GOV. JUSTICE RECOGNIZES CHILDREN OF FALLEN PATRIOTS DAY
Gov. Justice also announced that he has issued a proclamation, officially designating Friday as Children of Fallen Patriots Day in West Virginia.
May 13 is recognized across America as a date of appreciation for children who have lost a parent in service to our country.
“There are tens of thousands of children across this great nation who are children who have lost a parent or loved one in the line of duty,” said Gov. Justice. “I can’t fathom and I’ll never say I know what they’re going through.”
The Governor was joined on the briefing by Department of Veterans Assistance Secretary Ted Diaz.
“In the last 40 years, more than 20,000 children lost a parent in the line of duty and many more have lost parents to the wounds that have incurred in the war after they returned,” said Secretary Diaz. “My department has worked with several of these children through our War Orphan Education Program that provides tuition assistance and tuition-free education at our State colleges and universities. We’ll continue to do everything we can to help support the children of our fallen brothers and sisters in arms.”