WV Department of Veterans Assistance opens a new office
TEAYS VALLEY, W.Va. — The more than 3,000 U.S. military veterans living in Putnam County can now access some state services closer to home.
The West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance hosted an open house following a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new office at 3772 Teays Valley Road in Teays Valley on Monday, Jan. 28.
According to WVDVA’s press release, the new location is one of several upgrades to its facilities aimed to improve quality of service and to give veterans easier access to assistance.
“We have tremendous officers in every region of West Virginia, and they provide critical services to our state’s veterans,” said WVDVA Secretary Dennis Davis. “This is the third new office that we’ve opened in our effort to make our services more available to our state’s veterans.”
The WVDVA operates 16 field and claims offices, as well as dozens of additional work stations in other communities. The department assists veterans with receipt of federal and state offerings, such as medical benefits, education assistance and cash awards. It delivers roughly $2 billion in cash and benefits to veterans and their families each year.
“Every veteran should make sure that he or she is taking advantage of all the opportunities and benefits that are available,” Davis said.
“This new field office is just another step to provide assistance and help to our veterans and their needs. They have sacrificed so much for us and we must continue to honor them by serving them,” Gov. Jim Justice said in a news release.
Several local and state officials attended the event, including Hurricane Mayor Scott Edwards and Putnam County Commissioner Ron Foster. Official representatives of U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., delivered messages from the senators expressing their gratitude and appreciation for veterans.
There are more than 3,000 veterans in Putnam County alone, and the new office is keeping busy already. Sherry Barker-Jackson, WVDVA officer for the new location, said she sees up to 30 people on a daily basis.
Davis expressed hope that this office “will become a hub for local veterans.”
“We welcome any suggestions on improving our services,” Davis added.
To learn more about the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance, visit the Department’s website at www.veter-ans.wv.gov or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WVDVA.
To contact WVDVA office in Teays Valley call 304-562-3612.