West Virginia has an impressive record of sending our sons and daughters to serve the nation in the armed services. Nearly 170,000 Mountain State residents - about one-tenth of our population -have served in the military.
And state residents have a long tradition of supporting those who have served us, both while they are in uniform and afterward, in civilian life.
But our state's limited resources have meant we can never do as much as we would like. That makes it vital for us to know what state services our veterans need most, in order that state government funding can be targeted appropriately,
State legislators are attempting through a major survey to learn more about veterans and their needs. Information being sought includes that about families, health, work and education.
The mechanism chosen to conduct the survey is a mass mailing of postcards - 8,000 of them - to veterans. The cards were mailed this month.
Also being used in the survey is a toll-free telephone number veterans can call to provide information. It is 855-299-6605.
If you are a veteran, we encourage you to participate in the survey. The more responses that are received, the more accurate the picture lawmakers will receive of how West Virginia can serve those who have served us so selflessly.