West Virginia Veterans Coalition


 

 

 

American Legion - Veterans of Foreign Wars - Disabled American Veterans - POW-MIA - Military Order of the Purple Heart - Vietnam Veterans of America - Marine Corps League - Pearl Harbor Survivors Association - Military Officers Association of America - Fleet Reserve Association - Paralyzed Veterans of America - Air Force Association - Korean War Veterans Association - Blind Veterans Association - The Retired Enlisted Association - West Virginia National Guard - West Virginia Reserves - Women Veterans of America 

 

OFFICERS

 

Chairman Mitch Carte

HC66 Box 26

Hico, WV 25848

(304)658-3256

inf501mcb@verizon.net

 

1st Vice Chairman Hershel “Woody” Williams

3450 Wire Branch Road

Ona, WV 25545-9513

(304) 743-1026

hwoodysemper@verizon.com

 

2nd Vice Chairman Laura Ellington

ellyma@hotmail.com

 

Secretary/Treasurer Homer H. Lohr

603 Plainfield Ave.,

PO Box 64

Anmore, WV 26323

(304) 622-5286

hlohr@ma.rr.com

 

Sergeant at Arms Jack Tincher

106 McKinley St.,

Crab Orchard, WV 25827

(304) 255-1003

Cell (304) 575-8579

jacktincher@hotmail.com

 

Chaplain Milton Sears

milton71@dishmail.net 

 

Link to The Military Coalition:  http://www.themilitarycoalition.org/  

 

Link to Care-Net West Virginia:  http://carenetwv.org/?content=home-new

WVVC Meetings: 

 

                                                                                               October 17, 2009

The WVVC was scheduled to meet at the Seventy Niner Restaurant at
Burnsville. Since only Chairman Mitch Carte, Jack Tincher, Homer Lohr
and Milton Sears were in attendance the opening ceremonies, reading of
the minutes and the treasurer’s report were dispensed with. (The
treasurer’s report which would have been presented is at the end of
these minutes.)

The small attendance can probably be attributed to a large number of
other activities, such as Bridge Day, the WVU – Marshall Football game
and other VSO’S meetings. In view of this, elections were not held as
is normal at the October meeting. Mitch Carte nominated Troy Varney for
the position of 2^nd Vice Chairman. Nomination seconded by Milton
Sears. Carried.

The usual closing ceremonies were dispensed with. There was no 50-50
drawing.

The next meeting will be held at the Seventy Niner Restaurant in
Burnsville on November 21^st starting at noon. The Seventy Niner (79er)
is just off exit 70 of I-79. This exit is very easy off and on. The 79
er has excellent food and serves breakfast all day. The meeting room,
while fairly small, is an excellent and comfortable facility. Please
make arrangements to attend.


WVVC FINANCIAL REPORT AS OF 10/17/09

CHECKING:

09/19/09 - $335.46 - Balance

SAVINGS

09/19/09 - $607.18 -Balance

09/21/09 - $55.00 - Deposit from Petty Cash Fund

09/30/09 - $1.16 - Interest

09/30/09 - 663.34 - Balance

PETTY CASH

09/19/09 - $23.00 Balance

09/19/09 - $10.00 - Sale of ball cap to Mitch Carte

09/19/09 - $21.00 - 50-50 earnings

09/19/09 - $21.00 - Donation from Sherman Shumate

09/21/09 - $55.00 - Transferred to WVVC Savings account

09/21/09 - $20.00 - Balancearvey Da





Homer Lohr, WVVC Secretary/Treasurer

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September 19, 2009

 

The meeting was called to order by Chairman Mitch Carte at 1220 in the Ryan’s Restaurant in Beckley.  In attendance were: Sherman Shumate, Paul Harper, Troy Mitchem, Sr., Charles Smith, Jack Tincher, Harvey Davis, Homer Lohr and David Lohr.  Sherman Shumate offered the opening prayer.  Mitch Carte led in the pledge of allegiance.

 

Secretary Lohr read the minutes of the August meeting.  Motion to accept by Jack Tincher.  Seconded by Harvey Davis.  Approved.

Treasurer Lohr read the Treasurers report which appear at the end of these minutes.  Motion to accept by Jack Tincher.  Seconded by Sherman Shumate.  Approved.

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

At the request of Chairman Carte, Sherman Shumate moved that the monthly meeting return to the Weston Steer Steak House.  Seconded by Paul Harper.  Approved.

 

Jack Tincher suggested we update and used last years resolution concerning elimination of all state income tax on retired military pay.   Accepted by the members present.

 

There was a discussion concerning the proposed Beckley Federal Veterans Nursing Home.  This project has long been on a list of new nursing homes.  However, funds have not been approved to date.  We will be watching the VA budget for FY 2010.

 

There was a discussion concerning an apparent lack of support for WVVC from the states Veterans Service Organizations. They have been asked for their Commander, or a designated representative, to the attend WVVC meetings.  Unfortunately, this has rarely happened.  There is also some concern that we many not have the support of the House and Senate Military/Veterans committee chairman.

 

No additional resolutions were present at this meeting.  Resolutions to be submitted for approval as soon as possible so they can be presented prior to the 2010 legislative session.

 

Chairman Carte asked for nominations for the WVVC 2010 election of officers.

Chairman – Jack Tincher nominated Mitch Carte.

1st Vice Chairman – Jack Tincher nominated Woody Williams

2nd Vice Chairman – No nominations made.  Laura Ellington ask that she not be nominated again

Treasurer – Jack Tincher nominated Homer Lohr. 

Nominations will be accepted at the October meeting with the election following the closed of nominations. 

There was a discussion concerning the Veterans Nursing Home in Clarksburg.  Chairman Carte will write a letter to Governor Manchin concerning the slow pace of admitting patients.

 

Due to the Steer Restaurant in Weston not being available, the next meeting scheduled for October 17th at noon will be held in the Seventy Niner Restaurant at Burnsville.  It is located just off exit 79 or Interstate 79.

 

Secretary Lohr advised that an audit committee needs to appointed for our annual financial audit.

 

Jack Tincher donated 11 baseball blue caps with “WEST VIRGINIA VETERANS COALITION” with embroidered gold lettering.  They are to be sold for $10.00.

 

Mitch Carte bought a cap and the $10.00 will be placed into the Petty Cash fund.Sherman Shumate won the 50-50 drawing for $21.00.  $21.00 to the WVVC.  Sherman donated his winnings to the WVVC.  $42.00 will be placed into the Petty Cash Fund.

 

Following a closing prayer by Sherman Shumate and salute to the colors the meeting adjourned at approximately 1345.

 

 

WVVC FINANCIAL REPORT AS OF 9/19/09

CHECKING:

06/30/09  -  $335.46 - Balance

08/15/09  -  $335.46 - Balance

09/10/09  -  $335.46 - Balance

SAVINGS

06/30/09  -  $1.14 -  Interest

08/15/09  -  $607.18 - Balance

09/19/09  -  $607.18  - Balance

PETTY CASH

08/15/09  -  $18.00 - Balance

08/15/09  -    $5.00 - Donation by Laura Ellington

09/19/09  -  $23.00 - Balance 

  

 

                                                                                                Homer Lohr, WVVC Secretary/Treasurer

 

 

 

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August 15, 2009

 

The WVVC was scheduled to meet at the Steer Steak House in Weston.  Those in attendance were: Homer Lohr, Milton Sears, Ira Latimer, Laura Ellington and Jack Tincher.  The usual opening was dispensed with.  The treasurers report which would have been given are at the end of these minutes.

 

Second Vice Chairman Laura Ellington presided over an informal meeting. 

 

Jack Tincher suggested the WVVC consider having meeting quarterly at a site other that the Steer Steak House in an effort to encourage greater attendance and to attract new people to the meetings.  Jack made this into the form of a motion.  Seconded by Milton Sears.  Motion carried. 

 

The site will be determined at as latter date and members will be informed as information becomes available. 

 

Jack Tincher advised that member should support U.S. Senate bill S535 and U.S. House Bill 775  – Surviving Spouses Equity  Act.  The can be read at: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-535 or at http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-775&tab=committees

Congressman Alan Mollohan, Nick Rahall and Congresswoman Shelly Moore Capito are co-sponsors in the House and Senator Byrd is a Senate Co-sponsor.  Senator Rockefeller has not become a co-sponsor.

There was a discussion concerning the WVVC agenda for the 2010 Legislative session.  One resolution will be to remove all West Virginia State income tax from retired military pay.  Members are asked to submit their proposed resolution at the September meeting. 

Jack Tincher advised that the new veteran’s cemetery project is on track and waiting budgeting and appropriations.

