Governor Jim Justice and First Lady Cathy Justice hosted a “Once and Future Patriots West Virginia youth salute to veterans” ceremony at the WV Capitol Complex’s Culture Center Theater on Nov. 8 in advance of Veterans Day. Complete video of event can be seen blow. The West Virginia National Guard’s 249th Army Band performed patriot songs throughout the afternoon, and WV Arts, Culture & History Curator Randall Reid-Smith served as the programs host. On display at the ceremony were 20 winning cards submitted by school children from West Virginia for First Lady Cathy Justice’s Thank a Veteran contest. Children from the third, fourth, and fifth graders from 54 schools from across WV (from 24 counties) created over 2,700 cards for this years First Lady’s Artist Series.
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
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).
Veterans enjoyed the day attending the Inaugural Hero Games at the Beckley Veterans Medical Center [Gallery]
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.
Love them! https://youtu.be/Q_yYAa9KaQ0
White Sulphur Springs welcomed President Trump as he hosted a round-table discussion on tax reform, among many other issues. The president heard personal stories from individuals who have benefited from the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act. People in attendance included:
– Representatives from native West Virginian companies who provided benefits to their employees as a result of the historic tax reform that the President signed into law last year, including:
Citizens Bank of West Virginia, a Elkins-based community bank that awarded $1,000 bonuses for all their employees. Davis Trust Company, a Elkins-based community bank that instituted 3% pay increases on top of year-end merit & cost-of-living increases for all 45 full-time & 2 part-time employees. Worldwide Equipment, a regional truck dealership company with a full service location in White Sulphur Springs awarded $300 bonuses for over 1,100 employees.