veterans

3:59pm

Thu July 10, 2014
Politics

Katko unveils plan for veterans, says VA needs to be held accountable

John Katko, the Republican Party candidate for the 24th Congressional District
Ryan Delaney WRVO

John Katko, the Republican candidate for the 24th Congressional District, outlined his five-point plan for veterans Wednesday.

Katko says most people don’t have a problem with the Veterans Affairs system in Syracuse, but emphasized that’s not the case nationwide. Katko said his experience as a federal prosecutor gives him the ability to hold accountable those responsible for falsifying VA records, as seen throughout the country. Katko also emphasized his willingness to reach across the aisle.

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6:52am

Thu June 5, 2014
Health

New bill honors Vietnam vet that died from Agent Orange exposure

Alice Hackett, left, with Rep. Dan Maffei discussing Hackett's late husband, Larry, who died of a cancer likely caused by exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Rep. Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse) has introduced a new bill to compensate Vietnam War veterans sickened by the chemical Agent Orange he says is more comprehensive than previous efforts.

Maffei's bill is named by Larry Hackett, who died in 2006, more than three decades after his service in the army.

Hackett was exposed to Agent Orange while serving in 1968-69. He died from a cancer likely caused by the exposure, at the age of 58. 

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6:58am

Fri May 30, 2014
Politics and Government

Maffei and Hanna join calls for VA secretary's resignation

"Department of Veterans Affairs" by Adam Fagen via Flickr

Central New York’s two congressmen have joined in the calls for the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs to resign.

Pressure on VA Secretary Eric Shinseki is growing over long wait times for patients at VA hospitals. Rep. Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse) and Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld) have both called for Shinseki to step down as the secretary of Veterans Affairs.

They're part of a growing list of congressmen to do so.

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5:38am

Mon May 26, 2014
Regional Coverage

Vietnam War veteran honored, 45 years later

Retired Army Sgt. Lauren Dates with the medals he earned during his service in Vietnam.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A Vietnam War veteran from central New York finally has the combat medals he earned 45 years ago.

It was November 11, 1968 when Lauren Dates earned a dozen combat medals as an Army sergeant. He would have been fine if those awards, including a Purple Heart and bronze star, had showed up at his Cayuga County home in the mail. His wife thought otherwise.

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9:38am

Fri March 21, 2014
veterans

Economic prospects for veterans looking up

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer (D - N.Y.) stand with a group of veterans in 2012.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Military veterans bring a unique skill set when starting their own businesses, but they also face many of the same challenges as non-veteran entrepreneurs.

There are more than 900,000 vets in New York state and the unemployment rate among those who served in the last decade is consistently higher than state and national levels.

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7:59am

Mon March 10, 2014
Regional Coverage

World War II veteran honored with Purple Heart 70 years after turning it down

Staff Sergeant Richard Faulkner receives his Purple Heart from Rep. Dan Maffei.
Tom Magnarelli WRVO

Rep. Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse) awarded a World War II veteran the Purple Heart on Saturday. Staff Sergeant Richard Faulkner turned down the award 70 years ago, but recently had a change of heart.

When 89-year-old Richard Faulkner was 18, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps as a ball turret gunner. In March of 1944, he was wounded after parachuting out of an airplane that crashed in France. Faulkner says it was the scariest time of his life, he spent 29 days behind enemy lines. He was awarded the Purple Heart, but he turned it down.  

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3:54pm

Mon December 16, 2013
Regional Coverage

Fulton school particpates in "Take a Veteran to School Day"

Students and veterans meet on "Take a Vet to School Day."
Gino Geruntino WRVO

Fifth and sixth graders at Granby Elementary School in Fulton got the chance to meet and ask questions to several current and former service members Monday morning, during the school's "Take a Vet to School Day" event. Members of the Army and Navy gave students a look into their lives in the military, including what they did overseas, where they've been stationed, and in one case, what their favorite gun is to shoot.
 

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3:43pm

Mon November 25, 2013
Regional Coverage

Cellphones for vets program starts 6th season

State Sen. John DeFransisco kicks off the sixth season of a cellphones for veterans collection program.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

For the sixth year in a row, State Sen. John DeFransisco is asking central New Yorkers to go through their junk drawers to help someone in the military.

