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ALBANY

Military personnel, vets can get free turkey at Albany law office

The annual “Turkeys for Veterans” program, sponsored by Tully Rinckey PLLC and Hannaford Supermarkets, will provide free turkeys to active duty and retired military personnel from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, at the law firm’s office, located at 441 New Karner Road.

How Veterans Day is commemorated around the United States

How Veterans Day is commemorated around the United States

Ninety-seven years ago, an armistice ended World War I, which was then the greatest conflict the world had ever seen. Armistice Day became Veterans Day in the 1950s and now commemorates the spirit of all U.S. military members. A look at how the day is being observed across the country.

VA enters stretch on goals for homelessness, claims backlog

VA enters stretch on goals for homelessness, claims backlog

Though it has made much progress, the Department of Veterans Affairs is likely to miss its target on two ambitious goals: ending veteran homelessness in 2015 and ending the backlog in disability claims.

Veterans Day tribute has green lights in demand

CAPITAL REGION

Veterans Day tribute has green lights in demand

A Veterans Day salute has meant lights out for many Capital Region hardware and home improvement stores.

WWII vet, awarded three Purple Hearts, recalls service

COHOES

WWII vet, awarded three Purple Hearts, recalls service

Bill McQuade never feared.

NY lawmakers say state can do more to help its veterans

ALBANY

NY lawmakers say state can do more to help its veterans

There's a push by some lawmakers in New York to do more to help the Empire State's veterans with securing jobs, housing, mental health care and other services.

F-16 being put on display at NY National Guard headquarters

An F-16 fighter jet is being added to the military hardware on display outside the headquarters of the New York National Guard.

High honors: Veterans, soldiers featured on banners

High honors: Veterans, soldiers featured on banners

Colleen Merays had a feeling the Hometown Heroes Banner Program was a great idea, and she wasn’t disappointed.

A distinguished career working for the military

A distinguished career working for the military

Fred Clas, 93, of Niskayuna was inducted recently into the Army Material Command Hall of Fame.

LATHAM

Ballston Spa man to become state Guard's top enlisted soldier

Command Sgt. Major David Piwowarski of Ballston Spa will become the top enlisted soldier in the New York State National Guard during a ceremony today in Latham.

Top general in Afghanistan: US strike on hospital a mistake

WASHINGTON

Top general in Afghanistan: US strike on hospital a mistake

U.S. forces attacked a hospital in northern Afghanistan last weekend, killing at least 22 people, despite "rigorous" U.S. military procedures designed to avoid such mistakes, the top commander of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan said Tuesday.

WWI hero's Medal of Honor to be displayed in Albany

ALBANY

WWI hero's Medal of Honor to be displayed in Albany

The Medal of Honor posthumously awarded to a World War I hero from Albany will be put on temporary display in his hometown.

Navy SEALs ready to open doors to women

WASHINGTON

Navy SEALs ready to open doors to women

The commander of the Navy's special warfare units is recommending that the SEALs and combat crew jobs be opened to women, but he warns that women will have greater risk of injury and says the service may be pressured to adjust or lower standards for the jobs.

Commander tours Ballston Spa shelter for homeless vets

BALLSTON SPA

Commander tours Ballston Spa shelter for homeless vets

The government should be intervening to make sure no veteran is homeless, American Legion State Commander James Yermas said Thursday.

Mechanicville WWII vet spread news of Japan's surrender

MECHANICVILLE

Mechanicville WWII vet spread news of Japan's surrender

A young sailor from Mechanicville was a shipboard radioman helping news organizations get the word out to the world that the Japanese had officially surrendered on Sept. 2, 1945.

2 women pass Army Ranger School, first female graduates

WASHINGTON

2 women pass Army Ranger School, first female graduates

Two women have passed the Army's Ranger School, becoming the first females to complete the grueling combat training program and earn the right to wear Ranger tabs on their uniforms.

House veterans chairman: VA should fire bad workers faster

DENVER

House veterans chairman: VA should fire bad workers faster

The chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee said Monday the troubled VA should fire problem employees faster and that Congress should make it easier for the entire government to dismiss bad workers.

Schumer: Bring WWI hero's Medal of Honor to Albany

ALBANY

Schumer: Bring WWI hero's Medal of Honor to Albany

The Medal of Honor posthumously awarded last month to a World War I soldier from Albany should be put on public display in his hometown, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said Thursday.

Pentagon readying plan to lift transgender ban

WASHINGTON

Pentagon readying plan to lift transgender ban

Pentagon leaders are finalizing plans aimed at lifting the ban on transgender individuals in the military, with the goal of formally ending one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service, senior U.S. officials told The Associated Press.

Air National Guard getting new commander

LATHAM

Air National Guard getting new commander

Brig. Gen. Anthony German of Oneonta, former commander of the 109th Airlift Wing, will officially take command of the New York state Air National Guard today and be promoted to major general. He will be replacing Maj. Gen. Verle Johnston, who has held the post since 2012.

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