West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.


West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.


West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.


West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.


West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.


Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.


Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Governor Tomblin, Secretary Thompson, Woody Williams Dedicate New Memorial

Governor Tomblin honors the memory of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and pays tribute to their families
Photo courtesy of the Governor's Office
Gov. Tomblin honors the memory of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and pays tribute to their families
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Department of Veterans Assistance Secretary Rick Thompson, and Medal of Honor recipient Hershel "Woody" Williams today dedicated the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument at the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery (DCKMSVC). The monument is a tribute to families who have lost a loved one in combat. It is the first of several Gold Star monuments slated to be installed at locations throughout the country.

"Our state is home to many men and women who have served with dedication and honor, some of whom have made the ultimate sacrifice. Today, we pay tribute to those left behind, the families who've lost a loved one in combat," Gov. Tomblin said. "West Virginians have always answered the call for help-whether here at home or halfway around the world. As we dedicate this monument, I hope we will all take a moment to remember those who've made the ultimate sacrifice and honor their families-the mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers. You are in our thoughts and prayers."

"When a family sends their son, daughter, brother or sister to defend America's freedoms, it isn't just the service member who is at war-it's the entire family," Secretary Thompson said. "The loved ones of those who pay the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country deserve our sincerest condolences, thanks and respect. I am proud to dedicate a monument in recognition of their courage and I am grateful to the Hershel "Woody" Williams Medal of Honor Foundation for working diligently to establish this tribute at the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery."

"West Virginia is known to have the most patriots per capita serving America, and lost more of her loved ones per capita in the Armed Forces than any other state," said Medal of Honor recipient Hershel "Woody" Williams. "The dedication of the Gold Star Families Memorial to those who gave one or more of their loved ones is long overdue, and it says to all those who suffered that loss, 'We have not forgotten. We remember.'"

The Hershel "Woody" Williams Medal of Honor Foundation, established in 2012, pursues goals and objectives specific to Hershel "Woody" Williams' vision. The Foundation's projects currently include the promotion, creation, and implementation of Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments throughout the country.

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