Issues: Veterans

O'Mara: New state budget expands support for treating veterans suffering from Post-traumatic stress disorder ~ Corning doctor has been driving force behind development of innovative, successful treatment program

Albany, N.Y., March 30—In early March, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) joined several of his Senate colleagues to call for increased state funding to support the expansion of a groundbreaking treatment program for military servicemen and servicewomen suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The 2015-2016 state budget, which will be approved by the Legislature this week and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo, will include $800,000 to help expand the initiative, O’Mara said today.  

March 30, 2015
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A SPECIAL SALUTE TO THOSE WHO SERVED

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

March 27, 2015
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As Vietnam Veterans Day nears, Vietnam vets finally receive parity

ALBANY, NY - On March 29th, 1973, the Vietnam War drew to a close, and since then New York has commemorated 'Vietnam Veterans Day' and 'Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day' on March 29th and March 30th, respectively. This week, timed to the observance of these sacred days, New York State Senator Terrence Murphy has passed his bill granting certain benefits and honoraria to the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) which they have never before received.

March 26, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs  Senator Thomas Croci, Chair  11:30 AM, Monday, March 30, 2015  Room 124 CAP

March 30, 11:30 AM - 11:56 AM
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RITCHIE NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR ‘VETERANS HALL OF FAME’

***CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A NOMINATION FORM***

State Senator Patty Ritchie is now accepting nominations for the New York State Senate’s “Veterans Hall of Fame,” an initiative created to honor and recognize outstanding veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life. 

“The brave men and women of our nation’s armed forces sacrifice lives of stability to put everything on the line in the name of protecting our freedom,” said Senator Ritchie. 

“This special honor is just one small way we can thank our veterans for their sacrifices.  

Once again, I am looking forward to honoring those who even after their time of service, have continued to work to give back and make a difference in their local communities.”

March 25, 2015
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SENATOR SKELOS ASKS FOR LOCAL NOMINATIONS FOR VETERANS HALL OF FAME

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos today invited local residents to nominate veterans from their community whose service on behalf of our nation designates them as worthy of induction to the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame.

This on-line Hall of Fame is designed to pay tribute to New Yorkers whose gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces is complemented by their service to the community.

“The Senate takes this opportunity to honor the brave men and women who serve our nation and protect our freedom as members of the military, said Senator Skelos.  “The Senate Veterans Hall of Fame pays tribute to all who serve, but also singles out for special recognition those whose sacrifices and service have helped make our nation and our community better places to live.”

March 25, 2015
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MISSION: SAVE FORT DRUM

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

March 23, 2015
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RITCHIE RALLIES TO SAVE FORT DRUM

Senator Speaks Out at Community Rally and Listening Session 

In an effort to safeguard Fort Drum from potential cuts, State Senator Patty Ritchie joined community members and elected officials at a rally and “listening session” taking place Friday night at Jefferson Community College. 

During the listening session, Senator Ritchie conveyed the importance of Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division to Army brass in attendance, including John P. McLaurin, III, the Army's deputy director of force management.

“I grew up in St. Lawrence County,” said Senator Ritchie.  “I saw how the expansion of Fort Drum has transformed this region with new jobs, better health care, improved schools and other benefits that extend even to my community.”

“I am proud that the men and women of Fort Drum, of our Army, of the 10th Mountain Division are all part of New York.”

In addition to her remarks, Senator Ritchie presented Mr. McLaurin, as well as 10th Mountain Division General Stephen Townsend and Fort Drum Garrison Commander Gary Rosenberg with an official Senate Resolution, which was passed earlier this week in support of Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division.

March 20, 2015
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March 20, 2015
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March 20, 2015
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Have a Heart for Heroes

The veterans of South Queens were treated to a special care package giveaway as part of State Senator Comrie’s ‘Have a Heart for Heroes’ drive. The event, co-sponsored by Council Member I. Daneek Miller and WellCare offered three hundred care packages to veterans stationed at the federal branch of the Veterans’ Administration in St. Albans Community Living Center. The care packages were provided by Wellcare, a health care organization that works in concert with Medicaid and Medicare to help subsidize the cost of health care. 

