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Hometown Heroes banners returning for 2016

SCHENECTADY

Hometown Heroes banners returning for 2016

The Hometown Heroes banner program will return to Schenectady this year. The Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corp. and city of Schenectady are partnering to honor the city’s active duty service men and women and veterans.

NISKAYUNA

Niskayuna to construct veteran memorial

Niskayuna plans to build a veterans memorial to honor community members who have served in the military, according to town Supervisor Joe Landry.

Military bringing more charges against officers for sexual assault

Military bringing more charges against officers for sexual assault

The U.S. military has stepped up investigations of high-ranking officers for sexual assault, records show, curtailing its traditional deference toward senior leaders as it cracks down on sex crimes.

Vietnam Wall replica set for Princetown stop this summer

PRINCETOWN

Vietnam Wall replica set for Princetown stop this summer

When the Wall That Heals — a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington — comes to Princetown this August, Doug Gray will trace his fingers along the 58,272 names chiseled into the stone and look for one in particular.

Female World War II pilots barred from Arlington

Female World War II pilots barred from Arlington

Shortly after Elaine D. Harmon died in April at 95, her family found a letter in a fireproof box with explicit instructions: She wanted her ashes placed at Arlington National Cemetery.

NISKAYUNA

Some Niskayuna vets may need to act by March 1 to get tax break

World War II and Korean War veterans in Niskayuna may need to file paperwork with the town assessor by March 1 to qualify for a tax exemption approved by the Board of Education on Tuesday night.

Iwo Jima combat vets recall time on island

ALTAMONT

Iwo Jima combat vets recall time on island

After five years of swapping war stories about their Iwo Jima experiences, U.S. Marines Sal Famularo and Tom Lemme didn’t think they had any more surprises for each other. Then, Lemme had a friend read a short passage from Gail Chatfield’s book, “By Dammit, We’re Marines!”

Niskayuna school board to consider tax breaks for veterans

NISKAYUNA

Niskayuna school board to consider tax breaks for veterans

The Niskayuna Board of Education will consider a tax break for veterans at its board meeting Tuesday night at Rosendale Elementary School at 6 p.m.

Runaway Army blimp was missing batteries

WASHINGTON

Runaway Army blimp was missing batteries

The blimp that broke loose from an Army facility in Maryland last fall, wreaking havoc with its mile-long tether, flew uncontrolled for hours because someone neglected to put batteries in its automatic-deflation device, Pentagon investigators have found.

Military leaders: Women should have to register for draft

WASHINGTON

Military leaders: Women should have to register for draft

The top officers in the Army and Marine Corps testified on Tuesday that they believe it is time for women to register for future military drafts, following the Pentagon's recent decision to open all jobs in combat units to female service members.

MALTA

Volunteer program will help vets in Malta

The formation of a new volunteer program to assist military veterans living in Malta will be announced at tonight’s Town Board meeting.

In Battle of the Bulge, 'We froze'

Mario Checca's first orders in Europe during World War II were designed to be an easy assignment in the Ardennes Forest along the German-Belgian boarde

WWII vet Checca remembered for his service and as family man

AMSTERDAM

WWII vet Checca remembered for his service and as family man

Mario Checca saw life for what it was. "He was definite in the way he did things,” Pauline Kretser, Checca’s daughter, said. “He knew what he wanted and looked at life in a matter-of-fact way." Checca, a decorated World War II veteran and former prisoner of war known for his service and bravery, died this week.

AMSTERDAM

Mario Checca, WWII vet from Amsterdam, dies

World War II veteran and former prisoner of war Mario Checca, of Amsterdam, died Monday at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center.

Niskayuna veterans ask school board for tax break

NISKAYUNA

Niskayuna veterans ask school board for tax break

A crowd of dozens of Niskayuna-area veterans urged the Niskayuna Board of Education to pass a tax break that would save veterans hundreds of dollars on their tax bills.

Amsterdam man honored for World War II service

FONDA

Amsterdam man honored for World War II service

Thomas R. Williams on Tuesday was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Biofuels will power Navy's next deployment

SAN DIEGO

Biofuels will power Navy's next deployment

On Wednesday, there surely will be tears, hugs and excitement as sailors begin another deployment to the world's hotspots. On the surface, it will be a replay of a common occurrence in any Navy town when sailors go to sea, but in the ships' gas tanks will be fuel made from renewable resources that has officials back at the Pentagon exuberant.

Mustang love in West Fulton eases veterans’ PTSD

WEST FULTON

Mustang love in West Fulton eases veterans’ PTSD

The process of taming a wild mustang is called “gentling.”

Nearly 11K military funerals for NY honor guard teams in '15

ALBANY

Nearly 11K military funerals for NY honor guard teams in '15

The honor guards of the New York National Guard are expected to conduct nearly 11,000 funerals for military veterans by year's end.

Flags lowered at state buildings to honor fallen NY airman

ALBANY

Flags lowered at state buildings to honor fallen NY airman

Flags on state government buildings across New York are being flown at half-staff in honor of an Air National Guard member from Long Island who was among the six U.S. troops killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.

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