Veterans Affairs

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The Kentucky Senate has added its support for legislation to authorize $10.5 million in bonds to back a project to build a veterans nursing home in Bowling Green. 

As promised, President Trump has moved to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. It's a concern for those who might be left without health insurance — and especially for the Department of Veterans Affairs, which may have to pick up some of the slack.

Carrie Farmer, a health policy researcher at the Rand Corp., says 3 million vets who are enrolled in the VA usually get their health care elsewhere — from their employer, or maybe from Obamacare exchanges. If those options go away, she has no idea just how many of those 3 million veterans will move over to the VA.

Marian Mason has returned to her childhood home of Christian County as the new Executive Director of the Christian County Chamber of Commerce. On Sounds Good, she speaks with Kate Lochte about some of the efforts in the works in the Hopkinsville/Christian Co. area, such as connecting veterans with jobs (after First Lady Michelle Obama's recent Fort Campbell visit), legislative agenda successes, community vision plan, entrepreneurial business plan competition and the recent rebranding/remodeling of the Chamber building.

Christian County’s circuit judge is in the final stages of establishing a veterans court that could keep veterans guilty of crimes out of prison.

Judge Andrew Self will lead the county’s veteran court that he says should be up and running by the end of the year. Self says the specialty court will connect participants with Veterans Affairs programs in addition to keeping them from behind bars.

“They are paying taxes rather than being a burden on our tax system and still then provide them with the kind of help or assistance they need to restore their lives or get their lives back together. Because of our proximity to Fort Campbell a veterans court just seemed like a very natural connection for our community.”