Lawrence County veteran population increasing

BEDFORD – Lawrence County Veterans Affairs Officer Brad Bough’s goal is to get a veterans hospital built in Lawrence County.

Bough says the county’s veteran population has increased. Currently, there are 3,807 veterans residing in Lawrence County.

“We had an increase of 231 veterans from last year in Lawrence County,” Bough added.

Brad Bough

“The biggest concern locally is healthcare for veterans. I have been in constant contact with Representative Trey Hollingsworth and Senator Mike Braun to get a small satellite hospital like the one in Marion County here,” said Bough. “Bedford is a central location between the two veteran hospitals which are in Indianapolis and Louisville, KY. We have land available to build one here and I am estimating it would take around $10 million to build a satellite hospital here in Lawrence County. “

Brad Bough and Mike Braun

Bough says he won’t give up on the hopes of a veterans hospital.

“A squeaky wheel gets the attention,” he added. “It’s a shame our Local veterans have to travel many miles to Indianapolis, Evansville, or Louisville, Kentucky to access medical care.”

Geographic distribution of VA expenditures for 2020

  • Compensation and Pension – $15,828
  • Education and Vocation Rehabilitation Employment – $918,000
  • Insurance and Indemnities – $85,000
  • Medical care – $10,218,000
  • Unique Patients – 1,139
  • Total expenditure – $27,048, 000