Secretary Rick Thompson, of the state Department of Veterans Assistance, is holding events across the state to let veterans know what his department can do for them and to try to better understand their needs. The first meeting was Wednesday at the Raleigh County Commission on Aging in Beckley.
Ray Erskine, of the Vietnam Veterans of America, said that his fellow veterans are frustrated with the delays in processing claims and hope the system can be improved while they're still around to benefit from it.
Gazette photo by Kenny Kemp.....7.95x6.4.....Rick Thompson, Sec. of the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance speaks to veterans at the Raleigh Co. Commission on Aging.