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Vet group faults Drum mental health services

A veterans group says the Army is still failing to provide 10th Mountain Division soldiers with adequate mental health services at Fort Drum more than six years after the start of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The report, titled "Fort Drum: A Great Burden, Inadequate Assistance." is from the Washington, D.C.-based Veterans for America. It cites under-staffing, reliance on questionnaires to identify soldiers who need treatment, and leadership's indifference to soldiers' claims of post traumatic stress disorder. The report also said repeated, lengthy and unpredictable deployments have taken a toll on all the Army's divisions, but most especially Ft. Drum's 1st and 2nd Brigade Combat Teams. The report says some soldiers wait up to two months before a first appointment. It concludes that care for returning soldiers at Fort Drum is woefully inadequate.

Veterans for America, formerly known as Vietnam Veterans of America, was founded by former Marine Bobby Muller. According to Sen. Hillary Clinton, the group based the report on interviews with a dozen Fort Drum soldiers and mental health providers. Clinton said the problem must be addressed urgently. In a statement, she said she's looking forward to "the cooperation and support of the Army in this process." Army officials at Ft. Drum had no immediate comment on the report.  Go to full article

Army sends liaisons to missing soldiers' families

The military has only been able to identify three of the four American soldiers killed in a pre-dawn ambush in Iraq Saturday. That may be because the dog tags of one of the four dead soldiers are missing. A spokesman for the 10th Mt. Division said yesterday they apparently were taken by the attackers. Three other US soldiers are still missing. An al-Qaida linked group claims to have taken them captive. They are all members of Company D, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry of the 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Drum. Thousands of US troops and Iraqis are searching for the missing soldiers. The US military is offering up to $200,000 for information leading to the return of four missing American soldiers.

The family of a 25-year-old Specialist Alex Jimenez told Massachusetts State Representative William Lantigua he is among the missing. His family is at Fort Drum awaiting further word. The Army is trying to make it easier for the parents of these missing soldiers to get information about the on-going search. Lt. Col. Paul Fitzpatrick told Jonathan Brown that teams of an officer and enlisted man have been sent to the parents' hometowns to offer the families quicker and more personal access to any news gathered by troops in Iraq.  Go to full article
Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand
Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand

Gillibrand tours "substandard" Walter Reed Hospital

Investigations have begun into substandard conditions at Walter Reed Hospital. Many of America's injured soldiers, including National Guardsmen and servicemen from Fort Drum, are treated at the facility. The Washington Post has reported that some outpatient dormitories at the hospital were filthy and infested with vermin. Democratic Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand toured Walter Reed yesterday. She spoke with Brian Mann shortly her visit.  Go to full article

Defense Bill Targets Drum Housing Crunch

The $450 billion defense spending bill that passed the House of Representatives early Monday morning has some measures designed to help the housing crunch at Fort Drum. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: Soldiers Come Home

Members of the New York National Guard's 42nd Infantry Divison came home from a year in Iraq last week.  Go to full article
Gov. Pataki speaks in front of blighted apartments.
Gov. Pataki speaks in front of blighted apartments.

Pataki Delivers Aid for Ft. Drum Housing Crunch

Governor Pataki was in Watertown yesterday to deliver aid for the region's housing shortage. He announced $7 million in state grants to renovate old housing and build new units in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties. As David Sommerstein reports, a 55% increase in the number of soldiers at Fort Drum is causing the squeeze.  Go to full article
NY Guard settles into converted Iraqi Air Force bunkers north of Baghdad.
NY Guard settles into converted Iraqi Air Force bunkers north of Baghdad.

Iraq Diary, pt. 5: North Country Soldiers Settling in Under Fire

April was a tough month for New York's soldiers and sailors serving in Iraq. Seven men died as unrest and violence spread across the country. An Army Reserve unit based in Uniondale, New York is now at the center of a growing controversy over the alleged abuse of Iraqi prisoners. As April began, dozens of National Guard and Reserve soldiers from the north country were settling in for a year-long deployment inside the Sunni Triangle. In this fifth chapter of his audio diary, Army Chaplain Eric Olsen, from Saranac Lake, describes their first weeks in Iraq as tense and hectic, but also fascinating.  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
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

Ft. Drum Soldiers Jailed For Rape

Three Fort Drum soldiers are in Jefferson County jail and two are released on bail after they were arrested Monday for the statutory rape of a 16-year-old girl. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article

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