Senator Manchin's e-Newsletter - March 23, 2017

Senator Manchin
2017-03-23 16:10:43
Click here to open this e-mail in its own browser window <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet//view_newsletter_setup.aspx =SenManchin%2501216996%2501201325%2b-%2b03-20-2017%2beNewsletter%2501175 25.15461470.11524202.14212520%2501manchin%2540unityfeed.com%2501Mr.%2bFe ed%2501Mr.%2bUnity%2bFeed%2501123%2bLane%253cbr%253e%250d%250aCi%252c%2b WV%2b90210%2501> Click here to open a plain text version of this email <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet//view_newsletter_setup.aspx n_text=Y&link=SenManchin%2501216996%2501201325%2b-%2b03-20-2017%2beNewsl etter%250117525.15461470.11524202.14212520%2501manchin%2540unityfeed.com %2501Mr.%2bFeed%2501Mr.%2bUnity%2bFeed%2501123%2bLane%253cbr%253e%250d%2 50aCi%252c%2bWV%2b90210%2501> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenManchin/spring_enew s_banner.jpg> March 23, 2017 Upcoming Events March 31 From Washington, Senator Manchin Skypes with students at Hundred High School. March 31 Senator Manchin participates in a Town Hall on the Miners Protection Act at the UMWA Union Hall in Matewan. April 21 Senator Manchin co-hosts a Regional Job and Resource Fair in Huntington at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena's Convention Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are 105 employers or resources signed up to participate in this job fair, and more are adding every day! Whether you are looking for a new job, wanting to change careers, develop your education or hoping to network with fellow employers or job seekers, there will be something for everyone. The federal agency Office of Personnel Management will be on hand to offer a class called, "How to Find and Get Federal Jobs." If you are an employer and want to register, please contact Vonda with WorkForce West Virginia at 304-528-5525. There is no cost to participate in this event. Save the Date - April 28 Randolph County Job Fair. More details will follow. Save the Date � July 8 The Third Annual Ride for Fallen Service Heroes is scheduled for Saturday, July 8th. More events coming soon. To invite Senator Manchin to your event, click here . Manchin's Mountain Message "A rocket won't fly unless somebody lights the fuse." - Homer Hickam While in the state this past week, I had the honor to host a Student Career Fair and Skype with two astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Middle and high school students from all over West Virginia drove to Charleston to participate in this one-of-a-kind event at the Clay Center, while thousands of others watched online from their schools. I want to thank the two NASA astronauts, Dr. Peggy Whitson and R. Shane Kimbrough for sharing their daily life and giving these students advice on how to pursue careers in science and technology, as well as the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=17525.15461470.11524202.14212520&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2f outreach.senate.gov%2fiqextranet%2fiqClickTrk.aspx%3f%26cid%3dSenManchin %26crop%3d17955.15454940.11524348.14176602%26report_id%3d%26redirect%3dh ttps%253a%252f%252fwww.facebook.com%252fclaycenter%252f%26redir_log%3d67 0061296278253&redir_log=347882903451422> and Channel 13 WOWK for their hard work to make the event such a success. Students also got to participate in the "Out of this World" Student Career Fair at the Clay Center. Nearly 20 employers and universities participated and took the time to talk about future career and education opportunities with these bright students. This was an amazing opportunity for our students. As Homer Hickam said in his book about growing up in Coalwood, WV, "A rocket won't fly unless someone lights the fuse." I believe that this event helped to light the fuse of many West Virginia students, and helped them see possibilities they may have never dreamed of before. To view a video of the skype with the astronauts, please click here <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=17525.15461470.11524202.14212520&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fw vpublic.org%2fpost%2fhouston-we-have-question-wva-students-talk-space-st ation-astronauts%23stream%2f0&redir_log=540876020284712> . Recent Legislation Miners Protection Act "Today, I met with retired UMWA miners that have been coming to Washington D.C. for years to tirelessly fight for the benefits that they have earned and deserve. We are constantly working together to bring this bill over the finish line and to deliver on the promise that we made to them over 70 years ago. These miners and their families are facing yet another deadline and the terrifying uncertainty that comes with not knowing whether they will have health insurance and retirement benefits to pay for life's necessities. I have spoken with President Trump who pledged to work with me to get this done. It's well past time that Congress acted and we must pass the Miners Protection Act now." - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin Manchin Veterans Bill Passes in the Senate This week, the Senate passed Senator Manchin's bipartisan Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing (HIRE) Veterans Act, a bill that will help more West Virginia Veterans get jobs. Senator Manchin is working hard to help all West Virginians find jobs, and has co-hosted 17 job, career or resource fairs in the past year and a half. As a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Senator Manchin works on issues that are important to West Virginia Veterans and their families, and has worked diligently on a Veterans Jobs program. Five years ago, Senator Manchin was proud to form the bipartisan Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus, which was started with the goal of reducing the Veterans unemployment rate. His "I Hire Veterans" Program encourages