Issues: Veterans

Help Send Holiday Cheer To Our Servicemen & Women

ONEONTA, 11/25/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that his three district offices will serve as drop off points for holiday cards to be sent to service members as part of the American Red Cross 2013 Holiday Mail for Heroes program.

“Sending a holiday card to a serviceman or woman is a simple, yet warmhearted way to deliver a personal thank you for the sacrifices they make to defend our freedoms year-round,” said Senator Seward. “I am extremely pleased to take part in this program and privileged that I can help facilitate this effort.”

Holiday cards may be dropped off at any of Senator Seward’s three district offices:

• 41 South Main Street, Oneonta;

November 26, 2013
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World War II veterans honored by Senator O'Brien

FAIRPORT, N.Y. -- Two local veterans of the Second World War who were inducted into the New York State Senate's Veterans' Hall of Fame earlier this year were recognized by Senator O'Brien at the Perinton Memorial VFW Post 8495, the home of "Freedom Hill."

Bob Nolan of the Army and Lyle Dupra of the Naval Armed Guard and Navy were recognized for their service.  Dupra is also a veteran of the Korean conflict, while Nolan later had a long career with the Central Intelligence Agency.

November 25, 2013
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SENATOR DEFRANCISCO KICKS OFF HIS SIXTH ANNUAL COLLECTION DRIVE FOR CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco,  a United States Air Force veteran, has kicked off his sixth annual collection drive for Cell Phones for Soldiers.  At a press conference on November 25th, Senator DeFrancisco was joined by Syracuse Army Recruiting Battalion Commander Lieutenant Col. Hugh Darville and Staff Sgt.

November 25, 2013
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Senator Robach Presents Vietnam Veteran with Service Medals

Congratulations to Thomas Demond for receiving the New York State Medal of Merit and the New York State Conspicuous Service Star for his service to our nation during the Vietnam War. I was honored to present Tom with both of these medals at the Baber AME Church on Sunday morning. Tom continues to serve our nation and community as Commander of the Pennington-Moye VFW Post 9251. Once again, congratulations Tom and thank you for your service to our great nation.

November 25, 2013
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Lockport WWII veteran Ed Kolek named to French Legion of Honor

Lockport WWII veteran Ed Kolek was named to the French Legion of Honor during a special ceremony at the B. Leo Dolan American Legion Post #410 on Thursday, November 21, 2013.  The award was instituted by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 to denote special service to France.  Kolek piloted B-24 aircraft in 47 missions and contributed to the liberation of France.  From left: State Senator George Maziarz, Kolek, Honorary French Consul Pascal Soares, and Assemblywoman Jane Corwin.

November 22, 2013
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Monthly Column: Honoring All Who Have Served

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

 

It is so important that we remember the great sacrifices that our veterans have given to our nation.  

 

Last week, Governor Cuomo signed legislation, which I carried in the State Senate, to re-name Route 98 as the “Genesee and Orleans Veterans’ Memorial Highway.”  Last month, I joined members of the Wilson Family to unveil the interstate highway 990’s new designation as the “Staff Sergeant William R. Wilson III Memorial Highway.”

 

As we honor our distinguished military veterans throughout the month of November, I would like to share with you a number of other important State initiatives to support these courageous men and women.

 

November 20, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Unveils New Bill to Help Veterans Secure SUNY Credit for Military Training

At Veterans Forum and Services Fair, Kennedy outlined the VETS Credits Act, which will make college more affordable for veterans and help them complete coursework faster. 

Kennedy: By giving credit where credit is due, New York State and its public university system can ease and accelerate veterans’ transition into civilian life.

November 19, 2013
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Senator Farley Receives Patriot Award

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) was honored to receive the First Patriot Award on November 9th at the Saratoga Hilton from Patriot Hills of New York for his ongoing support and dedication to veterans. He received the award during the organization’s Military Ball and Veterans Gala, a night dedicated to the military. Patriot Hills provides support to veterans and their families with issues such as reintegration, job placement and educational opportunities.

November 18, 2013
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Senator Farley Honored for Work With Veterans

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) was honored to receive the First Patriot Award on November 9th at the Saratoga Hilton from Patriot Hills of New York for his ongoing support and dedication to veterans. He received the award during the organization’s Military Ball and Veterans Gala, a night dedicated to the military. Patriot Hills provides support to veterans and their families with issues such as reintegration, job placement and educational opportunities.

