“Last year we had a lot of downtime, literally.”
“Last year we had a lot of downtime, literally.”
“Hard to believe its 2021, and no marker has even been erected and that’s one reason so few people know about his story and his significance in history.”
The United States is withdrawing from Afghanistan after 20 years since invading after Sept. 11, 2001. Local Afghans who assisted American troops are pleading for the U.S. to evacuate their families.
“When I got my [citizenship], I swear to protect this country but I have the right, too, to ask my government, or my Congressman, or my president, where is my tax money going?”
“So many of these local governments have not had the resources to give the proper recognition posthumously to these people and remember them.”
Though many still don’t qualify for federal veterans benefits, they now can receive state benefits in New York, Colorado, and other states.
The Finger Lakes VA system administered nearly 1,000 J&J vaccines. That included pop-up clinics in Rochester for veterans at risk of homelessness.
The academy began to allow more discretion in punishing honor code violations after the 1976 scandal.
“By and large, the veterans are coming through and saying this is much easier, a much simpler process and very well organized.”
“I, too, have lost more friends due to post-traumatic stress than I have lost friends who have died overseas in combat.”
“These are our freedom providers and just showing again that freedom is not free, we lost three great Americans today in the service of our country.”
Concrete barricades have already been put in place to close off a portion of the street next to the Capitol. National Guard members were on site.
“This is a policy that addresses housing placement, safety, access to medical care, name and pronoun use, search procedures.”
Mandatory masks, strict discipline and rigorous testing have helped the academies, including West Point and Annapolis, welcome students back to campus. Can other schools learn from their example?
“It doesn’t make sense to close a clinic until you have some kind of a study done to determine what the needs are of that region.”
Retired Capt. Mary Tobin, a West Point graduate, is mentor to some recent alumni who wrote an open letter to academy leaders. They’re part of a long legacy of Black cadets addressing systemic racism.
“If we really didn’t feel like there was much we could do for that patient, we would move on, and that’s sort of the idea of disaster management, do the best you can for the greatest amount of people,”
“It’s baffling that the Veterans Health Administration does not have a strategy in place to address the shortages of PPE in New York.”
Approximately 850 Pennsylvania Guard members are supporting operations throughout the state to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
The Comfort will use its roughly 1,000 beds to treat patients who do not have the coronavirus disease COVID-19 but who urgently need other care.
America’s longest undefended border totals around 4,400 miles and hasn’t been militarized since after the American Civil War.
“I would just encourage people to only contact the Veterans One-Stop if they are in (edit) in dire straits.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he has already identified four sites to build temporary hospitals to help deal with the surging cases of coronavirus in the state.
President Trump said he has activated the National Guard to assist New York, California and Washington.
The pair of ships, the USNS Comfort and the USNS Mercy, will help local medical workers grapple with an influx of patients. But it remains unclear precisely when they will be ready to go.
A Polish resistance fighter who sought to gather intelligence about the Auschwitz concentration camp complex by infiltrating it.
“I don’t want to restrict the administration’s hands to be able to respond to threats from a very unstable regime in Iran.”
Most Republican members have said they support the move; Democrats say they’re worried about destabilizing the Middle East and concerned Trump didn’t seek congressional approval
Advocates are still pushing for a long-term solution.
She also spoke about the task of having to assist so many wounded individuals.
Veterans in New York State who received less-than-honorable discharges that can be linked to their sexual orientation may have state veteran benefits restored, under legislation signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“They (researchers) did some biopsies on their lungs, and what they found out was, the issues have to do with toxins in their lungs from those burn pits while they were deployed,”
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo mostly avoided President Donald Trump, who also attended Monday’s Veterans Day parade in New York City.
“I think it was good for him to come here to see the needs of a community-based outpatient clinic in a very rural area like Bainbridge.”
On this 100th anniversary of Veterans Day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he is introducing legislation to streamline the process for establishing New York’s first State Veterans Cemetery.
“Everybody is invited, everyone should honor veterans. The more that come, the better.”
Overall, annual suicides increased by 43.6 percent between 2005 and 2017. Among veterans, that increase was 6.1 percent.
The remains of Coast Guard Lieutenant Thomas James Eugene Crotty, known by friends and loved ones as “Jimmy,” were returned Friday in a solemn ceremony at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.
“Despite this great victory, we must not confuse the death of this evil man with the total defeat of ISIS.”
“They whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we in a less final, less heroic way be willing to give of ourselves,”
“We have choices about what we consent to and what we don’t consent to. That’s a nonviolent practice of withdrawing consent.”
Clare Grady faces 25 years in prison.
Reed described those who voted against the president as showing a “political cowardice” that was “appalling.”
The next phase of the project is now rescheduled to start 2022, and some elements of the cemetery will not be finished for several more years.
This week, one of her stops took her to Rome Lab and the Defense Finance and Accounting Services office at the Griffiss Business Park.
