Last week our Board President Francis Johnson joined our field team and visited the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 410, located in Belington, WV. We spoke to a group of twenty to twenty-five veterans about the work that we are doing to help our veterans, active duty service members, and their families throughout the state of West Virginia.
Throughout the summer we have been meeting with veterans groups throughout the state to mobilize in assisting the current active duty service members with problems that they know and have been affected by themselves. One of the issues that we are working on for the veterans and active duty service members is ensuring that the Uniformed and Overseas Citizen Absentee Voting Act is run in the way that it was intended, rather than the inefficient way it is being executed. With the Uniformed and Overseas Citizen Absentee Voting Act not being run effectively, it takes our service members’ voice away in our political process at all levels of government. We are also working to extend the guarantee of state residency to all spouses and dependents of an active service member. Currently, this guarantee of state residency is only applicable to the service members themselves. We presented a letter that we had drafted to send to Senator Joe Manchin, asking him to address these issues in the Senate and fight for the service members of not only West Virginia but from all over the country. Every single member of VFW Post 410 in attendance of the meeting signed on to our letter for Senator Manchin.
West Virginians for Transparency is working with veterans and active duty service members throughout West Virginia to ensure they have a voice in our political process. The veterans throughout the state and in turn the country have sacrificed for our country and they understand that it is also part of their responsibility to stand up for the active service members today, to ensure that they don’t go through the same difficulties as they did.
If you are interested in getting involved in a West Virginians for Transparency Chapter in your city, visit the “contact” page on our website and sign up!