Welcome to the Region VI and the Kentucky State Command Council of The National Association for Black Veterans (NABVETS). We are happy that you have taken the time to visit our site. We hope that you will find the information that you are looking for, that will help "Create a more positive lifestyle", for you or any other veteran you may know. Click on the star above and bookmark the site and then share our site with any and all veterans.

Our hope is to serve those that have served, help those that have helped and honor those that have served this country with honor. We look to educate young people by sharing the life experiences that we have lived and above all create a more positive lifestyle for all veterans. As you take a tour of the site we hope that you will find information that is informative, interesting, and beneficial to you and other veterans that you may come in contact with. Pass it along to help others as we all work to keep this nation a wonderful free place to live.

Veterans Reunion
Recogntion Appreceation Service Day
Hosted by the Louisville Defender

You have servered barvely and we are honored to . . .
           Salute you for your service to the nation!

When: Sunday, July 30th, 2017
Where: Shawnee Park
Time: 3:00pm - 7:00pm

Special Invitation to Veterans of:
World War II     Korean War     Vietnam War     Gulf Wars
and all Military veterans!

To print out your reservation form, please click the image above.

Veterans Resolution and Pallbearers program

The Veterans Resolution and Pallbearers program is desigened to honor all veterans that are making their final procession. We would like to pay proper respect to all of our fallen comrades, but we know that this is very well impossable. But with your help we can show respect to as many as you will allow us to. If you know of a veteran that has recently passed, please contact us so that we may prepare a resolution for their final salute.

Rodney W. Crockett
Chapter #56 Louisville, KY.

Vets Speak on WLOU:

Join us every Monday at 12 noon on AM Channel 1350 or FM Channel 104.7 for the Vets Speak radio program. NABVETS members will be live and on air to the public talking about programs and points of interest to our veteran community. Listeners are welcome to call with comments on the topic at hand by dialing 502.776.1350. Make sure to set that dial and tune in each week.

Cemetery Task Force:

We are still working to help with the up keep of some to the headstones in some of our private cemeteries. The grounbreaking at Newburg / Petersburg was such a huge success that other, counties and states have picked up the torch and are trying to find out what they need to do to keep this program rolling all over.

There has been so much interesting, historic and important information that has come from just the tip of the program. Thank you to all that have been incolved in working with this program. It is so so much ans a lot bigger than we all thought, but we are all excited to get to working on bring some T.L.C. to some places and a lot of honor brought back to those that have served and for years we have not kept our word to. "Leave No One Behind . . . ."

Flags for Veterans / Freedom( Red, White & Blue):

November 11th of each year has been set aside as Veterans Day. This day has been set aside to honor all veterans: Man or woman. Those that are serving, have served and those that have retired. Those that are still serving in their communities and those that have ran their last race and finished their course. We would like to do our part in honoring every veteran that we can.

This program is working to place two types of flags.
1) At every cemetery where there is a veteran buried, there should be a main flag flying to honor this burial place all year long.
2) Each year we would like to place a flag on the grave sites of veterans that have passed on. In some of private cemeteries, flags have not been left to honor those veterans buried there. We would like to started this program in the Petersburg/Newburg Cemetery with flag for over 80 known veterans. Since our start we begun to work in Greenwood cemetery with over 200 known veterans flags placed, with many, many more that we did not have funds for. This past year we were able to place flags in Shardein cemetery with over 40 known veterans. No small feet will this be, but will help and support from all, we can make this program work.

To donate to this program please visit Go Fund Me!

The Eagles at Rest project has broken ground and is in the works today. The groundbreaking, although was a little cold, was a wonderful event. Thanks to all of those that were able to attend the event. Metro Council Commission President: Jim King, District 6 Commissioner: Dr. Barbara Shanklin, Forest Home Cemetery President: Stephen Williams and Cemetery Committee Curator: Donald Goodwin, NABVETS National Chaplin: Bishop McClendon, NABVETS Region VI Commander: Shedrick Jones, State Commander: Irvin Lyons, Chapter Commanders James Thurman - Chapter #23, Terry Robinson Sr. - Chapter #70, Rodney Crockett - Chapter #56 and other guest.

Thanks again to Evans Monument Company for the wonderful work that they are doing to restore those headstones that are in need of repair. We are coming together to put together the pieces and honor those who served and have run their last race, but never to be forgotten. Below is a before and after of a couple of the veteran headstones in the cemetery.
You can view the cemetery website at: Forest Home Cemetery .


Congratulations to the Kentucky Veterans of the Year. Each year one female and one male veteran will be selected and named The Kentucky Veteran of the year. You can read more about the Veteran of the Year program, see the winners and their stories, and also nominate a veteran at Veteran of the Year
2016 Veterans of the Year

Stormey Vanover

Marion "Joe" Carter

Previous Winners

Byron Marlow and Julia Martin with Mayor Greg Fisher

James Thurman and Lindsay Gargotto with Heather F. Henry

Why I Joined . . . NABVETS

Here is just one example of a verterans experence and why he joined NABVETS. John Mustain is the Director of the Veterans Outreach Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana and organizer of the Kentucky Veteran of the Year program.

It happened by pure chance. While attending the Kentucky State Fair with thousands of people in attendance, I noticed two ladies wearing black berets and a yellow, black, and white flash that read, "NABVETS: Positive Lifestyle For Veterans". Being that I am a veteran and was at the fair looking for veterans as part of my work at the Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana, I was immediately interested in learning more about who they were and what they represented. . . . continue reading.

We are yesterday
We are tomorrow
We are earth
We are sky
We are all things
But most of all
We are proud men and women


On an ongoing basis, the National Association for Black Veterans, Inc. will provide strategic advocacy on behalf of its membership with Congress, the Federal Administration, State Administrations and other agencies and organizations. NABVETS will provide personal advocacy on behalf of veterans seeking claims against the United States Department of Veterans Affairs; advocacy for youth in all matters required for successful passage into adulthood; advocacy on behalf of families; with community involvement, provide advocacy in creating positive lifestyles for veterans; and to generate and preserve the historical record.


To be a professional organization that has, as its members, 50% of the total black veterans population nationally; an organization with State Departments and Command Councils located in every state and city with a population greater than 250,000; an organization that has an emphasis on younger veterans who are on active duty or who are recently separated veterans; an organization that offers its members a wide array of benefits and services; an organization that provides services to all veterans, but especially low income veterans; and an organization that is financially viable.

If you have any issues with this website, please contact the site designer at:
Rodney W. Crockett