Gulalai Ismail spoke out against sexual assaults committed by Pakistani security forces. She was detained and threatened. Then she disappeared — until last week.
“I’ve learned to have to keep my mouth shut more often than not, especially with my political views. I find that they don’t really mesh with politics of student life on this campus. But that’s OK.”
The measure defends Department of Defense, but also includes related measures.
Members of what was then the 107th Tactical Fighter Group were called to duty in early 1968, and were first sent to South Korea to serve in a support role after the USS Pueblo had been captured by North Korean forces.
More of Michael Haub’s remains were identified last week, and family and friends gathered in New York City to honor him at a memorial service on Tuesday.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper began notifying lawmakers which projects will be canceled in their districts. “It is a slap in the face to the members of the Armed Forces,” Sen. Chuck Schumer said.
About ten percent of Tioga’s population are veterans.
Oswego was the only place in America to serve as a camp for mostly Jewish European refugees during the Holocaust.
For many veterans, coming home from war is more difficult than what they experienced on the battlefield while they were deployed.
Many veterans and families of deceased veterans who are owed this medal, however, must often undergo a painstaking process to acquire the deserved medal.
Refugees spent about a year and half at the fort before they were allowed to officially enter the U.S. as new immigrants.
“Roland” Hayes enlisted in 1966 at the age of 18. He was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division and the following year, he was stationed at a base in Vietnam, where he served as a cook. But he’d soon end up on the front lines.
“My first stop in New York City was a gay pride parade. I thought to myself I didn’t know how this was going to go – you know, Army guy, uniform, Medal of Honor – they saluted me. They told me to go get ISIS. They thanked me for my service.”
The training center welcomes hundreds of people each summer who want to see the “regals.”
“The problems I ran into when I first got out were immense. It’s difficult to explain how hard it is, feeling completely removed from your family.”
The novelist and poet Sinan Antoon, raised in Iraq and now living in New York, returned home following the 2003 U.S. occupation. That experience inspired his new work of fiction.
The USS The Sullivansis a destroyer which is named for five brothers, all of whom were killed in action during World War II.
Sgt. James G. Johnston, 24, died as a result of injuries sustained on Tuesday in the Uruzgan Province in Afghanistan.
Retired Army Staff Sgt. David Bellavia received the nation’s highest medal for heroism for saving his squad in Fallujah, Iraq. Bellavia is the first living veteran of that war to be so honored.
“I don’t really think a person receives an award. I think it’s the award is what people respect and the person is just the custodian of it.”
Ground-based veterans suffering various illnesses have, for years, been receiving VA medical benefits for Agent Orange exposure. Blue Water veterans, however, have been left out.
The accident occurred around 6:45 a.m. ET near a training area in New York state and involved a light medium tactical vehicle — the military’s multipurpose transport truck — the academy says.
Leslie Cruise served as a paratrooper during the D-Day invasion, June 6, 1944. The 95-year-old veteran reflects on his survival often and believes he has an obligation to share his story.
From the archives: listen as WWII vet Phil Russell recounts his D-Day experience.
An estimated 90,000 veterans have been denied coverage. These are the Blue Water Navy Veterans, who served on ships off the Vietnamese coast but may have also been exposed to the chemical.
They came to Buffalo from places including downstate New York, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin to renew an annual tradition.
“My grandfather was my hero growing up. He used to tell me every day, be nice to everybody every day, especially the downtrodden. And this guy is more downtrodden than anybody else I’ve ever seen.”
Mitchell Zuckoff spent years researching the stories of individuals whose lives were forever altered, if not ended, on Sept. 11, 2001.
“Somewhere around a million service members have deployed, and left their families and left their civilian jobs to go overseas and defend the United States and many of them return home to discrimination.”
Pennsylvania could be spending billions more dollars to update aging roads and bridges, instead, the money is being re-routed to help fund state police.
For many, it means a childhood involving multiple relocations. It also means long-term separations from parents who are called to active duty or deployed overseas.
There’s a renewed push in Albany to expand the state’s free college tuition program to the families of service members who die while on duty.
“I’m in a situation where I’m facing brain surgery for the Parkinson’s, and back surgery for the injury that got me discharged. I had to put that all on hold to fight the mortgage company.”
Southern Tier Congressman Anthony Brindisi asked about a proposal to move the clinic during a hearing for the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee this week.
The community center in Seneca Falls was buzzing as Vietnam veterans, residents of the town and everyone in between gathered to discuss the induction of Jane Fonda into the hall of fame. WXXI’s Caitlin Whyte has more.
“The fact of the matter is, people are coming back from war with both physical and mental needs that are not being met.”
“I got a number of calls from people in the community, a number of people stopped me when I was out, talked with me about the National Women’s Hall of Fame inducting Jane Fonda.”
