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Jim Goodwin, age 97, taught a generation of military climbers
Jim Goodwin, age 97, taught a generation of military climbers

Memories: Adirondack mountaineer fights with 10th Mtn. in Italy

The 10th Mountain Division stationed at Fort Drum has one of the most storied histories of any unit in the U.S. Army. During the Italian campaign of World War II, the 10th's soldiers were famous for scaling cliffs to attack German positions that had been viewed as impregnable. Jim Goodwin, from Keene Valley, grew up climbing and skiing in the Adirondacks and in the 1940s he was one of the pioneers of American mountaineering. When the 10th Mountain Division was being formed, Goodwin was recruited to help train the soldiers. He later served with the unit as a medic during the fighting in northern Italy. Goodwin is ninety-seven years old now, a retired schoolteacher. He sat down with Brian Mann to talk about his experience at war.  Go to full article

Clinton: help for Iraq's "signature wound"

New York Senator and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton travels to Fort Drum this afternoon. The Democrat will meet privately with 10th Mountain Division commanders and a group of soldiers. The visit will cap a day of appearances at VA Hospitals in Syracuse and Canandaigua. Clinton is promoting a package of bills aimed at improving health care for veterans. The proposal is co-sponsored by Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine. It would work to improve detection and treatment of traumatic brain injuries, which Clinton calls "the signature wound" of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It would help train caregivers. And it would make it easier for wounded soldiers to collect disability benefits. David Sommerstein spoke with Senator Clinton on her cell phone yesterday. She says treating post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and other mental illnesses is most difficult in rural areas like the North Country.  Go to full article

McHugh: cut red tape from veteran health care

Revelations of grim conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center are bringing intense focus on the health care system for veterans. President Bush planned to do some damage control today by visiting Walter Reed. He'll talk to veterans and hospital staff, trying to reassure them the government is doing something following the scandal over shoddy treatment of wounded soldiers. Yesterday, the House passed a $2.9 trillion budget resolution. Among other things, it provides $3.5 billion more for veterans' care than the president's budget. It rejects the administration plan to raise premiums for the military's health plan, called Tricare. Congressman John McHugh, a Republican, voted against the Democratic resolution. He also voted against the Republicans' own budget resolution, which reflected the Bush Administration's plan to cut funding for military treatment facilities. In comments during a House Military Personnel Subcommittee hearing this week, McHugh said these are "most difficult times" for the military health system. Better technology has meant more soldiers survive severe wounds, like traumatic brain injuries. But that means veterans' hospitals will have to care for these soldiers their whole lives. On Wednesday, the congressman told David Sommerstein that the biggest problem facing the system is red tape.  Go to full article
Newly unveiled Veteran's Memorial at Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre, Ottawa.
Newly unveiled Veteran's Memorial at Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre, Ottawa.

Canadian vets talk about their wars, and this one

November 11th goes by different names. The former Armistice Day has become Veteran's Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in Canada. For at least a week before hand, many Canadians won't leave home without pinning on a small plastic flower. School children still recite "In Flanders Field," hurriedly written in 1915 by a weary field doctor. Canadian John McCrea's poem immortalized the common red poppy, which sprang up across battle fields and graveyards in the wishfully-named "War to End All Wars." In this atmosphere, correspondent Lucy Martin wondered what older Canadian war veterans might be thinking about Canada's current campaign in Afghanistan. She caught up with some during a recent ceremony at an Ottawa Veteran's Home.  Go to full article

Film Calls for Depleted Uranium Study

The group North Country Veterans for Peace is showing a movie tonight in Potsdam about the military's use of depleted uranium (a heavy metal used in ammunition) in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since the first Gulf War, veterans groups have argued the weakly radioactive chemical has caused a range of illnesses in thousands of soldiers. The Pentagon says the substance does not make people sick. New York's legislature has taken up a bill that would help National Guard soldiers get tested for exposure to depleted uranium from military service. And it would encourage more research on the subject. Similar bills have passed in Connecticut and Louisiana. Miles Manchester is a member of North Country Veterans for Peace.  Go to full article

Heard up North: The Ladies of Grace Episcopal Church

Memorial Day brought families and neighbors together for a traditional program of remembrance and commemoration. Gregory Warner stopped by the VFW post in Canton after the parade. The ladies of Grace Episcopal Church were there, sharing a plate of oatmeal raisin cookies along with their day. Barbara Todd is today's heard up North.  Go to full article
WWII Veteran Martin Murie, of Malone, joins other protesters at Saturday's anti-war vigil in Potsdam. Photo by Sunyoung Kim.
WWII Veteran Martin Murie, of Malone, joins other protesters at Saturday's anti-war vigil in Potsdam. Photo by Sunyoung Kim.

Veterans and Others Mark 3rd Year of War with Vigil, March

150 anti-war protesters gathered outside the Potsdam post office. They held signs and solicited honks from passing cars (to the dismay of the fraternity across the street). The vigil was followed by a "march for peace" and then discussion. Gregory Warner went to the vigil, and returned with this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Veterans Plan Anti-War Vigil and "Walk for Peace"

Every Saturday from 11am - noon, anti-war protestors stand in front of the Potsdam Post Office for a weekly vigil. This Saturday, in honor of the 3rd anniversary of the Iraq war, the groups will follow the vigil with a "Walk For Peace", ending at the Community Center of the First Presbyterian Church, 42 Elm St, where a discussion about the war will be held.

Dr. Mike Mullen will be there. He's with North Country Veterans for Peace. He was an army doctor in the Gulf War and is now an emergency room physician in Potsdam.

He told Gregory Warner that he never supported the current war in Iraq. But he was inspired to join Veterans for Peace about a year ago, after he heard Congressman John Murtha speak out against the war and urge a timeline for bringing American troops home. Congressman Murtha is a veteran of Korea and Vietnam.  Go to full article

Preview: Brockville Community Choir Presents Remembrance Day Concert

The 50-voice Brockville Community Chorus presents its annual Remembrance Day Concert. It's called In Remembrance and will be held Friday night (7:30) at the First Presbyterian Church in Brockville, Ontario. Todd Moe talks with choir Director Jeff Reusing.  Go to full article

Another Look at the Media and the Military

For a different perspective on the media and the military, David Sommerstein called up Paul Rieckoff. He served in Iraq from 2003 to 2004 with the Army's 3rd Infantry Division and 1st Armored Division. Now he directs Operation Truth, a non-partisan advocacy group for veterans of the war in Iraq. Rieckoff says active duty soldiers do have restrictions on their first amendment rights to free speech.  Go to full article

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