There was a discussion concerning co-pay for five years for vets of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

 

The floor was opened for nomination for WVVC officers.  Offices of Chairman, 1st Vice Chairman, 2nd Vice Chairman and Treasurer are open.  There were no nominations made at this time.  Nominations will be accepted at the September meeting and elections will be held at the October meeting.  

 

Laura Ellington donated $5.00 to the WVVC.  It will be placed in the petty cash fund.

 

There were no closing ceremonies and the meeting adjourned at 1310.  The next meeting will be held on September 19th at Ryans Steak House on Eisenhower Drive in Beckley. 

 

FINANCIAL REPORT AS OF 8/15/09

CHECKING:

 

05/16/09  -  Balance $313.94

05/18/09  -  $50.49 - Transferred from Petty Cash

05/18/09  -  Balance $364.43

05/18/09  -  $25.00 - WV Sec of State - Annual report fee

05/18/09  -  Balance $339.43

06/03/09  -  $11.60 - Credit for blank checks - Routing number change

06/03/09  -  Balance $351.03

06/09/09  -  $15.57 - New blank checks

06/09/09  -  Balance $335.46

08/15/09  -  Balance $335.46

 

SAVINGS

 

03/21/09  -  Balance $604.92

03/31/09  -  Interest $1.12

05/16/09  -  Balance $606.04

06/30/09  -  Interest $1.14

08/15/09   - Balance $607.18

 

PETTY CASH

03/21/09  -  Balance - $42.00

03/23/09  -  Mailing of March meeting agenda to Carte, Ellington, Sears - $3.51

03/23/09  -  Balance   -  $38.49

05/16/09  -  $25.00 Laura Ellington - Cover; $5.00 Mitch Carte - Donation

05/16-09  -  Balance $68.49

05/18/09  -  $50.49Transferred to Checking     

05/18/09  -  $18.00 Balance

08/15/09  -  $18.00 Balance

                                                                                                

 Homer Lohr, WVVC Secretary/Treasurer 

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May 16, 2009

 

 

The WVVC was scheduled to meet at the Waffle Hut in Flatwoods at noon.  Those in attendance were Chairman Mitch Carte, 2nd Vice Chairperson, Laura Ellington and Sec/Trea Homer Lohr.  The usual opening activities were dispensed with; however, the Treasurers report as of this date is reported at the end of these minutes.

 

Homer Lohr presented the required “Annual Report for Corporations, Limited Partnership, Voluntary Associations and/or Business Trust” from the Secretary of States Office for review and corrections.  He noted there is a $25.00 filing fee due by July 1, 2009.   Corrections were approved.

 

Laura Ellington put forth a recommendation from Milton Sears for the WVVC to consider developing a coat or jacket with WVVC identification on it.  This will be brought up a future meeting.

 

Laura Ellington bought a Ladies WVVC hat for $25.00.  Mitch Carte donated $5.00.  Both sums will be placed into the Petty Cash fund and transferred to the WVVC Checking account.

 

There will not be any meeting in June or July.  The next scheduled meeting will be held on August 15th at the Steer Steak House in the Weston Market Place Plaza starting a noon. 

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

 

Any recommended changes to the WVVC C&BL should be sent to the Secretary for presentation at the August meeting.  Nomination for WVVC Officers will be accepted at the August meeting and again at the September meeting.  The WVVC C&BL are located on the WVVC Website.  I can also e-mail them to you as an attachment in either MS Works or MS Word.  Contact me at: hlohr@ma.rr.com

 

 

                                                                                                Homer Lohr, Secretary/Treasurer

 

WVVC FINANCIAL REPORT AS OF 5/16/09

CHECKING:

03/21/09 -  Balance - $313.94    

05/16/09  -  Balance - $313.94

SAVINGS

03/21/09  -  Balance - $604.92

03/31/09  -  Interest -  $1.12

05/16/09  -  Balance -  $606.04

PETTY CASH

03/21/09   -   Balance - $42.00

03/23/09   -  Mailing of March meeting agenda to Carte, Ellington, Sears - $3.51

03/23/09   -  Balance   -  $38.49

Visit the WVVC on the Web at

 

http://jacktincher.googlepages.com/home

                       

 

 

 

 

March 21, 2009

The meeting was called to order at 1208 by Second Vice Chairman Woody Williams.  In attendance were: Woody Williams, Jack Tincher, Homer Lohr, Stanley James. Marty DePersig, John Nanny, Ira Latimer and Bob Laing. 

Woody Williams offered the opening prayer and led in the Pledge of Allegiance

Secretary Lohr read the minutes of the January 17, 2009 meeting.  Motion to approve by Jack Tincher.  Seconded by Stanley James.  Motion carried.

The Treasurers report which appears at the end of the minutes was read.  Motion to accept by Ira Latimer.  Seconded by Jack Tincher.   Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS

 

Jack Tincher provided an update WVVC proposed legislation.  Bills to be heard the coming week are: SB614 - Establishing a WV Department of Veterans Affairs

SB4 – Military retirement

SB615 – Making December 7th a state holiday

SB616 – Reduced fee for National Guards to use state parks

SB167 – Free hunting and fishing licenses for National Guard members

HB2140 – Veterans disability pay (cleans up language in the WV Code during a divorce).

Jack also reported on National Legislation – HR775 – SBP/DIC offset.  This bill has 162 co-sponsors.  Of the WV House of Representatives only Congressman Nick Rahall is a co-sponsor.  Congressman Alan Mollohan and Congresswoman Shelly Moore Capito are not co-sponsors.

 

Jack advised he had contacted Senator Byrd’s office concerning VISN and his response. 

 

Jack reported on a recent WV Veterans Council meeting he attended.  Miles Epling is the new Chairman elected with the passing of Donel Kinnard.  It was said plans for the new cemetery are ready to go.  There are some questions of exactly what that means.

 

The WV VA Nursing Home has hired 20 more nurses and now has a staff of 103 employees.  At the time of this meeting there were 32 patients in the home with more to be added weekly.  There was a discussion concerning the application for admittance.  It is a multi page application.  Woody Williams had a copy of admission application from Colorado which consisted of 4 pages.

 

Jack Tincher moved that an application form similar to the Colorado form replace the current application form, and that Chairman Mitch Carte, or his appointed representative contact the WV Division of Veterans Affairs with this proposal.  Jack Tincher to prepare the proposed form.  Seconded by Marty DePersig.  Motion carried.

It was reported SCR23 was approved to name the new cemetery in memory of Donel Kinnard.

 

 

There was a discussion on the WV Veterans Council.  There are vacancies on the council with a number of people having been nominated, including Ron Wroblewski, Randy Bare and Larry Lynch.  There are also two others who could not be identified by anyone at the meeting.  Woody read a portion of the law which established the Veterans Council.

Woody Williams read a letter that he delivered to the Governor requesting a member of the Marine Corps League be appointed to the Veterans Council since there has never been a member of that organization on the council.

 

Woody Williams moved his letter to the Governor be put upon WVVC letterhead, be signed by the WVVC Chair and sent to the Governor.  Seconded by Marty DePersig.  Motion carried.

 

There was a discussion concerning an issue recently reported in the media concerning billing Medicare vy the VA for treatment of certain veterans.  Apparently that idea was quickly dropped after several veterans organization strongly objected.  We will have to be on guard for this type of activity.

 

Jack Tincher provided some information concerning a proposed “Cold War Medal”.  The WVVC did not take a position on this issue.

 

There was a discussion concerning the 2009 Veterans Visibility day.  There were over 200 veterans in attendance.  The sound system provided for use by the speakers was highly ineffective and roundly criticized.  We received promises of better accommodations next year. 

 

There was no 50-50 sales.  The next meeting will be held on Saturday, April 18th at noon in the Steakhouse in the Market Place Shopping Center at Weston.

 

The meeting adjourned at 1312 following a closing prayer and salute to the colors.

 

                                                          Homer Lohr, Secretary/Treasurer 

 WVVC FINANCIAL REPORT AS OF 3/21/09

CHECKING:

01/17/09 - Balance - $313.94

03/21/09 -  Balance - $313.94

SAVINGS

01/17/09  -  Balance $604.92

03/21/09  -  Balance $604.92

PETTY CASH

01/17/09   -   Balance - $18.00 

01/17/09   -   50-50 Earnings - $24.00

03/21/09   -   Balance - $42.00

 

 

Visit the WVVC on the Web at

 

http://jacktincher.googlepages.com/home 

                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 17, 2009

The meeting was called to order at 1208 by Chairman Mitch Carte.  In attendance were: Woody Williams, Beecher Rhoades, Jack Tincher, Homer Lohr, Laura Ellington, Stanley James, Rick Mitchell, Robert Westfall, David McCollam, Lee Fisher, Milton Sears, Bonnie Rohrberg and Lorena Franklin.

