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Thompson to tour state to talk with military vets

West Virginia's new Secretary of Veterans Assistance will travel the state next month to listen to veterans.

Rick Thompson will open his five-stop tour September 11th in Beckley at the Raleigh County Commission on Aging.

Thompson said to successfully serve veterans, the state must understand the needs they deem most important.

Dave Simmons of Vietnam Vets of America believes the issue of homeless vets needs to be addressed by cutting red tape.

"If we have a veteran that's eligible for a home and when he gets evicted there goes his credit.  His credit is shot when they foreclose on the home, so the federal government needs to step in and say we will finance that home for that veteran," says Simmons.

During the tour Thompson will also make stops in Barboursville, Clarksburg, Martinsburg and moundsville.

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