Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

July 18, 2013

Mobile clinic an answer to prayers

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— — For the past 21 months since the death of my husband, a Vietnam veteran, I have been working with Al Hancock, Wayne Griffith, Mark Wills and several others, writing letters and more letters to our legislators requesting support of a VA outpatient clinic in Mercer County. Well, our prayers have been answered, our voice has been heard! Mercer County veterans, as well as veterans from surrounding counties, will have access to health care services right here in Mercer County without having to travel to Beckley.

The mobile clinic will save veterans time and money. This is a step in the right direction. I am asking all veterans to utilize the mobile clinic once available; otherwise we could lose the chance of having a permanent outpatient clinic. I will continue the fight for a stand-alone outpatient VA clinic for Mercer County, but until then, this is a huge step for our veterans and for Mercer County. 

If you are a veteran, and are not yet registered with the VA, make plans now to register. There is a VA office located at the Memorial Building in Princeton, stop by the VET Center located on Mercer Street in Princeton or register online at Just click on the “Register Now” link. You may not require services at the present time, but when you do, you will already be in the system. We owe so much to our veterans for their sacrifice on behalf of our state and nation.

Thank you Congressman Nick Rahall, Senator Joe Manchin and Senator Jay Rockefeller, our local legislators and all those concerned citizens who wrote letters, made phone calls or just supported this initiative. Without you this would not have been possible.

Don’t forget to thank a veteran!

Marie E. Blackwell