Veterans Welcome in
Northern Kentucky

Northern Kentucky – Where Tradition Meets Innovation

Northern Kentucky is comprised of Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties and is centrally located where the Midwest meets the South at the Ohio River. Living in Northern Kentucky gives you access to the 15-county Cincinnati region – a thriving metro with multiple Fortune 500 company headquarters; four professional sports teams; major arts and cultural institutions; prominent public and private universities; a streetcar line; and nationally-recognized restaurant, craft beer and live music scenes. NKY also celebrates our own identity around supportive communities, an affordable lifestyle, historic neighborhoods and Kentucky’s famous bourbon and horse culture. Connect with us and we’ll connect you throughout the Cincinnati region.

Cincinnati MSA, Best Place, April 2024

The Cincinnati Region Welcomes Veterans!

The Cincinnati region is located between major Air Force and Army bases – Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Fort Knox and Fort Campbell – and with a top ranked VA Medical Center and nearly 140,000 veterans in our community – we warmly welcome those who have served our country and their families.

This video gives you a glimpse of life in the the 16-county Cincinnati region.

NKY Veterans Resources

Rusty Mardis, USAF Retired, OEF Veteran

Rusty E. Mardis, MA
Veterans Resource Station
Northern Kentucky University

Kentucky Colonel Rusty Mardis served 24 years of Active Duty Service in the United States Air Force and retired in 2014. He was an enlisted member in the medical field for 12 years and graduated as second lieutenant from Officer Training School in 2001.

Rusty understands the process of transitioning from the military to civilian life. His team is here to help connect you with the resources you need – from education to veteran benefits, employment, comradery or other services.

Northern Kentucky University
NKU is a Military Friendly School Gold level
NKU is Top 100 school - Best for Vets

Relocation Services in the Cincinnati Region

Living in Northern Kentucky offers a broad range of single and multifamily housing choices at affordable prices in urban and suburban areas to rural small towns. These U.S. Military on the Move® (MOM) real estate companies want to make sure you find the right fit to live in the Cincinnati region and have the relocation services to help!

Comey & Shepherd Realtors
Huff Realty
Green Triangle

Cincinnati MSA, Jobs EQ
April 2024

Cincinnati MSA, BestPlace
March 2023

Cincinnati MSA, Best Place
April 2024

Our relocation experts are here to help.

Cindy Flynn, Relocation & Corporate Services

Cindy Flynn
Vice President, Relocation & Corporate Services
Comey & Shepherd

Sheena Parton
Director of Corporate Services
Huff Realty

Career Opportunities & Veteran-Friendly Employers Abound in NKY

The Northern Kentucky economy is the fastest growing in the state. From 2015 – 2020, we added jobs in these industry sectors at a blistering pace and it’s expected to continue through 2025.

Advanced manufacturing with aerospace or automotive companies, aviation maintenance, logistics management, consulting and technology – are just a few of the sectors that may be a fit for a former service member. Employers in Northern Kentucky and the Cincinnati region are actively seeking veterans for post-service career opportunities. The NKU Veterans Resource Station provides employment and training connections.

NKU Veterans Resource Station

Bouquet Restaurant | Photo Credit: Catie Viox

What’s the food scene like in Northern Kentucky?

Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati are home to amazing, award-winning chefs, restaurants and happy hour scenes – Zest Cincy brings you the scoop! Zest is a passion project of Stephanie, a resident of Newport’s historic district. Happy Hour deals and the hottest foodie places in town are paired with mouth-watering photography by local photographer, Catie Viox. Check out more info on the Zest website and Instagram account!

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Are Key Values Here

The Greater Cincinnati regional business community continues to lead the way in inclusion and equal rights. In 2019, Cincinnati received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index. Greater Cincinnati is also the birthplace of the Minority Business Accelerator (MBA). Run by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, the MBA is considered a national model for minority economic development.

The City of Covington scored 96 on the 2020 Municipal Equality Index, the second highest-scoring city in Kentucky in ratings released by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ advocacy group. Eight Northern Kentucky cities – Covington, Dayton, Bellevue, Highland Heights, Fort Thomas, Cold Spring, Newport and Crescent Springs – have passed fairness ordinances banning LGBTQ discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations over the last several years.

Dining in Northern Kentucky

Learn More about Cincinnati

Considering living in the Cincinnati region? Check out these regional links to learn more about the flavor of Cincinnati.

Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Skyline


Comey & Shepherd Realtors
Huff Realty
NKY Chamber