Servicemen and servicewomen are some of the finest people among us.

Whether they have served stateside or overseas during war time or peace time, they have very much earned the right to be called veterans.

They’ve served our country admirably for generations in far-away places, and many paid the ultimate sacrifice in doing so. We should always show our utmost respect to those who have served so admirably while in uniform and also for their service and contributions to their communities after they are out of the service.

There are already many veterans in our city, but with two major Army bases in our state – Fort Campbell and Fort Knox – we would certainly like to see more come to live in our city.

The Bowling Green-based South Central Workforce Development Board is trying to make that happen. The organization is hoping soldiers transitioning out of the military can serve this 10-county region’s economy.

As part of a strategy to fill what the JobsEQ labor market data consultant estimates at more than 5,000 job openings, WDB leaders Robert Boone and Jon Sowards are working to connect local employers with soldiers at the Fort Campbell military base who are transitioning out of the U.S. Army.

The effort started Aug. 9, when the United Service Organizations held a “South Central Kentucky Day” at Fort Campbell that allowed Boone, Sowards and some local employers and public officials to make their pitch to some of the 400 or so soldiers who transition out of that post each month.

Boone, president and chief executive officer of the local workforce board, said the event was attended by 93 soldiers who will soon transition to civilian life. It was followed Friday by what was called a “Vette Vision” event that brought Fort Campbell staff members to the Bowling Green area.

Historically, Fort Campbell soldiers reentering civilian life have gravitated toward Nashville and Clarksville, Tenn., when they complete their military service.

One of the main objectives of the workforce board is to try to change that longstanding trend. Sure, Clarksville and Nashville are beautiful towns that have a lot to offer, and we don’t blame veterans for choosing to move there. But we strongly believe that Bowling Green has a lot to offer as well.

Hopefully, through the workforce development’s board’s well-intentioned efforts, veterans will see that and come to our city to work and live.

That is our hope, along with the board’s.


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A smart veteran or exiting service member goes to Tennessee and uses their GI Bill to pay their rent for the first year, at which point they have 1 year residency and then get to learn their trade for free a community college. That's because Tennessee is pursing equality of opportunity instead of favoring specific groups. It is the constant favoring of pet groups that is driving Kentucky's absurd poverty relative to everywhere else. Take a drive south and see what an economic recovery looks like. Kentucky should be ashamed. It's just now approaching 2007 job levels. It is a whole different world in states that aren't governed by appealing to pet groups.


These are really attempts to get service members to waste their GI Bill on a region that rejects them if they are male natives. It should not be supported because wasting your GI Bill at a young is horrific, because i did it, thinking I would be able to work and earn a living in the area in congitive type work. I would not be posting this, but having applied for hundreds and jobs and done lots of interviews, and then found out the government and the board was actively trying to increase my commute because of my being born stateside, I am going to write it. I have personally suffered because of the regime, so here is the truth for veteran purposes. The city of bowling green and that workforce development board are actually funding a project to decrease the percentage of refugees and immigrants who commute out of city for work, and that means increasing it for the natives -- of which most military are. As a service member who got both educations and degrees, nobody will hire you unless you are either immigrant/refugee, female, or a new college graduate. So, yeah, they should probably just live somewhere else. If they are going to work restaurant or service industries, In Nashville those will pay better than shift supervisor jobs in Bowling Green. All our fearless leaderships efforts to ensure paradise for refugees, immigrants, and single mothers at the expense of natives has paid off, and any native with the economic capacity needs to live somewhere else for the good of the people who remain behind. For heaven's sake they are paying people to increase the commute times of native born. It worked for me. Long commute, skills and education don't matter a hill of beans. Our economic planners have succeeded in their goals. It is painful to see them wanting to do it to more service members though. Probably just want them to spend their GI Bill money at Western or the Tech School so they can join the chorus of failures if they are male natives who buy that education and live in the area. Nashville wants to retain natives, not send them packing with more repair bills on their car and worse health from long commutes. See and so as a service member who wasted his GI Bill on a region that prefers immigrants/refugees/single women/new college graduates at the expense of college educated males, please, don't encourage these veterans to waste their GI Bill on WKU or the local tech school. Go to a place where they aren't despised by the market and actively worked against by their oligarchs.

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