From the Hill to the Mountains

Celebrating Independence Day

While the Fourth of July is a time to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, it is also a time to reflect on our nation’s history and core values by honoring those who have risked their lives to defend and protect our nation, and who continue to do so today.  It is because of their unwavering service that we continue to live with freedom, opportunity, and equality. 

I ask you to join me in taking a moment to reflect on the unwavering and loyal service of all our nation’s heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice defending our freedom. For those serving today, we continue to pray for their safety and speedy return home to their families. It is because of all of our Veterans – past and present - that we can proudly proclaim that we are the land of the free.

This Independence Day, we will gather with our families, our friends and our communities to celebrate the birth of our great nation. Even with all our challenges and troubles, the United States of America is still the hope of the world, and it is up to us to keep our torch of freedom burning bright for the next generation.

Today and every day, I am proud to serve the people of the great state of West Virginia and I am proud to be an American. God Bless the great state of West Virginia and God Bless America.


I had such a great time answering questions from high school students at Marshall University who are participating in the Health Care Pipeline Initiative. This program gives students an opportunity to learn about careers in STEM and healthcare fields.



Senior Caseworker Cris Hewett attended the 75th Anniversary celebration of Harpers Ferry National Historic Park as a part of the National Park Service. I recently composed a Congressional Record Statement marking the occasion. This special location is treasured in the hearts of all West Virginians as a statewide community and beyond and it is an honor to recognize the park officials and all who take such great pride in maintaining and preserving our beautiful home state.



Regional Coordinator, Ali Mitchell, presented flags to the Hunter Cemetery in Beckley in honor of Juneteenth. The new flags are a part of ongoing revitalization efforts at the Cemetery.



Regional Coordinator, Ali Mitchell, read to the McDowell County Energy Express program at Welch Elementary. Regional Coordinator, Michael Garcia also read to students in Tucker County.



Last week, members of my staff, Michael Garcia and Wes Kungel, attended the dedication of a “Survivor Tree” to the City of Clarksburg in honor of their First Responders. The 9-11 Memorial selects cities each year to receive a seedling of a pear tree that was destroyed near ground zero in New York City on 9-11.   Learn more here.(WBOY)



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As your U.S. Senator, I am proud to be your voice with government agencies during your time of need. My goal is for me and my staff to provide the best possible customer service for every West Virginian who contacts me needing assistance. While I have no direct jurisdiction in legal or administrative matters of any federal, state, or local agency, I welcome the opportunity to assist you in any way possible and to assure that full consideration is given to your case. See one of our recent success stories below:

Danny Samples of South Charleston was trying to obtain service connected benefits for hearing loss. He contacted Senator Manchin in July 2018 and it was determined at that time that he had not filed a claim for benefits. Caseworker Angie Walsh assisted him in initiating a claim and as a result Danny was approved for bilateral hearing loss.



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Veterans Skype with Senator Manchin

West Virginia Veterans are welcome to attend a discussion about Veterans issues with Senator Manchin, who will be participating via skype from Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, July 10 at 11:30 a.m.

Wheeling Vet Center

1058 Bethlehem Blvd., Wheeling


Veterans Resource Fair

Thursday, July 11 from 2 pm to 6pm at the Morgantown National Guard Armory, 90 Army Band Way

All Veterans, service members, their families are invited to connect with local and national organizations that provide assistance or services. Free dinner for all Veterans.

For more information please contact Amy Long, WVARNG Family Assistance Center, 304-561-6107, or Tyler Lane, Operation Welcome Home, 304-816-4854,


Deadline Approaching in WV for SBA Working Capital Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations that July 29 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans in the Wayne County, West Virginia as a result of excessive rain, excessive moisture, flooding and flash flooding that occurred from April 1 through Nov. 8, 2018.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at



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