Manchin and McDonald will speak directly with West Virginia Veterans, health care professionals, members of the National Guard and other officials and community members about the challenges facing our Veteran community
Stops will be made in Charleston, Huntington, Maxwelton and Kingwood
Washington, D.C. – This week, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) will host U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald in West Virginia for a statewide tour concentrated on finding solutions to the challenges Mountain State Veterans are currently facing. They will focus on a variety of issues, including: preventing and treating addiction and drug abuse by Veterans, expanding access to rural health care and Greenbrier Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) and hiring additional medical professionals at the VA.
“Our little state is one of the most patriotic states in the country, and we are proud of the number of Veterans and active duty members who have served our military and served so honorably,” Senator Manchin said. “As U.S. Senator and a member of both the Veterans Affairs Committee and the Armed Services Committee, I have made it my priority to find solutions for our Veterans. I am so honored and proud to welcome Secretary McDonald to our state to hear the concerns of our Veteran community and to talk about the most critical VA issues in order to ensure our Veterans have access to the services they need and deserve.”
U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) will join Manchin and McDonald for veterans-focused events in Maxwelton and Huntington.
“From rural health care, to mental health and substance abuse treatment, I have been in close contact with the VA about improving care for West Virginia’s veterans and the specific challenges our state faces. I look forward to continuing this dialogue with Secretary McDonald on Friday and ensuring our veterans receive the quality of care they deserve,” said Senator Capito.
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Additional Events May Be Added
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
Welcome Reception and Purple Heart Presentation
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Cultural Center, 1900 Kanawha Blvd E, Charleston.
What: Senator Manchin and Secretary McDonald will join state officials for a Welcome Reception with West Virginia Veterans and a Purple Heart presentation for Willie Lewis, a Vietnam and Korean War Veteran and U.S. Army Sergeant who was held as a Prisoner of War in Korea in 1953.
NOTE: There will be media availability at the event beginning at 8:15 p.m. Please RSVP [email protected] or call 202-228-1810.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
Appalachian Addiction and Prescription Drug Abuse Conference
When: 8 a.m.
Where: Embassy Suites, 300 Court Street, Charleston.
What: Senator Manchin and Secretary McDonald will focus on the importance of physician recruitment to the VA, as well as prescription drug abuse and addiction in Veterans at a conference with Veterans, doctors and other medical professionals.
NOTE: There will be media availability at the event beginning at 8:45 a.m. Please RSVP [email protected] or call 202-228-1810.
Town hall discussion on rural health care and the Greenbrier CBOC
When: 10:10 a.m.
Where: WV National Guard Readiness Center (by the airport), 635 Industrial Park, Maxwelton.
What: Senator Manchin, Senator Capito and Secretary McDonald will join Veterans, community leaders and officials, members of the West Virginian National Guard and Beckley VA Medical Center Director Karin McGraw for a public town hall on VA rural health care and the status of the Greenbrier Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC).
NOTE: There will be media availability at the event beginning at 11:25 a.m. Please RSVP [email protected] or call 202-228-1810.
Meet and greet with Marshall University pharmacy and medical students
When: 3:15 p.m.
Where: Marshall University School of Pharmacy, 1542 Spring Valley Drive, Huntington (attached to Huntington VA Medical Center).
What: Senator Manchin, Senator Capito, Secretary McDonald will join Dean of the Marshall University School of Pharmacy Kevin Yingling, R.Ph., M.D. and Marshall University President Gary White to meet with pharmacy and medical students to discuss career opportunities at the VA.
Gold Star Families Annual Retreat at Camp Dawson
When: 5:45 p.m.
Where: Camp Dawson, 1001 Army Rd, Kingwood.
What: Senator Manchin and Secretary McDonald will address Gold Star Family members, Veterans, supporters and members of the West Virginia National Guard at the Annual Gold Star Families retreat.
NOTE: There will be media availability at the event beginning at 6:30 p.m. Please RSVP [email protected] or call 202-228-1810.