A downstate built custom motorcycle meant to support a project to bring a traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall to Western New York permanently was unveiled in a nationally-televised broadcast
Dr. Shibly returns to a refugee camp where, from March 31 to April 4, he hopes to provide dental care for an estimated 2,500 children.
A Vietnam Veteran who has lived with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder for the past 50 years is taking a walk across New York State to raise awareness and support for other veterans, young and old, who are also living with PTSD. He began his journey in Buffalo.
The last time Clarence Smoyer rode in a Sherman tank, he was a 21-year-old corporal in the U.S. Army.
“They decided to stay on the deck, give up their life vests, and give them to other sailors or civilians who were aboard the vessel.”
In 1939, an event at Madison Square Garden was billed as a “Pro-America Rally.” It was, in fact, a rally in support of Hitler and fascism.
Theresa Alt was one of two people who stopped by for a visit. Alt met Tuesday with staff at Congressman Tom Reed’s Ithaca office. That office last opened its doors two weeks ago, but there were no visitors. This time, people showed up.
His spontaneous kiss of a passing woman in Times Square was captured on film and published by Life Magazine. George Mendonsa died last weekend at the age of 95 but a part of his life now rests docked in the waters of the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park.
The fund is reducing awards as it faces a surge in claims before the fund’s 2020 expiration date.
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and the other senators on the Armed Services Subcommittee were infuriated with real estate executives over health hazards in military base homes.
The common theme at the state and federal levels is seeking more support for mental health services, especially for suicide prevention.
A Nazi war criminal, living safely in New York until his deportation to Germany last year, has died. He had been the last known World War II Nazi living in the U.S.
More awareness is being raised for the mental well-being of veterans after they have finished their service. Many are turning to a special loved one in their reinsertion into civilian life. Those loved ones come in the four-legged variety.
During the Holidays, people are encouraged to be merry. But for many, the opposite occurs and depression or other mental health issues rise to the surface.
A Christmas Day battle at Fort Ticonderoga between Massachusetts and Pennsylvania regiments in the Continental Army has long been a mystery. Now, new documents detail what happened and why.
A new federal proposal would change the way New York’s military installations get milk, and could hurt local dairy farmers. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is trying to stop it.
Ten years ago, Buffalo became the first city in the nation to introduce a court specifically for veterans who, through support and treatment, could overcome issues that put them in legal trouble.
The VA wants to move its Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Bainbridge, a rural community in right off I-88 in Chenango County, to Oneonta. Rumors of that move have intensified over the last year, but veterans, stakeholders and residents don’t know why a move would be made. Even more, they wonder if it would be better.
The VA motto, which is taken from Lincoln’s second inaugural speech, addresses veterans with the male pronoun. Some veterans want to change the wording to include women.
BUFFALO, NY (WBFO) – Ground was broken Friday at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park on the site where a future African-American Veterans Monument will be erected.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Richard Brookins died last Thursday at the age of 96. He was a WWII veteran but his impact as a soldier is perhaps best known for the impromptu decision to have him dress up as Saint Nicholas on December 5th, 1944.
Ten years ago, Buffalo became the first city in the nation to introduce a court specifically for veterans who, through support and treatment, could overcome issues that put them in legal trouble and were preventing them from living lives as productive civilians.
STATE IMPACT PENNSYLVANIA – A federal indictment filed this week alleges Russian hackers targeted a nuclear power company near Pittsburgh beginning in 2014, in addition to anti-doping agencies throughout the world.
SHANKSVILLE, PA (WSKG) — Every year, the families and friends of those killed on Flight 93 gather near the spot where the United Airlines jetliner went down, and read the names of their lost loved ones.
The president said the site of the crash in Shanksville, Pa., “is now a monument to American defiance … a message to the world America will never ever submit to tyranny.”
SHANKSVILLE, PA (WSKG) — On September 11, 2001, four planes crashed: two in New York City, one outside Washington DC, and one in a remote Pennsylvania field. That last plane, United Airlines Flight 93, was diverted from its likely target by its passengers and crew. All 40 were killed. Now their loved ones have dedicated the final piece of a memorial commemorating them: the Tower of Voices. The newest and last feature of the Flight 93 National Memorial is 93 feet tall, and designed to hold 40 massive wind chimes.
SHANKSVILLE, PA (WSKG) — President Donald Trump is slated to visit to Somerset County later today to mark the 17th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.
The newly reconstructed WTC Cortlandt station opened on Saturday, just three days before the anniversary of the attack.
Joe Dittmar was in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. In a StoryCorps interview last year, he vividly recounts what he saw that morning — and how he got home to his family.
The suburban Lockheed Martin facility is the focus of these protesters carrying signs accusing the company of having blood on its hands. Ariel Gold of Ithaca said a recent Saudi bombing using U.S. made weapons has prompted this gathering.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Many American soldiers who attempt suicide have no prior mental health diagnosis, according to the most recent study to make use of data collected by the U.S. Army and the National Institute of Mental Health.