businesses and congressional offices to hire Veterans. Senator Manchin is proud to have three Veterans on his staff. Senator Manchin also relies on his Veterans Advisory Group, a statewide network of Veterans who routinely provide him feedback and suggestions on legislation and issues facing Veterans. If you are interested in joining this group, please call the senator's Fairmont office at 304-368-0567. More on the Veterans Bill The measure establishes a tiered recognition program within the Department of Labor to award employers based on their contributions to Veteran employment. "I applaud the quick passage of the HIRE Veterans Act, an important piece of legislation that recognizes employers who hire our Veterans," Senator Manchin said. "Over the past couple of years, many American businesses both small and large have joined the effort to hire Veterans and are now doing their part in the fight to reduce our Veterans' unemployment rate. This is tremendous news, but while many employers claim to be Veteran-friendly, there is no nationally recognized standard for employers to aspire to, or for future Veteran employees to seek out. This bill will change that, and it is one more step we can take toward making it easier for our service men and women to find opportunities for good-paying jobs. I look forward to its fast passage in the House and it's signing into law." Senator Manchin introduced the HIRE Vets Act in February with Roy Blunt, a Republican Senator from Missouri. The bill recognizes qualified employers for meeting certain criteria designed to encourage Veteran-friendly businesses, including: what percentage of new hires, or the overall workforce, is made up of Veterans; what types of training and leadership development opportunities are made available; what other benefits and resources are offered, such as tuition assistance; and other factors that demonstrate a commitment to supporting Veterans throughout their post-military careers. The recognition would come in the form of a Medallion Certificate, awarded at the platinum and gold levels. Manchin and Blunt introduced similar legislation in the previous congress. On the Road with Senator Manchin Skype with the International Space Station and an Out of This World Student STEM Career Fair <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenManchin/issskype.jp g> Senator Manchin welcomes the NASA Control Center and the International Space Station before speaking to students about the importance of math, science and technology in our state and nation. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenManchin/sastronauts jpg> Students from across West Virginia ask questions to astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Dr. Peggy Whitson via live Skype broadcast on the International Space Station. To view a video of the skype with the astronauts, please click here <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=17525.15461470.11524202.14212520&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2f outreach.senate.gov%2fiqextranet%2fiqClickTrk.aspx%3f%26cid%3dSenManchin %26crop%3d17939.15456148.11525552.14176602%26report_id%3d%26redirect%3dh ttp%253a%252f%252fwvpublic.org%252fpost%252fhouston-we-have-question-wva -students-talk-space-station-astronauts%2523stream%252f0%26redir_log%3d5 40876020284712&redir_log=069399787411920> . <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenManchin/ooutofthisw orldfair.jpg> Senator Manchin interacts with a young student during the "Out of this World" Student Career Fair, which hosted organizations that encourage interest in the STEM career fields. Town Hall Meetings "I truly appreciate the opportunity to hear from my constituents. Whether that's through attending a town hall, writing a letter, making a call or getting involved in some way. My doors are always open to all West Virginians. I was able to attend four town halls on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this past week in Martinsburg, South Charleston, Huntington and Morgantown. In all, more than 1,200 West Virginians came out to ask their questions and share their concerns. I appreciated the invitations to the town halls and the opportunity to engage in discussion. I encourage everyone to continue to reach out to my office and share your opinions about what matters to you. There is nothing more important to me than staying connected and hearing from the people of my home state." - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenManchin/town_hall_3 JPG> During a display of democracy at its best, Senator Manchin participated in four town halls across the state in Martinsburg, South Charleston, Huntington and Morgantown. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenManchin/motownhall. 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While I have no direct jurisdiction in the administrative matters of any federal, state, or local agency, I welcome the opportunity to assist you with whatever problem you may be experiencing and ask that full consideration be given to your case. Recently my office was able to help Karen Lockett on behalf of her father, 94-year-old World War II Veteran, John Stone from Fayetteville, West Virginia. Mr. Stone had filed a claim with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for an increase in benefits that would make him eligible for additional veteran services. Due to his advanced age, my office was able request that his file be processed expeditiously. If you are a veteran, or know of someone in need of assistance with VA benefits, healthcare or recognition, please let me know. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenManchin/stone.jpg> World War II Veteran John Stone. Please contact one of my offices listed below, or email me to start the case process. 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On the Road with Senator Manchin

