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Gladys and John Walker sort through boxes of supplies bound for the Middle East
Gladys and John Walker sort through boxes of supplies bound for the Middle East

Malone "Adopt A Soldier" Program: Homegrown Help from the Homefront

A Malone-based program to boost the morale of U.S. military personnel overseas is flourishing. Gladys Walker runs the non-profit organization called "Have a Heart-Adopt a Soldier". It's a mom-and-pop program that mails supplies and treats to members of the armed services stationed in Kuwait, Afghanistan and other parts of the Middle East. As Todd Moe reports, what began as a request for a chocolate bar has turned into a nearly round-the-clock operation.  Go to full article

Ft. Drum, Families Remember Fallen Soldiers

The 11 soldiers who died in Tuesday's helicopter crash at Fort Drum were remembered Friday as American heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice while preparing for their next mission. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Specialist Ellen Buckley of the 883rd Medical Company.
Specialist Ellen Buckley of the 883rd Medical Company.

Drum Troops Deploy; Schumer Urges Military Support

Some 250 active duty and reserve soldiers departed from Fort Drum yesterday for an undisclosed destination in the Central Area of Command, which includes the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan. They're from the Army's 883rd Medical Company and the 511th Military Police. New York Senator Charles Schumer was there to see them off. He urged all Americans to set aside their political beliefs about war with Iraq and support the military. David Sommerstein reports from Fort Drum's Rapid Deployment Facility.  Go to full article
Sgt. Jeremy Ray, Lt. Mark Hagen, and Pfc. Eugene Tellez of the Army's 4-31st Infantry Battalion.
Sgt. Jeremy Ray, Lt. Mark Hagen, and Pfc. Eugene Tellez of the Army's 4-31st Infantry Battalion.

Deploying Ft. Drum Soldiers Reflect on War & Peace

More than 200,000 U.S. troops are positioned in the Persian Gulf, awaiting the word to begin a war against Iraq. A couple hundred of them are from Fort Drum Army base near Watertown. Another group of Fort Drum soldiers has received deployment orders to the Central Area of Command, which includes the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan. They're waiting for orders to depart. For some it will be their first time overseas. Others are combat veterans who fought Al-Qaeda forces last year in Afghanistan. David Sommerstein recently talked with some of them.  Go to full article

Pataki Proposes Aid Package For Military Reserves

Governor Pataki has proposed a package of aid to New Yorkers in the military reserves who may be called up to duty in the next few weeks. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article
Congressman John McHugh
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

Clinton To Serve on Armed Services Committee

New York Senator Hillary Clinton was named to the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday. The appointment by her fellow Senate Democrats could give Fort Drum more influence in Washington. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Lending a Helping Hand to Fort Drum Families

Brian Mann has a round-table discussion with the Army Community Services staff at Fort Drum, about their effort to help military
families in financial trouble.  Go to full article

Miltary Vets Speak Out For Peace

Some of the most outspoken critics of war with Iraq have been U.S. military veterans. David Sommerstein talks with former U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel Frank Houde, a member of the Albany chapter of Veterans For Peace.

Houde and fellow veteran John Amidon will speak at the Canton Middle School cafeteria Wednesday at 7pm. Local group Alternatives To War is the talk's sponsor.  Go to full article
Adirondack Vets House
Adirondack Vets House

New Homeless Shelter in Glens Falls Serves Military Veterans

The state of New York has given nearly 170 thousand dollars to a new homeless shelter in Glens Falls, that offers transitional housing to military veterans. The shelter was established when a government survey found a high number of vets in the region who are living in "inadequate housing". Brian Mann spoke with the shelter's director and has our story.

To contact the Adirondack Vets House, please call 1-518-793-6545.  Go to full article

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