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Vermont VA hospital sees most patients in 30 days

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital in White River Junction sees about 98 percent of patients within 30 days of their making appointments, better than the national average of 96 percent.

That still left 532 patients from Vermont and parts of New Hampshire waiting more than a month for an appointment.  Go to full article
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to fund universal pre-kindergarten is at odds with a plan that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is advancing. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevdia/10632385465/sizes/z/in/photolist-hcxKLM-bbqMye-bbqMDi-fTHQXW-bbqGNa-bbqL8k-bbqDTP-bbqEox-9Eyofy-9h2BLc-bbqKMZ-9h5sB7-9h5s4w-9y7fQR-9h5t1o-9h5vju-9h2mje-bbqF4k-bbqFkK-9h5vvh-9h2jSn-9y7gji-9h5ta5-bbqKuR-9Evtzz-9h5KcE-9EynuC-bbqJpV-9h2kkt-9h2nDB-9h5vNL-bbqJXT-9EynTs-9Eynbm-9Eynjj-9EvsUn-9h5vYW-9h5w5Y-bbqHfP-9Evtgz-iSdGEw-2k2kQf-7Vf85R-7Vinyo-7V5Ugj-7V2EtZ-eYXAVT-bbqJ14/">Kevin Case</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to fund universal pre-kindergarten is at odds with a plan that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is advancing. Photo: Kevin Case, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NYC mayor: We must help homeless veterans

NEW YORK (AP) New York City's mayor says he wants to end "the reality of veterans who are homeless."  Go to full article
St. Joseph's Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers' new veterans community residence will welcome its first residents sometime next month. Photo: Chris Knight, Adirondack Daily Enterprise
St. Joseph's Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers' new veterans community residence will welcome its first residents sometime next month. Photo: Chris Knight, Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Saranac Lake center will welcome vets fighting addiction, PTSD

A new community residence for veterans suffering from both addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder is a few weeks away from opening its doors in Saranac Lake.

It's located in a quiet wooded lot near the main campus of St. Joseph's Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers.

The center is meant to help veterans of the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with veterans of the Vietnam War. St. Joseph's received $3 million in state funding to build the 25-bed, 10,000-square-foot facility.  Go to full article

NY Senate backs high school diplomas for veterans

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The state Senate has passed legislation to make all honorably discharged military veterans eligible for a high school degree based on knowledge and experience from their service time.

The effort, called "Operation Recognition," already allows veterans of World War II, Korea and the Vietnam wars to get diplomas.  Go to full article
Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders at a Veterans and Military Families Summit last week announced an agreement on legislation to award six percent of state contracts to service-disabled veteran owned small businesses. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/13291500255/">Office of Gov. Cuomo</a>
Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders at a Veterans and Military Families Summit last week announced an agreement on legislation to award six percent of state contracts to service-disabled veteran owned small businesses. Photo: Office of Gov. Cuomo

NY Legislature OKs contracting goal for veterans

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York Legislature has approved a goal of 6 percent state contracting with companies owned by service-disabled veterans.

The bill passed by the Senate and Assembly creates a state procurement unit to develop and coordinate a statewide plan that promotes contracting by state agencies with those companies.  Go to full article
Governor Andrew Cuomo, meets with members of the New York Army National Guard on Nov. 17.  Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/50880267@N08/10947246426/in/photolist-hFnuY3-hFnv2u">New York National <br />Guard </a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Governor Andrew Cuomo, meets with members of the New York Army National Guard on Nov. 17. Photo: New York National
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NY holds "Veteran and Military Family Summit"

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo has promoted legislation to help disabled veterans during what was billed a "Veteran and Military Family Summit."

The proposed legislation, symbolically signed by Cuomo and legislative leaders, would set aside 6 percent of state contracts for small businesses owned by veterans disabled during their service.  Go to full article
Downtown Glens Falls, NY. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/7609868734/">Diane Cordell</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Downtown Glens Falls, NY. Photo: Diane Cordell, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY road march honors deployed US military members

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) Hundreds of marchers are expected to participate in a 3-mile Christmas Eve trek held in an upstate New York community to honor U.S. military personnel who can't be home for the holidays.

New York National Guard officials say soldiers from the Queensbury Readiness Center and other Albany-area units will lead the march starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Glens Falls Civic Center. The march ends back at the downtown arena.  Go to full article
US Sen. Charles Schumer. File photo: Propublica, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
US Sen. Charles Schumer. File photo: Propublica, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Schumer wants vets to get their NY property tax credit

Thousands of veterans in New York are missing out on property tax breaks. Sen. Charles Schumer says that's largely because they don't know about them.

Schumer is trying to get the word out about a New York State program that can save veterans hundreds of dollars a year. He visited Herkimer County this week, where more than 6,000 veterans are eligible.  Go to full article

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Kat Evans plays non-traditional student, and combat veteran, Erika Bird, in "Nontraditional". Still from film courtesy Clarkson University
Kat Evans plays non-traditional student, and combat veteran, Erika Bird, in "Nontraditional". Still from film courtesy Clarkson University

Struggles of female warrior in Potsdam-made feature film

Tonight at the Roxy Theater, a new full-length film with a mostly North Country cast makes its local premiere. "Nontraditional" was filmed almost entirely in Potsdam and on the Clarkson University campus.

It's the fictional story of a female combat veteran struggling to return to civilian life. The story is based on interviews directors Brian Hauser and Christina Xydias did with female veterans. It's also based on Hauser's personal experiences as an Army veteran.

Listen to an interview with writer/director Hauser and co-producer Xydias. Hauser told David Sommerstein the main character is 26 year-old Erika Bird. She was a military police officer in Afghanistan and Iraq. And now she's returning home to get a college degree.

The film has its local premiere tonight at 7:15 at the Roxy Theater in Potsdam.  Go to full article

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