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New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney stood with local leaders in Newburgh Thursday, announcing legislation to help turn so-called zombie homes into housing for homeless veterans.


  Bandstand is a new musical at the Jacobs Theatre on Broadway tomorrow night.

Starring Laura Osnes and Corey Cott and directed and choreographed by Andy Blankenbeuler, Bandstand features book, music, and lyrics by Richard Oberacker and book and lyrics by former Capital Region habitant and arts participant, Robert Taylor.

Set just after World War II, musician Donny Novitski -- a veteran recently returned home to Ohio -- has to figure out where he fits now that the fighting is done. When a national contest to find America’s next music sensation offers a chance at fame and Hollywood fortune, he assembles a swing-band of fellow veterans and a young war widow and throws everything he has at winning.

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam recognizes veterans on the 70th anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, attacks on Hickam Field
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U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, is calling for major federal investments to modernize Veterans Affair facilities. Last month, Senate Democrats proposed a $10 billion plan to modernize VA facilities over the next 10 years.

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam recognizes veterans on the 70th anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, attacks on Hickam Field
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More than 120 House Representatives want the leaders of a House Veteran Affairs subcommittee to not cut federal funding to veteran suicide prevention and outreach programs. 

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Connecticut Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty introduced legislation Thursday to expand the current Veteran Affairs Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers to veterans of all service eras. 

Bedlam’s latest production is Cry Havoc! As the company’s website states: Bedlam creates works of theatre that reinvigorate traditional forms in a flexible, raw space, collapsing aesthetic distance and bringing its viewers into direct contact with the dangers and delicacies of life.

In Cry Havoc! Stephan Wolfert recounts his own experiences of military service, weaving his personal narrative with lines from some of William Shakespeare’s most famous speeches. Pulling from The Bard’s war narratives to work through the trauma of the military experience. The one-actor production is directed by Bedlam co-founder Eric Tucker. Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA presented the show last summer - it is currently running at the New Ohio Theatre Off-Broadway in New York City through April 23rd.

Wolfert and Tucker are both military veterans, and Bedlam’s outreach program invites other veterans to meet - every Monday - to explore the writing and performance Shakespeare - and to be mindful in a shared space with other veterans. To relate their experiences to the literature and drama -- and to each other.

Stephan Wolfert joins us to tell us more about the outreach program and Cry Havoc!

A United Way in the Hudson Valley is launching a veterans initiative, starting with a panel discussion Wednesday.

Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal is looking to hear from veterans of all service eras about their exposure to toxic substances.

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It was a concept that started in Springfield, Ohio in 2005 when 12 World War II veterans were taken to Washington, D.C.  There is now a coordinated nationwide network that flies World War II, Korea and Vietnam from across the country to Washington.  There they visit monuments to those conflicts, remember their service and comrades who did not survive.  In this first part of our weeklong series on World War II veterans, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks at the North Country Honor Flight and the veterans it honors.

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December 8th, 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave a speech that ushered the United States into the Second World War.

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A two day-conference is under way today at the Desmond Hotel in the Albany County town of Colonie to provide advice and inspiration to military vets looking to start a business, or for those already in business for themselves. The Veterans in Economic Transition Conference, which brings together the private and public sectors and not-for-profits is sponsored by the law firm Tully Rinckey. WAMC spoke with Mario Cometti, a partner in the firm.

NYS Senator Kathy Marchione speaks at Thursday's dedication.
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A stretch of highway from the Albany County line to the Warren County line has been designated in honor of naval veterans. The stretch of Route 9 that runs through Saratoga County was designated Thursday as the "United States Submarine Veterans Memorial Highway-Saratoga County."

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The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall is making its latest local stop this weekend. The wall is on display through Monday morning.

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Escorted by motorcycle riders with the Patriot Guard, the remains of a WWII marine killed in the Pacific more than 70 years ago finally arrived home Friday.

Shakespeare & Company was founded in 1978 and since then they’ve been presenting world-class classical and contemporary theater with a focus on none other than The Bard of Avon in Lenox, MA.

The season includes three Shakespeare plays: The Merchant of Venice, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Twelfth Night, plus Regional Premieres by three women playwrights: of Or, by Liz Duffy Adams; The Taming by Lauren Gunderson and Ugly Lies the Bone by Lindsey Ferrentino, a bracing drama fresh from an acclaimed Off-Broadway production.

Additional titles include Sotto Voce by Pulitzer Prize-winner Nilo Cruz, and the return of Stephan Wolfert in Cry "Havoc!", and a new adaption of Aphra Behn’s Emperor of the Moon by Jenna Ware.

Ariel Bock and Jonathan Croy are serving as co-interim Artistic Directors at Shakespeare & Company. They join us along with Daniella Varon who is directing Ugly Lies the Bone

I am a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. Many veterans and I have felt the public has seen us as being at the bottom of the barrel. Soldiers have and are spent by politicians like bit coin. Statesmen use moral rhetoric to convince troops that going to war is their duty. Returning from war our veterans are perceived as broken wounded paid out human beings.  In the eyes of the public the veteran forever remains the victim.

White River Junction VA Medical Center
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Two years ago, a scandal erupted at VA Medical Centers across the country.  The hospitals had shifted record keeping regarding wait times to indicate “short” or “none” when veterans actually waited months or years for their appointments.  While it appeared at the time that the White River Junction VA Medical Center in Vermont was not a part of the controversy, it now appears that schedulers there were also adjusting wait times.

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Two New York congressional representatives have announced a grant for a college’s Veterans Education Program.

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According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, New York is home to more than 65,000 women veterans. A community forum scheduled for tonight in Schenectady aims to bring the issues they face into focus.

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Every dog has its day, and when it comes to police and military dogs, two New York lawmakers say that day should be March 13.

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Hudson Valley Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney will host a town hall for veterans in Dutchess County Saturday morning.

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The New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs unveiled its new mobile app to help the state’s 900,000 vets connect to important state and federal programs.

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The New York State Veterans App is designed to connect users with information about federal and state benefits, help them find a job, or locate housing.

Republican State Senator Kathy Marchione commended the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs for developing the free mobile app.

Democratic Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, an army veteran, said connecting veterans with services has been a main topic of conversation in Albany.

The app is available on Android and iOS devices.

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On Wednesday Governor Andrew Cuomo announced New York will participate in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Ready Vets program. The program at Fort Drum will begin on January 11th.

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Pittsfield’s Veterans Day Parade was cancelled because of a steady rain throughout the morning, but the city still came together to honor current and former members of the armed forces today.

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The scenic highway that winds up Prospect Mountain overlooking Lake George in the southeastern Adirondacks is extending its hours and waiving fees this weekend to honor Veterans Day.

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A new documentary screening in Albany tomorrow focuses on America’s disabled veterans.

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After a successful launch last year, hundreds of American flags will fly for one month in downtown Pittsfield in honor of area veterans.

  For years, theater director Bryan Doerries has led an innovative public health project that produces ancient tragedies for current and returned soldiers, addicts, tornado and hurricane survivors, and a wide range of other at-risk people in society.

Drawing on these extraordinary firsthand experiences, Doerries clearly and powerfully illustrates the redemptive and therapeutic potential of this classical, timeless art: how, for example, Ajax can help soldiers and their loved ones better understand and grapple with PTSD, or how Prometheus Bound provides new insights into the modern penal system. These plays are revivified not just in how Doerries applies them to communal problems of today, but in the way he translates them himself from the ancient Greek, deftly and expertly rendering enduring truths in contemporary and striking English.

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As the nation pauses on the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks tomorrow, a ceremony in Saratoga Springs will recognize the service of local veterans. 

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