President Donald J. Trump awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Travis W. Atkins, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 .
Staff Sergeant Travis W. Atkins posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions of June 1, 2007, in support of IRAQI FREEDOM. SSgt Atkins’ son Trevor Oliver and family will be with the Commander-in-Chief at the White House for the presentation. https://youtu.be/cOl4cmhf37U
The Army YouTube video below is about SSgt Atkins’ Final Mission. https://youtu.be/3O9fCxI0NAA
The White House’s press release with SSgt Atkins’ personal background is provided at the bottom.
Do you or anyone you know need of assistance regarding veterans benefit assistance claims/information? If so, on November 7th, the Veterans Benefits Administration Huntington Regional Office will be hosting a Claims Clinic onsite at the Beckley VA Medical Center.
Appointments will not be necessary.
Veterans can get help to file new claims, check the status of pending claims. Information about other benefits will also be available. See their press release below for more information
The Army YouTube video above is a brief overview of MSgt Williams’ courageous actions.
President Donald J. Trump will be awarding the Congressional Medal of Honor to Master Sergeant Matthew O. Williams’, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry displayed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The presentation of his award will be on October 27, 2019, at the White House . The White House’s press release information with MSgt Williams’ personal background is provided :
Office of the Press Secretary, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 10, 2019President Donald J. Trump to Award the Medal of Honor On October 30, 2019, President Donald J. Trump will award the Medal of Honor to Master Sergeant Matthew O. Williams, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry while serving as a Weapons Sergeant in Support of Operation Enduring Freedom. On April 6, 2008, while serving as a member of a Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha 3336, Special Operations Task Force-33, assault element, then-Sergeant Williams exposed himself to insurgent fire multiple times while rescuing other members of the assault element and evacuating numerous casualties. In the face of rocket-propelled grenade, sniper, and machine gun fire, Sergeant Williams led an Afghan Commando element across a fast-moving, ice cold, and waist-deep river to fight its way up a terraced mountain to the besieged lead element of the assault force. Sergeant Williams then set up a base of fire that the enemy was not able to overcome.
Just wanted to post a Thank You to Chief Gray for pulling over today, to assist me today at Princeton’s Town Square.
I had passed this American Flag several times since it was lowered for last week on Patriots Day on September 2019. It had not been raised back up, and was getting tangled in the tree now for days. After fixing it, we walked back to my vehicle, looked back & both said thinking, that’s a lot better. It was again flying proudly uninhibited in the wind. When I had waved him down, Chief Gray could’ve ignored me by saying that he would radio over to public works to send someone out to fix it. Which could’ve been days longer, or even forgotten due to something inadvertently. He helped, while putting up with me venting, he didn’t ignore me (too that much Thanks).
Beckley VAMC (WV) hosted it’s first annual Hero Games at the Medical Center today. Approximately 60 veterans attended and participated in the activities that were held. The event allows veterans to spend time with other veterans, while competing in various competitions. An awards ceremony was held to finish up the event after the festivities. There were several organizations that supported the games; with many of them on hand enjoying the day.
“Operation Rocker” presented veteran Xavier “Bo” Strain’s family a pair of rockers from the Cracker Barrel in Princeton, West Virginia. Bo served in the Army (06-12), with 2 tours bluing in Iraq. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® “Operation Rocker” in partnership with nonprofit partner Operation Homefront. donate one rocker to Operation Homefront for every adult rocker purchased online.
West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee & Jerry Wood (Director, The Center for Veteran, Military & Family Programs at WVU) hosted the grand opening of the new WVU Veteran & Military Family Support Headquarters. The ribbon cutting event took place December 7th, 2018 inside the university’s student union, The Mountainlair.
The headquarters is located inside The Mountainlair, and has been nicknamed: The Mountaineer Bunker. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30qdkFI8K4A&feature=youtu.be
The Mountaineer Bunker will serve as a welcoming area & support center for student veterans, armed forces personnel and dependents of current & former military service members.
The facility will be offering a variety of programs & services for veterans & military families. Helping to ensuring veterans achieve academic success, career development, promoting overall well-being, while supporting their transition into college life. Available: Veterans certification services, success coaching, on-site counseling, tutoring, study areas. Lounge area featuring video game, snack/coffee bar & more.