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Veterans organizations from across Massachusetts were represented at the grand opening Thursday of a student veteran resource lounge at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Construction on a delayed veterans memorial at a park outside the Hartford Armory has yet to begin despite hopes expressed by Governor Dannel Malloy and other state officials it would be complete by Veterans Day.

The project will instead be scaled back and the state will solicit bids again for construction.

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Cities and towns across the country are holding events today to honor and remember those who have served our country as members of the military. In Pittsfield, Massachusetts, city officials honored a local veteran for his community service.

HV Resident To Receive Service Medals

Sep 5, 2013

A New York Congressman Thursday is presenting a Purple Heart and other medals to a Korean War veteran in the Hudson Valley.

HV Congressman To Hold Veterans Fair

Aug 2, 2013
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A New York Congressman is holding a veterans fair Saturday in Orange County.

Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney says the idea of the free fair is the following:

He says there will be other resources available. Representatives from more than a dozen organizations are expected to be on hand, including the mobile health unit from Veterans Affairs Hudson Valley Health Care; Veterans Benefits Administration; Hudson Valley Veterans Service organizations; New York State Division of Veterans Affairs and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

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The unemployment rate for military veterans remains higher than the national average.  Veterans in western Massachusetts had an opportunity on Friday to get job search advice from employment specialists.

   U.S. Army veteran James Scurry of Springfield knows how frustrating looking for a job can be.

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WASHINGTON – President Obama’s proposed 2014 federal budget includes an additional $100 million for the Department of Labor to spend on programs to better serve veterans and returning serving members seeking jobs.

With Castle Point and Montrose VA hospitals and their outpatient clinics in the Mid-Hudson Valley and nine job centers also located in the region, if approved, the additional funding would provide for more federal services for those job seekers, Acting Labor Secretary Seth Harris told MidHudsonNews.com on Tuesday.

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A Congressman from New York’s Hudson Valley is trying to cut down on red tape when it comes to processing disability claims from veterans. He is announcing legislation today to address the issue.

  Suicide, especially among veterans, is an emerging crisis.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Chris Gibson — a Republican from the 19th district — tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that suicide can tear families apart. 

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Yesterday, Lieutenant Gov. Timothy Murray announced that from January 2010 to January 2012, Massachusetts saw a drop in its homeless rate among veterans by 26%. That national rate of decline for the same period was 17%.

Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray made three stops in Pittsfield today, including one at a Veterans home where he heard suggestions and concerns from vets. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

After making stops at Pittsfield High School and General Dynamics, a defense manufacturer, Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray toured facilities at Solider On – a non-profit organization that provides housing and services for homeless veterans.

This commentator has always believed that age was never a guarantor of complaint or bad manners nor was it an established signal for curmudgeonly behavior.  So it’s especially upsetting to find oneself setting a graphic example of what he has criticized.

A Purple Heart recipient from Connecticut who was wounded in the Vietnam War is suing the Army, claiming he's wrongly being denied health care benefits.

William Dolphin of West Haven filed the federal lawsuit Thursday in New Haven in an attempt to upgrade his discharge status and get benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The lawsuit says Dolphin suffered head, knee and back injuries in an explosion during combat in 1968 and was left with post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain.

Volunteers in North Adams, Massachusetts, have begun a new program to offer help for the family members of service members suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Rebecca Litchfield is a volunteer at North Adams’ veterans service office, and through her work, she says she’s  noticed a lack of support for the families of returning veterans.

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During a visit to the Bombardier Transportation rail car manufacturing plant in Plattsburgh Thursday, New York Senator Charles Schumer called for the extension of a tax credit for businesses that hire veterans.

New York Senator Charles Schumer was in Plattsburgh Thursday afternoon, calling for the renewal of a tax credit for businesses that hire veterans.

New York’s senior Senator stopped by Bombardier Transportation in Plattsburgh, a manufacturer of rail cars, to tour the plant and discuss the importance of extending the “Returning Heroes and Wounded Warriors Tax Credit”.   Schumer says Congressional gridlock is stalling the tax credit’s renewal.

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                Military veterans who risked their lives for their country are having an increasingly difficult time finding a job when they return home.  Local organizations with help from federal agencies are trying to help unemployed veterans find jobs in western Massachusetts.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

 

The US Department of Labor’s Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program has  awarded $15 million to veterans benefit programs across the country, including one-and-a-half million in Massachusetts alone. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard took a look at how the grants will affect the region.

 

In announcing their intention to cancel this year’s Memorial Day Parade, in Saratoga Springs, New York, last week, the annual event’s sponsoring organization, listed a number of reasons, one of which really shocked this commentator’s sense of how cheaply, beyond dollar value, many of today’s Americans assess the worth of their so-called ‘Freedom.’  The sponsors literally stated the event was too ‘dollar-costly.’

At that moment, the full meaning of just how materialistically divided we’ve become, struck home.  Then, a flood of pointedly related questions arose:

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  Construction work on publicly funded housing developments in Massachusetts should be booming in coming months. The Patrick administration has committed tens of millions of dollars to build or preserve affordable housing across the state. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

        $105 million in tax credits and subsidies from federal and state programs is being awarded for 36 housing developments in 28 communities.  State officials say this will build or preserve almost 22 hundred housing units and create an estimated 3000 construction jobs.

Todd Rosenfield

May 7, 2012

For the past three years, Todd Rosenfield has been a volunteer service officer, helping Veterans access benefits and services and he joins us to talk about the benefits Veterans and their families should expect.
To contact Todd you may email him at toddrosenfield@yahoo.com.

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