In Honor of the Anniversary of the Attacks on Pearl Harbor

The surprise attack was a monumental event not only in American history, but in all of world history.  It awakened a “sleeping giant,” as some Japanese leaders feared. It gave every man, woman, and child in America a personal stake in a global war over the very survival of human civilization. Millions of brave souls boarded planes and ships to join the fight.  At home, brave Americans entered the factories and shipyards to supply the war effort, sacrificing to support their family members who were fighting for the freedom of the world.

These Americans, our “greatest generation,” persevered, but they did so with the same firm belief in the greatness of America, with the same love of country greater than of life itself.  America became, and remains, a free nation under God because of such men and women.

President Franklin Roosevelt said in his address before Congress that the attack on Pearl Harbor would be “a date which will live in infamy.”  In nearly 80 years we have never forgotten.  We must make sure that each year, and more importantly every day, that we remember those past sacrifices and the ongoing sacrifices being made to protect our homeland and to secure our freedom. 

On December 7, let us not forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we hold dear.

Our home state has mined the coal that forged the steel that built the great ships and tanks that Americans have served on.  West Virginia has given much, and we have much to be proud of.  May God continue to bless America and the great state of West Virginia.


I'm proud to thank the countless West Virginians who shopped locally this weekend in honor of Small Business Saturday. When our small business succeed, our entire state succeeds. Thank you to our small business owners who maintain the standards of warm, West Virginia hospitality and unparalleled customer service.

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I had the privilege of speaking with some of Hundred High School's best and brightest this week. Thank you all for your excellent questions.



Regional Coordinator Brian Aluise attended the WV Coding and Cyber Summit and participated in the outstanding coding presentations.



Senior Caseworker Cris Hewett attended the deployment sendoff for the 1st Squadron, 150th Cavalry Regiment. The WV National Guard is a vital contributor in keeping America safe and free. I proudly join all West Virginians in thanking them for their service and wish them a safe return.




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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. Kevin Milam contacted the Senator’s office for help with the Social Security Administration.  His disability was approved in December 2018, and by September he still hadn’t received his retroactive payment award.  Senior Caseworker Cris Hewett reached out to the SSA Payment Center and within 30 days, Mr. Milam was awarded his back pay.



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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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