Who We Are

Our Mission

Kentucky Wounded Heroes is a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity that exists to serve Kentucky’s current or former members of the United States Armed Forces, sworn law enforcement, sworn firefighters, and sworn or affirmed EMS, that have been injured during combat operations or line-of-duty service.  Our mission is to honor and empower the emotional wellness of these heroes through outdoor activities, programs, and services that enable them to reconnect to nature’s healing properties.

There isn’t a replacement for an organization like the Kentucky Wounded Heroes.

Wounded Kentucky State Police Trooper

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President

Chuck Reed

Director Chuck began his military service in the United States Marine Corps (1972-1975). He then joined the Kentucky State Police where he served his local community from (1975-2003). Chuck also joined the Kentucky National Guard in 1978 and served until he retired as a Sergeant First Class in 2013. Chuck is passionate about empowering others that were injured in the line of duty.

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Vice President

Brett Hightower

Brett currently serves as sheriff of Warren County Kentucky. Prior to that, he retired from both the Bowling Green Police Department and the Kentucky National guard in 2011. Brett was injured during combat operations while serving in Afghanistan in 2008. During his recovery, Brett was appointed to the the Department of Defense Task Force on the Care, Management and Transition of Recovering Wounded, Ill and Injured Members of the Armed Forces. Immediately after his military retirement Brett worked for the Army Wounded Warrior Program at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Brett is both a Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient. Brett understands the importance of connecting with others that have similar experiences while serving as a first responder or in the military

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Jim Smith

Jim retired from the Kentucky Air National Guard in 2014, after 37 years of service, as the State Command Chief Master Sergeant. He has been an active supporter of the Kentucky Wounded Hero program from that point on and has served on the Board of Directors since 2017.

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Al Harris

Al is a Vietnam veteran, having served as a member of a Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (Seabee) from 1969 through 1971. He subsequently worked 12 years for the Georgia Department of Transportation before moving to Nashville to study at Vanderbilt University. He and his family then moved to Louisville in 1985 where he worked as Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering until retiring in 2013. He now enjoys retirement in rural Spencer County.

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Bryan Roach

Bryan served in the Kentucky Army National Guard for eight years, making 2 deployments. He was granted a medical discharge on May 5, 2004 as a result of injuries received during deployment. After leaving the service he started his own business, Eagle Hill Armoury LLC, a retail sporting goods store that sells firearms, ammunition and accessories. He also has a working farm and has been elected Constable for District 1 Owen County Kentucky. Bryan considers it a great honor to work with the men and women who make up Kentucky Wounded Heroes and looks forward to creating more events for participants to interact in fun and positive ways with opportunities for all to feel at peace with their service.

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Gary Conner

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Steve Brewer

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Laura Wright

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Troey Stout

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