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Gillibrand looks to extend tax cut for hiring vets

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says the federal government can help returning veterans find work. Last year, lawmakers approved a tax credit for businesses that hire vets. Now, Gillibrand says Congress should make these credits permanent. Of approximately 3,000 veterans in the North Country who qualify for the tax credits, she says more than 560 are unemployed. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Adirondack vets welcome local VA clinic

Veterans in the Tri-Lakes are should get relief soon from long drives for medical care. New York Veterans Administration officials were in Essex County last week to announce plans for a new clinic in Saranac lake, and relocation of the existing clinic in Elizabethtown. That old clinic will remain in Elizabethtown until a new location is found. The Saranac Lake clinic is the result of years of lobbying led by one local vet, Frank Karl. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Saranac Lake as soldiers' haven

A broad-based coalition of community leaders and veteran advocates are working to bring a first-of-its-kind retreat and reintegration facility for veterans, active military personnel and their families to Saranac Lake. Patriot Hills at Saranac Lake involves construction of a $30 million hotel and conference center that would host a wide range of support programs, counseling and services for military personnel and their families from across the Northeast. While it still has plenty of hurdles to overcome, organizers say the project would build on Saranac Lake's history as a pioneering health resort by making the village a center for veteran healing. As Chris Knight reports, the project could also breathe new life into the local economy.  Go to full article
Nathan Lewis on the set of <Green Zone</em>
Nathan Lewis on the set of

Potsdam vet plays himself in "Green Zone"

Tonight the new Iraq war thriller Green Zone opens in theaters across the North Country. It stars Matt Damon and deals with the Army's futile search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Director Paul Greengrass used real veterans of the war in Iraq in minor roles, including one from the North Country. Nathan Lewis is a student at SUNY Potsdam. He fought in Iraq at the beginning of the war in 2003. He later became an outspoken critic of it with Fort Drum's chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War. Lewis told David Sommerstein Greengrass reached out to veterans' groups for casting.  Go to full article

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

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