Milton Sears offered the opening prayer.  Jack Tincher led in the Pledge of Allegiance

Jack Tincher moved that we dispense with the reading of the December meeting.  Seconded by David McCollam.  Motion approved.

The Treasurers report which appears at the end of the minutes was read.  Motion to accept by Woody Williams.  Seconded by Laura Ellington.  Motion carried.

 

Chairman Carte introduced Bonnie Rohrberg, a veteran, employed by the Huntington VA Regional Office in the claims processing department.  There was an extensive Q&A session following her presentation.

OLD BUSINESS

 

Resolutions  tabled at the December meeting were brought up for discussion.

Milton Sears moved to approved the resolution exempting all military retired pay.  Seconded by David Mc McCollam.  Motion approved.

Jack Tincher moved to approve a resolutions submitted by the WV National Guard exempting National Guard income from state income tax. Seconded by Lee Fisher.   Motion approved.

Jack Tincher moved to approve two resolutions submitted by the WV National Guard (1) asking for a 50% reduction of Guard member to state parks and (2) requesting free basic hunting and fishing licensed during the time they serve and life time upon full retirement.

After discussion the motion was amended to included armed forces reserves to the resolutions.  Seconded by Lee Fisher.  Motion approved.

Secretary note:  There are six resolutions approved by the WVVC for the 2009 Legislative session.  Upon request I will e-mail you the resolutions in MS Word format.  hlohr@ma.rr.com

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Jack Tincher introduced a proposed resolution asking the Legislature to authorize Physicians Assistants the authority to write certain prescriptions they currently unable to write.  Following a discussion Woody Williams move to table the issued.  Seconded by Lee Fisher.  Motion carried.

 

David McCollam introduced a proposed resolution asking that any veteran with income of $35,000.00 be issued a supplemental insurance card by the State for the express purpose of providing payment on any and all co-payments attached to medical prescriptions.  During discussion the income was set at or below the national poverty level.   Seconded by Robert Westfall.  Motion carried.

 

Veterans Visibility Day will be held on February 16, 2009 at the state capitol. 

 

Mitch Carte won the 50-50 drawing of $24.00.  The WVVC Petty Cash fund also received $24.00.

 

The next WVVC meeting will be held on February 21st starting at noon as the Steakhouse in the Weston Market Place plaza.  Come and bring a friend.

 

Following a closing prayer by Milton Sears and a salute to the colors the meeting adjourned at 1420.

                                                                                                Homer Lohr, Secretary/Treasurer

WVVC FINANCIAL REPORT AS OF 1/17/09

CHECKING:

 

12/20/08 -  Balance - $273.94

12/22/08 -  Deposit $40.00 from petty case.

12/31/08 -  Balance - $313.94

01-17-09 -  Balance - $313.94

SAVINGS:

12/20/08 -  Balance $603.50

12/31/08 -  Earned interest - $1.42

12/31/08 -   Balance $604.92

01/17/09  -  Balance $604.92

PETTY CASH:

12/20/08 - Balance - $38.00

12/20/08 -  $20.00 50-50 earnings

12/22/08 -  $40.00 - Transferred to checking

1/17/09   -   Balance - $18.00

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http://jacktincher.googlepages.com/home

 

 

                  

 

 

 

 

 

December 20, 2008

The meeting was called to order at 1205 by Chairman Mitch Carte. In
attendance were: Homer Lohr, Rich Mitchell, Jack Tincher, Laura
Ellington, Gail Light, Milton Sears, Dave Simmons, Elaine Simmons, David
McCollam and Larry Tucker. Milton Sears offered the opening prayer. Jack
Tincher led in the Pledge of Allegiance

The Chairman asked members to review the minutes from the November
meeting. Laura Ellington noted that the November minutes indicated
Veterans Visibility Day was stated to be February and it will actually
be held on February 16^th . Secretary Lohr advised that in typing the
November minutes he neglected to include the appointment of Larry Tucker
as Judge Advocate for the WVVC by Chairman Carte. Jack Tincher had moved
to accept the appointment. Seconded by Laura Ellington. Motion carried.

Chairman Carte introduced Larry Tucker. Larry spoke briefly to the members.

The Treasurers report which appears at the end of the minutes was read.
Motion to accept by Jack Tincher. Seconded by Milton Sears. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS

The Resolutions for the 2009 Legislative session were discussed. Those
resolutions are:

1. Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 48 which dealt with covering the
walkway between the main capitol building and the wings. Jack Tincher
noted a complaint was mailed to the U.S. Justice Department that this
building is not in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act.
In view of this action it was decided not to present this to the WV
Legislature in 2009. Motion to withdraw this resolution by Jack Tincher.
Seconded by Laura Ellington. Motion carried.

2. A resolution to establish a West Virginia Department of Veterans
Assistance (to replace the Division of Veterans Affairs). It was agree
to resubmit this resolution for 2009.

3. A resolution to make all military retired pay exempt from State
Income Tax instead of just the first $20,000.00. (See WV Code 11-21-12)
Tabled until the January 2009 meeting to possibly consolidate this
resolution with a resolution submitted by the National Guard. (See item
5. below)

4. A resolution to make December 7^th a state holiday. Tabled until the
January 2009 meeting.

5. A resolution concerning state income tax on National Guard pay. This
will be included in the WVVC resolution which was tabled until the
January meeting (see resolution 3)

6. A resolution asking for free entry by National Guard soldiers into WV
state parks. It will be recommended to the National Guard amend this to
50% of the cost. Tabled for rewrite.

7. A resolution to provide free Hunting and Fishing licenses for
National Guard soldiers during the time they serve and a life time
license upon full retirement. Motion to accept as a resolution by Dave
Simmons. Seconded by David McCollam.

There were extended discussion on several topics, including:

Dave Simmons brought up WV Turnpike fees paid for travel to and from the
VA Medical Centers. Several suggestions were made, but each suggestion
presented problems. Tabled.

The length of time it takes to process VA claims. In some cases it can
take several years.

It was previously reported there were 22 VAMC’s to be closed. That
number apparently has been reduced to 8 VAMC’s with late word being this
issue has been put on hold for at least another year.

Elaine Simmons reported that with the increasing number of women
veterans each VAMC is required to provide OB/GYN services. There is none
in Beckley, but Jack Tincher said the position has been advertised.
Apparently the Clarksburg VAMC has that service.

NEW BUSINESS

Chairman Carte gave a brief report on a meeting of the West Virginia
Veterans Council meeting he attended on December 12^th . He reported
considerable progress on the veteran’s cemetery in the southern part of
the state. Dow donated an additional 50 acres bringing the total acreage
to 350. It is anticipated that funding will be approved in 2010 with
burials to follow soon after.

Veterans Visibility Day will be February 16^th , 2009. We really need to
have a larger turnout of veterans on that day. All organizations are
requested to give this information wide distribution in publications,
meetings or conversations with members. There is a lack of
communications to the states 180,000 veterans. A number of suggestions
were made to make improvements in this area. Some were tried in the past
with limited success.

A new organization named “Veterans of Modern Warfare” has been
established. At this time there has not been any chapter formed in West
Virginia. See http://www.modernveterans.com/ for information.

Dave Simmons President of the West Virginia VVA State Council reported
the 7 state regional council conference will meet in Charleston on April
16. Registration forms and additional information can be seen at
http://www.vva.org/VVA-WestVirginia.html.

A get well card for Don Kinnard who is in the Huntington VAMC was passed
around for members to sign. Don is Chairman of the West Virginia
Veterans Council and has been very active for many years on issues
concerning veterans. We wish him well.

Jack Tincher spoke of his displeasure with the VA VISN. Jack reported
VISN has expanded greatly since it was formed and he estimates it no
cost about $500 million to administer.

Homer Lohr won the 50-50 drawing for $20.00. $20.00 to the petty cash fund.

The next meeting will be held in the Steakhouse located in the Market
Place Plaza in Weston at noon.

Following the closing prayer and salute to the colors the meeting
adjourned at 1350.

Homer Lohr, Secretary/Treasurer

WVVC Website http://jacktincher.googlepages.com/home

WVVC FINANCIAL REPORT AS OF 12-20-08

CHECKING:

11/18/08 - Balance - $273.94

12/20/08 - Balance - $273.94

SAVINGS

11/15/08 - Balance $603.50

12/20/08 - Balance $603.50

PETTY CASH

11/15/08 - Balance $24.00

11/15/08 - 50-50 receipts - $14.00

12/20/08 - Balance - $38.00

is available in the attachment.

Homer Lohr, Sec/Trea

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below is a copy of the November 15th meeting of the WVVC using cut and past.
The full documents are in the form of an attachment in MS Word. Please
note the
four additional documents which are the WVVC resolutions for 2009.

