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If you are interested in making a positive impact on the lives of Virginia’s youth, then we want you to become part of our Team!  Rural Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility located in Jarratt, Virginia seeks positive role models to work directly with adolescent boys and girls in a psychiatric residential treatment program.  The Youth Service Worker is responsible for role-modeling healthy behavior, teaching life skills, administering a trauma informed behavioral support program, and leading youth in and participating in social, cultural, and recreational activities.  This position supervises youth in the residential unit and on off-campus activities and appointments.

Must possess the availability to work weekends, evenings, holidays, and nights.  Supreme flexibility required. 

Seeking candidates with Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology, Sociology or other Human Services field.   Experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

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Brat, McEachin highlight importance of bipartisanship

By Coleman Jennings, VCU Capital News Service

RICHMOND – Though they come from different sides of the aisle, two Virginia congressmen came together for a moderated discussion on entrepreneurship and economic growth. U.S. Reps. Dave Brat, a Republican from Glen Allen, and A. Donald McEachin, a Democrat from Richmond, highlighted the importance of bipartisan cooperation in moving Virginia and the nation forward.

While Brat and McEachin disagreed over issues such as health care, they found common ground in supporting broadband service in rural areas and deregulation that will stimulate business growth.

“If you don’t have internet, you can forget about bringing jobs in,” McEachin, who was elected last fall, told the approximately 80 people who attended Thursday’s forum, which was sponsored by the Urban League of Greater Richmond Young Professionals.

Brat, a tea party stalwart who advocates for limited government, agreed that expanding infrastructure is important for business growth. “I’m trying to be as pro-business as I can on every policy I’m for,” he said at the event, held at the Richmond Times-Dispatch building.

Although the officeholders were cordial and friendly to each other, such sentiments were not shared by some members of the audience. About a dozenmembers of the audience jeered at Brat, frequently interrupting his answers with scoffs. A small group in attendance continually raised red index cards every time Brat said something they didn’t like.

The topics for discussion were prepared beforehand and presented by the moderator T. Otey Smith, a principal of RLJ Equity Partners in Bethesda, Md. Each congressman was given about three minutes to give his take on the given question.

The two men may not often see eye to eye on certain issues. But on Thursday night, they frequently agreed on certain aspects of the discussion and exchanged encouraging words on topics where they shared similarities.

The discussion was not without its disagreements. One that stood out was health care. McEachin supported former President Barrack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. “Obamacare didn’t do everything right, but all the problems in the health-care system were not created by Obamacare either,” McEachin said.

He criticized President Donald Trump and other Republican officials for their vow to repeal and replace Obamacare. “They don’t have a lot of places to go to fix our health-care system and make it look different from Obamacare.”

Brat started off by calling Obamacare “in the ditch,” saying it “focused on coverage up front and paid no attention to price – prices have gone up 105 percent under Obamacare.” Brat is in favor in delegating health-care coverage to the states rather than having the federal government issue mandates.

“Politicians are not good at running things. Let’s bring that power down to the state level,” he said.

Brat represents Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, which stretches from Chesterfield County to Culpeper. As an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, he won the seat in 2014 by upsetting House Minority Leader Eric Cantor.

McEachin represents the 4th Congressional District, which includes Richmond, Petersburg and parts of Chesterfield and Henrico counties. An attorney, he previously served 17 years in the Virginia General Assembly.

After the hourlong discussion, both men shook hands and stayed around to talk to constituents. Some attendees said the respect Brat and McEachin showed for each other provided a model for other members of Congress.

“I think bipartisanship is key, especially in a time like this,” said Mark Stafford, a resident of Brat’s district. “I don’t want to watch my country waste away.”

Veterans center will be named for 2 war heroes

By Coleman Jennings, VCU Capital News Service

RICHMOND – A veterans health-care center planned for Virginia Beach will be named for two war heroes from the area, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday during a ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial. The facility will be called the Jones & Cabacoy Veterans Care Center.

“I am proud to announce that we are naming the new veterans care center after two Tidewater natives who served Virginia and our nation,” McAuliffe told a crowd of about 100 people. The facility – a long-term nursing care center that will be the first of its kind in Hampton Roads – will carry the names of:

  • Col. William A. Jones III, a Norfolk native who received the Medal of Honor for rescuing a fellow pilot in Vietnam in 1968. He died in an airplane accident near Woodbridge in 1969.
  • Army Staff Sgt. Christopher F. Cabacoy, a Virginia Beach native who died in 2010 when insurgents in Kandahar, Afghanistan, attacked his vehicle with a homemade bomb.

