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US Sen. Charles Schumer. File photo: Propublica CC some rights reserved
US Sen. Charles Schumer. File photo: Propublica CC some rights reserved

Schumer: VA needs better mental health services

Senator Charles Schumer says better communication between police and Veterans Affairs could have prevented last week's Navy Yard shooting.

Police say Navy veteran Aaron Alexis had previously been involved in shooting incidents and showed signs of mental illness. But the V.A. was told about those incidents.

Alexis is accused of killing 12 people at the Washington D.C. base.  Go to full article
Josh Jones, an Army veteran who served two tours in Iraq, takes a chemistry test at Paul Smiths College. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Josh Jones, an Army veteran who served two tours in Iraq, takes a chemistry test at Paul Smiths College. Photo: Mark Kurtz

As war winds down, vets face job hurdles

The U-S has made big gains in recent years, helping young military veterans re-integrate into civilian life. Unemployment for men and women who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq has dropped.

But the jobless rate and homelessness for young service-members remains higher than for the population overall.

And veteran advocate groups say many vets still face discrimination and a lack of opportunity.

Last year, we profiled a group of military veterans studying at Paul Smiths College.

That series, produced in partnership with WBEZ-Chicago, was recognized this summer with a national award from the Public Radio News Director's association.

Here's the second part of Brian Mann's profile that first aired in November.  Go to full article
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki greets a patient at the new Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders Center at the Syracuse VA Medical Center. Photo: Joanna Richards
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki greets a patient at the new Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders Center at the Syracuse VA Medical Center. Photo: Joanna Richards

Syracuse VA hospital marks 60th anniversary

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki was in Syracuse last week, to mark the 60th anniversary of the city's VA Medical Center. He also helped to formally open a new Spinal Cord Injury and Disorder Center.  Go to full article
Shannon stands with the statue near the memorial in Alexandria Bay. Photo: Shannon D. Bartlett
Shannon stands with the statue near the memorial in Alexandria Bay. Photo: Shannon D. Bartlett

Indian River student pays tribute to fallen veterans

As we all celebrate Memorial Day, we think about the sacrifices made by our troops. One young woman from Alexandria Bay was touched personally by the effects of war. Our news intern Josh Cameron reports on how she decided to pay tribute to fallen veterans.  Go to full article
The VFW Post 1231 color guard on Veterans' Day in Canton, NY, 2009. Photo: David Sommerstein
The VFW Post 1231 color guard on Veterans' Day in Canton, NY, 2009. Photo: David Sommerstein

Appreciation day informs vets of benefits

There are 9,000 U.S. veterans in St. Lawrence County alone - thousands more across the North Country and across the border in Canada.

An event this Saturday aims to recognize those veterans' service to their country and also make sure they're aware of all the benefits they're entitled to.

The North Country Veterans Appreciation Day is tomorrow at Clarkson University from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.

Mike Boprey is head of Veterans Services for St. Lawrence County and is one of the event's organizers. He told David Sommerstein one of the goals is to help veterans stay in the North Country, where job prospects are few.  Go to full article
The post-9/11 GI Bill has opened the door for veterans like Josh Jones (seen here in his dorm room at Paul Smiths College) to go back to college. Photo: Mark Kurtz
The post-9/11 GI Bill has opened the door for veterans like Josh Jones (seen here in his dorm room at Paul Smiths College) to go back to college. Photo: Mark Kurtz

New GI bill helps vets pivot to civilian life

This week in recognition of Veterans Day, North Country Public Radio has been looking at the struggles of young veterans returning home from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Many have come back to a sour economy, with few good jobs. For veterans under the age of 25, unemployment still hovers around 30 percent.

One of most ambitious efforts to help service members restart their lives has been the post-9/11 GI Bill, which offers financial aid for those soldiers who want to go back to college or a trade school.  Go to full article

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