November 16, 2008

The meeting was called to order at 1215 by Chairman Mitch Carte with
Homer Lohr, Milton Sears, Stanley James, Davis Musser, Anne Montague,
Woody Williams, Jack Tincher, Ira Latimer, Laura Ellington and Robert
Westfall in attendance. Milton Sears offered the opening prayer.
Chairman Carte led in the pledge of allegiance.

Jack Tincher moved to dispense with the reading of the minutes. Seconded
by Woody Williams. Carried.

The treasurer’s report which appears at the end of these minutes was
presented. Motion to accept by Jack Tincher. Seconded by Milton Sears.
Motion carried.

Chairman Carte discussed the WVVC Resolutions from the past session of
the Legislature and suggested we continue with them in the 2009
legislative session. Those four resolutions are:

1. The covered walk way at the Capital Building.
2. Taxation of retired military pay.
3. Making December 7^th a holiday.
4. Establishing a WV Department of Veterans Affairs.

Those resolution will be attached to these minutes. In e-mail versions
they will appear as attachments in MS Word format.

There was a discussion about the West Virginia Veterans Advocate. There
was some concern that little is know about the duties of that person.

Woody Williams moved that the WVVC Chairman request a copy of the job
description of the West Virginia Veterans Advocate from the Director,
West Virginia Division of Veterans Affairs. Seconded by Milton Sears.
Motion carried.

Members were advised that Veterans Visibility Day at the State Capital
will be on Presidents Day, February 19^th . Chairman Carte will
coordinate activates with the Director of Veterans Affairs. Woody
Williams advised a new sound system had been purchased for VVD.

OLD BUSINESS

Jack Tincher spoke of some of the problems confronting recipients of SBP
(Survivors Benefits Plan) and the Dependent Indemity Compensation
programs and the need for our national congress to address these issues.
He asked for the support and suggestions from all veterans organization
in this effort. There two bills in the last session of the Congress, but
action was not completed. Those bills are: S935 and HR1927.

Veterans are encouraged to contact the West Virginia delegation in the
U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives on those bills. Woody
Williams suggest sending facsimiles instead of E-mail.

There was a lengthy discussion concerning military funerals. Problems
exists in getting a sufficient number of people for a proper ceremony,
operating rifles, ammunition, bugler, etc. It was suggested the West
Virginia Veterans Council would be reviewing this issue in an upcoming
meeting. Woody Williams suggest the National Guard would to the best
existing organization to provide rifles, ammunition, etc.

This was previously suggested by the WVVC but received a lukewarm
reception from the Guard.

Jack Tincher provided an update on the new Veterans Cemetery in the
southern part of the state. DOW Chemical has increased the donated land
to 350 acres. He anticipates Congressional funding for this project in
the FY 2010 budget. There are still a few issues to be resolved prior to
federal funding.

Woody Williams introduced guests Davis Musser, a former Coast Guardsman
and Ms. Anne Montague. Ms. Montague is the Executive Director & Founder
of Thanks! Plain and Simple, an organization to express appreciation.
She spoke at length about the purpose of this worthwhile organization.
Their Web site can be view at: http://thanksplainandsimple.org/. Take a
look.

Woody Williams spoke of a resolutions to establish a monument to
mothers. There has been no movement on this at the National level. Woody
provided an artist conception of that monument for the members to view.
This effort is in the early stages of development.

There was discussion concerning the possible closing of 22 VA Hospitals.
A copy of press release from Senator Daniel Akaka, Chairman Committee on
Veterans’ Affairs and Senator Jay Rockefeller, a member of that
Committee was provided. There was also a copy of a letter those Senators
sent to Secretary of Veterans Affairs James Peake asking a number of
very direct questions. (See the October 18^th WVVC minutes for
additional details.) This is an issued that should be of great interest
and concern to all veterans. The WVVC will be watching this issue very
closely.

Robert Westfall won the 50-50 drawing and received $14.00. The petty
case fund received $14.00 also.

The next WVVC meeting will be held at the Steak House in the Market
Place Plaza in Weston. The meeting will start at noon.

Following a closing prayer by Milton Sears and a salute to the colors
the meeting adjourned at 1400.

Homer Lohr, WVVC Sec/Trea

WVVC FINANCIAL REPORT AS OF 11-15-08

CHECKING:

10/18/08 - Balance $273.94

11/18/08 - Balance $273.94

SAVINGS

10/18/08 - Balance $403.50

10/20/08 - $200.00 Donation from TREA

10-18-08 - Balance $603.50

11/15/08 - Balance $603.50

PETTY CASH

10/18/08 - Balance $24.00

11/15/08 - Balance $24.00
 

September 20, 2008

 

The September meeting was called to order at 1212 by Chairman Jack Tincher.  In attendance were:  Laura Ellington, Homer Lohr, Ira Latimier, Robert Westfall, Mitch Carte and Penny Young.  Mitch Carte gave the opening prayer.  Jack Tincher led in the pledge of allegiance.

 

Chairman Tincher said since the minutes had previously been made available we dispense with the reading. 

 

Treasurer Lohr read the financial report which appears at the end of these minutes.  Laura Ellington move to accept.  Seconded by Robert Westfall.  Motion approved.

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

Chairman Tincher gave an update on the Women’s veteran’s statue.  The design was accepted with minor modifications by an appointed committee. 

 

Jack is still working on the covered walkway at the Capitol building. 

 

NEW BUSINESS

Chairman Tincher noted there is a shortage of volunteer help at the Beckley VAMC and probably at other VAMC’s in the state.  Van drivers are needed as well as volunteer help within the hospitals.  There are many duties performed by volunteers.  Anyone wanting to volunteer, even if for only a few hours a week are asked to contact their local VA Volunteer Coordinator.  Penny Young, a volunteer at the Beckley VAMC, spoke of some of the duties volunteers perform, which are many and varied.  We applaud her.

 

Ira Latimer reported the KWVA will be arranging a bus trip to Washington, D.C. for November 10-12.  Arrangements are incomplete at this time.  Additional details will be provided when available.

 

Chairman Tincher opened the floor for nominations of WVVC Officers for the coming year.  Having served two consecutive terms Jack is unable to continue as Chairman as directed by the WVVC C&BL

 

Chairman:  Jack Tincher nominated Mitch Carte.  Mitch is the current 2nd Vice Chairman and is a national officer with the VVA.  There no other nominations.

 

1st Vice Chairman – Homer Lohr nominated Woody Williams.  There were no other nominations.

 

2nd Vice Chairman – Homer Lohr nominated Laura Ellington.  There were no other nominations.

 

Treasurer – Ira Latimer nominated Homer Lohr.  There were no other nominations.

 

Additional nominations will be solicited and voted on at the October meeting. 

 

Chairman Tincher asked for all organizations and members to get their resolutions ready for presentation at the October meeting.  He stressed the need to get our resolutions in early.  House and Senate military committee Chairmen will be provided after the election and they become know.

 

There was a discussion concerning the 2009 Veterans Visibility Day.  It was suggested we request Presidents day – February 19th. 

 

There was a discussion concerning at least one out of state organization which collects funds in West Virginia.  They are especially active in shopping centers and in front of large retail stores.  This issued has been discussed several times over the years without ever being resolved.  Be careful who you make donations to.  Often times funds collected do not assist local veterans.

 

The next meeting will be at the Steak House in the Market Place Plaza, just off US 33 between Weston and Buckhannon.   (Formerly known as the Weston Sizzlin Restaurant)  The meeting will be held on October 18th starting at noon.

 

Homer Lohr won the 50-50 drawing and received $20.00.  $20.00 to the WVVC.

 

Following a closing prayer by Laura Ellington and a salute to the colors the meeting adjourned at 1325.

 

WVVC FINANCIAL REPORT AS OF 9-20-08

CHECKING:

8/16/08 - Balance $73.94

8/21/08 - Deposit $60.00  (From Petty cash)

9/20/08 - Balance 133.94

SAVINGS

8/16/08 - Balance $402.48

9/20/08 - Balance $402.48

PETTY CASH

8/16/08 - Balance $68.00

8/16/08 - Winning lottery tickets $16.00

8/21/08 - Removed from Petty Cash for deposit in checking- $60.00

8/21/08 - Balance $24.00

 

 

                                                                                                Submitted by

 

                                                                                                Homer Lohr, WVVC

                                                                                                Sec/Trea

NOTE:  The WVVC C&BL are available on the WVVC website at:

http://jacktincher.googlepages.com/home

Anyone one wanting a copy of the C&BL in MS Word or MW Works can contact me at hlohr@ma.rr.com and I will email them to you.

