Geffert is best choice for West Virginia


Sandra Lynch

Martinsburg

When listening to WV State Senator Hannah Geffert speak recently, I heard something I have not heard from any other candidate in this election: concern for the many homeless veterans who live in our area. As a veteran myself, this is an important topic that needs attention. My brothers and sisters deserve care and consideration!

Our state has a proud history of service. West Virginia has one of the highest numbers of veterans per capita of any of the states. West Virginia had the fifth-highest percentage of servicemen during World War II. More West Virginians served in the Vietnam War than any other state per capita and a majority of them were enlisted. Sadly, West Virginia had the highest casualty rate per capita in the Viet Nam conflict.

Berkeley County is home to the 167th Airlift Wing, which has provided support to Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, among others, and supported the departure of the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade departure from Afghanistan.

But life here after service is not so good for many of our veterans. According to the website Wallethub, West Virginia ranks 39th among states for quality of life for veterans, and 36th in health care.

Much of the responsibility for veterans, rests with the Federal Government, however, there are things the state can do, like provide assistance to find housing and jobs. In Martinsburg, there are homeless vets who have a place to sleep at night, but no place to be during the day. Yet many are upset when vets congregate in public places.

Saying, “Thank you for your service” is not enough. We must do better for those who served, we must do as Senator Geffert suggests and do more.

Thank you Senator Geffert for talking about this important issue. Her advocacy is one of the reasons I will vote for her to keep her seat in the West Virginia Senate. I ask you to vote for her, too.


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