks came through Fort Knox.”

A partnership between local Kroger stores and Louisville-based WAVE-3 TV raised funds for members of the military during those early years of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars by selling five-dollar “Support the Troops” yard signs. The fundraiser far exceeded expectations, bringing in $122,000. An organization called Kentuckiana Cares was created to disperse the funds.

“We started getting requests for assistance and found that we were getting requests from all over the nation,” says Patton. “They weren’t getting the number of requests from Kentucky that they thought they would. So they incorporated as USA Cares in 2003. Since then we’ve done about $14 million worth of assistance and we’re getting ready to eclipse the 100,000th client that we’ve supported.”

USA Cares works with members and veterans of all branches of the armed forces in all 50 states and serves as a safety net for military families. Mark Miner is a veteran who served two tours in Afghanistan before completing his service in 2012.

“I did everything I was supposed to do transition over to the civilian world,” says Miner. “I landed a job with a company that was a right fit for me. About a week before I separated [from the military], they changed my start date about two months later than what I was expecting. My wife was transitioning jobs at the same time, so money got real tight for a while.”

Miner sought assistance from other organizations and was told he’d have to sell his assets, including his car and his home, before he could get help. He remembered meeting a USA Cares representative at a military job fair.

“I gave him a call, told him the situation, told him what I had,” Miner remembers. “They went out and paid my mortgage, they paid my car insurance, they paid my utility bills for me. All within 24 hours.”

Patton explains that while assistance for wounded soldiers or families of those killed in combat gets a lot of the spotlight, USA Cares helps with some of the other important, but often overlooked, aspects of a military family’s well-being.

“A lot of the things we do are the things that a lot of folks don’t think about—water, lights, cell phone, car payment, keeping the family in the house,” he says. “One of the things that I think makes this organization great is we take care of the families.”

Patton adds that many of their clients live on a service member’s income of between $35,000 and $50,000, which can be a struggle for a family.

In 2004, Emily Chambers was widowed at a young age when her husband, Marine Cpl. Nicholas James Dieruf, was killed in Iraq.

“Through Nich’s death we started a nonprofit called the Cpl. Nicholas J. Dieruf Memorial Fund,” says Chambers. “Our fund joined forces with USA Cares relatively quickly, and so together, [the two organizations] were able to reach not just Army families in the Bluegrass area, which was kind of the focus prior to us coming on, but we very quickly expanded our reach to be a nationwide, multi-military discipline reach across the nation.

“We have these veterans and military families who are so deserving,” Chambers continues. “They do all these selfless things for our nation, the least we can do is give them the basic quality of life that they deserve and need to have. USA Cares, in conjunction with my family and our church, is what kept me alive. When you go through a tragedy like that at 22 years old, there’s not a lot of hope for tomorrow. With those three pillars of support, we were able to make it from one day to the next and eventually one month, and a year, and so on.”

Beattyville Veterans Memorials

For generations, Lee County, Kentucky, has had strong ties to the military. That history is preserved at the Three Forks Historical Center and with the Lee County Memorial Wall in Beattyville.

“Growing up, you were expected to serve in the military,” says Bob Smith, curator of the Three Forks Historical Center. “That was just one of the expectations as young males growing up in this county.”

Learn more about Beattyville’s veterans memorials and watch the video.

Fort Knox Therapy Dogs

For veterans and active-duty servicemembers dealing with traumatic brain injury (TBI), a program in Fort Knox enlists dogs as assistants in the healing process. The Canine-Assisted Therapy Program (yes, it’s abbreviated as the CAT Program) is a collaboration between the American Red Cross and occupational therapists.

Dog owners can volunteer themselves and their pets to become part of the program.
“The program involves an eight-week training program where the dog and the handler go through the process of getting their canine good citizenship certification,” says Martha Privett, American Red Cross Pet Therapy Coordinator.

“Once they go through the program, then they can volunteer for the various projects that the American Red Cross sponsors. The dogs in the program go to libraries, they go to welcome homes, they go to wounded warriors, the nursing homes, visit the kids,” says dog trainer Pam Adams. “Through those, we select the ones that will work best one-on-one with the soldiers.”

There’s more to the program than simply having fun with dogs, although the enjoyment of canine companionship is part of it. Through working on obedience tasks with the dogs, veterans with TBI engage their brains and develop memory in therapeutic ways.

“Canine-assisted therapy is teaching soldiers the skills to earn the canine good citizenship,” says Maureen J. O’Brien, TBI Clinic Program Director, Ireland Army Community Hospital at Fort Knox. “It’s repetition, exercises, commands, it’s educating them on dog psychology. Some soldiers that may have mild TBI and post-concussive syndrome are going there to learn to cope with their anxiety and stress. They learn to relax and engage in something different and be with people they don’t know in a setting they don’t know. It’s very challenging for them.

