On the Road

Upper Big Branch will live forever in our hearts, and I truly appreciate everyone who came together to honor the memory of those who lost their lives that fateful day. Nine years later, we continue to grieve, remember those we lost, and to pray for their families.

Senator Manchin speaks at the UBB Memorial Ceremony alongside Delegate Mick Bates.

Senator Manchin pays his respects to those who lost their lives in the Upper Big Branch Mine tragedy.


It was a pleasure meeting with John Cobb from Lewis County who was named 2019 West Virginia Tree Farmer of the Year. John has done a great job of helping other West Virginians find the resources available for wildlife preservation on private property through programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and the West Virginia Division of Forestry. 

Senator Manchin meets with John Cobb about helping our WV farmers.


Regional Coordinator Mary Jo Guidi attended the centennial anniversary of the Polish American Patriot Club. A century ago, the club was established as a welcoming presence for Polish immigrants to assimilate to American life and gain their citizenship. Many of these individuals served in our nation’s military, and the club boasts an impressive collection of archives from World War II and beyond.  Now it remains a proud organization that celebrates the rich Polish heritage and its history in the Mid-Ohio Valley, and also takes pride in offering college scholarships.

Mary Jo Guidi attends the 100th Anniversary of the Polish American Patriot Club.


Regional Coordinator Adam Flack delivered a greeting from the Senator to the Technology Student Association at Clay County Middle School. They came up with a vision to build a “helping hands box” in downtown Clay. Click here to read more.

 Adam Flack greets the students of Clay County Middle School's Technology Student Association.


How May We Help You?

I truly appreciate the opportunity to hear from my fellow West Virginians. As your U.S. Senator, I am proud to be your voice with government agencies during your time of need. My goal is to provide top-notch customer service for every West Virginian who contacts me, or who may need help. My staff is available to help you with matters of concern. While I have no direct jurisdiction in the administrative matters of any federal, state, or local agency, I welcome the opportunity to assist you with whatever problem you may be experiencing and ask that full consideration is given to your case. 

Ms. Debra Schwab of Little Birch submitted an appeal for VA benefits in 2014; the case was remanded to the Regional office for additional medical development and Ms. Schwab had been waiting ever since for information.  She reached out to the Senator on January 8 for help.  As a result of our inquiries and persistent contact with the VA, Ms. Schwab’s case was completed.  On March 28 a letter went out from the VA awarding Ms. Schwab her service-connected benefits. 


In Your Community

Celebrating Women Veterans

April 19, 2019

1p.m. to 3 p.m.

Beckley VA Medical Center Auditorium


Women Veterans and their friends and family are encouraged to attend and learn more about the benefits and services available to them.

Learn more about: 

  • VA Healthcare Enrollment
  • Beckley VAMC Women’s Health Program 
  • Military Sexual Trauma
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Homeless Team
  • Whole Health Program
  • Women’s healthcare from community partners
  • Veterans Benefits Administration (to include Compensation & Pension, Education, VA Home Loans, and more benefits)
  • WV Department of Veterans Assistance benefits and services


SBA Offers Free Business Training Workshop for Veterans

The U.S. Small Business Administration is hosting two entrepreneurship training sessions for Veterans, National Guard members, Reservists and their spouses across West Virginia this spring.  

Boots to Business: Reboot is a FREE training session that introduces veterans to the fundamentals of business ownership and the key steps for evaluating business concepts and developing a business plan. The training is hosted by the SBA West Virginia District Office and the Veterans Business Outreach Center and features additional presentations by SBA resource partners, including  SCORE, America’s SBDC – West Virginia (the Small Business Development Centers), and local bankers, lawyers and small business owners.

Boots to Business: Reboot is available to eligible Veterans of all eras, Service members (including members of the National Guard and Reserves) and their spouses. The public is also welcome to attend.  This course is instructed by SBA and its partners, who are skilled business advisors. The following dates and locations are currently available for registration:

  • Fairmont – April 24, 2019
  • Bluefield – April 25, 2019

To register for Boots to Business: Reboot classes visit www.sba.gov/wv.  For more information, contact Kimberly Donahue at kimberly.donahue@sba.gov or (304) 347-5220.     




National Security Month 

April is National Social Security Month. This year, during National Social Security Month, the SSA will focus on the online services we provide that help put you in control — with secure access to your information anytime, anywhere.   Create a my Social Security account at ssa.gov/mysocialsecurity, and learn how to: 

  • Request a replacement Social Security card
  • Set up or change direct deposit
  • Get a proof of income letter
  • Change your address, if you get benefits
  • Check the status of your Social Security application
  • Get a Social Security 1099 form (SSA-1099)



Technology Career Roundtable 

April 10, 2019 

5:30 p.m. 

White Palace, Wheeling Park 

RSVP is required:  email to kkovacs@dwc.org 

Learn more here. 



Glenville State College Career & Grad Expo 

April 17, 2019 

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Campus of Glenville State College 



 Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Annual Career Fair

April 19, 2019

1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Blue Ridge CTC Main Campus



Harrison County Economic Development Corporation Job Fair 

June 7, 2019 

12 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

WV State Office Building, Conference Room G – 09, West Main St., Clarksburg 

Register at: https://form.jotform.com/WVjd5253/clarksburg




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