Parade formations, 21-gun salutes, solemn flag presentations are all an important part of the duties carried out by our nation’s veterans and their organizations as they help us remember the fallen and show support for our current members of America’s military forces. Each have engrained in their memory the wars or battles fought to keep our nation free and to ensure we live under a true and open democracy.
Recently, I presented members of the Disabled American Veterans in Magoffin County, Ky., a set of keys to a new transport van. Equipped with handicap accessible ramps, this van will ease the challenge of getting veterans to community events in their area. The van also will serve as a means of transportation for area veterans needing assistance with visits to doctor appointments and medical facilities. USDA Rural Development provided Magoffin County a grant for the purchase of this vehicle.
As a nation, our freedoms and democracy have come at a heavy price. For those men and women who have given their life or limb, we are forever grateful. We wouldn’t be able to stand today as a free nation if it weren’t for our veterans.
The Obama Administration is proud to work with veterans organizations in Kentucky to serve the Commonwealth’s military veterans.
For more information on USDA’s community facilities program, visit: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/HCF_CF.html