West Virginia University at Parkersburg Veterans Advocate, Shawn Healy, has been appointed to serve on the Veterans Advisory Group for Senator Manchin. The committee is responsible for addressing issues faced by the state’s 167,000 veterans.
Nearly 40 veterans attended the advisory group’s closed door session on earlier this month to share their views on veteran and military issues. Attendees discussed Veterans Affairs hospitals, drug abuse, homelessness, post-traumatic stress disorder, unemployment and suicide.
“I want to thank Senator Manchin for giving me the opportunity to serve on a committee that works to help those who have done so much for our country,” said Healy. “I am privileged and honored to help my fellow comrades and work with other veterans that are a part of the committee to address the issues that can help better serve our veterans.”
While striving to bring awareness to veterans’ physical and mental health issues, the group will assist Manchin in developing legislation for the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and the Armed Services Committee. The group will meet three to four times a year to advise Manchin on various issues related to his committee responsibilities.
The next meeting is planned for this fall and will address homelessness and unemployment. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald and representatives from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the West Virginia Division of Veterans Affairs are expected to attend.