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Honoring Veterans of the Year

Jeremy Harrell of Shelbyville was recently named the 2018 Male Kentucky Veteran of the Year by the Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana.

In 2017 Harrell founded Veteran’s Club, which is among the organizations featured in “Nature Nurtures,” Kentucky Living’s November cover story about veterans and mental health. Harrell arranged for the group of veterans to receive equine therapy at the Waddy farm that is shown in the story.

An Army veteran, Harrell says there are approximately 640 members in Veteran’s Club, which serves all branches of the military. The organization offers veterans cost-free equine therapy and horsemanship, shares resources and works to rebuild camaraderie among veterans.

Harrell’s goal is to ensure that other veterans get the timely help they deserve. It took him six years to receive help following combat in the Iraq War.

“The majority of our veterans are from Louisville, Spencer County and Shelby County, but I would like to get the whole state involved,” says Harrell. For more information, visit the Veteran’s Club Facebook page.

Megan S. Karr of Team RWB Louisville was named the 2018 Female Kentucky Veteran of the Year. Team RWB (for Red White and Blue) connects veterans to their community through physical and social activity. To locate RWB veterans events and learn more about the organization, go to TeamRWB.org, and click on “Chapters” to search for Louisville and other Kentucky chapters.

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