He is among the Native Americans who played a special role in World War II, serving as the famed Code Talkers
The National Defense Authorization Act for 2019 gives troops their largest pay increase in nearly a decade and starts laying the groundwork for the president’s proposed Space Force.
BUFFALO, NY (WBFO) – Sixty-seven years after his death, a Buffalo native has received a half-dozen medals – including the Purple Heart – for his service in the Korean War.
Officials said the victims suffered burns and three were airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries. Terrorism in not suspected.
Since 9/11, American troops have been focused much of their training on the fight against insurgent groups in the Middle East. But now, the military is preparing for the possibility of war with nations that have bigger, more sophisticated armed forces.
SOMERSET COUNTY, PA (WSKG) — Construction is winding down on the final feature in the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County.
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer introduced a bill Monday that would compel the U.S. Postal Service to allow veterans’ groups to solicit donations on post office property.
Opposing the Trump administration’s practice of separating immigrant families, Maryland brought back its troops from the U.S.-Mexico border and Massachusetts is canceling a planned deployment.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Increasing demand means another expansion for the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL). The Canandaigua-based facility is looking to hire another 30 to 50 people.
Most of his remarks were about events of the early 2000s. Attendees asked him about some current issues, like how mistakes of the past could inform the current situation with Iran and North Korea.
“Who’s going to teach this administration?” he responded.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Members of New York’s Congressional delegation are trying to secure funding to build a fence around the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome. Without the proper security, they fear the “Rome Lab” is potentially vulnerable to terrorist attacks.
ITHACA, NY (WSKG) – On Wednesday evening, in Ithaca, a small group gathered in the Tompkins County Public Library in Ithaca to learn about the plight of Assyrian Christians from Iraq. The gathering was organized by the Ithaca Coalition for Unity and Cooperation in the Middle East.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – The North Country will experience additional helicopter traffic over the next week. It’s part of a first-of-its kind training exercise that Fort Drum says will better prepare their soldiers for the fight of the future.
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has completed the final land acquisitions in Genesee County needed to build a new National Veterans Cemetery.
People packed the gym of Beverly J. Martin Elementary School in downtown Ithaca to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They also were there to further his vision of a Poor People’s Campaign.
It was a movement to “revolutionize” the country’s attitude toward the poor and rally them to advocate for better living conditions. After a buffet lunch and brief presentations, those attending the celebration divided into smaller groups to discuss issues and solutions to current societal problems.
Fabina Colon, Director of the Multicultural Resource Center and one of the organizers of the Ithaca event, said it was important to spend time talking to each other about problems the community faces today. “If we want different solutions we must create different processes. That is, looking at some of the work that the Poor People’s Campaign is doing and being in alignment with that,” said Fabina Benitez Colon, Director of the Multicultural Resource Center and one of the organizers of the Ithaca event. Nationwide, organizers are trying to bring about a revival of the Poor People’s Campaign with an emphasis on systemic racism, poverty, the war economy and ecological devastation.
The American Legion Post 80 is one of Bert Proper’s favorite places. Aside from the plaques, pictures and flags that remind him of military service history, he loves the feel of the building. “You’re around people that have been there,” he explained. Proper means been deployed. He served during the Persian Gulf War and had a tough transition back home.
Many books and movies have been written about Lieutenant Colonel Joshua Chamberlain and his valiant success at Little Roundtop, but very little has been said about the right end the line where Colonel Ireland was with his regiment. Today, they’re getting a little time in the sun. The 137th New York and their leader Colonel David Ireland held down the right side of the line on Culp’s Hill. Culp’s Hill is actually two hills sloping down into a ditch or a swale. On the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, General Lee and the Confederate army attempted to get around the Union line.
To conclude our series highlighting historical black residence of our region we discuss the life of Bath, NY native Lt. Col. George J. Haley. Haley volunteered in WWII as a fighter pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American military aviators in the U.S. armed forces. He fought in multiple wars, flying over 90 missions in WWII alone. More history from the Twin Tiers can be found here.
We continue our series that highlights notable black residents of the Southern Tier with John W. Jones. (If you missed the first installment, click here.)
Shane Johnson of WSKG’s history department writes: “Between the summers of 1864 and 1865, nearly 3,000 Confederate prisoners died at the Civil War prison camp in Elmira, New York. The monumental task of burying the dead fell upon Jones, a former runaway slave.” Shane has more on this epic here.
For Black History Month, we are highlight notable black residents of the Southern Tier, starting with Oscar Barton. Barton was from Owego and, in 1863, he enlisted in the Union Army as a drummer. For two years, he carried his drum across the South as a member of the 26th United States Colored Troops. Barton’s drum is now on display at the Tioga County Historical Society Museum.