Issues: Veterans

Senator Young Honors Three Bolivar Veterans in Medal Ceremony

Gerald Lynn Bonney, Ronald Scutt, and Leo Francis Coyle Receive Awards For Military Service

BOLIVAR - Recognizing their outstanding records of military service in Europe, Korea, and Vietnam, three local veterans have finally received the military decorations they earned by their service.

During a ceremony at the Kenyon Andrus American Legion in Bolivar today, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) presented Sergeant First Class Gerald Lynn Bonney and Specialist 4th Grade Ronald Scutt with the military medals they earned while serving in Vietnam and Korea, respectively. Senator Young also posthumously honored Private First Class Leo Francis Coyle for his service in Europe during World War II. After being contacted by the veterans and their families, Senator Young was instrumental in obtaining the long overdue awards.

“Our veterans deserve our deepest appreciation and gratitude. The men being honored today selflessly left their homes and families to bravely serve their country a world away from everything and everyone they knew and loved. These men represent two generations of proud Americans who upheld the highest traditions of our armed forces,” said Senator Young.

September 7, 2013
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Senator DeFrancisco Marks Veteran's Day at the New York State Fair

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped honor veterans during the New York State Fair Veteran's Day, held on August 29, 2013. Senator DeFrancisco spoke at a special ceremony recognizing those who have honorably served in the armed forces.  Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with four American Gold Star Mothers.

August 30, 2013
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Information on the PFC Joseph Dwyer Program for Veterans

The PFC Joseph Dwyer Program provides peer-to-peer counseling and assistance to veterans who are living with the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury.  Since its inception, the program had been operating in four test counties. Senator John A. DeFrancisco was instrumental in helping to expand the program in the 2013-14 State Budget to additional counties, including Onondaga County.  State funding for the program will be routed to Clear Path for Veterans. 

August 28, 2013
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5th Annual Veterans BBQ

Queens, NY, August 27, 2013 – NYS Senator Joe Addabbo (D-Howard Beach, pictured far left) joins veterans during his 5th Annual Veterans BBQ, outside his Howard Beach district office.  Over 70 veterans enjoyed a lunch and live entertainment on Saturday, August 24, as the senator thanked them for their service.

August 27, 2013
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Senator O'Brien honors Pittsford "Medal for Valor" recipient

Specialist Isaac Wieboldt recognized by O'Brien, Town Board for Hurricane Sandy heroism

PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- During Hurricane Sandy, Army National Guardsman Isaac Wieboldt, 21, assisted the Island Park Fire Department in the evacuation of at least 28 people simultaneously threatened by both rising flood waters and a serious fire.

Earlier this year, he was recognized with the New York State Medal for Valor, the state's most prestigious military decoration.

Last night, Senator Ted O'Brien, Pittsford Town Supervisor Sandra Zutes and members of the Pittsford Town Council added local recognition to the many accolades Wieboldt has received.

August 22, 2013
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Remembering Medal of Honor winner George "Bud" Day

One-time Niagara County resident George “Bud” Day, who led a stellar military career through three wars and received the Medal of Honor, died on July 27 at the age of 88.  He deserves to be remembered.

August 16, 2013
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RITCHIE HONORS FAMILY OF LATE GENERAL PAUL CERJAN WITH BILL NAMING FORT DRUM CONNECTOR

State Senator Patty Ritchie honored the late US Army Lieutenant General Paul Cerjan in Henderson Harbor Thursday, presenting the bill naming the I-81 Ft. Drum Connector in his honor to the Cerjan Family. 

Senator Ritchie proposed legislation to name the roadway in General Cerjan’s honor, and it was signed into law by Governor Cuomo last year. 

“General Cerjan played a key role in the transformation of Fort Drum and because of him, the post went from becoming a small reserve training center to a world-class military installation,” said Senator Ritchie.

“It’s fitting that we named this roadway in his honor; because it’s goal—making things safer, and easier for 10th Mountain Division soldiers, their families and others visiting Ft. Drum—is much like the goals that General Cerjan had.”

August 15, 2013
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SENATOR LARKIN HONORED BY NATIONAL COMMITTEE

Awarded the National  Medal of Civic Honor from the National Conference of State Legislatures

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) was honored by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Monday, August 12, 2013, at their annual Legislative Summit in Atlanta, Georgia.  Senator Larkin was one of six World War II veteran lawmakers honored for their service and dedication to our country and who are actively serving in their state legislatures.  

August 14, 2013
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO HOLDS VETERANS APPRECIATION BREAKFAST TO THANK VETERANS FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY

     Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently held a veterans appreciation breakfast as a way to say “thank you” to the veterans in his Senate district. 

     “We can never thank our veterans enough for their service to our country and community. This event is a small way to show our appreciation and admiration for the local heroes who defended our freedom. I am pleased so many veterans were able to participate,” said Senator Fuschillo.

August 12, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS, ASSEMBLYWOMAN SCHIMEL ANNOUNCE VETERANS BILL SIGNED INTO LAW

Measure Will Enhance Veterans' Access to Benefits and Care

State Senator Jack M. Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel were joined today by members of local veterans’ organizations to announce that veterans legislation they sponsored (S.5825/A.6221-C) was recently signed into law. In an effort to improve the benefit claims process for New York’s veterans, the law requires that directors of city and county veterans service agencies become accredited as veterans’ service organization (VSO) representatives.

