SPENCER'S LONGTIME VA OFFICE CLOSING - Will Affect Calhoun, Gilmer, Roane, Wirt And Jackson

Budget cuts are forcing the West Virginia Division of Veterans Affairs to close its Spencer office.

A delay has been requested in the closing of the Spencer office until summer.

The office has served Calhoun veterans for years, among 7,500 veterans in five counties - Calhoun, Jackson, Gilmer, Roane and Wirt.

Vets living in those counties will now have to travel to one of the state's 15 other offices for service after February 13th.

Keith Gwinn, chief veterans affairs officer for West Virginia, said the Spencer office was chosen because it had the lowest number of claims.

The office helps veterans file claims for compensation and pensions, fill out education forms, license applications for veteran tags, reeducation funds and provide assistance for spouses and dependents of veterans.

Gwinn says the agency will have veterans affairs officers from other offices visit the five counties on a regular basis.