AR ESOLUTION honoring Brigadier General Retired Leslie E

Document Sample
AR ESOLUTION honoring Brigadier General Retired Leslie E Powered By Docstoc
					UNOFFICIAL COPY AS OF 09/11/12                        09 REG. SESS.           09 RS BR 831



       A RESOLUTION honoring Brigadier General (Retired) Leslie E. Beavers upon his

retirement as commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans' Affairs.

       WHEREAS, Brigadier General (Retired) Leslie "Les" Beavers was born and raised

in a small coal camp in Berwind, West Virginia, and later married Kentucky native

Brenda Maynard; and

       WHEREAS, General Les Beavers graduated from the United States Military

Academy at West Point in 1960 and later earned a Master's Degree from Tulane

University in Nuclear Physics in 1967; and
       WHEREAS, General Beavers served his country in the United States Army for

more than twenty-seven years, including commanding troops at all levels for six years

and serving multiple staff tours in Washington, D.C.; and

       WHEREAS, General Beavers served in combat in Vietnam as a district advisor and

province operations officer during the Tet Offensive in South Vietnam; and

       WHEREAS General Beavers' awards include the Legion of Merit, three Bronze Star

Medals for Valor, two Meritorious Service Medals, Air Medals, the Army Commendation

Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Parachutist

Badge, the Department of Army Staff Badge, and Ranger qualification; and

       WHEREAS, after retiring from the Pentagon, General Beavers and his wife

returned to Kentucky, where he was once again called upon to serve, this time by serving

the veterans of the Commonwealth; and

       WHEREAS, on October 1, 1998, then Governor Paul E. Patton appointed General

Beavers as the first commissioner for the newly created Kentucky Department of

Veterans' Affairs, giving General Beavers the simple charge to serve Kentucky's veterans;

and

       WHEREAS, when General Beavers assumed the role of commissioner of the
Department of Veterans' Affairs, he commanded a staff of only seven individuals and

oversaw no facilities; and

                                        Page 1 of 3
BR083100.100-831
UNOFFICIAL COPY AS OF 09/11/12                          09 REG. SESS.           09 RS BR 831



       WHEREAS, in the past decade General Beavers has built the Department of

Veterans' Affairs into a full-service entity that is available to help the over 367,000

Kentucky veterans and the over 600,000 family members of veterans by providing

personal, hands-on assistance and programs to meet their needs; and

       WHEREAS, today the Department of Veterans' Affairs administers three veterans'

nursing homes that serve approximately five hundred residents, with plans in place for a

fourth nursing home near Fort Knox; and

       WHEREAS, today the Department of Veterans' Affairs has eighteen veterans'
benefits field representatives throughout the state who provide face-to-face assistance and

advocacy for veterans concerning their benefits from the United States Department of

Veterans' Affairs, as well as opportunities available at the state level; and

       WHEREAS, today the Department of Veterans' Affairs oversees three state

veterans' cemeteries, with another two veterans' cemeteries in the development or

planning stages; and

       WHEREAS, today the Department of Veterans' Affairs also has programs to assist

homeless veterans in the Commonwealth, including collaborations with the Leestown

Campus of the Lexington VA Medical Center and with St. Vincent DePaul in Louisville

to serve the needs of homeless veterans in these cities; and

       WHEREAS, today the Department of Veterans' Affairs also has a women's veterans

program to make sure that society does not overlook the service provided by females in

the Armed Forces and that female veterans' needs are met; and

       WHEREAS, the Department of Veterans' Affairs works closely with and helps to

support veterans' service organizations throughout the state in a myriad of activities; and

       WHEREAS, a decade after its creation, the Kentucky Department of Veterans'

Affairs continues to meet its primary mission of serving Kentucky's veterans in whatever
ways are needed; and

       WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Kentucky has General Les Beavers to thank for

                                          Page 2 of 3
BR083100.100-831
UNOFFICIAL COPY AS OF 09/11/12                        09 REG. SESS.          09 RS BR 831



his decade of leadership of the Kentucky Department of Veterans' Affairs, without which

Kentucky would not be as successful at honoring the service and sacrifice of these

thousands of veterans and their families and serving their needs when their time of

service to the country in the Armed Forces is finished;

       NOW, THEREFORE,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the General Assembly of the

Commonwealth of Kentucky:
       Section 1. The House of Representatives does hereby honor and thank Brigadier
General (Retired) Leslie E. Beavers for his many years of service both to this nation and

to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and wish him well upon his retirement.

       Section 2. A copy of this Resolution shall be sent to General Les Beavers, 515

South Benson Road, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-9746.




                                        Page 3 of 3
BR083100.100-831

				
DOCUMENT INFO
Shared By:
Categories:
Tags:
Stats:
views:38
posted:9/11/2012
language:Unknown
pages:3