This Veterans Day, I participated in a ceremony at the American Legion Post 45 in Follansbee to honor World War II Veteran Joseph Guio posthumously for his heroic actions during the sinking of the USS Monoghan. I presented the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, as well as a citation signed by the Secretary of the Navy and a combat ribbon to the family of Mr. Guio.

Joseph Guio worked at Weirton Steel, where all the employees had deferments because it was essential to the war effort. He enlisted at the age of 25. He ultimately lost his life when his destroyer, the USS Monaghan sailed directly into Typhoon Cobra. Over 700 lives were lost in the typhoon and only six survived from the USS Monaghan. Mr. Guio helped those six men survive.

Helping his family secure these awards is truly an honor and it is because of brave Service Members like Joseph that we remain a safe, strong and secure nation.

Watch the ceremony here.

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This week I toured the old Weirton Daily Times building, which will soon be home to a new 20-week welding training program through WV Northern Community College. I helped secure $750k from US Economic Development Administration for the Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle to help purchase 20 welding booths for this project.


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Members of my staff participated in Veterans Day events throughout the holiday weekend and across the state to honor the noble service and sacrifice of our nation's heroes. Representatives participated in the Road to Freedom 5K in Martinsburg, the 101st Veterans Day Celebration in Welch, the Romney Veterans Day Luncheon, the Veterans Day celebration in Huntington, the Veterans Day Resource Fair in Moorefield, and others.



I was honored to participate in discussions via Skype with students from Cameron High School and the Fayette Institute of Technology. Thank you again for your questions!


Regional Coordinator Mary Jo Guidi attended the 70th Anniversary Celebration of Marble King in Paden City on my behalf. I'm proud to congratulate CEO Beri Fox and everyone involved with Marble King for upholding a 70-year legacy of excellence.




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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:

Mr. Gerald Narigon of Wellsburg was approved for Social Security Disability benefits in March 2019. He had begun receiving his monthly benefits and received a portion of his back pay award, but he was still owed funds that had been withheld erroneously for legal representation. After Senior Caseworker Cris Hewett reached out to the Regional Office and the SSA Payment Center, the remaining funds were released to Mr. Narigon. 



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Economic Injury Disaster Loan Availability Announcement 

The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations that Dec. 10 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans in West Virginia as a result of the combined effects of excessive rain, flash flooding, Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael from April 1 through Dec. 31, 2018.

The loans are available in the following counties: Braxton, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Fayette, Gilmer, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas, Pleasants, Pocahontas, Putnam, Randolph, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Upshur, Webster, Wirt and Wood in West Virginia.

Learn more here.

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.


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