On the Road

Christening of the USNS Hershel "Woody" Williams

Watching the USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams christening by Woody’s side was one of my proudest moments. This ship christening was a long time coming, and a physical representation of the life and legacy of a renowned West Virginian and Medal of Honor recipient. This day would not have been possible without Ron Wroblewski and Woody’s fellow Marines and friends who advocated for years and I was proud to play a part in getting this done. I was honored to help a fellow Marion County boy receive the recognition he deserves. This day is a result of Woody’s lifelong dedication to public service, his brave actions in the field, and his commitment to West Virginia.

NIOSH's Free Black Lung Screening

Last week, while NIOSH's Mobile Occupational Safety a nd Health Units were set up in Matewan and Oceana, I held mobile office hours to further assist miners and their families.

Skype with Weirton Madonna High School

Last week I had the privilege of answering some great questions from the bright students at Weirton Madonna High School.


Figaretti's Restaurant in Wheeling

It was my pleasure to write a congressional record honoring Figaretti's Restaurant for recently being named the best Italian Restaurant in West Virginia. Owning a business is one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences, and doing it as a family makes it all the more special. Again, congratulations to the Figaretti Family!


West Virginia Spotlight

 Veterans ID Cards

The VA has announced that the new photo ID card will be made available in November for all honorably discharged Veterans. The card will contain the Veteran’s name, photo and a non-Social Security identification number. To apply for the card, Veterans must register with Vets.gov. Veterans must upload a copy of a valid government photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport, and provide their Social Security number along with other information. Then, to complete the process, Veterans will upload a recent photo to the VA site that can be printed on the ID card. The card will then be mailed to the Veteran. These cards can be used to prove the Veteran’s service without carrying a copy of their DD214. These cards will NOT replace the VA’s Veteran Health Identification Card provided to Veterans who receive health care from the VA or have a disability rating.

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