Veterans

Douglas R. Lyall

Nearly 47 years after being injured in a land mine explosion in Vietnam, a West Virginia veteran has finally been awarded the Purple Heart.

  On West Virginia Morning, signing up for Americorps is very popular among citizens here.  Today, we meet a member who helps veterans find housing, education and employment.  The story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story. 

LifeBridge AmeriCorps

In this story, we meet an AmeriCorps volunteer who helps veterans find housing, education and employment. AmeriCorps is an anti-poverty volunteer service program, like the Peace Corps, except members serve in the United States. They work on projects that range from tutoring children to helping restore flood damaged homes to helping people in need find healthy food. 

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

West Virginia's congressional delegation says the top Veterans Affairs official has committed to reopen a health clinic in Greenbrier County.

In a news release Friday, Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito and Rep. Evan Jenkins say U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald made the commitment recently.

The Greenbrier Community Based Outpatient Clinic closed in April after air quality tests found formaldehyde levels above the recommended exposure limit. The clinic in Maxwelton has been shut three times since June 2014 because of air quality.

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

 A new health clinic serving veterans in Mercer County has opened in Princeton.

U.S. Joe Manchin said Monday that the Princeton VA Clinic can provide health care services to 1,200 veterans.

Manchin says in a news release that the clinic will give veterans in Mercer County and surrounding areas permanent access to health care services.

The clinic replaces a mobile clinic in Bluefield.

Dept. of Defense

Veterans and active duty military personnel will receive discounted rates at West Virginia State Parks.

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance says the program will give a year-round 10 percent discount on all standard lodge rooms, cabins and campsites.

Jesse Wright / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A national nonprofit group that builds custom houses for severely wounded veterans broke ground Saturday on its first project in West Virginia. Homes for Our Troops will hand over the keys to Sergeant Charles “Doug” Harris later this year. The mortgage-free house in Romney will include hundreds of adaptations specially designed for Harris.

 

“I was injured May 30 of 2012 — just stepped on an IED.”

On West Virginia Morning,  two stories from Romney in Hampshire County.  Ashton Marra reports from the schools for the deaf and blind about its future.  And Jesse Wright reports on a groundbreaking ceremony for a new home designed for a severely wounded veteran.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey appeared before Congress yesterday to say the EPA’s clean power plan is illegal.  And Jesse Wright has the story about how service dogs can help veterans dealing with PTSD.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


Jesse Wright / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Can service dogs help veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder function in a civilian work environment? Researchers at West Virginia University are trying to find out.

 

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 An investigation has found the Beckley VA Medical Center improperly substituted mental health treatments with older drugs to save money.

In a Wednesday news release, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel says it informed the White House and Congress that the hospital put patients at risk and violated VA policy.

A whistleblower reported issues, and the VA Office of Medical Inspector investigated.

Dept. of Defense

Princeton will soon be home to a permanent VA clinic.

According to a release from Senator Joe Manchin’s office, Mercer County’s mobile health clinic, which served as an extension of the Beckley VA Medical Center, will become a permanent VA clinic.

The release says an increased number of veterans in need of healthcare in the area, called for a more permanent solution.

The Princeton VA will be able to serve a total of 1,200 eligible veterans.

Senator Manchin currently serves as a member on the Senate Veterans Affairs’ Committee.

On West Virginia Morning on this Veterans Day, Beth Vorhees talks with two students at West Virginia State University about their film that chronicles the lives and service of 37 West Virginians who died fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.  And Suzanne Higgins sits down with U. S. Senator Jay Rockefeller as prepares to retire from public service. 

On West Virginia Morning, if you’re waiting to cast your ballot on Election Day tomorrow, Ashton Marra reports on some on line resources that may assist you.  And, from Shepherdstown, Liz McCormick reports on a program to assist wounded veterans. 

Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

There are many organizations and programs across the country that seek to help wounded veterans. Some of those programs, like the Wounded Warrior Project, have received criticism recently from media outlets like the Daily Beast and Veterans Today, questioning the program’s agenda. But a program at Shepherd University that’s in partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project seems to be thriving.

Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A group of impassioned veterans showed up to a town hall meeting at the Martinsburg VA Medical Center last week to voice a litany of complaints. But for the most part, they did NOT echo the national outrage about wait times for doctors' appointments. Instead, the veterans raised issues ranging from homelessness to hospital food.

On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board reports on an on line map compiled by the state Department of Environmental Protection showing where horizontal gas well are located.  And Liz McCormick attended a town hall meeting where veterans told officials from the Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center what they really need.

West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility

The secretary of the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance says the state needs to chip in about $25 million to build a 120-bed veterans nursing home in Raleigh County.
 
     A law passed last legislative session authorized the new facility in Beckley. Secretary Rick Thompson told a state legislative panel this week the law didn't provide the money to build it.
 

West Virginia Department of Veterans Assisstance

  More than $2.6 million in federal funding has been approved to help homeless military veterans and their families in West Virginia.

U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller and Congressman Nick Rahall announced the funding Monday from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The program will provide outreach, case management and assistance in obtaining VA and other public benefits. It also will provide rental, utility and moving assistance.

Connecting Veterans and Their Benefits: One On One

Aug 6, 2014
The V.A.'s Mobile Unit outside American Legion Post 31 in Shinnston, West Virginia
Sarah Lowther Hensley

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been rocked by scandal in recent months, with reports of long wait times and rigged wait lists. But the American Legion has stepped up to say the V.A. is a “system worth saving.” As part of that effort, the Legion has launched a series of town hall meetings and set up temporary command centers around the country to help answer questions veterans have about their benefits. The Legion set up shop this week in north central West Virginia.

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