 

 

 

October 18, 2008

 

The October meeting was called to order at 1219 by Chairman Jack Tincher.  In attendance were:  Al Taylor, Ira Latimer, Milton Sears, Gail Light, Meg Cainfrocca, Homer Lohr and Mitch Carte.  Milton Sears gave the opening prayer.  Jack Tincher led the pledge of allegiance.

 

Al Taylor moved to dispense with reading of the September minutes. Seconded by Milton Sears.  Carried.

 

Homer Lohr read the financial report which appears at the end of these minutes.  Ira Latimer moved to accept the report.  Seconded by Al Taylor.  Carried. 

The WVVC received a donation of $200.00 from The Retired Enlisted Association.

 

Al Taylor had been appointed to conduct an audit of the WVVC books.  He reported the books were in order. 

OLD BUSINESS

 

Chairman Tincher reported the necessary paper work has been filed under the Americans with Disabilities Act to make the walkways handicap accessible. 

 

Ira Latimer of the KWVA provided a handout on the Veterans trip to Washington, D.C.   The trip will leave Charleston November 10 and return November 12.  Contact Frank Goff  for details at 304-722-1204 or e-mail at goffwjoan@suddenlink.net.  Deposits must be made by October 25.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Jack reported the VA Hospital in Salisbury, NC has been changed from a hospital to a mental health clinic and nursing home.  Apparently this action was taken by the VA with no prior notice.  He also said he has been told an additional 22 VA hospitals are also in jeopardy of change in status or services.  He will attempt to obtain that list.  He is concerned with the apparent secrecy under which VA is operating.  He asked for anyone noticing changes in West Virginia VA facilities to inform him or Mitch Carte. There was an extended discussion on this subject with Meg Cianfrocco, a Staff member for Senator Rockefeller providing considerable input.  Meg said that type of action will not happen in West Virginia.  She also said West Virginia has a number of VA clinics which appear to be working well in providing out patient services to veterans.  Unfortunately the needs of the VA exceed their budget.   Another subject concerned disabilities and some of the problems associated with filing for disability compensation.

 

For a complete list of VA medical facilities and Vet Centers in West Virginia go the following website:

 

http://www1.va.gov/directory/guide/state.asp?State=WV&dnum=ALL 

 

Jack provided three resolutions the WVVC will be working on:

  1. Upgrade the West Virginia Division of Veterans Affairs to Department status.
  2. Make all military retired pay exempt from state income tax.
  3. Designate December 7th a State Holiday.

 

Efforts to establish a new Veterans Cemetery are continuing.  It appears that the opening of this facility is still several years away.

Al Taylor reported he had visited the WV Veterans Nursing Home and how impressed was with it.  It was also noted Dr. Kevin Crickard, the nursing home administrator, is doing an excellent job.  It has received final approval from the VA and will be adding additional staff and patients.

 

Ira Latimer reported a change has been proposed for crediting military service for state employees.  This is an issue that must we watched closely.

 

Chairman Tincher opened the floor for nomination of WVVC officers.

Chairman:  Being no other nominations Ira Latimer moved nominations be closed.  Seconded by Al Taylor.  Carried.  Mitch Carte will be the Chairman.

1st Vice Chairman:  Being no other nominations Ira Latimer moved nominations be closed.  Seconded by Al Taylor.  Carried.  Woody Williams will continue as 1st Vice Chairman.

2nd Vice Chairman:  Being no other nominations Ira Latimer moved nominations be closed.  Seconded by Milton Sears.  Carried.  Laura Ellington will be the 2nd Vice Chairman.

Treasurer:  Being no other nominations Milton Sears moved nominations be closed.  Seconded by Al Taylor.  Carried.  Homer Lohr will continue as Treasurer.

 

Jack Tincher thanked everyone for their support and assistance during his tenure as Chairman. 

In accordance with the WVVC C&BL, Mitch Carte made the following appointments:

Secretary:  Homer Lohr

Chaplin:  Milton Sears

Judge Advocate:  Appointment tabled.

Sgt at Arms:  Jack Tincher

 

All appointments were approved by the membership in attendance.

 

There was no 50-50 drawing.  The next meeting will be held on November 15th at the Steak House in the Market Place Plaza, Weston starting at noon.

 

The meeting adjourned at 1340 following a closing prayer by Milton Sears and a salute to the colors led by Mitch Carte.

 

 

 

 

 

WVVC FINANCIAL REPORT AS OF 10-18-08

 

CHECKING

9/20/08 - Balance $133.94

9/21/08 - Deposit $140.00

               $100.00 - Donation from WV PVA

               $  20.00 - 50-50 drawing

               $  20.00 - Donation from Homer Lohr

10/18/08 - Balance $273.94

SAVINGS

9/20/08 - Balance $402.48

9/30/08 - Interest on savings $1.02

10/18/08 - Balance $403.50

PETTY CASH

10/18/08 - Balance $24.00 

                                                                                                Submitted by

                                                                                                Homer Lohr, WVVC

                                                                                                Sec/Trea

NOTE:  The WVVC C&BL are available on the WVVC website at:

http://jacktincher.googlepages.com/home

Anyone one wanting a copy of the C&BL in MS Word or MW Works can contact me at hlohr@ma.rr.com and I will email them to you.

 

 

 

                                                                      August 16, 2008

The August meeting was called to order at 1203 by Chairman Jack Tincher.  In attendance were: Milton Sears, Woody Williams, Beecher Rhodes, Fred Karnes, Laura Ellington, John Ellington, Marriah Ellington, Homer Lohr, Ira Latimier and Robert Westfall.  Milton Sears gave the opening prayer.  Jack Tincher led in the pledge of allegiance.

Secretary Lohr read the minutes from the March 16th meeting.  Woody Williams moved to approve.  Seconded by Laura Ellington.  Motion Carried.  Woody reported that Mike Lyon is now the Deputy Director of Veterans affairs.

Treasurer Lohr read the financial report which appears at the end of these minutes.  Woody Williams moved to accept.  Seconded by Milton Sears.  Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS

Chairman Tincher advised there is nothing new concerning a covered walk way at the Capitol.  Paperwork to comply with ADA guidelines is in the pipeline.

NEW BUSINESS

The was a very extensive discussion concerning meeting and greeting veterans returning from the wars.

Unfortunately there is seldom anyone from a Service Organization to meet those veterans to meet time.  There are no known communication or committees setup to do this.  Everyone felt the need to be able to do this.  Chairman Tincher will talk to the West Virginia Division of Veterans Affairs about this.

There was also an extensive discussion concerning pay to drivers of the VA Hospital vans who are 100 percent disabled.  There are legal issues concerning their ability to accept payment with that level of disability.  There was no concrete solution at this time.  Woody moved to table this subject.  Seconded by Beecher Rhodes.  Motion carried.

The was a discussion concerning the Veterans History Project.  A program in which veterans provide their own stories for the record.  Woody Williams moved the WVVC endorse the Veterans History Project.  Seconded by Milton Sears.  Motion carried.

Chairman Tincher advised West Virginia is scheduled to get one additional VA clinic.  It is scheduled to be located in Greenbrier County.  Jack also advised a bill concern National Guard retirement passed the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Chairman Tincher reported the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Home is now open.  Patients are being admitted as staff becomes available.  Competitively low state salaries being offered appear to be at least part of the problem.  He suggested this should be addressed by the WV Legislature.

Woody Williams provided a packet of forms which are required prior to admission to the Nursing Home.  The information required is very extensive and highly intrusive. 

Woody also gave an update on the Women’s Veterans Statue.  The old committee was dissolved and a new committee will be appointed with two members from the American Legion, two from the VFW, two women and two from the cultural center.  Woody also moved to contact the Director of Veterans Affairs and insist two representatives from the WVVC be appointed to this committee.  Seconded by Milton Sears.  Motion carried. 

Woody Williams presented a Resolution requesting the National Guard of the states be the federal agency providing and repairing rifles used by the numerous Honor Guards at veterans funerals.  He moved the WVVC accept the resolution.  Seconded by Ira Latimier.  Motion carried.

Jack gave an update on the cemetery to be located in the southern part of the state.  There still needs to be work done on the deed to the property before work can start.Laura Ellington advised there would be an advisory council meeting at the Clarksburg VA Hospital on August 18th.  Interested vets may attend.

Robert Westfall advised the West Virginia DAV convention would be held in Lewis County next year.

The next meeting will be held at the Hickory House Restaurant near Weston on September 20th starting at noon.  Nomination of new WVVC Officers will take place at this meeting.  There will be a vote for the new officers at the October meeting.

Milton Sears moved to do away with lottery tickets at meeting.  Seconded by Robert Westfall.  Carried

Following a closing prayer by Milton Sears and a salute to the colors the meeting adjourned at 1335.

