The local delegation to Frankfort is promoting Wednesday as “Military Consumer Protection Day.”
A joint news release from State Representatives Myron Dossett and John Tilley and State Senator Whitney Westerfield says the Federal Trade Commission is sponsoring the one-day event after receiving 62,000 complaints from military families across the nation in 2012 of high-pressured sales tactics used against them.
Kentucky had a disproportionate share of those complaints at 18,000. Representative Tilley says the day puts a spotlight the problem of individuals attempting to take advantage of those serving their country.
Representative Dossett says he's received complaints from constituents in Christian County who said someone attempted to take advantage of them while a loved one was deployed overseas. A website for the educational effort is at military.ncpw.gov.
Tonight ended on a high note as 200 Fort Campbell soldiers returned home from Afghanistan with a crowd cheering them on for a job well done.
The soldiers are assigned to the 101st Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team and were deployed for nine-months in Afghanistan.
Specialist Brennen Clayton, was among the group of returning soldiers had little to say at first but expressed that he was happy to be home.
An operations complex located on the Fort Campbell military installation was recently dedicated in honor of a former legionnaire.
Officials with the 5th Special Forces group, recently held a ceremony to dedicate their operations complex in honor of retired army Colonel Robert Howard.
Military officials say Howard served 36 years on active duty in the U.S. Army and during his career he participated in two movies, the longest day and the green berets, both featuring John Wayne. He died in 2009 from pancreatic cancer.
Howard is the most decorated soldier to have served in the Vietnam War and was nominated for the Medal of Honor on three separate occasions for three separate acts over the span of 13 months; ultimately receiving the award at the White House from President Richard M. Nixon in 1971.
In addition to the Medal of Honor, Howard was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second highest award for valor, the Silver Star, the third highest award, and eight Purple Hearts.
The dedication plaque, hangs immediately outside the entrance to Howard Hall.
A man who served as assistant inspector general at Fort Campbell is accused of stealing soldiers’ identities to obtain fraudulent bank loans.
A federal grand jury has indicted 42-year old Sgt. First Class James Robert Jones of Woodlawn. Jones is charged with aggravated identity theft, bank fraud, making a false statement to a financial institution, obstructing justice and making false statements to investigators.
He is accused of using his job to obtain the Social Security numbers and other personal information of active duty officers, including some who were deployed to Afghanistan at the time, according to the United States Attorney's office. Prosecutors say at least one of the alleged victims was a soldier who had been killed in combat in Afghanistan.
He could spend over 30 years in prison, if convicted.
Officials with the American Red Cross issued an emergency request for platelet and blood donors of all blood types due to a shortage of donations last month and the first week of July.
Officials say blood donations were donations were down nation wide about 10 percent last month and officials are hoping donors will roll up their sleeves again and give the gift of life.
CEO for the American Red Cross Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region, Tim Ryerson says every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood and each day, donations come up short and less blood is available for patients in need.
Officials say each day, the Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region needs approximately 600 donors and donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially encouraged to give.
Officials say there is also an urgent need for platelet donations since platelets are a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients.
Red Cross officials will be conducting blood drives in Caldwell, Christian, Muhlenberg, Todd and Trigg Counties to help boost donation levels throughout this month.
Officials have scheduled two blood drives to take place on the Fort Campbell military post.
The first blood drive is scheduled for Friday at the Byrd Health Clinic and the other to take place Friday, July 26th at the commissary on post.