Veterans

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This week on Inside Appalachia, we’ll travel to Sugar Bottom Farm in Clay County West Virginia to meet Veteran Eric Grandon, the first veteran to go through the Veterans and Warriors to Agriculture program.

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Veterans' benefits are expected to be tougher to qualify for next year, according to the Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension program, which subsidizes senior living and home care for veterans and their spouses.

The pension is designed to provide financial support to lower income veterans and their spouses who need help with daily living.

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Marshall University is honoring veterans starting Monday with its Greenlight a Vet campaign.

The university says the spotlights on the university's brick sign outside of Old Main will turn green and stay that way all month.

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Suicide is a major problem for veterans all across the country. But the problem is even worse in rural areas, according to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). On this week’s episode, veterans in West Virginia share their stories about what it’s like to return home from war, and what veterans are doing to help and support each other.

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A West Virginia highway in Huntington has been renamed in honor of Wayne County veterans.

The Herald-Dispatch reports a dedication ceremony was held Monday to rename State Route 152 as the "Wayne County Veterans Memorial Highway."

Spcs. Tyler Foster, Shane Delong and Jakob Mays are soldiers in the Army Reserve 363rd Military Police Company in Grafton, West Virginia.  This April they will deploy to Afghanistan.
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Several West Virginia attractions are participating in the National Endowment for the Arts initiative to offer free admission to active-duty military members and their families.

The Blue Star Museums program includes more than 2,000 museums across the country offering the deal from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

"Still Taking Casualties" Puts a Face on Veteran Suicide

May 24, 2016

Iraq War veteran Mark Combs was fed up and wanted to do something. He had just answered the phone in the spring of 2014 and was told another buddy had killed himself.

On this West Virginia Morning, a West Virginia native and WVU journalism school graduate is part of the team that received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service based on an international investigation of the fishing industry in Southeast Asia.  

Over the course of 18 months, Margie Mason was among the journalists from The Associated Press who located men held in cages, tracked ships and stalked refrigerated trucks to expose the abusive practices of the seafood industry in that part of the world. She speaks with Beth Vorhees.

Bees, Honey, Honey Bees, Geezer Ridge Farm
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U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito stopped in Hedgesville to spotlight a unique program that uses bee-keeping to help veterans with post-traumatic stress.

Capito visited Geezer Ridge Farm in Hedgesville Monday. The farm is home to thousands of honey producing bees, and gives community members and veterans a chance to learn about bee-keeping. For many of those veterans the practice is also a form of therapy. 

On this West Virginia Morning, Soldiers in West Virginia’s Reserve 363 Military Police Company came home last month from Afghanistan and Kosovo in time to celebrate the Medical Reserve Corps's 108 birthday. Chip Hitchcock interviewed the Reserve unit’s commanding officer last year and brings us this report.

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At a federal prison in Morgantown, Jeff Marrero is working with his service dog Biley on how to close doors. The golden retriever walks over to the door, tugs the thick rope wrapped around the door knob and pulls it closed.

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A Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Huntington has suspended all activities amid an investigation of its finances.

The investigation of East Huntington VFW Post 9738 is being conducted by a committee appointed by the West Virginia Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The Morgantown High School Marching Band makes its way down High Street in Morgantown on Wednesday, Nov. 11, during the city's Veterans Day parade.
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Dec. 7, 2016 will mark the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which thrust America into World War II. Morgantown High School’s marching band has been selected to represent West Virginia during a commemoration next year in Hawaii to honor that milestone.

One of the few remaining survivors of the attack came to the Mountain State from Texas to share his first-hand account of that fateful day with the band members and take part in Veterans Day ceremonies.

Dorothy Workman, from the documentary Bridgeport to Baghdad
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At West Virginia Public Broadcasting, we know about the power of storytelling – it’s what we do. 

Veteran's Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald, Marshall Pharmacy School
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  McDonald, along with United States Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito and Congressman Evan Jenkins, visited with Marshall University Medical School and Pharmacy students. McDonald says his goal was to increase access to health care for veterans and his way of doing that was to make a recruiting pitch. He wants the students to know about the opportunities available at VA hospitals around the country. He said VA hospitals and the doctors and researchers who work at them have done more than people realize. 

Veteran hanging flag
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The American Radio Works series continues on WVPB radio on September 21st at 8:p.m. with a special on American Veterans with From Boots to Books: Student Veterans and the New GI Bill.

Vets, Homeless Vets
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West Virginia will use federal money to provide assistance to homeless veterans and their families.

The West Virginia Community Action Partnership has been awarded nearly $2 million by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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VA Hospitals across the country have been criticized for long wait times and not being accessible enough to veterans. But officials at the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg say they are serving veterans in a timely manner.

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

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Seventy years ago, a soldier from West Virginia died trying to liberate the Netherlands from the Nazis. A Dutch man has been tending the soldier’s grave and trying to find out more about him for half his life. Now the story has caught the attention of a filmmaker.

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