Issues: Military

November 25, 2014
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO LAUNCHES ANNUAL DRIVE TO BENEFIT THE TROOPS

Continuing his unwavering commitment to the brave men and women serving our Nation, State Senator Mike Nozzolio today announced the start of his annual Holiday Drive for the Troops. 

November 24, 2014
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO KICKS OFF HIS SEVENTH ANNUAL CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS COLLECTION DRIVE

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco, a United States Air Force veteran, kicked off his seventh-annual collection drive for Cell Phones For Soldiers on November 24th.  He was joined at his press conference to promote this important program by Syracuse Army Recruiting Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Paul T. Jackson and Helping Heroes Home Program Director David A. Foster.

November 21, 2014
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Senator Sanders still serving the Military …Met with Tuskegee Airman on Veteran’s Day

US Marine Veteran James Sanders Jr. honored his fellow veterans with a luncheon at Applebee’s restaurant on Jamaica Avenue yesterday.  After congratulating the service men and women for their distinguished service to this great nation of ours, he proceeded directly into a brief history of Veteran’s Day, which was proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson in1919, as Armistice Day, and  which was later amended by congress to “Veteran’s Day” in 1938. 

November 12, 2014
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR BILL LARKIN REGARDING THE VETO OF VETERANS’ SERVICE CREDIT LEGISLATION

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) said today:  “I am extremely disappointed with Governor Cuomo’s veto of the veterans’ buyback legislation (S.7839/A.6974-B) and I am especially disheartened that he chose to do so the eve of Veterans Day.  I am currently in the process of meeting with my legislative staff in order to determine the best course of action to move this issue forward in spite of the Governor’s veto.  I will continue to do all I can to ensure that New York’s veterans receive the benefits they rightfully deserve.”

 

November 10, 2014
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Veterans Day 2014 - Saluting Those Who Served

As a veteran myself, I know there is no greater service that a citizen can give to our country than to risk his or her life so that our freedoms can be protected.

I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to all of our veterans, who have honorably served this great Nation. Their invaluable sacrifices and contributions have not gone unnoticed.

That is why I wanted to provide you with more information on several new programs and services that I have supported to better assist our military members and their families. To read about these measures, please click on the link below.

Again, thank you to all of our veterans, and I hope you, and yours, have a safe and memorable Veterans Day.

November 10, 2014
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November 10, 2014
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RITCHIE HELPS HONOR VETERANS AT FORT DRUM CEREMONY

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited Fort Drum recently, taking part in a Veterans Day ceremony held at the post’s Memorial Park. 

At the service, those who have served were honored with a ceremonial placing of the wreath as well as remarks from those who spoke about the sacrifices made by members of our military.

November 7, 2014
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Take a Vet to School Day

In recognition of Veterans Day, I was proud to partner with Time Warner Cable and the History Channel to host Take a Vet to School Day at Gates Chili High School. This nationwide event brings veterans into the classroom to share their firsthand experiences in the armed forces and combat, and gives the students a better understanding of the sacrifices our veterans make to protect our country and our freedoms.

November 6, 2014
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THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, REMEMBER OUR TROOPS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

 

November 3, 2014
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RITCHIE: HELP ME SEND HOLIDAY GREETINGS TO TROOPS

Offices to Feature Drop Boxes for “Holiday Mail for Heroes” Program

State Senator Patty Ritchie is once again calling on Central and Northern New Yorkers to join her in sending warm wishes to troops through the “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program. 

An initiative sponsored by the American Red Cross, Holiday Mail for Heroes collects holiday cards, personally signed by donors, to distribute to soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines at military bases, veterans’ hospitals and other locations to let them know they are remembered and appreciated back home. Last year, along with help from local residents, schools and other organizations, Senator Ritchie was able to deliver nearly 8,000 cards to the Red Cross. 

“When someone thinks of the holiday season, spending time with family and friends are two of the top things that typically come to mind,” said Senator Ritchie.  “In addition to putting their lives on the line to serve our country, members of the military make another big sacrifice—being away from their loved ones at this special time of year. To send a “touch of home” to our troops, I’m hoping that Central and Northern New Yorkers once again take the time to participate in this very important program.”

October 27, 2014
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POW/MIA Recognition Day

Friday, September 19th, marks National POW/MIA Recognition Day.  

September 17, 2014
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THIS MONTH, A MAJOR MILESTONE FOR FORT DRUM

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

September 15, 2014
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RITCHIE SECURES $185,000 TO SUPPORT ACTIVE DUTY TROOPS, VETERANS WITH PTSD

Funding Will Aid PFC Joseph Dwyer Peer Support Program for Veterans, River Community Wellness Program

In an effort to support active duty military and veterans, State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $185,000 to aid men and women suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other combat related illnesses. 

The special funding will be split between Watertown’s VETS Peer to Peer Outreach Center—an organization running the PFC Joseph Dwyer Peer Support Program for Veterans, which was established in part through a grant secured by Senator Ritchie—and Alexandria Bay’s River Community Wellness Program, based at River Hospital. 

