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March 23, 2017
From Washington, Senator Manchin Skypes with students at Hundred High
Senator Manchin participates in a Town Hall on the Miners Protection
Act at the UMWA Union Hall in Matewan.
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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 here
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 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
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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
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