Growing up in Moundsville, WV, Jay Stout listened to the stories of his grandfathers who both served in World War II, one of whom was present during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Stout’s father was a coal miner and Vietnam veteran that struggled with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and addiction, the latter of which he eventually succumbed to when Stout was just 19 years old.
Shortly after graduating high school, Stout joined the United States Navy as a search & rescue swimmer and helicopter crewman, where he served for six years. After a career as a physician recruiter, he decided to pursue a role where he could positively contribute to society and people in need. He pursued a bachelor’s degree in social work at West Liberty University, eventually earning a master degree from the University of New England in the field.
After earning his graduate degree, Stout worked with the geriatric population in the Southwestern Pennsylvania region. With the goal of ensuring their clients were comfortable and able to remain in their homes, his agency provided community healthcare goods and services. It was during this period that Stout recognized that despite his best efforts, much of the resources available for seniors fell short of what they deserve. He felt that the people he served every day were often left suffering in silence, with little income and even less support.
Although his work and education had him travel to various parts of the US, Stout’s heart and family remained in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia. He decided to return to Moundsville to found Forever Honored Veterans. It has been his life-long dream to provide quality care and support to the retired men and women of the armed forces. Now that his dream has been realized, the true work begins.