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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.
Season 23 Episode 6 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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Premiered On: 11/22/2014

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"Sultana" Disaster; General Lloyd Tilghman Marker; Louisville's Mega Cavern; Kentucky Ingrained LLC

Premiered On: 01/31/2015

A look at the greatest maritime disaster in U.S. history, it occurred on April 27, 1865 when the steamship SS Sultana exploded on the Mississippi River and an estimated 1800 passengers died, including 194 from Kentucky; in Paducah, a historical marker honors engineer and Confederate General Lloyd Tilghman; a visit to Louisville's Mega Cavern, approximately 100 acres of underground fun, including the world's only fully underground zipline course; and Kentucky Ingrained LLC in McKee features handcrafted furniture from reclaimed Kentucky hardwoods.

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Heartbeats; Central Auto; Judy Drive-In

Premiered On: 11/03/2018

A Louisville music therapist honors the life and legacy of dying patients with melodies of heartbeats, Central Auto drives the community and the economy in Clay, and the stars on screen shine brighter than the stars in the sky at Judy Drive-In in Mt. Sterling.

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Weavers Bottom Craft Studio; Luthiers - Bryan England; David Stephenson

Premiered On: 04/16/2016

The couple behind Berea's Weavers Bottom Craft Studio create textiles, cornshuck dolls, and Minecraft worlds of outstanding beauty; luthier Bryan England of Caneyville shows off his mandolin-making skills; and photographer David Stephenson breeds, raises, and races pedigreed pigeons in Lexington.

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Old Airdrie; Himlerville; Sherman Cahal; Louisville Historic House

Premiered On: 02/07/2015

"Kentucky Life" searches for 'Abandoned Kentucky.' In Muhlenberg County, the ruins of an 1850's iron furnace are all that remain of Old Airdrie; the town of Beauty, in Martin County, stands on the site of what once was the Hungarian community of Himlerville; photographer Sherman Cahal explores the deserted Old Crow Distillery in Frankfort; and in Louisville, the preservation of an historic house was accomplished through the efforts of an ice cream shop.

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eKAMI; Schneider's Candies; Barber Legacy

Premiered On: 10/27/2018

eKAMI teaches coal miners new trades in an advanced facility in Paintsville, grab a box of chocolates and the Opera Creams at Schneider's Sweet Shop in Bellevue, and fathers and daughters carry on a barber legacy in Louisville and Elizabethtown.

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Hotel Metropolitan; Cabin Creek Covered Bridge Marker; Emerald Ash Borer; Our Town - Hazard

Premiered On: 02/14/2015

In the era of segregation, Paducah's Hotel Metropolitan was the heart of the African-American community of Upper Town; the historic marker and recent restoration of the Cabin Creek covered bridge in Lewis County; Kentucky's iconic ash trees are at risk from the invasive Emerald Ash Borer; and Amy Hess visits Hazard, the "Queen City of the Mountains" for Our Town.

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Our Town-Bellevue; Chandler's-Today's Special; Susan & George Miller; St. Claire Medical Center; Sister Jeanne Francis Cleves

Premiered On: 02/21/2015

The scenic river town of Bellevue, in Campbell County, is Our Town; Today's Special comes from Chandler's in Maysville; at their Lincoln County home, Susan and George Miller grow produce to sell at farmers' market and local restaurants; in Morehead, St. Claire Regional Medical Center provides care to more than a half-million patients each year; and St. Clare Regional's Sister Jeanne Francis Cleves is honored for her lifetime of dedicated nursing.

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Sculptor William M. Duffy; Lord of the Fork; Kentucky's Underground Railroad - S21 E8

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Julia Perry; Morehead Space Science; Quilts of Valor; Hickory & Oak; Raceland - S27 E7

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Rhonda McEnroe/Union Co. Baseball Great/Guntown Mountain/Downtown Destination - Danville/Dave Does It -Dale Hollow - S18 E20

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Wildcat Service Dogs; Corvette Production; Steamboat Travel - S21 E7

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Maiden Alley Cinema/Our Town - Salyersville/Knitting for Joplin/CCC Trail Winery - S18 E18

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Dainty/Middlesboro Golf Course/Rolley Hole/Cornhole/Dave Does It - EarthJoy Tree Adventures - S18 E17

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Headley-Whitney Museum/Herakut/Our Town - East Bernstadt/Hidden Cave Ranch Bed and Breakfast/Gudmar Petursson - S18 E16

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Purrfect Day Cat Cafe; Elk Population; Restoration at Aviation Museum of Kentucky; AppHarvest - S27 E6

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Sparta Speedway; The Blue Raven Restaurant & Pub; Life Adventure Center; 'Wild Bill' Gordon - S21 E6

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Blood River Seeps State Nature Preserve/Capt. John "Jack" Jouett, Jr. Marker/Holt House/The Maysville Players - S18 E14

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StorySLAM/Caldwell County Marker/Coralee and The Townies/Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar/Moonbow - S18 E12

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Lexington Camera Club; Maynard Blacksmiths; Charles Williams; Maurice Manning - S27 E5

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Season 23 Episodes

Refuge Ridge Wolf Dogs; Boundary Oak Distillery; Dippin Dots

S23 E15 Length 28:30 Premiere Date 06/02/18

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

S23 E14 Length 28:43 Premiere Date 05/26/18

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

S23 E13 Length 27:56 Premiere Date 05/21/18

Speedzeum; Reptile Zoo; College Heights Brewery; Ward Hall

S23 E12 Length 26:06 Premiere Date 05/12/18

Treetop Adventure; Ward Hall; Feminist Artists of Kentucky

S23 E11 Length 27:30 Premiere Date 05/05/18

Bosnian Culture; Northern Kentucky Brotherhood; Wyatt Severs

S23 E10 Length 27:32 Premiere Date 04/28/18

South Union Shaker; Capital City Museum; West End Louisville

S23 E9 Length 27:52 Premiere Date 04/14/18

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 11/04/17

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 10/07/17

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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