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New questions about Elizabethtown VA clinic

The Veterans Affiars clinic at Elizabethtown Community Hospital is moving. But it's still unclear where the clinic will be located. As Chris Morris explains, federal officials now say they hope to open a second clinic in Saranac Lake.  Go to full article
The VFW Post 1231 color guard on Veterans' Day in Canton.
The VFW Post 1231 color guard on Veterans' Day in Canton.

Veterans remember their own in Canton

Wednesday was Veterans' Day across America. The holiday is especially poignant this year so soon after the deadly shootings at Fort Hood in Texas and so near to President Obama's decision over how to go forward in Afghanistan. But in towns across the North Country, Veterans' Day is celebrated as it always is, with solemn ceremonies remembering the men and women of the region who helped defend this country. In Canton, about 50 people gathered in front of the town hall on Main Street. Each year, the color guard of VFW Post 1231 raises the flag in memory of one local veteran. As trucks rumbled down Route 11, Chaplain John Saucier recalled the life of Donald White. White joined the Army in March 1943. He was assigned to the 512th Ordnance Heavy Maintenance Company.  Go to full article

History Channel profiles Saranac Lake WWII vet

An Army corporal from the North Country who was killed in action during World War II will be profiled in a new History Channel series that premiers Sunday night.

Archie Sweeney of Saranac Lake is one of a dozen veterans featured in WWII in HD, a 10-hour series that tells the story of the war using rare, color footage restored in high definition. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

Arts and healing for women vets

An Adirondack group that combines the arts and healing begins its eleventh season this summer. The annual gathering at Great Camp Sagamore for women with cancer and chronic illness uses music, visual arts, yoga, writing, storytelling and nature walks to help women deal with their disease. Women at the Arts and Healing retreat say the rural setting of Great Camp Sagamore helps them slow down and focus. There are two retreats this year at Camp Sagamore and Piseco Lake. Creative Healing Connections co-founder and storyteller Fran Yardley tells Todd Moe that this year also marks a new chapter; the group is offering a retreat for women veterans dealing with issues from active duty in the first Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam.  Go to full article
Soldiers remember.  Photo by Lizette Haenel.
Soldiers remember. Photo by Lizette Haenel.

Generations of veterans remember in Canton

Across the North Country, parades and ceremonies remembered the sacrifices of America's soldiers on Memorial Day. In Canton, veterans of World War 2, and the wars in Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq and Afghanistan marched together down Main Street to the village green. David Sommerstein was there for today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
Elizabethtown Community Hospital VA Clinic (SOURCE:  VA)
Elizabethtown Community Hospital VA Clinic (SOURCE: VA)

VA may cut Elizabethtown clinic; considers Saranac Lake branch

Federal officials in Albany are considering shutting down the oldest VA clinic in the North Country. The clinic in Elizabethtown, operated by the Elizabethtown Hospital, has been service military veterans since 1988. VA officials say the region's doctor shortage and the need to serve more vets in the Tri-Lakes area could prompt them to move the clinic to Saranac Lake. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Facing rising soldier suicide rate, vet groups call for more mental health help

Last week, the U.S. Army announced 2008 saw the highest soldier suicide rate on record. Now, the news is even worse. The Army believes 24 more soldiers committed suicide just last month, six times the number from January 2008. One Army official told CNN, "this is terrifying, we do not know what's going on." Inside the Army and out, experts agree back-to-back deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan are taking a devastating toll on mental health among soldiers. The Army has been trying to catch up on treating post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Tom Tarantino says it's still not enough. Tarantino is an Iraq veteran and is a policy associate for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. The group was lobbying Capitol Hill last week for more mental health care for veterans. Tarantino told David Sommerstein there is still a stubborn stigma among soldiers attached with seeking help.  Go to full article
Marine Staff Sgt. Todd Bowers. Photo: IAVA
Marine Staff Sgt. Todd Bowers. Photo: IAVA

A Fresh Start on Veterans' Care: "we need 'ground truth'"

There are approximately 1.7 million veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The largest group that represents them says President-Elect Barack Obama needs to listen to the "boots-on-the-ground" truth about veterans' health care. We continue "A Fresh Start," our series of recommendations for the Obama Adminsitration, with Todd Bowers of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. He's also a marine staff sergeant who served two tours of duty in Iraq. Bowers told David Sommerstein Congress has made hundreds of recommendations to better help veterans since the neglect scandal at Walter Reed almost two years ago. But he says most of those are gathering dust on shelves. He says the Obama Administration must implement them.  Go to full article

Brain injury clinic comes to Carthage

A new clinic to treat people who have suffered brain injuries is opening in Carthage. The center will feature a promising new therapy for accident and stroke victims. It may also serve veterans who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with brain trauma. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Canada remembers fallen soldiers

Canada's Remembrance Day begins as crowds gather in Ottawa's downtown. Tens of thousands - of all ages - and nearly everyone wearing a bright red poppy. It's a somber occasion. Motorcades bring dignitaries: the Canadian Governor General, the Prime Minister, the Silver Cross Mother and more. There are no speeches from the politicians - just music, gun salutes, a prayer later on. The Air Force fly-over. And long rounds of applause as a shrinking parade of war veterans marches by. Lucy Martin paid her respects and sent in this audio montage from Canada's War Memorial in Ottawa.  Go to full article

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