 

 

WVVC FINANCIAL REPORT AS OF 8-16-08

CHECKING:

3/15/08 - Balance $183.74. 

3/15/08 - Check $84.80 - Mitch Carte - Plaque

5/17/08 - Check $25.00 - WV Sec if State (Corporate fee)

8/16/08 - Balance $73.94

SAVINGS

3/15/08 - Balance $400.48

3/31/08 - $1.00 Interest

6/30/08 - $1.00 Interest

8/16/08 - Balance $402.48

PETTY CASH

3/15/08 - Balance $68.00

8/13/08 - $30.00 for Veterans Scratch Off for meeting

8/16/08 - Balance $38.00

                                                                                                Submitted by

                                                                                                Homer Lohr, WVVC

                                                                                                Sec/Trea

 

 

Our next meeting will be September 20 at noon at the Hickory House Restaurant on Rt 19 north of Weston.  The Hickory House is on the corner where you turn to Jacksons Mill.  Hope to see you there.

 

March 16, 2008

 

 

The meeting was called to order at 1200 at the Western Sizzlin restaurant in Weston by Chairman Jack Tincher.  Mitch Carte gave the opening prayer, Chairman Tincher led in the Pledge of Allegiance. Also in attendance were:  Homer Lohr,  Milton Sears, Robert Westfall, Valerie Westfall, Laura Ellington, Stanley James and Owen Suttle.

Milton Sears moved to dispense with the reading of the minutes.  Seconded by Mitch Carte.  Carried.

Homer Lohr gave the treasurers report which appears at the end of these minutes.

A bill for $84.80 was submitted by Mitch Carte for a plaque for Sen. Hunter   Motion to pay was made by Laura Ellington and seconded by Milton Sears.  Carried.

Chairman Tincher reported  there has not been any movement on covering the walkways from the main Capitol Building to the wings.  The main stumbling block appears to be with The Division of Culture and Historic Preservation Office.  Laura Ellington suggested we attempt to move this issued through the use of the Americans With Disabilities act.  Chairman Tincher said he would pursue this issue with a complaint that lack of access to the wings is in violation of the ADA.

Chairman Tincher gave an update on veterans issues presented to the State Legislature on the 2008 session.  All of WVVC resolutions died in the  House committees.  None were approved.  The WVVC will be presenting several of those resolutions again for the 2009 Legislative session including taxation of retired military pay, department status for the Division of Veterans Affairs, December 7th holiday and a number of other WVVC concerns.

 

Chairman Tincher advised he was unable to present a previously approved plaque to Sen. Hunter.  Jack will present the plaque to Sen. Hunter at a later date.

 

Jack advised that there eight Senators not running for re-election in November.  He urged us to learn who will be running for those seats and learn their positions on issues of interest to veterans.  The WVVC is not permitted to endorse or support anyone seeking office.  However, we as individuals are.  Get to know the candidates.  Although eight senators does not appear to be a large number, it represents nearly one quarter of the Senate.  Electing the right candidates could have a big impact on our resolutions.

 

Laura Ellington and Mitch Carte gave an extensive report on several aspects of the WV Veterans Nursing Home, including admissions and processes.  It appears part of the problem which has delayed the certification process at the Nursing Home is due to the fact that there has not been a nursing home certified in ten years and there were new or changed regulations in that time.  They were optomistic that the staff was working to correct the problems.   There was considerable discussion on this subject.

 

It was reported there will be four new Veterans Service Officers hired and stationed near the four VA Hospitals in the State.  Each VSO will have a social worker assigned.  Details will be provided as they become available.  Mike Lyon is a Veterans advocate at the Huntington VA Regional Office.

All veterans are encouraged to register with the Veterans Administration even if you do not currently plan to use any of the services available.  Registering now could greatly assist you in the future if you should need to use those services.  Registering now could help a spouse or family member in the future.

 

Homer Lohr moved that the April 2008 meeting be cancelled since the Legislative session is over.

Seconded by Owen Suttle.  Motion Carried

 

Mitch Carte gave the closing prayer. Jack Tincher led in the salute to the colors.  Meeting adjourned 1315.

 

 

TREASURERS REPORT

March 15, 2008

 

Prior to the meeting 30 Veterans Scratch off lottery tickets were purchased with Petty Cash funds for the March meeting.  All 30 tickets were sold.   There were 3 winning tickets, all for $2.00 each.  All three winners (Val Westfall, Mitch Carte and Laura Ellington) returned their winning tickets to the WVVC.  This resulted in a net gain of $6.00 for the WVVC which will be put back into the Petty Cash fund.  This will provides a Petty Cash Fund balance of $68.00.

 

The Savings account had a previous balance of $400.48 and remains at that amount.

The Checking account had a previous balance of $294.24.  A check in the amount of $234.00 to pay for a plaque presented to Sen. Rockefeller was issued.  There were deposits totaling $123.50 (Dec 2007 50-50 - $27.50; Jan 2008 50-50 - $17.00; Gary Lucas donation - $20.00; donation Beecher Rhodes - $50.00 and Veterans lottery tickets $9,00).   Providing a checking balance of $183.74

 

 

 

                                                                                                Submitted by

 

    

 

2008 Legislation:

Dr. Scotti at the Senate Veterans Affirs Committee.

Fw: Scotti Written Testimony: July 23rd Senate VA CommitteeHearing‏
From: Jon Hunter (senhunter@mountain.net)
Sent: Mon 7/21/08 5:51 PM
To: Jack Tincher (jacktincher@hotmail.com)

Maybe this is something we should attach to our Web Page==what do you think? 
Jon
----- Original Message -----
From: "Joseph Scotti" <Joseph.Scotti@mail.wvu.edu>
To: "Ted (Veterans Affairs) Pusey" <Ted_Pusey@vetaff.senate.gov>
Cc: "Barbara (Rockefeller/Comcast) Pryor" <Barbarapm@comcast.net>; "Hilda
Heady" <hheady@hsc.wvu.edu>; "Barbara Evans Fleischauer"
<barbaraf@labs.net>; "Richard Iaquinta" <iaquinta@mail.wvnet.edu>; "Jon
Hunter" <senhunter@mountain.net>
Sent: Monday, July 21, 2008 10:46 AM
Subject: Scotti Written Testimony: July 23rd Senate VA CommitteeHearing


Ted,

I apologize for the delay.

My full written testimony is attached. I understand that I have 5 minutes in
which to present the main points...I will have a briefer version for that
purpose. But I also understood you wanted the full written testimony for
distribution and for the Record.

I have attached FOUR files.
I did not know in what format you wanted the material, so I am sending Word
and PDF files.

I have two versions in each format:

One version is for the Committee Members.

The second version is marked PRESS COPY and includes a copy of my business
card on the cover page (as well as the card of Hilda Heady, who helped me
prepare the document). Other than the first page, the two versions are
identical.

I am hoping you are still willing to make both the Committee and the Press
copies.

If you need me to make the Press copies, I can do so and bring them with me.

I will be contacting you again shortly on issues related to arrival to the
hearing etc.

Thank you for your assistance with this opportunity to testify before the
Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

Joseph Scotti




"SCOTTI"

"If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't be called research, would it?"
Albert Einstein

"Be the change you want to see in the world."
Gandhi

<Joseph.Scotti@mail.wvu.edu> is:
Joseph R. Scotti, PhD
Professor of Psychology (Clinical Child)
Department of Psychology, Box 6040 Life Sciences Building, 53 Campus Drive
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV 26506-6040
(304) 293-2001, ext 31667
Fax: (304) 293-6606
http://community.wvu.edu/~jrs047/scotti.index.mht
http://www.wvu.edu/~psychology/

 

 Here is the link to the West Virginia Legislature.

 

HB 4560/SB708 - Creating Department of Veterans Assistance never came out of committee.

HB4561- Veterans Memorial never came out of Committee.

HB4585/SB210 - Removing state tax from military retirees never came out of committee.

HB4580/SB768 - Making December 7th at state holiday never came out of committee.

 

 

The following bill did pass and our volunteer drivers will receive $75.00 per diem. 

 

ENROLLED


 

COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE


 

FOR


 

H. B. 4624


 

(By Delegates Hutchins and Yost)


 


 

[Passed March 7, 2008; in effect ninety days from passage.]


 


 


 


 

AN ACT to amend and reenact §9A-1-10 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to describing the powers and duties of the director; providing for the hiring of case managers and counselors; providing for a program to advise veterans of available benefits and services; developing an internet website; and providing an expense per diem for volunteers who drive veterans to hospitals.


Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §9A-1-10 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 1. DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS.
§9A-1-10. Powers and duties of director.
The director is the executive and administrative head of the division and has the power and duty, subject to the provisions of section four of this article, to:
(a) Supervise and put into effect the purposes and provisions of this article and the rules for the government of the division;
(b) Prescribe methods pertaining to investigations and reinvestigations of all claims and to the rights and interests of all veterans, their widows, dependents and orphans;
(c) Prescribe uniform methods of keeping all records and case records of the veterans, their widows, dependents and orphans;
(d) Sign and execute, in the name of the state by West Virginia Division of Veterans' Affairs, and by and with the consent of the Veterans' Council, any contract or agreement with the federal government or its agencies, other states, subdivisions of this state, corporations, associations, partnerships or individuals;
(e) Supervise the fiscal affairs and responsibilities of the division;
(f) Organize the division to comply with the requirements of this article and with the standards required by any federal act or any federal agency;
(g) Establish any regional or area offices throughout the state that are necessary to promote efficiency and economy in administration;
(h) Make reports that comply with the requirements of any federal act or federal agency and the provisions of this article;
(i) Cooperate with the federal and state governments for the more effective attainment of the purposes of this article;
(j) Keep a complete and accurate record of all proceedings; record and file all contracts and agreements and assume responsibility for the custody and preservation of all papers and documents pertaining to his or her office and the division;
(k) Prepare for the Veterans' Council the annual reports to the Governor of the condition, operation and functioning of the division;
(l) Exercise any other powers necessary and proper to standardize the work; to expedite the service and business; to assure fair consideration of the rights and interests and claims of veterans, their widows, dependents and orphans; to provide resources for a program which will promote a greater outreach to veterans and which will advise them of the benefits and services that are available, and to promote the efficiency of the division;
(m) Invoke any legal, equitable or special remedies for the enforcement of his or her orders or the provisions of this article;
(n) Appoint the veterans' affairs officers and heads of divisions of the division, and of regional or area offices, and employ assistants and employees, including case managers and counselors, that are necessary for the efficient operation of the division;
(o)Provide resources and assistance in the development of an internet website which is to be used to inform veterans of programs and services available to them through the division and the state and federal governments;
(p) Delegate to all or any of his or her appointees, assistants or employees all powers and duties vested in the director, except the power to sign and execute contracts and agreements, but the director shall be responsible for the acts of his or her appointees, assistants and employees ; and
(q) Provide volunteers who will drive or transport veterans to veterans' hospitals from the veteran's home or local veterans' affairs offices and who shall be paid an expense per diem of seventy-five dollars.

 

 

 

 

 

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 WVVC Constitution and By-Laws

        WEST VIRGINIA VETERANS COALITION

(Short title WVVC)

 

CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS

  

 

AS AMENDED AND APPROVED
BY MEMBERSHIP OF THE WVVC
ON THIS 19th day of October 2002
AT WESTON
WEST VIRGINIA

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

CONSTITUTION

 

            PREAMBLE                                                                                                                1

            ARTICLE I - NAME                                                                                                   1

            ARTICLE II - OFFICERS                                                                                           1

            ARTICLE III - PURPOSE                                                                                           1

            ARTICLE IV - MEMBERSHIP                                                                                   1

            ARTICLE V - POWERS                                                                                             2

            ARTICLE VI - ADMINISTRATION                                                                         2

            ARTICLE VII - EXECUTIVE                                                                                    2

            ARTICLE VII - AUXILIARY                                                                                     2

            ARTICLE IX - AMENDMENTS                                                                                3

            ARTICLE X - VOTING AUTHORITY                                                                       3

BY-LAWS 

            ARTICLE I - OFFICERS                                                                                            1

            ARTICLE  II - SEAL                                                                                                   1

            ARTICLE III - ORGANIZATION                                                                              1

            ARTICLE IV - MEETINGS                                                                                        1

            ARTICLE V - OFFICERS                                                                                          1

            ARTICLE VI - RECORDS                                                                                          2

            ARTICLE VII - NON-PARTISANSHIP                                                                    2

            ARTICLE VIII - LEGISLATIVE                                                                                 2

            ARTICLE IX - MEMBERSHIP                                                                                   3

            ARTICLE X - ELECTIONS                                                                                        3

            ARTICLE XI - AMENDMENTS                                                                                4

            ARTICLE XII - ANNUAL STATEMENT                                                                  4

            ARTICLE XIII - AUXILIARY                                                                                    4

            ARTICLE XIV - VOTING AUTHORITY                                                                   4

            APPROVAL                                                                                                                4  

 

 

 

CONSTITUTION

AND

BY-LAWS

WEST VIRGINIA VETERANS COALITION

CONSTITUTION

PREAMBLE

For God, Nation, and our State, we former and active members of the armed forces of the United States having aided in maintaining the honor, integrity, and supremacy of our country, holding in remembrance the sacrifices in common made and drawn together by strong respect and mutual suffering, solemnly and firmly associate ourselves together in creating the WEST VIRGINIA VETERANS COALITION INC., (WVVC)  The principles and purposes of which shall be supreme allegiance to the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, fidelity to it's Constitution and laws; to hold aloft the torch of true patriotism; to cherish and preserve the memories of our military associations; and to aid and assist worthy veterans, their surviving spouse, their orphans, and their dependents.

 

ARTICLE I - NAME

 

Section 1.  The name of the organization shall be:  THE WEST VIRGINIA VETERANS COALITION INC. (WVVC).

 

ARTICLE II - OFFICERS

 

Section 1.  The WVVC shall be registered with the Secretary of State. The State Capitol, Charleston, WV 25305.

 

Section 2.  The registered office of the WVVC in the State of West Virginia. shall be located at Rt. 1, Box 226-A, Weston, County of Lewis, West Virginia, 26452.  The mailing address of the WVVC shall be the address of the current WVVC Secretary.

 

ARTICLE III - PURPOSE

 

Section 1.  To coordinate and present for consideration, to the legislature, the legislative goals of the

Veterans Service Organizations within the State of West Virginia.  To stimulate a feeling of mutual

devotion, helpfulness and comradeship among all veterans.

 

ARTICLE IV - MEMBERSHIP

 

Section 1.  Any man or woman who has served in the armed forces of the United States of America, and who has been honorably discharged, or who may still be in active service in good standing of the armed forces of the United States of America and who is a card carrying member of a veterans service organization within the state, is eligible for membership in the West Virginia Veterans Coalition.

 

 

 

ARTICLE V - POWERS

 

Section 1. To receive, hold, use and depose of such real estate and personal property as shall be necessary for the unit purpose; to adopt a unit seal and alter the same at the pleasure of the membership; to adopt a constitution, by-laws and regulations to carry on its purpose, not inconsistent with the laws of the United States or the state of West Virginia; to use, in carrying out the purpose of the unit, such as emblems and badges as it may adopt, to establish and maintain offices for the conduct of its business; to publish a newsletter or other publication devoted to the purpose of the unit in general; to do any and all such acts  and things as may be necessary and proper in carrying into effect the purpose of the unit.

 

ARTICLE VI - ADMINISTRATION

 

Section 1. The administrative affairs of the West Virginia Veterans Coalition (WVVC) shall be vested in an Executive Committee to be composed of the WVVC Chairperson, the Past Chairperson, current Vice Chairpersons and elected State Commanders, or the designated representative of each Veterans Service Organization (VSO) with in the State of West Virginia.

 

Section 2.  The Executive Committee, may exercise all such powers of the unit and do all such

lawful acts and things that are not prohibited by statue or by the articles of incorporation or by this

Constitution and By-Laws.

 

Section 3.  The Executive Committee shall be elected for the term of one (1) year, or until their successor shall be elected and qualified, or until their earlier resignation or removal.

 

Section 4.  At the October meeting of each year the WVVC will elect or appoint the following officers:

 

Elected

Chairman, 1st Vice Chairman, 2nd Vice Chairman, and Treasurer.

 

Appointed

Secretary, Chaplain, Judge Advocate, Sgt. at Arms

 

Section 5.  No Officer shall hold more than one (1) elected and one (1) appointed office at one time.

 

ARTICLE VII - EXECUTIVE

 

Section 1.  The executive powers of the WVVC shall be vested in the Executive Committee.

 

ARTICLE VII - AUXILIARY

 

Section 1.  The West Virginia Veterans Coalition may establish an auxiliary, subject to its supervision and recommendations of the executive committee, and approval of the membership.

 

 

 

ARTICLE IX - AMENDMENTS

 

Section 1.  This constitution may be amended by a majority vote, which all members present are

entitled to cast thereon, at the October meeting of the West Virginia Veterans Coalition. 

 

Section 2.  Amendments must be presented to the secretary, no later than the August meeting or two (2) meetings prior to the October meeting.  At the meeting prior to the October meeting the secretary will furnish the membership with a copy of the proposed changes.

 

ARTICLE X -VOTING AUTHORITY

 

Section 1.  All members present at any regular scheduled meeting will have the right to vote on any

business that is legally brought before the West Virginia Veterans Coalition.

 

Section 2.  The Chairperson of the WVVC will only vote in case of a tie or on a written ballot.  

 

  

WVVC BY-LAWS

 

ARTICLE I - OFFICERS

 

Section 1.  The WVVC shall be registered with the Secretary of States Office, The State Capitol,

Charleston, WV 25305.

 

Section 2.  The register office of the West Virginia Veterans Coalition in the State of West Virginia,

shall be located at RT1 Box 226-A, Weston, County of Lewis, West Virginia 26452.  The mailing

address of the WVVC shall be the address of the current WVVC secretary.

 

ARTICLE II - SEAL

 

Section 1.  The West Virginia Veterans Coalition seal shall have inscribed thereon the name of the

coalition, the year of its organization and the words, State of West Virginia.

 

ARTICLE III - ORGANIZATION

 

Section 1.  The governing body of the organization. shall be the West Virginia Veterans Coalition; to help provide benefits and entitlements, promote camaraderie between all veterans, introduce veteran legislation, to keep pace with the times, to assist survivors of veterans in time of need.

 

Section 2.  The West Virginia Veterans Coalition is made up of all the leaders of all the veteran service organizations and their members within the State of West Virginia.

 

ARTICLE IV - MEETINGS

 

Section 3.  The WVVC will meet at least nine (9) times a year.

 

ARTICLE V - OFFICERS

 

Section 1.  The Executive Committee of the West Virginia Veterans Coalition shall be comprised of, the Current Chairperson, all Past Chairpersons, current 1st and 2nd Vice Chairpersons, current active Commanders, President, etc., or their designated representative, in writing, of each Veterans Organization active in the coalition.  Should there be no designated representative by the organizations, vacant positions up to a maximum of ten (10) including past officers, will be filled by ballot voting of the members in attendance.

 

Section 2.  Term of office:  The officers of the West Virginia Veterans Coalition shall hold office for one (1) year or until their successor is elected and qualified or until their resignation or removal.

 

Section 3.  All appointed officers, will be appointed by the Chairperson, and approved by the membership. Removal of the same will be by the membership, based upon the recommendation of the Chairperson.

 

Section 4.  The Chairperson shall be the chief Executive Officer of the WVVC; shall preside at all

meetings; shall have general and active management of the business of the WVVC, shall see that all

orders and resolutions are carried into effect.  Subject, however, the right of the chairperson to delegate Any specific powers, except such as may be by statue exclusively conferred on the chairperson, to any other officer or officers of the WVVC.  The chairperson shall execute general assembly, mortgages and other contracts requiring a seal, under the approval of the membership.   The chairperson shall be ex-officio a member of all committees, and shall have general power and duties of supervision and management usually vested in the office of chairperson of the WVVC.

 

Section 5.  Secretary - The secretary shall attend all regular and special meetings and act as clerk there of, record all votes of the WVVC and minutes of all meetings, and shall perform like duties for all executive meetings.

 

Section 6.  Treasurer - The treasurer shall have custody of the WVVC funds and securities and shall keep full and accurate account of receipts and disbursements in a book belonging to the WVVC The Treasurer shall keep the money in a separate account, in the name of, West Virginia Veterans Coalition.   He/she shall disburse the funds as may be ordered by the Chairperson,  Taking proper vouchers for such disbursements, and shall render to the chairperson and membership, at each regular meeting, or whenever they may require it, an account of all transactions, and the financial condition of the WVVC.  All financial records shall be audited at the October meeting by a three (3) member committee, appointed by the chairperson, prior to the October meeting.

 

ARTICLE V I- RECORDS

 

Section 1.  Inspection - The West Virginia Veterans Coalition will keep records of its proceedings, which will be open for inspection to any current elected officer, in any executive committee member, of the WVVC.

 

Section 2.  Maintenance - All records of the West Virginia Veterans Coalition will be kept for a minimum of seven (7) years and will only be destroyed after that time with the approval of the membership.

 

ARTICLE VII - NON-PARTISANSHIP

 

Section 1.  The West Virginia Veterans Coalition shall be (non-political), (charitable), and (non-

sectarian).  The name of the WVVC or name of any subdivision thereof, shall not be used in representing the desires or wishes of its membership in any political, sectarian or labor dispute, provided, however that the foregoing shall not prevent this organization or any subdivision thereof from participating in political issues which have a direct bearing upon the welfare of American veterans.

 

ARTICLE VIII - LEGISLATIVE

 

Section 1.  No member shall appear before any legislative body or speak in the name of the West Virginia Veterans Coalition or any subdivision thereof propounding a position contrary to any resolution then in effect with regard to such legislation.

 

Section 2.  In the absence of any mandates covering any matter wherein laws already enacted by

legislation are under attack, the Executive Committee is here by placed under a continuing mandate by these by-laws to resist and oppose any changes in laws or regulations that would repeal or deprive veterans or their dependents of benefits already provided by such laws or regulations.

 

ARTICLE IX MEMBERSHIP

 

Section 1.  Membership in the West Virginia Veterans Coalition, will include but may not be limited to: Charter members, elected state officers, past elected state officers, appointed state officers and local elected or appointed officers of veteran service organizations, within the state.

 

Section 2.  Elected state officers and appointed state officers, are those officers elected to office in the ]various veterans organizations within the state.

 

Section 3.  Past elected state officers, are those officers who were elected to office in the various veterans service organizations within the state, and who successfully fulfilled their duties.

 

Section 4.  Local elected or appointed officers, are those officers, past or present, elected to office in the various chapters, posts, detachments, etc., of the veterans service organizations within the state, and who successfully fulfilled their duties.

 

Section 5.  All persons who complete an application for membership signifying their desire to be a member of the coalition shall be issued an identification card good for one organization year, except for past chairpersons, who will be issued a life membership.  A new membership application must be made at each October meeting and a new identification card issued by the secretary for the coming year upon receipt of a donation for membership. The amount of the donation for the year will be determined at the October meeting.

 

ARTICLE X - ELECTIONS

 

Section 1.  The WVVC elections will be held each year at the October meeting.

 

Section 2.  Officers will be elected each year (the chairperson may only serve for two (2) consecutive years, and may not hold an elected office for one (1) year, upon completion of their term.

 

Section 3.  In the event that the chairperson is removed, or is unable to fulfill  his/her the duties of

chairperson, the 1st Vice Chairperson will move up and the 2nd Vice Chairperson will move up and the office of 2nd Vice Chairman will be filled by election at that time.

 

Section 4.  If any officer is absent (unexcused) for three (3) consecutive meetings, that office may be declared vacant, and filled as stated in this article.

 

Section 5.  Any other officer may be appointed as deemed necessary by the chairperson, in accordance with these by-laws and approved by the membership.

 

Section 6.  Nominations for officers will be accepted at the September and October meetings, with the election to be held at the October meeting.

 

ARTICLE XI - AMENDMENTS

 

Section 1.  These by-laws of the West Virginia Veterans Coalition Inc., may only be amended at the

annual meeting in October, and only with a majority vote, which all members present are entitled to cast thereon. 

 

Section 2.  Amendments must be presented to the Secretary, at least 60 days prior to the August meeting.   At the meeting prior to the October meeting the secretary will furnish the membership with a copy of the proposed changes.

 

ARTICLE XII - ANNUAL STATEMENT

 

Section 1.  The chairperson shall appoint an audit committee of three members in good standing (current elected officers can not be a member of the audit committee).  The chairperson shall present at the October meeting a full and complete statement of business and financial affairs of the WVVC for the preceding year. Such statement shall be prepared and presented in whatever manner the executive committee shall deem advisable and need not be verified by a certified public accountant.  Must be approved by the membership.

 

ARTICLE XIII - AUXILIARY

 

Section 1.  The West Virginia Veterans Coalition may establish an auxiliary organization, subject to it supervision and recommendations of the executive committee, and approved by the membership.

 

ARTICLE XII - VOTING AUTHORITY

 

Section 1.  All members present at any regular scheduled meeting will have the right to vote on any

business that is legally brought before the West Virginia Veterans Coalition.

 

Section 2.  The Chairman of the WVVC will only vote in case of a tie or on a written ballot.This Constitution and by-laws approved and signed by the following executive members this ______ day of ____________________ 19_____.

 Chairperson _______________________________                                                                        Secretary __________________________________ 

(Approved 18 October 1998 - Signed by Larry P. Shreve and Homer H. Lohr Jr.)

(Amendments approved 19 October 2002)