After months of preparation, construction, remodeling, and planning for the future, The Active Heroes Military Family Community Center in Louisville is open for business! On 27 February 2015, we held a Ribbon Cutting ceremony to mark our grand opening. The event was attended by representatives from the U.S. Army, Air Force, and Navy, as well as the Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, the President of Sullivan University, and dozens of military veterans, family members, and supporters from the community.
Our Community Center is located at at 8701 Old Bardstown Road in Louisville, just south of I-265. Some of the features and programs include a wide variety of free support, seminars and activities for military service members, veterans, and military families, free seminars on education opportunities and financial planning, resiliency training to help reduce veteran suicide, connections for veterans to resources from the Legal Aid Society and Disabled American Veterans, a common area for guests to relax and interact, wireless internet, and the Active Heroes Store. Monthly activities available through Active Heroes will include cross-fit workouts, yoga, meditation classes, acupuncture treatments, hiking events and scheduled camping dates for the retreat listed in the front lobby.
“This community center is a pilot program where we are going to test how much the military families will enjoy seminars, activities and service connections,” said Troy Yocum, President and founder of Active Heroes. “It’s important that our community here in Kentucky supports the 340,000 veterans and all of their family members. This first of its kind Military Family Community Center is a big step towards accomplishing that goal.”
During the opening ceremony, President Sullivan announced an exciting new partnership between Active Heroes and Sullivan University: the establishment of a Veteran Scholarship program. “Sullivan University is proud to announce the Active Heroes Scholarship… our fundamental objective is to enhance the educational and professional development of veterans… they served our country; we want to do what we can to serve them and their families.” The program consists of one annual scholarship of 100% tuition towards completion of an Associates Degree and one annual scholarship of 50% tuition towards completion of a Bachelor’s Degree at Sullivan University. The 2015 application deadline is August 1st.
The opening ceremony was also attended by country music artist Kerry Degman, who performed “Pray for a Soldier in Pain,” an originally composed song that was inspired by Active Heroes’ mission. “Just reading some of the statistics… 22 Veterans are committing suicide [every day], and that’s more than we’ve lost in the wars so far in Iraq and Afghanistan, and I started thinking about how I can get involved, and I realized ‘you’re a songwriter, why don’t you just write a song?’ So that’s what I did.”
The Community Center’s regular operating hours are Tuesday – Friday from 9AM – 5PM, and we’re also open on Saturday for scheduled and monthly events. Drop by and see us!!
See WAVE3’s coverage of our grand opening ceremony HERE!