1. Make sure your nominee meets the criteria on the nomination form. 2. Individuals may nominate more then one veteran but please only one nomination per veteran. 3. Previous nominees are eligible to be nominated for the 2022 Veteran of the Year. 4. Previous Veteran of the Year awardees are eligible for the 2022 Veteran of the Year if they were awarded prior to 2021.
Nomination Time Period
The Kentucky Veterans of the Year accepts nominations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Although the nomination portal on the internet is never closed, nominations received after midnight on August 31st each year will be counted toward the following year's award. Example: Any nomination received between September 1, 2022 and September 30, 2022, are eligible for the 2023 Award. Each nomination automatically receives a date and time stamp when submitted which is used to determine which year that veteran is eligible for the award.
Important Note: The Kentucky Veterans of the Year only accepts Online nominations! Here is our reasoning... 1) Online nominations are in real time, immediately submitted, and date and time stamped 2) Nominations sent via "Snail" mail are subject to the United States Postal Service's (USPS) prompt and expeditious handing of the mail. Should the USPS lose or fail to Post Mark the nomination submission immediately, it appears as if the nominator failed to nominate their veteran within the deadline. In this event, The Kentucky Veterans of the Year cannot know if USPS or the nominator failed to meet the guideline.
How are the veteran nominations judged?
The Kentucky Veterans of the Year Initiative spares no effort to insure judging of veteran nominations is as free from human bias as possible. 1. Nominations are pulled from the computer and redacted of all personal and/or identifiable information. 2. Each nomination is assigned a simple, non-descript code. For example, female nominations are coded as F-01, F-02, etc. 3. The Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana's Veterans Outreach Coordinator will assign a 2020 Veterans of the Year board (within the local community) consisting of 3-4 board members and one board chairman to review and score nomination packages. The board chairman will only score nomination packages in the event of a tie. 4. Scores are based on the number of nominations. For example: if there are 15 nominations, then nominations will receive a score of between one and fifteen without using any number twice. Scores are entered on a "Scoring Judge's Worksheet" which is pre-coded with the nominees' code. Once the scoring judges have completed their task they e-mail their worksheets to a special e-mail address that is owned by the Kentucky Veterans of the Year.
The Kentucky Veterans of the Year initiative is a program of Operation Outreach, the signature veterans program for the Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana.