West Virginia Morning
8:01 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Marshall University Gets High Forensic Science Rating, Cruising Returns to Princeton

Part two of our report on the Veterans to Agriculture Program, giving returning soldiers a chance for therapeutic work.  Public policy workshops give citizens a chance to voice concerns about legislative issues. Marshall University's Forensic Science program gets a high national ranking and in Princeton, cruising is making a comeback as a way of revitalizing the downtown area.

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Military Veterans
11:23 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Program is Turning Warriors to Farmers Across W.Va.

Two veterans look after the bees they bought after becoming members of the Warriors and Veterans to Agriculture Program.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

As the country continues to struggle to help its military members returning from war, one fledgling program in West Virginia isn’t wasting any time tackling the issues veterans face. 

From transitional job training to psychological therapy, members of the Warriors and Veterans to Agriculture Program say they’re discovering they can help West Virginia veterans in more ways than they ever anticipated.

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West Virginia Morning
8:13 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Vets to Agriculture, Chinese Medicine in Va., Italian Heritage Celebration

Some returning war veterans are becoming farmers and beekeepers thanks to a state program.  More about the Blue Ridge Center for Chinese Medicine in Floyd County, Virginia.  The center is working with local farmers to raise certified Chinese herbs. The Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival kicks off in Wheeling on Friday. 

Beth Vorhees hosts West Virginia Morning Wednesday, July 23, 2014

10:13 am
Wed June 4, 2014

W.Va. Man Charged with Scamming Veterans Administration for Drugs

Credit RayNata / wikimedia

  A Bridgeport man has been charged with falsifying documents to inflate his Veterans Administration disability benefits and with fraudulently obtaining drugs from the VA.

U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced the 10-count indictment against 65-year-old Thomas Cueto on Tuesday. If convicted, Cueto faces up to 10 years in prison on one count and four years each on the remaining nine charges. Federal prosecutors are also seeking to recover $480,000 in VA benefits they claim Cueto has collected since 1999.

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pressure to resign
1:44 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

West Virginia's Congressional Delegation Split on Shinseki

The Veterans Affairs health system scandal has split WV's Congressional delegation.
Credit Dept. of Defense

While Senator Jay Rockefeller is standing by Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, Congressman Nick Rahall and Congresswoman Shelly Capito are calling for his resignation amid the scandal that has embroiled the Veterans Administration for weeks.

Rahall added his name Friday to the growing list of Democrats joining Republicans calling for Shinseki to step down, signaling mounting pressure on the Secretary.

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Special Programs on WV PBS
4:13 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Memorial Day Programs Honor Veterans, Look Back 70 Years to D-Day

Broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the National Memorial Day Concert unites our nation in honor of all of America's men and women in uniform for their service and sacrifice. Pictured: The color guard stands proudly before the U.S. Capitol.
Credit Courtesy of Capital Concerts
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New 3-Part Series on West Virginia PBS
3:49 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

New Documentary Tells Personal Stories Of Veterans As They Reintegrate Into Society

Star Lopez is reunited with her husband, Chris Phelan, and her daughter River, whom she hasn’t seen in person since she was a few months old.
Credit Courtesy of Powderhouse

Coming Back With Wes Moore begins Tuesday, May 13 at 8 p.m. on West Virginia PBS. This new three-episode series executive produced by best-selling author and U.S. army veteran Wes Moore, tells the story of his search for answers to some of the most difficult questions facing veterans returning from war. Moore’s journey, spurred by the suicide of one of his oldest friends and a fellow officer, takes himinto the personal lives of different soldiers as they attempt to reintegrate into society, establish new identities and – for many – find a new mission. Each episode focuses on a different stage of coming home: “Coming Back” (May 13), “Fitting In” (May 20) and “Moving Forward” (May 27).

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Health Care
9:59 am
Mon April 21, 2014

West Virginia's Only State Veterans Nursing Home Cuts Wait List

Credit West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility

  West Virginia's only state-run nursing home for veterans has slashed its admission wait list by more than half.

Department of Veterans Assistance public affairs coordinator Heather Miles says 55 people currently are waiting to be admitted to the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility. That's down from 166 in 2013.

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VA Over-prescription to Veterns
10:00 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Over-Prescription of Opiates to Veterans on Reveal

Reveal airs Thursday, April 10 at 9 p.m. on West Virginia Public Radio.

Reveal is a new investigative program from the The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX. In this pilot: an exclusive story about the volume and impact stemming from the VA's over-prescripton of opiates to addicted veterans; the attorney behind many of the worst for-profit charities; bodycams for cops; and how one reporter helped one man prove his brother had been abused at a state mental facility. Hosted by Al Letson from State of the Re:Union and WJCT, Jacksonville.

