Veterans

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.

Dept. of Defense

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
Stephen Smith

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
West Virginia Department of Veterans Assisstance

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.

Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

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.

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.

James Wickline
Photo courtesy of Maarten Vossen

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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  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. 

Greenbrier Co. CBOC
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.”

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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.


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