West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, a conversation about criminal justice reform and issues facing the state's veterans.



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About 40 percent of veterans who receive medical care through the Veterans Health Administration are now covered at urgent care clinics. This expansion of benefits for veterans is part of the Mission Act, which went into effect last month. 

You might not expect a veteran to be less-than-honorably discharged due to mental trauma...but that’s the issue many veterans are facing today. One student at West Virginia University is going around the state with lawyers to help veterans get access to benefits.

"Still Taking Casualties" Puts a Face on Veteran Suicide

May 24, 2016

Iraq War veteran Mark Combs was fed up and wanted to do something. He had just answered the phone in the spring of 2014 and was told another buddy had killed himself.

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Kanawha County is establishing a special court for military veterans.

Sheriff's Sgt. Brian Humphreys says the county's adult drug court will offer a separate track for veterans. He says the court will work with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to divert veterans into rehabilitation programs.

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has signed a lease agreement for a clinic site in Fairlea.

The Register-Herald reports the clinic will serve about 1,700 veterans in the region.

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The Nitro City Council has voted to spend $60,000 on a World War I memorial park.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the appropriation, approved Tuesday night, will match a federal grant.