LOGAN, W.Va. — On Saturday, November 21, local veteran Troy “Rudy” Varney was honored with a ceremony dedicating a bridge in his name on behalf of his service to the United States and its citizens.
The resolution requesting the “U. S. Marine Private Rudy Varney Bridge” reads:
“Committee Substitute for House Concurrent Resolution No. 34 “(By Delegates R. Phillips, T. Tomblin, J. Barker and J. Eldridge)
“Requesting that bridge number 23-10-22.06 (23A040) on Route 10 in Logan County, West Virginia, be named the “U. S. Marine Private Rudy Varney Bridge”.
“Whereas, USMC Private Varney served as a Marine in the Vietnam War, receiving a Purple Heart for wounds sustained on April 14, 1968, in the Battle of Khe Sahn; and
“Whereas, USMC Private Varney returned to America after the Vietnam War and dedicated his life to serving veterans from Southern West Virginia, establishing and assuming roles of leadership in numerous programs to include the Commander of the local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America for over twenty years and has served in leadership positions on numerous other veterans organizations as well; and
“Whereas, USMC Private Varney was assigned to the Governor’s Council for Veterans Issues across West Virginia; and
“Whereas, USMC Private Varney served as a Veterans driver for years transporting countless veterans to and from appointments at the Veterans Administration Hospitals across the state to ensure all veteran issues were addressed; and
“Whereas, USMC Private Varney is solely responsible for the survival and success of the Henlawson Veterans Center, working to establish programs and opportunities that have assisted countless veterans over the past three decades; and
“Whereas, USMC Private Varney has served on numerous veteran boards, committees and panels established by past governors, elected officials and key veteran leaders to address veterans issues such as homelessness and the creation of veteran graveyards across Southern West Virginia; and
“Whereas, USMC Private Varney has worked closely with the Logan Empowerment, Action and Development Community Organization on events such as Operation Santa and Operation Clean Sweep and the Homeless Count to assist those in need, set an example for others to follow and made Logan a better place to live; and
“Whereas, It is fitting that an enduring testament be established to recognize this native son who has so ably served his state and his country; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
“That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to name bridge number 23-10-22.06 (23A040) on Route 10 in Logan County, West Virginia, the “USMC Private Rudy Varney Bridge”; and, be it
“Further Resolved, That the Commissioner of the Division of Highways is hereby requested to erect signs at both ends of the bridge containing bold and prominent letters proclaiming the bridge the “USMC Private Rudy Varney Bridge”; and, be it
“Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a certified copy of this resolution to the Commissioner of the Division of Highways and Rudy Varney.”
A message from U.S. Senator Joe Manchin III was read by his Manchin’s regional coordinator Michael Browning.
“On behalf of the citizens of the Mountain State, and as your United States Senator, it is my distinct pleasure to welcome those attending the dedication of the Private Rudy Varney Bridge. Rudy is the model of selfless service, humble dedication and devotion to fellow veterans. Naming this bridge for Rudy is an honor not only to him, but to the many men and women he served with, and to his fellow veterans… It is my hope that this special bridge serves as a daily reminder of one of the many brave men who are dedicated to our state and nation”
One of the sponsors of the house resolution, Delegate Rupie Phillips Jr. also attended the bridge dedication.
“I am truly honored to have introduced this bridge dedication in the House and to have worked with Senator Art Kirkendoll and Senator Ron Stollings in the Senate to get it passed through the legislature for Rudy Varney, who works tirelessly to help all veterans in southern West Virginia and is well-deserving of this honor,” Phillips said. “Welcome home, Private Rudy Varney, and thank you for your many years of service.”
Varney currently sits on Senator Manchin’s Veterans Advisory Board.
Martha Sparks is a news reporter and can be reached at 304-752-6950, ext. 1728, or via Twitter at @MarthaSparks.