The Veterans Empowered Together (VET) Military Ball will return to the Owensboro Convention Center on Friday, November 17, for its second consecutive year. Kentucky Remembers created the formal event in 2018 as a “dress to impress” evening to recognize military veterans, service members, and their families.
The event will run from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and features a catered dinner, professional photography, a DJ, dancing, and a silent auction. The keynote speaker is Major Edward Pulido, who medically retired from the U.S. Army after 19 years.
Pulido sustained injuries after hitting a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2004, forcing him to have his leg amputated. Military leaders awarded Pulido a Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, and Joint Service Commendation medals for his efforts.
VET director Brian Basham said the evening will offer entertainment and inspiration.
“It’s a night of celebration to bridge the gap between the community and our veterans,” Basham said. “We want to show veterans that they have a purpose. And that’s why we really want to invite the community to this event.”
Independence Bank is the sponsor of this year’s event. Admission for veterans and service members is complimentary, while the cost for the community to attend is $65, with the funds benefitting veterans in need.
Tickets to the event are available here or at the door.
Basham said VET exists as a group of veterans helping other veterans in the community.
“It will be a night to let loose and enjoy our beautiful city,” he said.