November 18, 2013
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Senator Kennedy to Hold Veterans Forum and Services Fair November 19

Kennedy invites WNY veterans to join him November 19 for event aimed at connecting Vets to the services they’ve earned. 

Kennedy: America’s veterans fought bravely to keep our nation strong. We must ensure they have access to support and services they’ve earned. They’ve served us, now it’s our turn to serve them. 

November 19, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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November 15, 2013
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Sweet Home Military Wall of Honor Dedication Ceremony

Senator Ranzenhofer offers remarks at the dedication ceremony for the Sweet Home Military Wall of Honor.  The Wall of Honor recognizes graduates of Sweet Home High School who have served in the United States Military. 

November 15, 2013
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LARKIN HONORED FOR HIS SERVICE TO THE 65TH INFANTRY REGIMENT

The 65th Infantry Honor Task Force today dedicated the opening of its “65th Infantry Regiment/American Latinos in the United States Military” exhibit to Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) for his unwavering support of the 65th Infantry Regiment.  The exhibit will be displayed in the Taino Stickball Community Gallery in New York City.

November 13, 2013
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Senator Lee Zeldin Visits Tangier Smith Elementary School Veterans Day Celebration

Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I—Shirley) stopped by the Tangier Smith Elementary School Friday to take part in their Veterans Day Celebration.

A veteran himself and current Major in the Army Reserves, Senator Zeldin stood alongside some of our nation’s finest as they were presented with ‘thank you cards’ from the students for their dedicated service to our country.

November 13, 2013
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Honoring Our Veterans

Honoring Our Veterans: A Column by Senator Lee Zeldin

A distinctly American tradition, Veterans Day serves as an important reminder to honor and thank all of those who have sacrificed so much to preserve American freedom and liberty.

November 13, 2013
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Senator Farley Salutes Veterans With Brown School Students

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of participating in a Veterans Ceremony hosted by Schenectady’s Brown School on November 8th. As part of the ceremony, Senator Farley presented John and Karen McKenna, parents of the late Captain John McKenna, with a Senate Citation recognizing them for their efforts to help families who have lost a loved one in the military. The students at the Brown School also created an impressive American Flag out of tuna and Campbell's Soup cans on Friday and donated the food to area food pantries.

November 13, 2013
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Davenport Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Highway

ONEONTA, 11/12/13 – A portion of New York State Highway 23 in Delaware County will be renamed in honor of United States servicemen and women under legislation signed into law this week.  The legislation (S.3765-A) was sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) and pays specific tribute to members of VFW Post 487.   

“Every man and woman who dons a United States military uniform sacrifices for our nation and our way of life,” said Senator Seward.  “For those who made the ultimate sacrifice, trading their life for our freedoms, we cannot thank them enough; but we owe it to them to keep their memory alive.” 

November 13, 2013
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Senator Farley Participates in Brown School's Veterans Ceremony

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) had the pleasure of participating in a Veterans Ceremony hosted by Schenectady’s Brown School  on November 8th.  As part of the ceremony, Senator Farley presented John and Karen McKenna, parents of the late Captain John McKenna, with a Senate Citation recognizing them for their efforts to help families who have lost a loved one  in the military.

November 13, 2013
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MEASURE TO GIVE CAPITOL FLAG TO FAMILIES OF FALLEN HEROES SIGNED INTO LAW

Bill Cosponsored by Senator Ritchie Named for Slain Fort Drum Officer

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that a bill she cosponsored to create the “Lt. Colonel Todd Clark Memorial Flag Presentment Program” has been signed into law. 

The measure, which was named after a 10th Mountain Division officer from Evans Mills who was killed earlier this year in Afghanistan, would provide that every family of a fallen service member be given US and New York State flags that flew over the State Capitol at half-staff in their honor.

“By lowering flags to half-staff, we pay tribute to the tremendous sacrifices made by the brave men and women who serve our country,” said Senator Ritchie.

“This new law allows us to say thank you, and express our sympathy in a very small way to the families and the loved ones of those who have given their lives for the protection of our freedom.”

The Governor has ordered the flags lowered at the Capitol and every state government building at least five times this year, and 12 times in 2012, usually to honor a fallen service member, but also in the case of certain dignitaries, deceased government leaders and national tragedies.

November 12, 2013
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