Reveal airs Thursday, April 10 at 9 p.m. on West Virginia Public Radio.

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House of Delegates
5:59 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Four Senate Bills the House Passed on the Next-to-Last Day of the Regular Session

The House works on legislation during the next-to-last day of the regular session.
Credit Aaron Payne

With today being the next-to-last day of the regular session, time is running out for lawmakers to complete legislation to be sent to the governor. The House voted on 23 Senate items ranging from rules bills, to education and assisting veterans.

S.B. 477

Several bills were debated during the afternoon House session but the one receiving the most discussion was Senate Bill 477.

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War Veterans
9:16 am
Thu February 27, 2014

WVU Offering New Services to Student Veterans

The WVU Mountainlair is the home of the student veterans office.
Credit Wikipedia Image

West Virginia University’s veteran population is pretty substantial. More than 1,000 veterans attend the school. But the university hasn’t always been able to accommodate them in the best of ways. Officials are hoping that’s about to change with one particular new space on campus.

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3:51 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Senate Ramps Up Voting as Session Winds Down

Senate President Jeff Kessler oversees a floor session Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Members of the state Senate had 25 bills on their morning calendar Monday, passing almost all unanimously. Those bills included:

Senate Bill 623

The bill requires employers in the mining industry to report all positive drug and alcohol tests to the Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training. Currently, notification is only required if a miner is discharged.

Senate Bill 476

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West Virginia Morning
10:01 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Legislature Deals with Gas Worker Safety and Mental Health of Veterans, Snowtubing, & More

On this West Virginia Morning, we cover several energy stories from the latest on the gas well explosion in Pennsylvania to what the West Virginia Legislature is considering to help protect gas well workers. Also, solar energy discussions, and a ride on a snowtube.

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The Legislature Today
11:57 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Veterans and PTSD, Firefighters and Gas Drilling Sites, & Marshall University Pres. Dr. Stephen Kopp

A 2012 study finds that many of the state’s veterans report suffering from symptoms of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, and 20% reported giving serious thought to suicide. The Senate discusses firefighters who respond to well site fires and explosions. Marshall University president Dr. Stephen Kopp talks finances, the privatizing of public education and more.

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11:55 am
Fri December 6, 2013

American Legion Post 16 in Huntington to Host Forum

The country’s largest organization of wartime veterans, the American Legion will host a town hall meeting in Huntington tonight.

Members of the American Legion’s System Worth Savings Task Force plan to listen to concerns of veteran’s about the care they receive at the VA Medical Center in Huntington. Periodically the team visits VA Medical Centers is different regions of the country to evaluate the care being given, part of each trip includes a sit down with veterans from the area and specifically ones who have received care at the VA.

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8:50 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Listen to an interview with artist Maya Lin about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Credit Studio 360 from PRI

Listen today at 2 p.m. on West Virginia Public Radio

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial from Studio 360, part of the American Icons series

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10:05 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Efforts to help state veterans continue

The author of a study published last year on state veterans is trying to do more to help them.

Joseph Scotti has started a new organization called WHOLE Veterans. It stands for Welcome Home: Overcoming, Living, Engaging.

Scotti says it takes a lot of different people within a community to encourage veterans to reach out for help when they need assistance. He says there simply aren't enough people at the moment to deal with absolutely every veteran who needs care.

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9:40 am
Mon November 4, 2013

West Virginia Morning - November 4, 2013

Credit Ashton Marra

Retiring Senator Jay Rockefeller was honored by Vice President Joe Biden and others at the state Democratic Party's annual fundraiser, W.H.O.L.E. Veterans aims to help with mental health issues, WVU's Law School features "Mexico Week", and a Marshall University graduate comes back to speak about her business.

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TV Documentary
4:29 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

West Virginians Remember World War II

World War II Veteran Eddie Jackfert

West Virginia has one of the highest percentages of veterans of any state. And many of those veterans come from the "Greatest Generation," who saved the world from fascism.

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4:42 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

POW Eddie Jackfert tells his story, creates museum

Edward Jackfert


   The American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Museum housed in the Brook Count Public Library began when one WWII POW donated memories. Eddie Jackfert shares memories and advice.

On September 11, 1940, Jackfert enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps and eventually assigned to serve as an airplane mechanic on the Philippine Islands in June 1941. He was 19 years old.

“We were sacrificed and abandoned in the Philippines. We were.  19,000 Americans. Troops in there. We were abandoned.”

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