Kentucky-based veterans club spotlighted on History Channel

A veterans organization that started in Kentucky as a social group to reduce isolation that can lead to suicide will be in the spotlight nationwide this Veterans Day.

Veterans Club Inc. grew to 6,000 members in multiple states and is featured on the History Channel special Hi to the service.

Shelbyville resident Jeremy Harrell, 40, was in the US Army for nine years and served in Iraq. Upon his return to Kentucky, he found himself dating veterans groups in other states.

He founded the Veteran’s Club in 2017 to support and encourage veterans who may face common issues related to PTSD, returning to civilian life, and the loss of camaraderie found in the military.

The mission of the Veterans Club is “to provide connection, healing, recovery and housing to the veterans community”.

Harrell said the History Channel and the A&E Network had heard of the Veteran’s Club’s unique projects.

“So they came down and they filmed a bit about the Veterans Village, the homeless veterans healing and recovery center that we run,” said Harrell. “The majority were filmed around our Horse Facilitated Mentorship Program, which is our nationally recognized program. We’re best known for that.

The organization also offers a “Jeep Build” vocational training program in auto mechanics, an offering that can help veterans prepare for a new career.

Harrell said the History Channel program includes his personal story.

“This is one of the few times that I have been really public with some of the issues I faced on my way back from Iraq,” Harrell said. “But I thought it was really important to make sure people understand that PTSD is real. That our homelessness is real and that it is more prevalent than we could imagine.

The program airs on the History Channel on Veterans Day at 8 p.m. Central, 9 Est.