veterans

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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9:35am

Tue June 12, 2012
Regional Coverage

Zoo hosts Operation Salute for veterans

Veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and their families will get a special welcome home this week at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse.   The idea is to show these vets that the community appreciates their sacrifices.

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7:43am

Mon May 28, 2012
Memorial Day

Memorial Day gets under way with watchfire ceremony

The wall of remembrances at Sunday's watchfire ceremony
Leigh Rusyn WRVO

 Residents and local officials are gathering for Memorial Day celebrations all across Central and Northern New York. The holiday to remember Americans who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces got under way Sunday evening at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.

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4:16pm

Mon May 14, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Schumer, Gillibrand aim to reduce unemployment among vets

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) addresses the media and veterans during a press conference Monday with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) beside him.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

New York's senators say they have three new pieces of legislation that will reduce unemployment among recent veterans.

At a joint press conference Monday outside Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) unveiled the three bills, which Gillibrand says have bipartisan support.

Unemployment among veterans who served after September 11, 2001 is more than 12 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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