Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes Helps Induct 2015 Class of Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame

Press Release Date:  Saturday, September 26, 2015  
Contact Information:  Lynn Sowards Zellen
Director of Communications
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
(502) 330-9839

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes today helped induct 25 veterans into the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame, expressing gratitude at a ceremony in Frankfort “for all they and their families have done and continue to do to ensure that we all may live in a free, democratic society.”


“Each of the inductees’ military service alone warrants tremendous respect and gratitude,” said Grimes. “But these veterans’ service transcends the battlefield, as they have gone above and beyond the call of duty by continuing to give back to our state and nation even after their military service ended.”


The 2015 honorees include veterans from the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force. It is the second class of inductees into the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame and the first class that includes female veterans.


Grimes helped founder and director H.B. Deatherage establish the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame in 2014. The organization honors Kentucky military veterans who have demonstrated exemplary military service as well as military/civilian service to their communities, state and nation.


Grimes is passionate about supporting Kentucky’s active-duty and veteran military members and their families. Throughout her first term as Secretary of State, she has advocated on their behalves with respect to issues ranging from jobs and training to treatment to voting. In 2012, she visited Kentucky troops in the Middle East to discuss overseas voting procedures. Her discussions led to the passage of bipartisan legislation to improve military voting in the Commonwealth.


Kentucky’s first-ever Military Heroes Voting Initiative, passed by the General Assembly in 2013, created Grimes’ military and overseas voter portal. The portal launched in 2014 and has been widely praised by county clerks and its users. More than 700 voters have utilized its features, which include registering to vote, updating voter registration, and requesting and receiving absentee ballots electronically.


Since taking office in 2012, Grimes has successfully sought more than ten bipartisan pieces of legislation – more than any other constitutional officer during the same time frame – to make Kentucky more business friendly and safeguard access to the ballot box.


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