By Senator Joe Manchin

Education is an essential part of our children’s lives. All of our students are expected to meet the same challenging state academic achievement standards, but a student’s environment outside of school has a profound impact on their ability to learn and achieve in the classroom.

Every child needs a loving, caring adult in their life. It’s the most important promise you can make to a child, and when that promise is broken we see the horrific situation we are in today that’s led to more than 10,000 West Virginia public school students left homeless — and we know that number is likely much higher. In Jefferson County alone, about one in six students are homeless. How can our children learn if they’re sleeping on a different couch every night of the week or forced to sleep in a car in a parking lot?

According to federal data in the 2016-2017 school year, the national average graduation rate for homeless students was 64%. Students experiencing homelessness are 87% more likely to drop out of school than their housed peers, according to a February 2019 report from SchoolHouse Connection, a national non-profit organization working to overcome homelessness through education.

Click here to read the full article.


During the Governors Energy Summit this week, I was proud to discuss the vital role that West Virginia and our dedicated workforce have played in powering our country. Our state will continue to have a role to play even as our country undergoes an energy transformation, because the fact of the matter is that we have to use everything we’ve got – from coal, to natural gas and renewables – to ensure a reliable electric grid and to keep our economy humming. But we also need to be using all of these resources in the cleanest way possible.



I was proud to present Vietnam Veteran Steven Vinson with the Purple Heart last week. Our Veterans have given so much for our freedom, and it is our responsibility and our privilege to see they are given their well-earned recognition. Thank you for your service, Steven!




Last week I helped break ground on West Virginia’s first Fisher House at the Huntington VA Medical Center. Our little state is home to the most patriotic and hardworking people in the nation, and taking care of our Veterans and their families is part of who we are. Click the image link below to watch.




Of course I couldn't visit Huntington and not stop for spaghetti at Jim's Spaghetti House. Thank you all for your warm hospitality, as always.




Last week in Roanoke, I spoke with homeless shelter providers from across our state about the work I am doing to combat youth homelessness in our state. I’m looking forward to introducing legislation that will enable more resources for the WV children and youth who need it most. Click the image link below to watch.



It was an exciting day in Morgantown as Vantage Ventures opened its doors. This 8,000 square foot office space will help entrepreneurs launch, expand and innovate. I’m thankful that the WVU John Chambers College of Business and Economics is helping move entrepreneurs – and our state – forward.



Regional Coordinator Brian Aluise presented a letter of recognition on my behalf to West Teays Elementary School Principal Valerie Fowler. Congratulations to all three of our outstanding West Virginia elementary schools: West Teays Elementary, Hollywood Elementary, and Greenmont Elementary for their recognition as 2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools.



I’m proud that my office was able to be a part of the WV Energy Expo last week in Morgantown. This event is a testament to our state’s diverse energy industry and the many jobs it supports.



It is an honor to join the Prince Hall Washington Lodge #4 in recognizing James Estes, Sr. for his service to our national and statewide community as a leader and an inspiration to all during the Price Hall Day celebration.



Congratulations to this year’s class of WVLiving Wonder Women. These West Virginia women are among our state’s strongest and brightest and I’m proud that my wife, Gayle, is one of the original “Wonder Women” from 2014!



Dr. Cordova, Director of the National Science Foundation, recently visited the Green Bank Observatory along with a member of my staff to celebrate the signing of the cooperative agreement that will provide funding for another five years.



Thank you to all the employers and job seekers who participated in the 2019 Mid-Ohio Valley Career Fair last week at WVU-Parkersburg.



Regional Coordinator Keith McIntosh attended the Eastern Panhandle Walk to End Alzheimer's. Many thanks to Amber Campbell, Program and Advocacy Outreach Volunteer for the Eastern Panhandle, the Alzheimer's Association, and all who came out to support this important cause.



Regional Coordinator Keith McIntosh also spent a day in Romney with Mayor Keadle and others to review the scope of work for the town's sidewalk replacement project that will soon be underway. He also stopped by a local e-commerce business, Gina's Soft Cloth Shop, owned by Gina Jordan.




To request assistance from my case team, click here.

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:

Ms. Muriel Campbell of Weirton contacted the Senator’s office for help with her WV income tax refund. She had contacted other agencies for help but did not receive prompt assistance. Following Caseworker Cris Hewett's phone call to the WV Tax Department, someone reached out to Ms. Campbell within 10 minutes and her issue was resolved. 



Do you want to serve your country and receive a free education?

One of my highest honors as a U.S. Senator is to nominate patriotic and hardworking young men and women to the military service academies.  The  U.S. Service Academies annually award four-year,  fully-paid scholarships, and provide young men and women a jump start to a career in the military. Each scholarship consists of a four-year education, room and board, pay, exclusive benefits and valuable leadership training.  Admission into service academies is highly competitive and requires an official nomination.  I strongly encourage all interested West Virginians to apply for a nomination to the service academies.

While this year's deadline for applications has passed, nominations are made every year. To learn more about how to prepare for next year, visit my website.

Click here for a message from Senator Manchin about U.S. Service Academy Nominations.


ImageStudent participants in Jefferson High School's Service Academy Skype with Senator Manchin receive gift bags from the National Guard.

For more information, contact: academy@manchin.senate.gov.


To inform our office of community events we can showcase, click here.


Fairmont Job and Resource Fair hosted by Region VI Workforce Development Board

Friday, October 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Robert Mollohan Research Center, 1000 Galliher Dr, Fairmont


Social Security Phone Scam - Learn How to Protect Yourself

Social Security employees do occasionally contact people--generally those who have ongoing business with the agency--by telephone for business purposes. However, Social Security employees will never threaten a person or promise a Social Security benefit approval, or increase, in exchange for information. In those cases, the call is fraudulent and people should not engage with the caller. If a person receives these calls, he or she should report the information to the OIG Fraud Hotline at 1-800-269-0271 or online at https://oig.ssa.gov/report.

To watch a PSA about the scam, click here or visit www.ssa.gov for more information.

Social Security has recently worked with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission to create a new fraud prevention placemat to help you avoid Social Security scams. You can order free copies of the placemat to use at dining venues, or to share with friends and family. The placemat is in English on one side and Spanish on the other side.

SBA Deadline for WV Private NonProfits to Apply for Physical Damage Disaster Loans is October 2

U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding eligible Private NonProfit organizations (PNPs) in West Virginia of the Oct. 2 deadline to submit disaster loan applications in Grant, Pendleton, Preston, Randolph and Tucker counties for physical damages caused by severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides on June 29-30, 2019.

PNPs that do not provide critical services of a governmental nature may be eligible to apply for low-interest rate disaster loans. Examples of eligible non-critical PNP organizations include, but are not limited to, food kitchens, homeless shelters, museums, libraries, community centers, schools and colleges.

Disaster Designation for WV Counties

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a primary agricultural disaster designation for counties in Ohio.  Under this disaster designation, producers in contiguous counties in Indiana, Kentucky, and West Virginia also qualify for benefits. WV counties include: Cabell, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Tyler, Wayne, and Wood Counties. 

The designated counties are listed in the attached letter to the Governor of Ohio.  Additional information on USDA’s disaster assistance program, including county lists and maps, can be found at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov


To learn more, call my office Toll Free at (855) 275-5737, email me, or find me on social media: