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Humphreys talks with veterans, students on visit to Panhandle

October 11, 2002|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

Second District congressional candidate Jim Humphreys was in the Eastern Panhandle Thursday to visit with veterans groups and school students.

At the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 896 in Martinsburg, W.Va., the Democrat talked to veterans about concerns they had about health care and pensions.

The veterans are looking for someone to address the inability of veterans to receive both a pension and disability benefits, Humphreys said.

If a veteran is receiving a pension and is also found to be disabled, the veteran cannot receive both of the benefits, Humphreys said.

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"They're very interested in that," Humphreys said.

Veterans also are concerned about a proposal that would require veterans to pay a $1,500 deductible before being covered for health care, Humphreys said.

The proposal is being considered as a way to deal with a national deficit, Humphreys said.

After meeting with the veterans, Humphreys headed to Page Jackson Elementary School in Jefferson County to read to students. He later took a walk through downtown Charles Town and read to students at the Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson County.

Accompanying Humphreys was Adam Clymer, the Washington, D.C., correspondent for the New York Times.

Clymer said he has been traveling around the country writing stories for the newspaper about U.S. House of Representatives races that are expected to be close in the Nov. 5 election.

Clymer said he has not caught up with Humphreys' challenger, U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., although he planned to watch the two debate tonight at 7 p.m. at the Apollo Civic Theatre in Martinsburg.

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