The veterans care center will sit on a 26-acre site next to the planned extension of Nimmo Parkway. The land for the site was donated by the city of Virginia Beach. The 128-bed facility will feature all private rooms, organized into households and neighborhoods that surround a central community center.

The center will specialize in caring for patients with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other chronic illnesses. It will provide both long-term nursing care and short-term rehabilitation.

The center will be operated by the Virginia Department of Veteran Services, which already runs similar facilities in Richmond and Roanoke.

The Jones & Cabacoy Veterans Care Center is expected to open in late 2019. At about the same time, the state plans to open the Puller Veteran Care Center in Fauquier County, which will offer similar services.

Also at Wednesday’s ceremony, McAuliffe signed four bills aimed at helping veterans and their families:

The new laws will take effect July 1.

Hundreds attend service for slain officer

By Coleman Jennings, VCU Capital News Service

POWHATAN, Va. – Hundreds of people, including the governor and police officers from across the country, attended a “celebration of life” Saturday for Virginia State Police Special Agent Michael Timothy Walter, praising his work with disadvantaged youth.

The service for Walter, who was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious vehicle in Richmond last week, drew a large crowd to Powhatan High School. Walter was a Powhatan County resident and active in the community.

“I’ve never seen this many people for a funeral,” said Larry Kessler, a friend of Walter’s. More than half of the attendees were fellow law enforcement officers and first responders from as far away as Colorado and Maine.

The tearful crowd packed into the school gymnasium to hear from some of Walter’s closest friends, as well as from Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

“We’re here today to offer our gratitude and compassion for Special Agent Mike Walter,” McAuliffe said. He noted that this is the fourth funeral in his tenure that he has attended for a slain state trooper.

Walter, who was 45 years old and an 18-year veteran of the Virginia State Police, was fatally shot May 26 in Mosby Court, a public housing project in Richmond’s East End, following an altercation. Walter was taken to VCU Medical Center, where he died around 5 a.m. the following morning.

Walter served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a combat veteran of Operation Desert Storm. He is survived by his wife, Jamie, and their three children.

Besides working for the Virginia State Police, Walter was a wrestling coach and started a nonprofit organization – the Powhatan Youth Wrestling and Community Development Corp. – to serve disadvantaged youths in Powhatan. Friends and associates from the Blackhawk Gym, where the nonprofit is based, spoke at the service.

“He had a God-given gift,” said Richard Fitzsimmons, holding back tears. He recalled Walter’s drive and determination to inspire those around him to achieve success.

“Mike’s motives were pure. He wanted to be the best at everything, and he sought to bring those around him to the same level,” added Rob McMillin, a board member of Blackhawk Gym. “He pursued excellence with a manic discipline.”

Capt. Steven Chumley of the Virginia State Police gave the eulogy for Walter and offered closing remarks. “This is the hard part for us,” he said. “We must finish what Mike started.”

Authorities have arrested Travis Ball, 27, in connection with Walter’s death. He is being held at the Richmond City Jail.

Slain officer’s nonprofit organization

On its website, the Powhatan Youth Wrestling and Community Development Corp. explains that it is “dedicated to promoting, fostering and mentoring kids involved in our club and community to become solid citizens. We achieve this stated goal by teaching and demanding high standards of character, integrity, and making the right choices in life. We strive to instill physical health, sportsmanship, self-confidence, self-esteem and strong values of dedication, persistence, hard work, and honesty.”

“As a community we realize that young kids make mistakes and require parents and community organizations, such as ours to assist in teaching kids the values and skills necessary to overcome mistakes,” the organization’s mission statement reads. “We in Powhatan Youth Wrestling and Community Development Corporation strive to help kids reach their full potential in life, school and in competition.”

How to help

You can make a donation to the Walter family by contributing to the Virginia State Police Association’s Emergency Relief Fund(http://vspa.org/initiatives/emergency-relief-fund). Put “Walter’s Family” in the memo section.

The Powhatan Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization is collecting donations for Jaime Walter, the slain agent’s widow. A list of items that you can donate is on the Powhatan Elementary PTO’s Facebook page.

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