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Honoring the Life of Jonah Edward Kelley, Celebrating the Future

Jonah Edward Kelley is an American hero and a son of West Virginia. While serving in Germany in World War Two, Sergeant Kelley was awarded the Medal of Honor for extraordinary courage under fire when he saved the lives of his fellow soldiers while sacrificing his own. He gave his life so that someone else could come home to America. They came back, they got married, and they raised families.

The award named in his honor was given for the 70th time on Thursday in Keyser, and I had the honor of speaking to the students, community leaders, and distinguished guests. It was a pleasure to witness the Keyser community carrying on the legacy of a man who helped make America great and a humbling experience to meet the nominees.

You can read more about the event here.

 

Working For Our Seniors

Yesterday, my office hosted a seniors’ summit to discuss the priorities for West Virginia’s senior citizens. Seniors in rural areas face unique difficulties and it is important we discuss how to overcome those hardships. Rural America is a place where those most in need of services often have the fewest options. At yesterday’s summit we learned about how we can be more effective in ensuring West Virginia’s seniors have a better quality of life.

We had a productive discussion on Medicare, transportation, financial planning, and many other issues facing rural seniors. Now, we will take what we learned and apply those lessons to policies in Washington.

Skeptical of Iran “Deal”

After extending the talks beyond the original deadline, President Obama’s negotiators reached the outline of a framework of a deal to be discussed for three more months and announced then. Seriously.

The announcement this week raises more questions than it answers – primarily, how does this keep Iran from threatening its neighbors in the region, especially our ally Israel, whom Iran says must be destroyed. I will continue to push the President to include Congress and seek its approval for any final deal.

Light It Up Blue

As the grandfather of a special-needs child, April 2nd was an important day for me. World Autism Awareness Day is led by Autism Speaks and does a wonderful job of raising awareness about the challenges these families face. Head over to my Facebook page for more information.

Historic Church Lost to Fire

This Easter Weekend, please say an extra prayer for the parish of St. John Catholic Church in Benwood. Early this week, the church caught fire and the blaze tore through the storied building.

Though the parishioners have been welcomed in at nearby parishes, this is a blow to the community. Please keep them in your thoughts. Read coverage from the Wheeling Intelligencer here.

Have a blessed Easter,

David McKinley

 

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