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Hillary Clinton Campaign Press Release - Clinton Campaign Announces West Virginia Veterans for Hillary Steering Committee

April 30, 2008

(Charleston, WV) - The Clinton campaign today announced the formation of the West Virginia Veterans for Hillary Steering Committee. The committee includes retired military personnel and veterans who served during peacetime and in war, including World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and Iraqi Freedom. Brigadier General Jack Yeager, Ret. will serve as the Steering Committee Chair.

"Hillary Clinton is a champion for veterans, soldiers, and military families. She is ready to be Commander-in-Chief on day one," said Brigadier General Jack Yeager, Ret. "The West Virginia Veterans for Hillary Steering Committee will be working in every corner of the state to mobilize support for Clinton. She has a strong record of achievement on issues affecting the military community and will be a staunch advocate for veterans in the White House."

Hillary has fought hard to improve the lives of veterans and military families. In the Senate, Clinton worked to gain access to TRICARE for National Guard and Reserve members. Hillary also fought to improve treatment for post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. The nearly 1,000 West Virginia citizens that join the armed forces each year, along with members of the Army and Air National Guard from the state, now receive regular health screenings to detect Traumatic Brain Injury, thanks to legislation Hillary introduced.

Clinton was instrumental in passing legislation that increased the military survivor benefit from $12,000 to $100,000. She also sponsored legislation to immediately end the prohibition on concurrent receipt that prevents many disabled veterans from receiving both military retirement pay and VA disability pay at the same time.

As President, Hillary will enact a GI Bill of Rights for the Twenty-First Century and will continue fighting to ensure that America keeps its promises to our men and women in uniform. Clinton will work to ensure that all of the 1.8 million uninsured veterans in this country have access to quality, affordable health care. As President, she will commit to getting a fair, accurate, and timely decision for every veteran filing a disability claim.

Veterans interested in becoming involved with the West Virginia Veterans for Hillary Steering Committee should e-mail WVeterans@hillaryclinton.com or contact the Clinton campaign state headquarters at 304-346-1913.

The West Virginia Veterans for Hillary Steering Committee includes;

Chair: Jack E. Yeager, Brigadier General, Ret., WV National Guard (Kanawha County)

Homer Ball, Army (WWII) Mercer County

Russell (Jeep) Ball, Army (WWII) Taylor County

Mike Burdiss, Air Force (Vietnam) Wyoming County

Charles (Dick) Burnside, Army (WWII & Korea) Lewis County

Howard Cashwell, Major Ret., National Guard; Navy (WWII) Summers County

John Clarke, Marine Corps (Vietnam) Ohio County

Lionel Collins, Marine Corps, Ret. (Vietnam) Logan County

Charles Conroy, Army (Vietnam) Kanawha County

Earl Crigger, Army (Vietnam) McDowell County

Gerald Crosier, Army, Monroe County

George (Lee) Fisher, Army (Vietnam) Braxton County

Harry Morgan Freeman, WV Air National Guard (Iraqi Freedom) Berkeley County

Donald Gill , Air Force, Clay County

Keith Gwinn, Navy Retired, Kanawha County

Tommy Harbour, Coast Guard (WWII) Cabell County

Don Kinnard, Navy, Ret., Marine Corps (Vietnam) Putnam County

James Koonce, Army (Korea) Marshall County

Leonard Lancaster, Navy (WWII) Fayette County

John Looney, Army (Vietnam) Ohio County

John McIntyre, Marine Corps (Persian Gulf) Wood County

Anthony Mezzatesta, Army (WWII) Hampshire County

Marlene Middleton, WV Air National Guard, Ret. (Persian Gulf) Fayette County

Gordon Morris, Marine Corps (Vietnam) Wetzel County

Russ Perando, Army, Grant County

Phil Prichard, Army (Vietnam) Marion County

Steve Seago, Army (Vietnam) Tyler County

Charles L. Silliman, Lt. Col. Retired - Air Force, Hardy County

Jacob Stafford, Air Force, Wyoming County

Leatrice (Libby) Stout, Army, Harrison County

Joseph Talbott, Marine Corps, Webster County

John Tiano, Army, Harrison County

Larry Wilder, Army (Vietnam) Kanawha County

Johnny Wilkins, Army (Vietnam) Hardy County

Hershel (Woody) Williams, Marine Corps (WWII), Cabell County

Hillary Clinton, Hillary Clinton Campaign Press Release - Clinton Campaign Announces West Virginia Veterans for Hillary Steering Committee Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/315873

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