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Senior citizens rally at state Capitol

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Wearing yellow and ringing bells, hundreds of senior citizens from across West Virginia rallied at the state capitol in Charleston on Tuesday in an effort to build legislative support for senior programs and in-home care funding.

More than 700 people showed up for the event on the rear steps of the Capitol. The crowd was successful in pulling legislators, in Charleston for the September interim meeting, out of the Capitol to meet discuss senior issues.

Jennifer Gibson, the president of the West Virginia directors of Senior and Community Services, said the goal of the rally was simple: Making senior services a priority for 2015. 

Gibson joined Eric Hicks, president of the West Virginia Home Care Association, and Marc Harman, lobbyist for the West Virginia Directors of Seniors Services, in welcoming the crowd and legislators.


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