FRANKFORT, KY (1/19/12) – Rep. Donna Mayfield, R-Winchester (73rd District) has filed a bill for the 2012 Legislative Session that if passed would expand the eligibility criteria for the Kentucky Medal of Freedom to members of the military who were born in Kentucky and have a spouse or parent who is a Kentucky resident at the time of the member’s death. The bill is named after Kentucky native James Hunter, who was killed by insurgent bomb blast in Afghanistan in June 2010.
“Since the formation of our great country, many Kentuckians have answered the call to defend our freedom and some have given their lives so that others could be free,” said Rep. Mayfield. “My hope is that we can honor all Kentucky natives who have fought and died in military service, whether they still reside in the Commonwealth or not.”
Staff Sergeant Hunter, who was born in Lexington and grew up in Northern Ohio, was a member of the 101st Airborne Division based at Fort Campbell, and was serving as an Army journalist when he was killed on June 18, 2010. According to military reports the patrol he was with was struck by an improvised explosive device in Kandahar. In addition to Hunter another soldier was killed in the explosion. Hunter’s father, William “Tom” Hunter resides in Winchester.
The bill is filed as HB 201 for the 2012 Regular Session.
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