FRANKFORT, Ky. (WHAS11) -- On Friday, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced that Heather French Henry will replace Ken Lucas as the Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA).
The governor appointed Lucas as overseer of the completion of a new veterans nursing home.
“Commissioner Lucas has done an outstanding job these last five years working with my administration and the veterans community across Kentucky,” Gov. Beshear said. “I am pleased he will continue his service to the Commonwealth on a part-time basis and oversee the completion of our fourth veterans nursing home, in Radcliff. He has worked tirelessly for our veterans on this project from its very beginning, and I’m glad he’ll see it through to its opening.”
On Heather French Henry, Beshear said: "Heather is highly motivated and has vast experience assisting and creating programs for veterans throughout the Commonwealth and the nation . . . As the department’s new commissioner, she will continue our mission to raise awareness and offer services to our veterans.”
According to a press release, she started the Heather French Foundation for Veterans in 1999 after being crowned Miss America.
“I greatly appreciate Gov. Beshear’s confidence in my experience as a national veterans advocate and look forward to continuing my work as the commissioner to serve the veterans of the Commonwealth and their families,” Henry said. “Honoring our veterans has been and will always be my life’s mission, and I am honored that I can serve them in this way.”
The governor said she will begin as commissioner on July 1, and she will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the department.
She will also coordinate 18 statewide field office locations, health care outreach and cemetery services.