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Operation at Ease saves vets with PTSD using rescue dogs

NISKAYUNA

Operation at Ease saves vets with PTSD using rescue dogs

The premise of Operation at Ease is simple: fulfilling the needs of veterans struggling with PTSD and finding a loving home for dogs who have recently been rescued. But for the veterans and dogs, it’s much more than that.

Marine drill instructor accused of running dryer with Muslim recruit inside

Marine drill instructor accused of running dryer with Muslim recruit inside

A Muslim Marine said he was called a terrorist and ordered into an industrial clothes dryer multiple times by a drill instructor who then turned it on, burning him, at Parris Island, South Carolina.

Stratton Base investigated for possible PFOS contamination

GLENVILLE

Stratton Base investigated for possible PFOS contamination

The Air National Guard is investigating its Stratton base in Glenville after the facility was found to have intermittently used firefighting foam since the 1950s that contained PFOS.

Military performance to punctuate area band music season

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Military performance to punctuate area band music season

Saratoga County will mark the unofficial end of summer with a military band concert on Monday, celebrating armed services personnel while also promoting programs that aid veterans.

After months of planning, Vietnam memorial replica to arrive in Princetown

PRINCETOWN

After months of planning, Vietnam memorial replica to arrive in Princetown

The Wall That Heals, a Vietnam memorial replica, will arrive in Princetown on Tuesday after months of planning and preparation.

Civil Air Patrol basic cadets learn, lead at encampment

GLENVILLE

Civil Air Patrol basic cadets learn, lead at encampment

A person cannot become a good leader unless he or she has first been a good follower. Lt. Col. David Panzera has harped on that over the past week to the 132 Civil Air Patrol basic cadets under his command at a leadership encampment at Stratton Air National Guard Base.

ALBANY

Army veteran accused of making threat against Albany Stratton VA

A Western New York man has been charged with threatening the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center in two phone calls last month, authorities said.

Military is asked to march to a less expensive tune

Military is asked to march to a less expensive tune

As far back as the Revolutionary War, the U.S. military has trumpeted its gleaming, brassy bands as a point of pride and a critical soft power weapon in its arsenal. But in an era of budget cuts and troop reductions, Congress is signaling that it may be time for one of the largest employers of musicians in the world to turn the music down.

ALBANY

Former Stratton VA nurse faces sentencing for diverting drugs

A former hospice nurse at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center put his addiction to pain killers before his patients, endangering them in their final days and devastating their family members, according to a federal prosecutor.

Clifton Park junk removal business run by veteran

CLIFTON PARK

Clifton Park junk removal business run by veteran

Ray Gagnon, a Marine Corps veteran, is bringing JDog’s Junk Removal & Hauling business to the Capital Region this summer. Gagnon and his family held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday at the American Legion Mohawk Post 1450.

Downtown Schenectady banners again recognize ‘Hometown Heroes’

Downtown Schenectady banners again recognize ‘Hometown Heroes’

Christopher Yates, one of Schenectady’s first politicians, and Angelo Santabarbara, a current New York state assemblyman from the 11th District, are two of the Hometown Heroes being honored with banners by the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation.

Saratoga firm balances emotion, aesthetics as it designs veterans’ cemeteries

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Saratoga firm balances emotion, aesthetics as it designs veterans’ cemeteries

To fully appreciate one of our national cemeteries is to not just see it, but feel it — even if you never knew any of the veterans buried there.

Scotia-Glenville kicks off slew of Memorial Day parades

CAPITAL REGION

Scotia-Glenville kicks off slew of Memorial Day parades

Lt. Col. Nicholas Dean, the 109th Airlift Wing inspector general, will serve as the grand marshal for the 88th annual Scotia-Glenville Memorial Day Parade, beginning today at 6:15 p.m. in the village of Scotia.

Remains of sailor killed at Pearl Harbor finally make their way home

Remains of sailor killed at Pearl Harbor finally make their way home

Seventy-four years after he was killed at Pearl Harbor, Navy Chief Petty Officer Albert Eugene Hayden was laid to rest Wednesday beside his parents in a rural parish cemetery on a hilltop in a southern Maryland county near the Chesapeake Bay.

Study finds few obstacles to lifting military’s transgender ban

WASHINGTON

Study finds few obstacles to lifting military’s transgender ban

A study commissioned by Defense Secretary Ash Carter found that a small portion of service members are transgender and allowing them to serve openly in the military would cost little and have no significant impact on unit readiness.

Senate votes to allow female WWII pilots to be buried at Arlington

Senate votes to allow female WWII pilots to be buried at Arlington

In 2002, Arlington National Cemetery's administrator said that those who served in the WASP program were eligible for full military honors upon being buried there, and that the women had been eligible for burial there since 1977. But last year, the secretary of the Army overturned that decision, saying it was wrong.

US troops getting closer to the fight against Islamic State in Iraq

US troops getting closer to the fight against Islamic State in Iraq

At the base of a rocky ridge rising from the surrounding farmland, the barrels of American artillery poke out from under camouflage covers, their sights trained on Islamic State-held positions.

Senators unveil Veterans First Act

Washington

Senators unveil Veterans First Act

Senators took fresh steps this week in the slow effort to reform the beleaguered Veterans Affairs Department and hold it more accountable just as news broke of a new scandal _ cockroaches in food at a VA hospital in Chicago.

Women could be headed for the draft, after House committee vote

Women could be headed for the draft, after House committee vote

The House Armed Services Committee took a big and unexpected step toward making women register for the draft as a handful of Republicans joined Democrats on Wednesday night to back a measure whose own sponsor hoped would fail.

Col. Leon Sobieski, longtime deputy commander at Stratton, dies

ROTTERDAM

Col. Leon Sobieski, longtime deputy commander at Stratton, dies

Leon Sobieski understood his last name could be hard to pronounce.

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