17 KAR 5:010. Kentucky Medal for Freedom.
RELATES TO: KRS 40.353
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 40.353
NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS
40.353 authorizes the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA) to award
the Kentucky Medal for Freedom to eligible recipients and to maintain a
Kentucky Medal for Freedom honor roll. This administrative regulation
establishes the requirements for the Kentucky Medal for Freedom program.
Section 1. Definitions. (1) "Applicant"
means a person, eighteen years old or older, who is seeking the Medal for Freedom
on behalf of the deceased recipient.
(2) "Primary next of kin" means
the person or persons with whom the Medal for Freedom.
(3) "Recipient" means the
deceased military person who was killed in action and is being honored by award
of the Medal for Freedom.
Section 2. Application Procedure to
Nominate Recipient. (1) Any adult, age eighteen (18) or older, may nominate
someone to receive the Kentucky Medal for Freedom.
(2) The nomination process shall be initiated
by filling out a Kentucky Medal for Freedom Nomination.
(3) All requests and inquiries concerning
the Kentucky Medal for Freedom shall be directed to: Kentucky Department of
Veterans Affairs, Kentucky Medal for Freedom Contact Person, 1111B Louisville
Rd., Frankfort, Kentucky 40601.
(4) Each Medal for Freedom that is
awarded shall be presented to the primary next of kin using this order of
(a) Widow or widower;
(c) Parents, unless legal custody was
granted to another person;
(d) Blood or adoptive relative granted
(e) Siblings in the order of age,
beginning with the oldest;
(g) Another relative; or
(h) Close friend or associate.
Section 3. Medal for Freedom Award Panel.
(1) A panel of three full-time employees of the Kentucky Department of Veterans
Affairs shall review all applications.
(2) The commissioner or the deputy
commissioner shall act as chairperson for the award panel.
(3) The other two (2) members of the
Panel shall be chosen from among the senior staff of the department, such as
the executive director, Office of Kentucky Veterans Centers; Cemetery Branch
Manager; Field Operations Branch Manager; cemetery directors; and administrators
of the state veterans nursing homes.
(4) The award panel shall decide whether
an application shall be approved and, if so, which primary next of kin shall
receive the medal.
(5) Multiple medals for the same
recipient may be awarded at the discretion of the award panel.
Section 4. Kentucky Medal for Freedom
Honor Roll. The Department shall establish a permanent honor roll, listing each
recipient’s name and branch of service.
(1) The honor roll shall reside on a
permanent basis in the Office of the Commissioner, Kentucky Department of
Veterans Affairs, Frankfort, Kentucky.
(2) The Honor Roll shall be made
available for display at special occasions such as Memorial Day, Veterans Day, or
during special ceremonies conducted at state or federal cemeteries located
throughout the Commonwealth.
Section 5. Incorporation by Reference.
(1) Kentucky Medal for Freedom Nomination, KDVA Form 5, January 2009, is incorporated
(2) This material may be inspected,
copied, or obtained, subject to applicable copyright law, at the Department of
Veterans Affairs, 1111B Louisville Road, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601, Monday
through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This material shall also be available on
the department's Web site at www.veterans.ky.gov/. (35 Ky.R. 1093; Am.
1434; eff. 1-5-2009.)