Ky. Veterans Cemetery in Hyden to receive award

Published 10:31 am Friday, April 12, 2024

FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – The Kentucky Veterans Cemetery South East (KVCSE) in Hyden will be receiving the National Cemetery Administration’s (NCA) Stewardship Award during a ceremony next week at the Leslie County Facility.

On Monday, April 15, at 1 p.m. (ET), Glenn Powers, Deputy Under Secretary for Field Programs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, will present KVCSE the award, in recognition of superior performance results, as verified during the NCA-led compliance review on April 25, 2023.

The NCA recognizes State and Tribal Veterans Cemeteries that meet specific targets for applicable operational requirements. To qualify for the Stewardship Award, a cemetery must meet 100 percent of applicable critical priority standards, at least 90 percent of high priority standards, and at least 85 percent of medium priority standards.

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Kentucky Veterans Cemetery South East achieved this high performance and will become one of the few state veterans cemeteries in the country to be awarded this recognition.

Gov. Andy Beshear and several state and local officials have been invited to attend this auspicious event honoring the hard work of KVCSE’s groundskeepers, staff, and leadership.  KDVA Commissioner Allen and his senior executive leadership will be present as well.  The event is open to the public.

As part of the KDVA’s Office of Kentucky Veterans Services, KVCSE opened on May 1, 2018, in Hyden. Eric Barger, a Lesley County native, is currently serving as the Veteran Cemetery Manager.

As of June 30, 2023, the end of the state’s fiscal year, 98 veterans and eligible family members were interred there.

Kentucky currently has five veterans cemeteries. In addition to Hyden, the others are located in Hopkinsville, Radcliff, Williamstown, and Grayson. All veterans are less than 75 miles from one.

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