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Veteran's son, grandson complete Mt. Fuji quest

SCHENECTADY

Veteran's son, grandson complete Mt. Fuji quest

Inside, part of Charlie Merriam is still the young naval officer who tried on a whim to climb Mt. Fuji when he was a member of the U.S. occupation forces in Japan in the months after World War II.

Colonie vet shares stories about time in WWII

COLONIE

Colonie vet shares stories about time in WWII

Colonie resident William C. Butz, 97, can offer compelling stories about his time in World War II.

County looking for families of Korean War vets; event Thursday

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

County looking for families of Korean War vets; event Thursday

Montgomery County will be hosting an event at the Korean War Monument outside of the county office building in Fonda on Thursday at 10 a.m.

Veterans, feeling abandoned, stand by Trump

Veterans, feeling abandoned, stand by Trump

Even as other voters abandon Trump, veterans remain among his most loyal supporters, an unlikely connection forged by the widening gulf they feel from other Americans.

Defense secretary halts U.S. grab-back of soldiers' bonuses

WASHINGTON

Defense secretary halts U.S. grab-back of soldiers' bonuses

Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Wednesday that the Pentagon was suspending its efforts to force soldiers to return enlistment bonuses improperly awarded a decade ago to 9,700 members of the California National Guard for re-enlisting during wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Route 9 designation honors Navy submarine sailors

SARATOGA COUNTY

Route 9 designation honors Navy submarine sailors

Drivers entering Saratoga County from Route 9 will soon be reminded of the service and sacrifice of U.S. Navy submarine sailors.

Air Force siblings Jean and Charles Eells set for Patriot Flight

CLIFTON PARK

Air Force siblings Jean and Charles Eells set for Patriot Flight

Sixty-five years after Jean Marie Eells raised eyebrows by enlisting in the Air Force right out of high school, she and her brother Charles are taking part in the Patriot Flight with other local veterans to the nation’s capital today.

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.

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