New group offers support for veterans in Kentucky

By MEGAN SMEDLEY | The Morehead News (Tribune News Service) | Published: November 17, 2017

A retired veteran is reaching out to veterans across the state to help one another.

Jeremy Harrell, a sergeant in the United States Army, served from 1999 until he retired in 2008, and spent over one year of that time in Iraq.

Harrell also lived in Morehead, Kent. from 2007 through 2010, and currently lives in Louisville.

“I met a lot of people when I lived in Morehead, and the people there are good people,” he said. “Because my son still lives in Morehead, and I know there are quite a few veterans in the community, I feel passionate about helping those people, even if it is from a distance.”

Harrell is involved in an organization called War Horses for Veterans, based out of Kansas. The program is an all-expense paid experience, which provides equine therapy and an opportunity to bond with other veterans.

“Working with that group inspired me to do something in Kentucky,” he said. “We are all important people, just trying to live life. We all struggle sometimes, and it is okay to ask for help.”

Harrell is the founder of the Kentucky Veterans Club-Louisville Chapter. There are similar groups in other large cities across the country.

He says the group is not limited to those living in Louisville, and is open to all Kentucky veterans.

He says some of the things the group offers is helping veterans find jobs, assistance with Veterans Affairs, sharing military discounts, or talking about experiences in the military.

“It's all about connecting to other veterans,” he said. “We can use our skill sets to help one another, just like we did when we were in service.”

There are over 200 veterans in the group already, which can be found on Facebook by searching “Veterans Club-Louisville Chapter.”

“This group is a resource of a ton of people that understand what is going on in a veteran's life and the hoops they have to go through to get what they need,” says Harrell.

Harrell says his goal is for there to be a chapter in each major city in every state.

“At the end of the day, if I had it my way, every veteran in the United States would know each other, because we need each other,” he said.

Any veteran in Kentucky can join the group.

“This is a good way to get veterans connected, give them a purpose and sense of belonging, and for them to understand they are not alone,” he says.

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