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West Virginia National Guard makes progress on RISE


The Parkersburg News and Sentinel for The Inter-Mountain

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — While the West Virginia National Guard had much to celebrate Friday morning with the naming of an aircraft and positive news on the Guard’s economic impact on the state, its current challenge is fixing a bungled post-flood recovery effort.

Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, adjutant general of the National Guard, gave reporters an update on flood relief progress since taking over the management of RISE West Virginia, a program entrusted with nearly $150 million for rebuilding homes destroyed by massive flooding in 2016.

Just as important to Hoyer is rebuilding the trust lost by those whose homes were destroyed, by the public and by lawmakers who were accused of grandstanding Monday by Brian Abraham, general counsel for the governor’s office.

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