CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin appointed four combat Veterans to serve on the West Virginia Veterans Council, helping the State Department of Veteran Assistance fulfill its mission of aiding retired military members in the state. The appointments are effective immediately.
"Our men and women in uniform have bravely served our country, and I'm pleased these individuals will continue to showcase their patriotism by ensuring their fellow veterans receive the services and assistance available to them with much deserved gratitude from the people of West Virginia," Gov. Tomblin said.
Gov. Tomblin appointed James McCormick of Mason County to represent combat veterans from Operation Iraqi Freedom. McCormick, enlisted in both the Air National Guard and the U.S. Army, rose to the rank of Captain before retiring due to combat injuries incurred during Operation Iraqi Freedom. McCormick is a decorated veteran having been awarded two Bronze Stars with "V" Combat Valor Device, three Purple Hearts, two Meritorious Service Medals and more. Last year, the New Haven man received the Jefferson Award for civic service as well as the national Congressional Medal of Honor Society's "Citizen Service Before Self Award" for his service with disabled and homeless veterans. McCormick owns and operates Raising Cane Farms, Inc., a non-profit farm that assists veterans with disabilities in agriculture therapy and training.
Gov. Tomblin reappointed Miles Epling of Mason County to represent Vietnam Veterans; reappointed Bill Harris of Marshall County to represent World War II Veterans; and James DeCarlo of Kanawha County to represent Korean War Veterans on the W.Va. Veterans Council.
The mission of the W.Va. Veterans Council is to determine the general administrative policies of the State Department of Veterans Assistance, to examine the efficiency of the department, to exercise supervision over the operations of the department, to advise the governor and legislature with respect to legislation affecting the interests of veterans, their widows, dependents, and orphans, among other duties.
Amy Shuler Goodwin