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West Virginia is considered one of our nation's most patriotic states. This reputation was built by the extraordinary number of men and women who in the past have left the Mountain State to defend our country and by those West Virginians who now serve in U.S. military ranks. West Virginia has produced one of nation's highest per capita military service rates. Our veterans defended us. Now it is our turn to support, respect and defend our veterans.  The West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance works to improve the lives of West Virginia’s veterans and welcomes you to provide any feedback that might help us better serve our state’s heroes and their families. 


Veterans often face challenges transitioning from military to civilian life. This topic is discussed on this month's Serving Those Who Served, a television show about Mountain State veterans that appears on the West Virginia Library Commission's television network. Host Billy Wayne Bailey, the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance's Deputy Secretary, discusses transition challenges with West Virginia University-Parkersburg Veterans Advocate Shawn Healey and Ritchie County veteran Zach Linville. You can find this show and previous airings of Serving Those Who Served by clicking this link.
West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance Deputy Secretary Billy Wayne Bailey recently joined Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin this week to announce a new suicide-prevention program for veterans.
This initiative, known as Mountain State 22, was created by and will be managed by Veterans Assistance.
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