“Our soldiers make the ultimate sacrifice, putting their lives on the line to protect our freedom,” said Senator Patty Ritchie. “Many troops who have served in combat zones return with wounds we cannot see and as a result, struggle with PTSD as they try to reacclimate themselves with life at home.”

August 26, 2014
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RITCHIE, FDRLO TEAM UP TO DELIVER MORE THAN 9,000 SIGNATURES IN SUPPORT OF FORT DRUM TO ARMY LEADERSHIP

Public Still Encouraged to Stand Up for the Post 

***CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION IN SUPPORT OF FORT DRUM***

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that through a collaborative effort with the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization, more than 9,000 signatures and dozens of resolutions from local municipalities and organizations in support of Fort Drum have been delivered to Army leadership. 

Earlier this month, Senator Ritchie launched www.StandUpForFortDrum.com, a website where the public could sign a petition to show their support for the post. There, nearly 3,000 signatures were collected and then delivered to FDRLO to support the organization’s petition-gathering effort.

“Fort Drum is a vital part of our region, state and nation,” said Senator Ritchie.  “The signatures collected are a testament to our area’s desire to preserve and encourage further growth of the post, which each and every day has a significant, positive impact on our local economy, our nation’s security and our community as a whole.”

August 25, 2014
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RITCHIE CALLS ON ARMY LEADERSHIP TO PRESERVE FORT DRUM

Letter Cites Positive Economic, Community and Security Impacts of Post 

In light of potential troop reductions, State Senator Patty Ritchie expressed her support for Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division in a letter sent today to Army leadership. 

The letter follows a proposal by the Army to assess the impact of reducing troop levels to numbers not seen since the beginning of World War II.  Taken across the board, the reductions could mean significant cuts at Fort Drum, the North Country’s leading economic engine, which supports thousands of jobs and pumps roughly $1.4 billion into the local economy annually.

In the letter, Senator Ritchie cited the post’s significant economic impact on Central and Northern New York, as well as the state as a whole:

“Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division’s economic value to New York State, Northern and Central New York is well-documented and clearly described in annual Economic Impact Statements issued by the post: $1.2 billion in payroll, more than $100 million in locally sourced contracts for construction and other services, and a total positive economic impact on our region of $1.4 billion a year,” said the letter.

August 22, 2014
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Senator Michael Gianaris Inducts Queensbridge Resident Into Veteran's Hall of Fame

Senator Michael Gianaris honored World War II veteran, Queensbridge resident and community fixture John D. Smith Sr. as an inductee into the New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame, which is designed to pay tribute to New Yorkers whose gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces is complemented by service to their communities. Senator Gianaris presented Mr. Smith with a commemorative plaque at the Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement house in Queensbridge Houses.

August 15, 2014
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WILL YOU STAND UP FOR FORT DRUM?

WILL YOU STAND UP FOR FORT DRUM?

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

Living in Upstate New York, it’s hard to imagine life without Fort Drum.  It’s soldiers are not only defenders of our freedom, they—and their families—are our friends, coworkers and neighbors.  In addition, the post also has an unparalleled positive impact on our region, supporting thousands of jobs and pumping roughly $1.4 billion into our economy annually. 

Currently, the military is studying what would happen if it cut 16,000 soldiers and civilians from Fort Drum.  In light of possible reductions, I’m teaming with local leaders and organizations, like the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization (FDRLO) to gather support for the post. 

August 11, 2014
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RITCHIE LAUNCHES PETITION IN SUPPORT OF FORT DRUM

Teams with FDRLO, Local Leaders as Army Considers Possible Troop Reductions 

***CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION***

State Senator Patty Ritchie is teaming with the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization (FDRLO) and other local leaders to urge people to stand up for Fort Drum by signing an online petition launched today at www.StandUpForFortDrum.com

The petition follows a proposal by the Army to assess the impact of reducing troop levels to numbers not seen since the beginning of World War II.  Taken across the board, the reductions could mean significant cuts at Fort Drum, the North Country’s leading economic engine, which supports thousands of jobs and pumps roughly $1.4 billion into the local economy annually. 

“Ft. Drum is a huge part of the North Country—it’s a major job-creator, a significant part of our economy and its troops and their families are not only defenders of our freedom, they are also our friends and neighbors,” said Senator Ritchie.

“I’m joining forces with the FDRLO and local leaders to help send a clear message to the Army that Fort Drum is a vital part of our region, our state and our nation.  Our community has welcomed Fort Drum and now, we need to stand together to show our continued support and eagerness to help the post grow and succeed.”

August 6, 2014
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RITCHIE JOINS ELECTED OFFICIALS FROM ACROSS THE NORTHEAST TO DISCUSS ISSUES FACING VETERANS

Takes Part in First Meeting of “Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs”

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined today with fellow members of the Council of State Governments “Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs” to discuss ways to improve services and outreach to veterans and active members of our nation’s military. 

The discussion was the first for the group, which is tasked with identifying key issues facing veterans and  includes legislators and state officials from across the country.

“As the State Senator representing Fort Drum, I make it a priority to look out for the 18,000 soldiers, 20,000 family members and nearly 3,000 veterans who call our region home,” said Senator Ritchie.

August 5, 2014
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