Vanceburg designated Hidden Heroes City

Jonathan Wright - [email protected]

VANCEBURG — Veteran caregivers in Vanceburg can seek support from the city following the recent approval of the ‘Hidden Heroes Resolution’ this week.

Vanceburg City Council met Monday evening to discuss and approve a resolution that will recognize and support caregivers of veterans. According to Mayor Matt Ginn, this Hidden Heroes Resolution is part of an effort made by the Kentucky League of Cities, whose goal is to have every city in Kentucky adopt this resolution.

As a product of the Veterans Issues Committee, a branch of the KLC of which Ginn is a board member, this resolution attempts to bring attention to those who take care of military veterans. While there are many initiatives to support veterans, there are not as many that support those who care for those veterans.

“The series of wars and conflicts in which our nation has been engaged, has resulted in 5.5 million veteran caregiver parents, spouses, siblings and friends, caring for the wounded, ill or injured who have served our nation,” the resolution states.

With the approval of the resolution, the city of Vanceburg is now designated as a point of contact for veteran caregivers in the community. Ginn said while the city itself will not provide direct resources to the caregivers, it will direct them to programs already put in place to assist caregivers.

One way Ginn said he would like the city to directly help caregivers is with daycare centers for children of veteran caregivers. Ginn says in a lot of cases, when veterans are taken for frequent and lengthy doctor visits, children are subjected to long hours in waiting rooms.

In the coming months, Ginn said he is trying to arrange a spokesperson for veteran caregivers to give testimony at a future council meeting.

In other business, the council also approved the second reading for the property tax rates in the city. According to the ordinance, the rate was approved for 13 cents per $100 of assessed value on real estate property. Personal property and intangible property is set to 14 cents per $100.

Jeanna Billman, city clerk said the rates approved for Vanceburg are the same as they have been for years, and approximate $40,000 is expected to be accrued by the city for the fiscal year.

Jonathan Wright

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