Senate President David L. Williams recently appointed state Sen. Tom Buford, R-Nicholasville, to the Kentucky War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. The 18-member commission, which includes state agencies and at-large members, works on a broad range of educational programs that commemorates Kentucky’s role in the War of 1812.
“Raising awareness of the vital part Kentucky’s soldiers played in what some call the Second American Revolution is an exciting honor for me,” Buford said.
Kentucky suffered more casualties in the war than all the other states combined, with Kentuckians being 64 percent of all Americans killed. Many counties around the Commonwealth are named after prominent casualties or officers of the war. The commission hopes to complete key heritage tourism initiatives, including working with Kentucky sites that have War of 1812 connections and highlighting the state historical markers that pertain to the war.
Williams also appointed Buford to the Kentucky Commission on Services and Supports for Individuals with Mental Illness, Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Disorders, and Dual Diagnoses.
The commission is charged with developing a comprehensive plan that includes program development, funding and use of state resources for delivery of the most effective services appropriate to meeting the needs of people with mental illness, alcohol and other drug abuse disorders, and dual diagnoses, and advising the governor and the Kentucky General Assembly on its findings. In addition, the commission works to increase public awareness and reduce the stigma attached to these disorders.