“For others it’s memory techniques,” O’Brien continues. “They’re actually embedding what they learn: Where does the dog stand, how do I hold the leash? Often times soldiers, due to blast injury, have problems with their vision, or they have balance issues. They’re working with a larger dog to help them. It’s a step-by-step process.”

“It’s hard to explain, not being able to connect the dots and make sense out of things,” says Lt. Col. D. Blake Settle, a veteran of the Kentucky Army National Guard. “You know what right looks like, but it’s getting there sometimes. There’s anger associated with it, not at other people, but with yourself.”

Settle learned about the CAT Program when he was a patient at the TBI Clinic. Working with a therapy dog named Delilah helped him in his recovery. “When I first saw Delilah, we were pairing up individuals with the dogs, it was just a certain kind of connection there that sparked our friendship,” he remembers. “She’s a good dog.”

“I came into the military in 2000 and got injured in Afghanistan,” says retired Army Sgt. Sean O’Shea. “I’d been working with the TBI Clinic for a year and they asked me if I wanted to do this program. I love dogs. I have a dog at home. So I said yeah, I’m open to anything that’ll help.”

Veterans in the program get to choose the dog that they want to work with, and O’Shea found a kindred spirit in a dog named Robot. “Robot was the shyest but also the biggest,” he says. “She definitely looks things over, checks everything out, walks around the room and that’s exactly what I do: survey the area. So I went up to her and we started to work together. That was perfect for me because it made me take ownership and really get involved with it and keep my head in the game. Robot’s helped me out a lot.”

Many of the program’s human volunteers are veterans or members of military families.
“When I was on active duty, there weren’t a lot of people helping me, so I wanted to help others and it was a way to give back,” says veteran and volunteer Jackie Ryan. “I’ve seen some of the soldiers out in the city years later and they recognize me. They recognize the dogs. It’s really a pleasure to see them. I never forget them and I really I’m glad that I’ve had an impact on their healing.”

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Heartbeats; Central Auto; Judy Drive-In - S24 E5

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Dancing Well; Purple Toad Winery; Paradise Point - S24 E6

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The Lee Initiative; Candleberry Candles; Daniel Goff - S24 E7

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Joe Bowen; Mammoth Bones; Banana Festival - S24 E8

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Alice Allison Dunnigan; Memory-Doug's First Segment; Wendover; Mary Ingles - S25 E12

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Exile; SuperChefs; Ulysses S. Grant (Pt. 1) - S24 E9

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Somerset Art Scene; Aluminum Recycling; Brigid Kaelin - S24 E10

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Young at Heart Big Band; Maple Ridge Soaps; The Savage Radley - S24 E11

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Mountain Mushroom Festival; Spoonbread; Robert Penn Warren - S24 E12

Morels are the rockstars of mushrooms, and Irvine celebrates them at the annual Mountain Mushroom Festival; Berea's Spoonbread Festival highlights this traditional Appalachian food, and Kentucky can boast the only American author awarded both a fiction and a poetry Pulitzer Prize, to Guthrie's own Robert Penn Warren.

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Shaker Village Singer; Marsha Weinstein & the Votes for Women Trail; Memory-Hoop Fest; George C. Wolfe Honored - S25 E15

At Shaker Village, a musician discovers an extraordinary family tie; a national trail honors Kentucky's leading suffragists; Marshall County's Hoop Fest is a highlight of the high school hardcourt season; Broadway playwright and director George C. Wolfe is honored in his hometown of Frankfort, and reflects on his childhood experiences.

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Clogging; Ebonite Bowling Balls; Rough River Dam State Park; Forest Giants - S24 E13

Kentucky's state dance is alive and well in Owensboro at the Lanham Brothers Jamboree; Hopkinsville is home to the nation's largest producer of bowling balls, at Ebonite International; the Falls of Rough and Rough River Dam are a vacationer's paradise; a Danish artist brings Forest Giants to the giant forest at Bernheim in Bullitt & Nelson counties in this 2020 Ohio Valley Chapter Regional Emmy Award-nominated segment.

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Mustang Makeover; Bluegrass in Japan - S24 E14

People throughout the nation are training thousands of wild mustangs and showing off their skills to help find homes for these beautiful horses and take a trip to Tokyo to meet with some of bluegrass music's biggest fans.

