VA Mobile Vet Center at Triple S Harley-Davidson


Operation Welcome Home and the VA Mobile Vet Center will be on site at Triple S Harley-Davidson on Thurs, 22 Oct from 11am-2pm for Veteran Suicide Awareness and to field any other Veteran-related questions you may have. You can schedule an individual appt ahead of time by contacting Jesse at (304) 291-4303.

Hope you can make it out and see us and maybe even shop for some cool riding gear while you’re at it. Don’t forget, The Greene Turtle is open now too so that’s prime time to grab some grub and check your Veteran Benefits at the center!

Flier is attached and I ask that you please share this information with your friends and colleagues that may find it useful or know someone who may.   Thanks for your continued support of Operation Welcome Home as we, alongside our partners, strive to provide our Veterans with the best services possible.





P.S.  As a side note, the 22nd was not a date chosen arbitrarily.  That is the average number of our Nations Veterans who take their own lives each day.  Hence, the Mobile Vet Center makes a showing at different venues on that date each month so we never lose sight.


“Chill-Fest” with Pizza and Video Games at Mylan Park


Kick back, relax and enjoy some after-hours fun with like-minded Veterans and their friends and family!

Operation Welcome Home will be hosting a “Chill-Fest” at their facility in Mylan Park, complete with video gaming, fellowship, soda, snacks and pizza provided by Little Caesars.

Tuesday, June 30 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Please RSVP by emailing or call (681) 212-9264.

Come on out, make some new friends in Morgantown with similar interests or experiences, and be sure to share this with your network!

Ramada Inn Job Fair


Come out to the Ramada Inn Job Fair on Friday May 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. held in the Ramada Conference Center on 20 Scott Avenue at the intersection of I-68 and I-79.

Stop by the fair, fill out an application and stay for an open interview!

A list of open positions, part-time and full-time, includes: Banquet Manager, Banquet Server, Dining Room Servers, Dishwasher, Front Desk, Housekeeping and Bartender.

For more information, please call (304) 296-3431.

Work Opportunities Job Fair

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the WVU Erickson Alumni Center

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The goal of the job fair is to merge qualified job seekers with employment opportunities to build a competent and inclusive workforce.

The job fair is open to any job seeker, however an emphasis will be placed on recruiting job seekers with disabilities.

The fair will feature a resource room, where local agencies will give information on the disability services they offer. Individual interview rooms will be available so that job seekers and employers can conduct on-site interviews. Interpreters for the deaf and programs in Braille will both be available.


In Dogs We Trust: The Journey of a Veteran Traveler

Press Release

AKC Service Dog Honoree for 2014 and his Veteran Visit Morgantown to Talk Prevention of Veteran Suicide

By Margaret Glenn
March 10, 2015

B7Z_SXiCQAAS9GHOn March 19, 2015 Vietnam Veteran Lon Hodge will be accompanying his start Labradoodle, Gander, to present to over 80 rehabilitation counseling professionals associated with the graduate degree program in Clinical Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling at West Virginia University (WVU). The topic? In Dogs We Trust: The Journey of a Veteran Traveler.

Lon will be talking about: Issues facing veterans; how veterans have succeeded; what still needs to happen and how we can help; and the role of service dogs in recovery for veterans. Gander will be waiting for a tennis ball to come his way while he is supporting his guy.

Lon is here to also visit the Hearts of Gold Service Dog Program that is a joint venture between WVU and the non-profit, Human Animal Bond. He will be speaking with WVU students participating in the service dog training classes and visit the new training facility on the WVU farm. He will also meet with the WVU military psychology student group.

He will learn more about ROVER (Returning our Veterans to Employment and Reintegration), a collaborative program between WVU and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) that seeks to investigate the therapeutic benefits of service dogs that are trained to provide physical and psychological assistance to Veterans with from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). For more information, go to

More About the Veteran Traveler Team

Vietnam veteran Lon Hodge struggled for years with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder until he got a PTSD service dog named Gander. Lon says that Gander has saved his life. Now, Lon and Gander help other vets and work to raise awareness about PTSD, veteran suicide and service dogs.

Gander was rescued from a high kill shelter by a service dog training program. He was trained in a prison based program. He was an AKC ACE Service Dog Award Honoree in 2014, quite an achievement for a mixed breed Labradoodle!

Since the publication of In Dogs We Trust, Gander Service Dog and Veteran Traveler Lon Hodge have traveled 17 states in service to veterans and trauma survivors. They have visited dozens of hospitals, community groups, and businesses advocating for veterans, trauma survivors, service dogs, and alternatives to suicide. Since the book Gander, through his Facebook page, has helped place dozens of survivors with service dogs, donated thousands of dollars worth of books to veterans and senior citizens hospitalized, and volunteered hundreds of hours of crisis help, and dozens of internet media and community seminars and workshops.

They have developed a PACK of community members and carry out their charitable wishes: Planned Acts of Community Kindness permit Gander and Veteran Traveler to identify survivors in short term (and legitimate) need that the PACK can easily help directly and with confidence.

Hodge and Gander are on the road interviewing the families of US veterans who committed suicide; the result will be a book, Fetch, which he aims to self-publish early next year. This book will personalize 22 of the stories of the 8,000 veterans lost to suicide annually in America. During the journey they are chronicling the Post Traumatic Successes of those who have won their battles with pain and isolation.

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To Learn More, Contact

Dr. Margaret Glenn
Associate Professor
Coordinator of Clinical Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling
Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling & Counseling Psychology
College of Education and Human Services
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV 206506
304.685.9408 (cell)