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Mtn. Talk: Widows of Miners with Black Lung

Mtn. Talk: Widows of Miners with Black Lung

Vickie Salyers holds a photo of her late husband Gene, who passed away from complications with black lung in 2013.

In this episode we’re exploring a different side of our region’s black lung epidemic.  WMMT’s Ohio Valley Resource Reporter, Sydney Boles, brings us an hour of interviews with women who lost their spouses to black lung disease.  Sydney spoke with Joyce Birman, Vickie Salyers, Nancy Potter, and Deborah Boggs who share fond memories of their husbands, as well as stories of some of the struggles they faced living with black lung and trying to access benefits.  She also talks with Evan Smith, an attorney with AppalReD Legal Aid, about the federal black lung benefits system: and  a program that was designed to help miners and their families that is now mired in bureaucracy.

Joyce Birman holds a photo of her late husband George, who passed away from complications with black lung in 2013.

Music on this episode features Carla Grover with a tune called “Could You Love Me One More Time”  from the album Hush, My Restless Soul. That album was produced by Appalshop’s own June Appal Recordings.

 

Nancy Potter holds an image of her late husband, Richard, who passed away from complications with black lung in 1997. Nancy is still waiting on black lung benefits.

 

Tags:
Appalachia,
black lung,
coal,
healthcare,
Public Health,
women,
Women's History Month,

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