“You got some old cellphones," DeFransisco said Monday, "don’t let them gather dust.”

Instead DeFransisco is asking people to turn them in to locations across central New York bearing the "Cellphones for Soldiers" logo.

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4:41pm

Thu November 7, 2013
Regional Coverage

Schumer announces plan to get veteran benefits moving

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer wants to integrate the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs health records to reduce benefit backlogs and save money.

Schumer is proposing a two-part plan, the first aimed at creating a compatible health record system between the two departments.

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3:10pm

Fri September 27, 2013
Mental Health

Schumer wants better VA, police coordination on mental health

New York Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer, right, wants the Veterans Affairs medical network to better handle mental health issues.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for more coordination between police and Veterans Affairs medical centers to treat veterans with mental health problems.

Schumer, a Democrat from New York, wants the VA to investigate its handling of mentally ill veterans in the wake of a veteran’s shooting spree. Police say Navy veteran Aaron Alexis killed 12 people on a base in Washington D.C. last week.

Schumer says ineffective communication between police and military allowed Alexis to not be treated.

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1:20pm

Thu September 19, 2013
Station Announcement

On air: health care for veterans & the military

This health forum broadcast on WRVO Sunday, November 17 at 7 p.m.

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7:31am

Fri September 6, 2013
Health

Auburn Community Hospital's VA outpatient clinic receives contract extension

Jordan Alexander shows onlookers how the new Telehealth technology links Auburn's VA outpatient clinic to Syracuse.
Gino Geruntino/WRVO

Auburn Community Hospital has renewed its contract with the Department of Veterans Affairs for another five years. The contract, which was signed in July, allows the hospital to continue providing health care and specialty referral services to more than 1,400 veterans in and around Cayuga County through its VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic.

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8:45am

Mon June 17, 2013
Regional Coverage

Strawberry picking provides a patch of help for veterans

Andrew Miller of Clear Path for Veterans greets strawberry pickers at the group's field in Chittenango
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

It's strawberry season in central New York, and one strawberry patch in Chittenango  lets you pick fresh fruit, while helping veterans. The patch at Clear Path for Veterans works as both a fundraiser, and an opportunity for vets to get closer to nature.


 

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10:51pm

Sun June 16, 2013
Regional Coverage

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki celebrates milestones for Syracuse VA hospital

Secretary Shinseki helps hospital officials cut the ribbon symbolizing the grand opening of the new spinal cord wing of the Syracuse VA Medical Center.
Joanna Richards WRVO

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki was in Syracuse last week, to mark the 60th anniversary of the city's VA Medical Center. He also helped to formally open a new Spinal Cord Injury and Disorder Center. 

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9:06am

Fri June 14, 2013
Regional Coverage

VA Secretary Shinseki helps celebrate anniversary of medical center

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is in Syracuse today to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the city's VA Medical Center.

Yesterday, he met with Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and other community leaders who advocate for veterans for a round table discussion at Fowler High school about how to improve veterans' employment prospects.

Shinseki says veterans need to boost their job-seeking skills, but employers need to develop a better understanding of the value veterans can offer their businesses.

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12:50pm

Mon May 27, 2013
Regional Coverage

Memorial Day is "a day to remember" those who served

Marek Pierce, 7-years-old, and her grandfather Will Pierce watch the Fayetteville Memorial Day parade.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Thousands of central New Yorkers lined streets to watch parades, visited memorials and waved American flags today to commemorate Memorial Day.

It's a day to remember those who served in the military and made the ultimate sacrifice.

Here are a few of the sights and sounds from the Memorial Day parade this morning in Fayetteville, N.Y.

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4:32pm

Wed March 20, 2013
Politics and Government

Onondaga County wants to consolidate human services agencies

There could be changes coming to the human services agencies and departments in Onondaga County government.  County Executive Joanie Mahoney says there's a two-fold reason for a proposed realignment.

