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1/7/15 Panel

Jan 7, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, political consultant Libby Post, and WAMC newsman, Ray Graf.

Topics include: Shootings in France at the offices of Charlie Hebdo and in El Paso at the Veterans Affairs Health Care System's clinic, Gay Marriage in Florida, Robert F. McDonnell sentenced to two years in prison, Boehner beats dissent.

  We are very happy to continue our regular feature – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities. It is our chance to check in with the Humanities Councils throughout our 7-State area to discuss important ideas and why they do indeed matter.

Today we check in with MASS Humanities and learn about “Literature, Medicine and the Experience of War” - a six-month, scholar-led, humanities reading and discussion program for health professionals and staff in medical facilities administered by the US Department of Veterans Affairs and/or veterans and military service organizations.

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, visited American Legion Post 574 in Hudson Falls to present a retired army veteran with a medal initially awarded nearly 60 years ago.

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Like many around the country, Pittsfield, Massachusetts residents are honoring veterans this week for their service to our country. On this day, one veteran’s moving poem highlighted the city’s Veterans Day Parade.

    There are nearly twenty-five million veterans and active-duty soldiers in North America. Some experts estimate that more than one quarter of these men and women suffer from post-traumatic distress, and many other military persons experience difficulty reintegrating into civilian life.

The new book: Field Exercises: How Veterans Are Healing Themselves through Farming and Outdoor Activities shares the stories of men and women who are finding relief from stressful and traumatic military experiences, while also establishing community networks and other peer support initiatives. Stephanie Westlund has authored the book and holds a PhD in peace and conflict studies. She has been conducting research with veterans since 2009.

Everyone agrees that our troops deserve a return to productive and creative lives after service. Yet, in spite of billions spent on psychological care and reintegration programs, we face an epidemic of combat-related conditions like PTSD. What's the solution? In Warrior's Return, Dr. Edward Tick reveals what's missing in our approach to helping our veterans acclimate from the battlefield to civilian live.

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As we near Veterans Day, groups in western Massachusetts recently gathered to hold a veterans expo in Pittsfield.

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More than 500 American flags now fill Park Square in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts in honor of area veterans. The flags will fly for the rest of November.

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More than 500 American flags will line Park Square in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts Saturday. They will remain there for Veterans Day and throughout November.

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An organization working to support veterans throughout the region has received nearly $13 million in grant renewals along with additional funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

A federal grant of $1 million over three years will allow Excelsior College, a distance learning institution based in Albany, to help military veterans with a health care background and prior medical training earn  a bachelor's degree in nursing. Dr. Barbara Pieper, the associate dean for the bachelors' and masters' degree programs at excelsior, says the funding comes from the health resources and services administration.

    The Mental Health Foundation will honor award-winning TV journalist Bob Woodruff at its annual August Evening in Saratoga, Monday August 18 at the Saratoga National Golf Course.

Woodruff, whose miraculous recovery from traumatic brain injury suffered while on assignment for ABC TV in Iraq in 2006, will be recognized for his outstanding work with the Bob Woodruff Foundation. The Bob Woodruff Foundation helps returning veterans address their life challenges, including mental health issues.

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The town of Washington, Massachusetts has dedicated Washington Mountain Road as a veterans byway to honor those who’ve served since September 11th. The official dedication ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Old Town Hall.

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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says he's proud of the state's support of veterans and families, including health care at the White River Junction VA Medical Center.

Hudson Valley Bridge To Be Renamed

Jul 4, 2014
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A bridge in the Hudson Valley will be renamed in honor of local veterans.

Transitional Home For Veterans Opens In Kingston

Jul 2, 2014
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A number of elected officials will gather Wednesday afternoon in Ulster County, New York for the opening of a transitional home for veterans. 

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A dinner Tuesday evening for an outgoing state senator from the Hudson Valley will serve as a fundraiser for home repairs for a Vietnam War veteran.

Dutchess Road Will Be Dedicated To Honor Veterans

Jun 14, 2014
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A road in a Hudson Valley town will be dedicated Saturday morning to honor local veterans.

6/10/14 Panel

Jun 10, 2014

    Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao and WAMC Newsman, Ray Graf.

Topics include:
Bergdahl
V-A Audit
Las Vegas Shooting
Hillary Clinton Book
World Cup - Brazil

5/27/14 Panel

May 27, 2014

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain and Political Consultant Libby Post.

Topics include:
Ukraine Post-Vote
CIA oops
Trade Recognition
California Shooting
Amazon v. Hachette
Pfizer
VA Groups

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A “Chair of Honor” tour will begin at Lenox Town Hall 11 o’clock Friday morning to honor American POWs and those missing in action. The tour will involve more than 20 towns in Berkshire and Hampden counties.

Navy Lt. Cmdr. William Coakley was piloting a plane over Vietnam in 1966 when his plane was shot down. He was considered missing until 1989 when his remains were found and buried in Lenox.

5/22/14 Panel

May 22, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC Ray Graf and University at Albany Journalism Professor and investigative reporter Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Russia - China Gas Deal
Hunt for Nigerian Girls
PA Gov will Not Appeal Gay Marriage Ruling
Secret Service Investigation
Obama on VA Hospital Mess

5/19/14 Panel

May 19, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao and political consultant Libby Post.

Topics include:
VA Data
DirecTV Deal
California Chrome
3 Gay GOP Candidates
Student Debt Study

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While reflecting on the recent military base shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, New York Congressman and retired army colonel Chris Gibson said one of the most important services provided to veterans suffering from mental illness is a peer-to-peer program.

WAMC's Lucas Willard spoke with Saratoga County Veterans Service Agency Officer Frank McClement and Peer to Peer Coordinator Amy Hughes on services available to service men and women.

3/31/14 Panel

Mar 31, 2014

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao and political consultant Libby Post.

Topics include:
US Russia Meetings
GM Probe
Recruiting of Jeb Bush
Plane Search as Time Ticks
Veterans Poll

    In the late summer of 1918, after four long years of senseless, stagnant fighting, the Western Front erupted. The bitter four-month struggle that ensued—known as the Hundred Days Campaign—saw some of the bloodiest and most ferocious combat of the Great War, as the Allies grimly worked to break the stalemate in the west and end the conflict that had decimated Europe.

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A dog tag a Massachusetts man lost as he stormed ashore at Anzio during the Allied invasion of Italy in 1944 has finally been returned, 70 years later.

World War II Army veteran Alfred Cabral received the weathered scrap of copper-nickel alloy during an emotional ceremony at a Worcester nursing home last weekend.

The now 88-year-old Cabral quivered and tears rose in his eyes as he received the identification tag.

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A comprehensive bill targeting the needs of veterans introduced by Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders was defeated in a procedural move Thursday. Sanders and veterans organizations are outraged.

Senator Bernie Sanders is introducing legislation targeting the needs of veterans. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley joined a conference call in which Vermont’s junior Senator outlined the plan.

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A Saratoga County organization that uses horses to assist veterans suffering from psychological wounds has received a donation from Proctor’s Theatre from ticket proceeds.

Saratoga WarHorse, a Wilton-based nonprofit received, an $8,900 donation from Proctor’s.

The money is a portion of the ticket sales to the play War Horse, which premiered on the Schenectady stage January 15th.

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