BETSY LAYNE – This year at the 89th annual DAV state convention, Larry Roberts was named Kentucky Disabled Veteran of the Year.
Disabled Veteran of the Year is an honor voted on by the Disabled American Veterans State Executive Board. The nominees came from seven districts and 51 chapters. Roberts was nominated by the Betsy Layne Chapter 169, where is he is a lifetime members.
Roberts served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1970. During his tour in Vietnam, Roberts served in the 4th Infantry Division where he was awarded the following medals: Republic Vietnam Campaign Medal with 1960 Device; Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Stars; Good Conduct Medal; Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Paul Unit Citation Badge; Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Honor Medal; First Class Unit Citation Badge; National Defense Service Medal 2015 Bars; MKM (45 Pistol); SPS (M-14) and SPS (M-16).
After returning home from wat, Roberts worked with a construction company near his home. After his retirement, he became a member of the DAV organization. He became a state service officer and has been providing services to veterans for 19 years. He is well-known in his hometown for helping and educating fellow veterans about obtaining and understanding their benefits. Roberts has served as adjutant, treasurer, and commander of his local DAV chapter. While serving as commander, he organized a trip to take World War II chapter members and auxiliary to Washington, D.C. This trip proved to be a meaningful trip to all veterans involved.
In one of the local well-known cemeteries (Davidson Memorial Gardens) man organizations had offered to install a flag pole. It was Roberts’ involvement that allowed the Betsy Layne DAV Chapter to erect a flagpole and perform a monument dedication. He also initiated fundraising and veterans awareness by assisting in organizing an annual golf outing benefiting the local DAV chapter.
Roberts is a four-time Kentucky State DAV commander and currently is in his fourth term as Adjutant for the Disabled American Veterans Department of Kentucky. During his service at the state level, he has initiated the donation of DAV vans used throughout the state. These vans, still in good condition, are given to DAV chapters to assist in the transportation of honor guards for military funerals.
Roberts resides in Banner with his wife Sandra. They have two daughters, Ashley (Brad) Reynolds and Amber (Jimmy) Campbell and two granddaughters, Carson Campbell and Molly Campbell.