New Robert E. Spiller Bowling Green Veterans Center honors late Colonel

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Wednesday, veterans joined local and state officials in Bowling Green for the official naming ceremony of the new Bowling Green Veterans Center.

The new Robert E. Spiller Bowling Green Veterans Center honors Colonel Spiller, a late veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars who was known for his generosity to SoKY veterans during his lifetime.

Governor Beshear and other speakers praised Spiller’s contributions to the community, which played a significant role in securing approximately 30 million state dollars for the fifth veterans center in the Commonwealth.

During the ceremony, Beshear ceremonially signed House Bill 2, which helped create the center.

The Kentucky Transpark facility will provide compassionate care for Kentucky’s veterans, covering 80,000 square feet over 25 acres.

“I met Colonel Spiller once with my dad when he was governor,” recalled Governors Beshear. “And Colonel Spiller was pushing [for a Bowling Green Veterans Center] at that time as well. It took multiple general assemblies. It took two different Governor Bashears, but we are here today – not because of our work, but because of Colonel Spillers and so many more.”

The center is expected to be completed in 2024.