Sharing Your Blessings This Thanksgiving

As we gather around the dinner table this Thanksgiving, it is important for us to reflect on the great blessings we share as West Virginians and Americans. It is easy to forget how blessed we are to live in a country with the greatest liberties and freedoms in the world, but Thanksgiving is the one day each year that the entire American “family” gathers together to give thanks for the blessings we enjoy. Year after year, we come together no matter what is happening in the life of our country – whether in war or peace, in boom or bust, in triumph or tragedy – and that is something truly unique and special about who we are as Americans.

Growing up in Farmington, I was always taught that if you can count your blessings, you can share your blessings. This important message and my family’s dedication to helping those in need has stuck with me throughout my adult life and has always inspired me to believe in public service and give back to my community.

While we gather together among family and friends, let us never take for granted one of America’s greatest blessings: the men and women of our Armed Forces who stand guard around the world, preserving our freedom and protecting us from harm day in and day out. As Gayle and I sit around our table this Thanksgiving, we will offer a special thanks for their service and sacrifice, and pray that each one of our brave service members safely returns home to their family, friends and loved ones.

Throughout this holiday season, I encourage all West Virginians to pause and truly give thanks for the many blessings we enjoy each day by sharing those blessings with those in need. One of my most cherished traditions is serving wonderful Thanksgiving meals to the less fortunate members of our community alongside my wife Gayle and many tireless volunteers. Through this work of helping others, I am always reminded the true meaning of Thanksgiving.

Despite daily struggles we may encounter, we are all blessed to live in this wonderful country. I am thankful each day for the opportunity to represent the great state of West Virginia. On behalf of Gayle and our family, we wish you and your family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. God bless America, and God bless our great state of West Virginia.


It's a pleasure to wish all West Virginia hunters a safe and successful hunt during this first week of deer season! Click here to watch.  Below is a throwback to when my grandson Jack got his first buck.



I'm so glad I had the opportunity to talk to Ripley High School students via Skype last week. These students had great questions and I am thankful we had the opportunity to discuss the issues that matter to them.



Congratulations to AHF Products, formerly Armstrong Flooring, on the ribbon cutting for the 85,000-foot expansion of its Beverly facility, allowing for the creation of 50 new jobs. I helped secure $2.5 million from the U.S. EDA for this project and I wish them the very best for many more years 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. Daniel Pridmore, Jr. of Bomont contacted the Senator's office because stopped receiving his monthly social security benefit check following the passing of his wife.  He had contacted the SSA office and his bank multiple times to try and clear up the error, but had gone three months with no check. Senior Caseworker Cris Hewett contacted the manager of the Charleston SSA Field Office who worked with Mr. Pridemore’s bank to correct the depositing error and ensured that his past payments were made and his monthly benefits reinstated. 



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Economic Injury Disaster Loan Availability Announcement  

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations located in Mingo County, West Virginia, as a result of drought beginning Oct. 15, 2019.

"This county is eligible because it is contiguous to one or more primary counties in Kentucky. The Small Business Administration recognizes that disasters do not usually stop at county or state lines. For that reason, counties adjacent to primary counties named in the declaration are included," said Kem Fleming, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East.

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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