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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.

VA thinks ex-Saratoga man is dead, cuts off benefits

SARATOGA SPRINGS

VA thinks ex-Saratoga man is dead, cuts off benefits

The government that Joseph Mendez was willing to die for in World War II declared him dead last summer, when he was still very much alive.

WWII veteran honored on his 100th birthday

GLENVILLE

WWII veteran honored on his 100th birthday

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, over 400,000 did not return home, but Vincent Cerniglia did.

White House taking a look at women and the military draft

WASHINGTON

White House taking a look at women and the military draft

The government is deliberating whether to propose Selective Service changes that would make women eligible for the military draft, the White house said Friday, a day after the Pentagon said it would no longer bar women from combat jobs.

ALBANY

Veteran dies after jumping from Albany parking garage

A 34-year-old man jumped to his death from a New Scotland Avenue parking garage near the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center on Friday.

NY National Guard helps send Christmas trees to bases

Soldiers and airmen from the New York National Guard are helping in the annual effort to send Christmas trees to military bases around the country and overseas.

Once homeless, vets find much to be thankful for in Sch'dy

SCHAGHTICOKE

Once homeless, vets find much to be thankful for in Sch'dy

“Warm sunshine on my face,” “Having a pulse” and “Waking up this morning” — those are what formerly homeless veterans are thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Flag honors Schenectady soldier killed in Vietnam

NISKAYUNA

Flag honors Schenectady soldier killed in Vietnam

Joe Skumurski’s Thanksgiving gathering began Wednesday.

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.

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