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Woodland Native Americans; Indigenous Peoples Day in Stanford; Blue Wing Landing; Kathy Conroy - S23 E7

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Whiffle Ball; Treehouses; Life in Lynch; Football Rivalry - S24 E1

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USA Cares; Beattyville Exhibit/Veterans Wall; Fort Knox Therapy Dogs - S23 E6

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Latitude Arts Community; Kayaking Bourbon Co; Webster Co. Coal Mine Disaster; Camp Zachary Taylor - S23 E3

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Bibb House Reunion; Memory-Freedom Singers; Goatscaping; Ché Rhodes; Moment-Clydesdales - S25 E10

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Hopkinsville Eclipse; Eclipse at Franklin; Man o' War Anniversary; Lost John - S23 E2

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Idlewild Butterfly Farm; State Fair; Dan MacPhail Antlers; One Fateful Pitch - S23 E1

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Conductor Amy Gillingham; Memory-Ray Harm Nature Paintings; Cedar Creek Lake; Madisonville Integration - S25 E9

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Certified Midwives; Garden Roller Rink; Sports Radio Broadcasters in Rowan Co. - S22 E17

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Downtown Taylorsville; Henderson Wetlands; Joe Downing; Constitution Square (Kentucky's Anniversary) - S22 E16

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Old State Capitol (Kentucky's Anniversary); Patrick the Miniature Horse; Second Stride; National Farm Machinery Show - S22 E15

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Primate Rescue Center; Cave Hill Vineyard & Winery; Kory Caudill - S22 E14

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Boyce General Store; Pivot Brewing; Western Kentucky Botanical Garden; Kelsey Waldon - S22 E13

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Eagle Bend Alpacas; Torrent Falls Climbing Adventure; Kentucky By Design - S22 E8

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Kentucky Life: Bourbon and Horses

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Baker-Bird Winery; Botherum House; Minnie Adkins - S22 E7

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Kentucky Life: Great Outdoors

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Season 23 Episodes

Refuge Ridge Wolf Dogs; Boundary Oak Distillery; Dippin Dots

S23 E15 Length 28:30 Premiere Date 6.2.18

Castle & Key; Children's Charity; La Grange; Mona Bismarck

S23 E14 Length 28:43 Premiere Date 5.26.18

Chia; Regional Meals; Farmer Brown Tha' MC; Venerable Trees

S23 E13 Length 27:56 Premiere Date 5.21.18

Speedzeum; Reptile Zoo; College Heights Brewery; Ward Hall

S23 E12 Length 26:06 Premiere Date 5.12.18

Treetop Adventure; Ward Hall; Feminist Artists of Kentucky

S23 E11 Length 27:30 Premiere Date 5.5.18

Bosnian Culture; Northern Kentucky Brotherhood; Wyatt Severs

S23 E10 Length 27:32 Premiere Date 4.28.18

South Union Shaker; Capital City Museum; West End Louisville

S23 E9 Length 27:52 Premiere Date 4.14.18

A Kentucky Christmas

S23 E8 Length 26:27 Premiere Date 12.23.17

Native Mounds and Celebrations; Bowfishing; Kathy Conroy

S23 E7 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 11.18.17

Veterans Day Salute

S23 E6 Length 28:20 Premiere Date 11.11.17

Aquaculture; Doug's Golden Retrievers; a Galactic Mission

S23 E5 Length 25:33 Premiere Date 11.4.17

Thomas Noble; Mt. Sterling; Three Toads; Bread of Life

S23 E4 Length 28:04 Premiere Date 10.28.17

Latitude Arts; Canoeing; Mine Disaster; Camp Zachary Taylor

S23 E3 Length 27:32 Premiere Date 10.21.17

2017 Eclipse; Man o' War; Native Peoples at Mammoth Cave

S23 E2 Length 28:36 Premiere Date 10.14.17

Idlewild Butterflies; State Fair; Antler Art; Fateful Pitch

S23 E1 Length 26:31 Premiere Date 10.7.17

Hosts

Our Current Host, Doug Flynn

Doug Flynn, former Major League Baseball player and current Cincinnati Reds broadcaster, began as the host of Kentucky Life in the 21st season.

During an 11-year MLB career, Flynn won two world championships with the Reds and a Gold Glove award at second base for the New York Mets.

Doug was born and raised in Lexington and is involved with numerous civic and charitable organizations, including Hope for the Warriors and the American Association for the Prevention of Substance Abuse in Athletics. He is a graduate of Somerset Community College, and a member of the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.

Dave Shuffett, Host for Seasons 6 – 20

As host of Kentucky Life from 1999 to 2015, Dave Shuffett received nine Emmy nominations for on-camera performance and producing.

Shuffett is a native of Greensburg and a graduate of Murray State University. From 1989 to 1995, he served as both host and producer of Kentucky Afield.

Dave joined Kentucky Life for the series’ sixth season, replacing former host Byron Crawford. Shuffett was always accompanied by one of his dogs and they frequently appeared as “co-hosts.”

Dave lives in rural Central Kentucky and is the author of “My Kentucky Life,” a collection of his photos and stories of people and places throughout the state.

Byron Crawford, Host for Seasons 1 – 5

Kentucky native Byron Crawford hosted the program from its debut in September 1995 through the summer of 1999.

He studied speech and broadcasting at Murray State University, then worked as a radio and television news reporter in Cincinnati and Louisville before beginning a newspaper career.

Byron wrote his “Kentucky Column” for the (Louisville) Courier-Journal from 1979 until 2008. Today he writes the back page column for Kentucky Living magazine.

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