August 12, 2013
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Senator Young Honors Portville World War II Veteran for Appointment to French Legion of Honor

Herman White of Portville Honored for Service in Liberating France

Recognizing his outstanding record of military service during World War II and his contributions to the liberation of France in 1944-45, United States Army Air Forces Sergeant Herman E. White of Portville has received the honor of appointment to France’s National Order of the Legion of Honor.

At a reception held this afternoon in Bradford, Pennsylvania, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - Olean) presented Sergeant White with the official medal conferred upon honorees inducted into the Legion of Honor.

August 8, 2013
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RITCHIE SECURES $185,000 FOR PTSD PROGRAMS IN JEFFERSON COUNTY

 

Funding Will Benefit PFC Joseph Dwyer Peer Support Program

 for Veterans, River Community Wellness Program

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $185,000 in special funding to help veterans in Jefferson County who are struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other combat-related illnesses.

The funding will be split evenly between two local support programs offering peer-to-peer support activities; the PFC Joseph Dwyer Peer Support Program for Veterans—which was established in part through a grant secured by Senator Ritchie last year—and the recently founded River Community Wellness Program.

“The brave men and women who serve our country are such a huge part of our community here in the North Country, and that’s why it’s so critical that we have resources available to them to help them cope with the transition when they return home from serving overseas,” said Senator Ritchie.

“Programs like PFC Joseph Dwyer Peer Support Program for Veterans and the River Community Wellness Program give our troops the opportunity to interact with fellow soldiers, who may be experiencing the same emotions and challenges related to serving ones country.  I am pleased to be able to offer this funding, which will go a long way towards making sure these solders—who have sacrificed so much—get the care they need.”

August 8, 2013
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O'Brien praises America's Purple Heart recipients

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senator Ted O’Brien issued the following statement today, on the occasion of the 231st anniversary of the creation of the Purple Heart award by George Washington while he was Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army:

“Today, on Purple Heart Day, we honor America’s bravest military servicemen and women, both past and present.

The Purple Heart is America’s oldest military decoration, established by General George Washington in 1782 to recognize exceptional examples of heroism and sacrifice among members of our armed services.

August 7, 2013
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SENATOR LANZA COMMEMORATES OUR VETS ON PURPLE HEART DAY

August 7th is designated as Purple Heart Day in New York State, marking today as the 231st anniv

August 7, 2013
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SENATOR MARTINS' BILL TO BETTER ASSIST VETERANS SIGNED INTO LAW

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the signing of a new law that will require local Veterans Service Agencies (VSA) to be accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (US DVA), enabling New York's veterans and their families to prepare and file federal benefits claims at offices in their local communities.

August 5, 2013
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Wellsville World War II Veteran Honored for Induction into Veterans' Hall of Fame

Art Van Tyne Joins New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame

WELLSVILLE – Recognizing his outstanding record of military service, a distinguished civilian career, and decades of community involvement, Lt. Col. Art Van Tyne of Wellsville was inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame as Senator Catharine Young’s 2013 nominee.

Because Lt. Col. Van Tyne was unable to attend the induction ceremony held in Albany in May, he was honored with a reception held this afternoon at the Morrison Hayes American Legion Post No. 702 in Wellsville.

August 1, 2013
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2nd Annual Wounded Warriors Benefit Concert

I was honored to attend the 2nd annual Wounded Warriors Benefit Concert was held at Greece Post 468 this past weekend. Post 468 did an incredible job planning this great event once again. 100% of the proceeds from this event went to the NY Warrior Alliance.

To this year's honorees, Cody Coopenberg, Danny Fittos and Christopher Velez - we humbly thank you for your service to our great nation, and for putting the lives of others above your own.

July 30, 2013
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Senator Lee Zeldin Attends Military Family Appreciation Day

Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I—Shirley) attended the first ever Military Family Appreciation Day at Heckscher State Park this past Sunday, July 28th. The event was organized by the Soldiers Project, a group that offers free, confidential counseling for military members and their families.

July 29, 2013
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RITCHIE HONORS “HOMETOWN HEROES”

Traveling Exhibit Recognizes Local Medal of Honor Recipients

State Senator Patty Ritchie is recognizing local Medal of Honor recipients through a traveling display that will be featured at museums, libraries and other locations throughout Central and Northern New York throughout the coming months.

The display features several St. Lawrence and Oswego County Civil War heroes, a group of little known Jefferson County Medal of Honor recipients who served at Madison Barracks at the turn of the century,  and a former member of the 10th Mountain Division from WWII.

“So many brave men and women have put their lives on the line for their country, and the Medal of Honor is the ultimate honor for that service,” said Senator Ritchie.  “What many people don’t realize is that our region is home to 45 of New York State’s Medal of Honor recipients.  I would like to thank the organizations who will be hosting this exhibit and introducing people in our communities to the heroes who have called our area “home.”

July 29, 2013
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