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27th Light Infantry, NYS Army National Guard

Elements of the New York and the Vermont National Guard face lengthy and hazardous tours in overseas war zones for the first time since World War II.

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An Iraq Diary
Maj. Eric Olsen is chaplain to a battalion of the New York Army National Guard stationed in the Sunni Triangle north of Baghdad. His thirty-part audio diary begins in 2004. He and his family live in Saranac Lake.

NCPR Special Report: Voices From the Home Front

North Country Public Radio caps its in-depth regional coverage of the US-led war in Iraq with this documentary. Listen to Fort Drum soldiers bound overseas and National Guardsmen serving in New York City, as well as to the families who await their return. Visit demonstrations opposing and supporting the war effort. How it all looks from home, presented by news director Martha Foley.  Go to full article

War and Homeland Security: More Work for National Guard

With war underway in Iraq, the burden of homeland security has increased for members of New York's National Guard. Dozens of National Guardsmen from the North Country have been called up. Some for active military service, others to guard facilities around the state. Martha Foley talks with Chaplain Eric Olsen, from Saranac Lake, who's been working in New York City. His job is to keep morale high among the troops.  Go to full article
Congressman John McHugh

McHugh: Military May Be Stretched Too Thin

North Country Congressman John McHugh says the U.S. military may be overcommitted, which is putting a strain on military personnel and their families. He expressed his concerns in a report to the House Armed Services Committee. McHugh chairs the Armed Services Subcommittee on military personnel. In January, he visited reservists and National Guard troops stationed in Europe. David Sommerstein talks to McHugh about the trip, where he heard reservists talk about pride in serving for their country, but also problems.  Go to full article

SBA to Help Businesses Affected by Reserve Call-up

Small businesses affected by the call-up of the National Guard or Reserves can get some financial help from the US Small Business Administration. Jody Tosti has more on the...  Go to full article

Airport Security Changes

National Guard troops have stepped aside at Albany Airport, replaced temporarily by deputies from the county sheriff's department. As Brian Mann reports, National Guard...  Go to full article

The North Country Helping Out at Ground Zero

In the weeks since the September 11 attack, thousands of people in the North Country have helped with the recovery in New York City. Red cross workers, state police, firemen...  Go to full article

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