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6:30pm

Sun February 10, 2013
Regional Coverage

Extended Interview: Matt Zeller on the Campbell Conversations

For eight months in 2008, Matt Zeller was an Army Lieutenant acting as an embedded trainer with Afghan security forces in the Ghazni Province.  Following that, he was a CIA analyst, ran for Congress, and authored a book about his war experiences.  In this edition of the Campbell Conversations, he speaks in powerful and unvarnished terms about his time in Afghanistan, his struggles upon his return to the States, and the shortcomings of American foreign policy in the Middle East.

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3:01am

Tue January 22, 2013
Regional Coverage

Onondaga County increases Veterans Services staff as need goes up

Onondaga County lawmakers this month approved a new staff member for the Veterans Service Agency. an increase of returning veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan is putting more stress on the agency.

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9:23am

Mon January 7, 2013
Politics and Government

Rep. Buerkle says serving in Congress was an honor

Ann Marie Buerkle speaking at the 2012 CPAC in Washington, D.C.
Gage Skidmore Flickr

Last week, the Syracuse area saw returning Democrat Congressman Dan Maffei sworn-in and Republican Representative Ann Marie Buerkle leave office. WRVO's Catherine Loper spoke with Buerkle about the ups and downs of her time in Washington, D.C.

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1:07am

Wed December 12, 2012
Regional Coverage

Vets Peer-to-Peer Outreach Center opens in Watertown

The new Vets Outreach Center opened its doors Friday in Watertown.
Joanna Richards/WRVO

A new center to help veterans through mental health problems opened Friday in Watertown. Veteran volunteers will help their peers get the services they need.

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12:34pm

Mon December 10, 2012
Regional Coverage

Honoring Veterans

6:30pm

Fri December 7, 2012
Health

Zoe Wool on the Campbell Conversations

Zoe Wool is a researcher and writer who has been working with war-injured American soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.

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10:49am

Mon November 12, 2012
Regional Coverage

Upstate universities to focus on rural veterans issues

Upstate social work programs are aiming to provide better rural services for veterans and their families. Universities from across upstate New York, including in Rochester, Buffalo, Albany and Syracuse, are taking part in a program funded by the Department of Health and Human Services to train students in remote areas.

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9:40am

Mon November 12, 2012
Regional Coverage

Veterans Day about more than just a day off

Veterans Day for many people means no school and shopping the sales.  But for veterans, the day means the recognition of their service to this country.

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5:42am

Fri November 9, 2012
Regional Coverage

New complex to offer home for homeless vets

Work is underway on a housing project that will offer apartments to homeless veterans in central New York . The new Van Keuren Square will help a population that is sometimes overlooked.

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1:40pm

Wed October 17, 2012
-From The Soil with Sollecito

Cutting Edge

Jim talks about his trip to Washington, D.C. to see the White House Rose Garden and Michelle Obama's Kitchen Garden.  Listen to his tale about how he donated his pocket knife to the Secret Service.  Looks like no more mumbly peg for Jim until Santa brings him a new one. 

9:46am

Tue August 7, 2012
Regional Coverage

Buerkle wins veterans organization endorsement

Republican Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle is going into the November election with Onondaga County veterans on her side.  

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4:31pm

Tue July 31, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Vets head back to bootcamp, this time to learn entrepreneurship

Mike Haynie, Executive Director of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, talks to participants of the 2011 Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities.
Institute for Veterans with Military Families

Popping the occasional Tylenol and drinking plenty of Red Bull are how Tom Voss and David Kendrick get through the long days at the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV).

Voss, 28, from Wuawatosa, Wis. and Kendrick, 25, from Rochester, are both Army veterans hoping to start their own businesses.

For eight days at Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), Voss, Kendrick and 25 other veterans spend 14 hours a day in classes learning how to be entrepreneurs.

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9:05am

Thu July 26, 2012
Regional Coverage

Veterans Job Corp. would employ vets for one year

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) stumps for veterans' employment programs during a trip to Syracuse in May.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

As veteran unemployment hovers above the national average, some lawmakers are pushing for the creation of a Veterans Job Corp.

Democrat Senator Charles Schumer from New York says the veteran corp. would be similar to the already established AmeriCorp program.

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