KEVIN ALTICE'S STORY; Congressional Record Vol. 162, No. 55
(House of Representatives - April 12, 2016)

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                          KEVIN ALTICE'S STORY

  (Mr. JENKINS of West Virginia asked and was given permission to 
address the House for 1 minute.)
  Mr. JENKINS of West Virginia. Mr. Speaker, the war on coal is a 
reality in West Virginia.
  Let me introduce to you Kevin Altice of Mount Hope. He describes 
himself as a former coal miner. Why? Because he lost his job just a few 
months ago. He is now going back to school, but he worries about his 
fellow miners trying to find jobs.
  Kevin is a West Virginia coal voice. Here is what he wrote to me:
  ``A lot of coworkers have had to move out of State for employment, a 
sad trend that needs to stop.
  ``Luckily, my wife is a schoolteacher, which helps on our income, but 
we have seen how the downturn in the coal industry has even impacted 
our education system.
  ``We, as West Virginians, are in dire times, and something needs done 
to protect our futures.''
  That is Kevin's story.
  As we work to diversify our State's economy, we cannot forget about 
providing education and retraining for these miners. My bill, the 
Assisting America's Dislocated Miners Act, will help provide retraining 
opportunities for more miners like Kevin. Our coal miners are 
hardworking, determined, and proud to provide for their families. All 
they need is a chance.

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