February 20, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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4th Annual Fort Drum Day

This past week, the New York State Senate hosted service members from Fort Drum as part of the annual Fort Drum Day in Albany. The event – which is in its 4th consecutive year – celebrated Fort Drum and its contributions to the state and our nation. Fort Drum is home to 18,000 soldiers and officers and is located in Jefferson County, NY. It is the largest military installation in the Northeastern United States. The Fort Drum contingent visiting Albany was lead by Major General Stephen Townsend, Commander of the 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum.

March 20, 2015
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RITCHIE: STATE SENATE CALLS ON CONGRESS TO PROTECT FORT DRUM

Continues Week of Efforts Aimed at Highlighting Post 

Just one day before a “listening session” on proposed troop reductions, State Senator Patty Ritchie and her colleagues are calling on Congress to stand up and protect Fort Drum. 

Senator Ritchie and members of the Senate Majority sent a letter today to members to the state’s Congressional delegation to voice support for the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum and express concerns about the significant economic impact potential troop reductions would have on the North Country and the state as a whole.

March 19, 2015
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Fort Drum Day 2015 Ceremony in the Historic State Senate Chamber

Ceremonial events marking Fort Drum Day 2105 in the NYS Senate, featuring remarks by Major General Stephen Townsend, Commanding General of Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division.

 

March 18, 2015
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Senator Bonacic Invites Nominations for New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame

(Albany, NY) - Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) is pleased to accept nominations from the 42nd Senate District for induction into the New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame represents extraordinary New Yorkers whose heroism in the United States Armed Forces is complimented by their service to the people in their community.

March 18, 2015
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GENERAL STEPHEN TOWNSEND ADDRESSES THE SENATE ON "FORT DRUM DAY" 2015

Army Major General Stephen J. Townsend delivers remarks in the historic New York State Senate Chamber on "10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Day," the fourth annual event created by Senator Patty Ritchie to celebrate the post and its soldiers. Prior to his speech, Senator Ritchie and others heaped praise on Fort Drum and its soldiers, and urged Washington not to cut troop strength at the post, which is New York's largest single-site employer and the largest military installation in the Northeast.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT "FORT DRUM DAY" 2015.

 

March 18, 2015
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PROTECT THE POST: RITCHIE SCORES $500,000 TO HELP SECURE FUTURE OF FORT DRUM

Senator Also Wants Additional "Base Retention" Funding in New State Budget

State Senator Patty Ritchie is announcing $500,000 in new state funding to secure additional "buffer areas" around Fort Drum that are critical to preserving the future of the military post.

The $500,000 comes from a special "military base retention" budget account, aimed at supporting efforts to enhance and protect Fort Drum and other military installations. This year, Senator Ritchie is seeking to increase funding for military base retention in the new state budget that's due April 1st.  In recent years, she has played a key role in filling the account help preserve Fort Drum and other military installations across the state.

 “Right now, more than ever, it’s critical that we make protecting and enhancing Fort Drum one of our top priorities,” said Senator Ritchie.

March 16, 2015
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RITCHIE TO HOST “FORT DRUM DAY” AT CAPITOL TUESDAY

Kicks Off Week of Events to Highlight NNY Post Ahead of Army Cuts

March 13, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Senator Thomas Croci, Chair 10:00 AM, Wednesday, March 18, 2015 Room 124 CAP

Please note the change in date and time for the committee meeting this week.

March 18, 10:00 AM - 10:06 AM
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RITCHIE URGES BUDGET FUNDING TO HELP SOLDIERS WITH PTSD

Senate Budget Restores Cuts to Programs that Help Returning Fort Drum Troops

March 12, 2015
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