Kentucky has more than 350,000 veterans and it is one organization's mission to ensure they receive the benefits and services they have earned. Officials with the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs say they often find veterans out there who do not take full advantage of benefits offered to them.
For Carol Livingston, helping veterans is not only business ... it is personal.
“Well, I'm a veteran. So it means a lot to me,” she says.
Livingston is a veteran's field representative with the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs. Once a month she comes to the Letcher County Courthouse to help veterans fill out paperwork and apply for benefits.
“I'm just glad that she's here. It's great to be able to have someone you can go and talk to and help you fill this stuff out,” says Jack Hammock, who served in the Korean War.
“My husband was in World War II. He's never got any benefits. He was a P-51 pilot and he got shot down three times,” says Martha Harris.
Now she is trying to get benefits to help with her husband's nursing home bills. Livingston says it's all about helping people like Harris and her husband.
“When did you serve? Are you getting any VA benefits? Are you aware of this? You know, just trying to spread the word,” says Livingston.
“They have given the best part of their lives to us to keep our freedom and then we should turn around and give them the benefit of living out their life in a good way,” says Harris.
It is a continuous effort Livingston tries to live out everyday.
For more information on Veteran’s benefits, call 1-800-827-1000.