Skype with the International Space Station and an Out of This World Student STEM Career Fair

Senator Manchin welcomes the NASA Control Center and the International Space Station before speaking to students about the importance of math, science and technology in our state and nation.

Students from across West Virginia ask questions to astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Dr. Peggy Whitson via live Skype broadcast on the International Space Station. To view a video of the skype with the astronauts, please click .

Senator Manchin interacts with a young student during the "Out of this World" Student Career Fair, which hosted organizations that encourage interest in the STEM career fields.

 

Town Hall Meetings

"I truly appreciate the opportunity to hear from my constituents. Whether that’s through attending a town hall, writing a letter, making a call or getting involved in some way. My doors are always open to all West Virginians. I was able to attend four town halls on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this past week in Martinsburg, South Charleston, Huntington and Morgantown. In all, more than 1,200 West Virginians came out to ask their questions and share their concerns. I appreciated the invitations to the town halls and the opportunity to engage in discussion. I encourage everyone to continue to reach out to my office and share your opinions about what matters to you. There is nothing more important to me than staying connected and hearing from the people of my home state."

- U.S. Senator Joe Manchin

During a display of democracy at its best, Senator Manchin participated in four town halls across the state in Martinsburg, South Charleston, Huntington and Morgantown.  

A constituent asks Senator Manchin a question during the town hall in Morgantown.

 

Spotlight On...

Morgantown Area Meals on Wheels

The Morgantown Area Meals on Wheels has delivered hot, nutritious and affordable meals to senior clients for the past 44 years and is currently celebrating the 15th anniversary of the National March for Meals Campaign.

Do you have a nomination for a Spotlight Feature? Click here to inform my office.

 

 

How May We Help You?

I truly appreciate the opportunity to hear from my constituents. As your U.S. Senator, I am proud to be your voice with government agencies during your time of need. My goal is to provide top-notch customer service for every West Virginian who contacts me, or who may need help.  I have a team of caseworkers in each of my four offices to help you with matters of concern. While I have no direct jurisdiction in the administrative matters of any federal, state, or local agency, I welcome the opportunity to assist you with whatever problem you may be experiencing and ask that full consideration be given to your case.

Recently my office was able to help Karen Lockett on behalf of her father, 94-year-old World War II Veteran, John Stone from Fayetteville, West Virginia. Mr. Stone had filed a claim with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for an increase in benefits that would make him eligible for additional veteran services. Due to his advanced age, my office was able request that his file be processed expeditiously.  If you are a veteran, or know of someone in need of assistance with VA benefits, healthcare or recognition, please let me know.

World War II Veteran John Stone.

Please contact one of my offices listed below, or email me to start the case process.  My team of caseworkers can assist you with a variety of issues including: social security, veterans and black lung benefits, passport and immigration assistance, taxes, housing, student loans and more.

 

To contact me, please click  to visit my website.  To learn more, call my office Toll Free at (855) 275-5737, email me, or find me on social media:

                 

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