CHAPMANVILLE — Everyone is aware of the fact that the wheels of the United States government turn slowly and that sometimes it takes an act of Congress — or Congressman — to get anything achieved.
Larry Workman of Chapmanville, a commander of VFW Post 6153 and a member of the local military funeral squad, says he has been trying for years to get new rifles for the squad.
“I’ve been six years trying to get new rifles throught the government with no luck,” said Workman. “Paper work after paper work, but finally, we finally received the new M-1 Guard rifles.”
Workman said the squad received the rifles with the help of U.S. Congressman Nick Rahall.
“Thanks, Mr. Rahall, we really appreciate it” said Workman. “The new rifles work super.”
Workman said another individual, Dale Baker with Big Eagle Gun and Pawn, was generous enough to ship the old guard rifles back to the government for free.
“Thanks to everyone who helped to make this possible,” said Workman. “We now have new rifles that will fire for our deceased veterans.”
The local funeral squad consists of men and women from VFW Post 6153 of Chapmanville, American Legion Post 103 of Chapmanville whose commander is Carl Bledsoe and DAV Post 39 of Harts whose commander is Tom Perry.
Sqaud members are Bill Marcum, Tom Perry, Jerome Dingess, Darrell Baker, Bob Donthan, Charles Frye, Millard Thompson, Larry Workman, Roger Cabell, Don Jones, Jerry Freeman, James Phillips, Don Wiley, Mike Williams, Carl Bledsoe, Harold Barker, Fred Marcum, Virgil Kirk, Johnny Eskins, O.J. Jeffrey, Bill Dingess and Harry Freeman.