LOGAN — The Henlawson Veterans Center hosted a business after hours meeting with the Logan County Chamber of Commerce (LCCC) Tuesday Nov. 10.
Debrina Williams, executive director of the LCCC, explained she was happy the chamber had a chance to highlight the work being done at the Henlawson Veterans Center.
The Henlawson Veterans Center offers state-of-the-art programs to help veterans connect with the care and the programs to which they are entitled.
The center boasts it’s unique ability for veterans to teleconference with doctors at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Huntington.
The center also has two vans on the road nearly every day that deliver veterans to hospital visits.
Councilors and people who connect veterans to assistive programs are also available on site at the Henlawson Veterans Center.
Currently the Henlawson Veterans Center is reaching out to all veterans to come and take advantage of the services they are offer.
The group has been conducting a program of monthly meetings this year designed to draw veterans of modern wars to the center.
Veteran of the U.S. Air Force and Delegate in the West Virginia Legislature Rupie Phillips provided food and prepared a meal for 50 people at the meeting.
Vice President of the Henlawson Veterans Center Andrew Clark addressed the crowd saying, “We just want the community to know what’s going on here. Vietnam Veterans Chapter 308 is the sign on the door, but we help all vets here. It’s all here together.”
Clark explained the center has a councilor employed by the Veterans Administration to treat post traumatic stress disorder and a member of a VetCorps which helps homeless veterans finding housing.
President of the Henlawson Veterans Center Rudy Varney also noted the center’s unique programs for veterans saying, “We have ‘telemedicine.’ We were the first place in the United States that allowed veterans to come and do telemedicine with a doctor out of Huntington.”
Varney implored all veterans to come to the center and see the programs available there for them. Varney added, “I’ve volunteered at this center for 27 years now. We still go out and find Vietnam, World War II and Korean veterans who don’t have an idea that we are here to help them. We can help. We help a lot people, but we are still losing 1,500 Vietnam Veterans a day.”
The veterans center plans to host a Thanksgiving Dinner Nov. 18 and are currently collecting canned and other food goods for that project.
The Henlawson Veterans Center will host it’s monthly meeting Nov. 19. All veterans are encouraged to attend.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]