FRANKFORT, Ky. (10/10/13) – Today a U.S. Air Force veteran, Staff Sgt. Karl Edward Stempien, became the 3,000th person interred at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central (KVCC) since it opened in June 2007.
Staff Sgt. Stempien served 11 years in the Air Force, earning the Joint Service Commendation Medal for serving in the Gulf War era.
He joins 2,489 veterans and 510 dependent spouses and children interred at the cemetery. The total includes 11 service members who died on active duty, four of whom were killed in action.
“We are deeply honored that these veterans and their families have chosen a Kentucky state veterans cemetery for their final resting place,” said Jeff Acob, cemetery branch manager at the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA). “All of us at KDVA are proud that we are able to provide our veterans and families with a sacred place of honor and dignity.”
Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central (KVCC) mainly serves veterans and family members from a 75-mile radius of the cemetery, including parts of Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana. KVCC also serves active duty soldiers and their dependents serving at nearby Fort Knox.
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