§9A-1-4. Duties and functions of Veterans' Council; appointment of
secretary; honoring academic achievement at military
(a) It is the duty and function of the Veterans' Council to
advise the secretary on the general administrative policies of the
department, to select, at their first meeting in each fiscal year
commencing on July 1, a chairperson to serve one year, to advise
the secretary on rules as may be necessary, to advise the Governor
and the Legislature with respect to legislation affecting the
interests of veterans, their widows, dependents and orphans and to
make annual reports to the Governor respecting the service of the
department. The secretary has the same eligibility and
qualifications prescribed for members of the Veterans' Council.
The secretary ex officio shall maintain all records of the
(b) The Veterans' Council may annually honor each West
Virginian graduating from the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S.
Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Coast
Guard Academy with the highest grade point average by bestowing
upon him or her the "West Augusta Award." The award shall be in a
design and form established by the council and include the famous
Revolutionary War phrase from which the award's name is derived:
"Once again our brethren from West Augusta have answered the call
to duty." The council shall coordinate the manner of recognition of
the recipient at graduation ceremonies with each academy.