CHARLESTON, W.Va.--Veterans in wheelchairs have a tough time fitting through the door at the Beckley office of the state Department of Veterans Assistance.
It's not much better once they're inside, according to a state review.
The Beckley office is one of several state veterans facilities that's in danger of violating federal law because it's either too small, doesn't offer enough privacy or doesn't adequately store confidential information, as outlined in a report from the state Legislature's Performance Evaluation and Research Division.
"I think, like all Americans, our veterans deserve the utmost care. They've earned it," said Legislative Auditor Aaron Allred.
"And we need to make sure that those veterans who are disabled can easily access the state Department of Veterans Assistance offices."
State lawmakers serving on a government operations and organizations committee were scheduled to receive the report at a meeting late Tuesday night.
The auditor's office examined six of the 16 field service offices operated by the department. The offices offer local veterans help obtaining and applying for benefits, according to the department's website.
The offices in Beckley, Lewisburg, Logan, Huntington and Princeton are potentially out of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, federal privacy laws or both, the report states.
A 2012 survey of almost 1,200 West Virginia veterans found about 42 percent reported having some sort of service-connected disability. As of 2009, More than 25,000 West Virginia veterans received disability compensation monthly.
There are roughly 170,000 veterans in West Virginia.
Hallways and doorways in the Beckley and Lewisburg locations are too small to meet ADA standards.