Members of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 308 are concerned about the future of the Logan Vet Center Outstation in Henlawson, W.Va. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has indicated it wishes to cut funding for facility services and staffing, but will maintain current schedules through Apr. 2, when a town hall will be held to discuss the site’s future.
“I think they’re still going to try to [cut hours], it’s just a matter of they’re putting it off,” chapter member Rudy Varney told MetroNews. Chapter 308 provides space free of charge to house the Logan Vet Center Outstation, which offers counseling services, telemedicine and veteran spousal support.
VA has taken steps to reduce the number on-site employees on site from three to one, Varney says, and service hours to three days a week from four. West Virginia is home to more veterans per capita, he added, and without the center, they would have to drive at least 70 miles to access similar services.
“We’ve helped thousands of veterans here in southern West Virginia and since (U.S.) Sen. (Jay) Rockefeller’s left, it seems like no one really wants to help us keep it going,” Varney said. “I just need the public’s support on [April 2] to show that we still need the Vet Center,” Varney said.