Bridgeport, W.Va. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant addressed the West Virginia VFW Ladies Auxiliary today in Bridgeport and then signed up to join the organization.
Secretary Tennant’s father is a Korean War veteran and her husband is a member of the US Navy Reserves, so she is eligible to join the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Tennant says it is an organization she has always held in the highest esteem.
“Those who fight for our freedom are heroes, but so are the mothers, wives and family members left back at home,” Tennant says. “When my husband, Erik, was stationed in Afghanistan, it was the hardest year of my life. It truly opened my eyes to the hardships all military families face.”
At today’s Ladies Auxiliary School of Instruction, Secretary Tennant discussed the Office’s upcoming initiatives to increase voter registration and ideas for possible legislation to introduce that would benefit West Virginia veterans.
“When I was first elected Secretary of State, I realized the Office wasn’t doing enough to help the men and women who were serving overseas fighting for our way of life, our freedom, our right to vote,” Tennant recalls.
One of Tennant’s very first orders of business as Secretary of State was allowing deployed military members the option to e-mail their absentee ballots. Prior to Tennant taking office, the process for deployed individuals to vote absentee could take several weeks. Now it can take a matter of minutes.
Tennant also shared with the auxiliary members details of her recent visits to all four of West Virginia’s VA Medical Facilities, where she asked tough questions regarding long wait times for veterans seeking care.
Other aspects of the work being done by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, such as Cancer Aid and Research and Youth Activities, were also discussed at the School of Instruction.