Betty Little's posts related to Veterans

Local Iraq veteran helps lead blood drive to benefit New York Army National Guard members

Saturday, September 12, 2009

By PAUL POSTThe Saratogian

GLENS FALLS — Sgt. Ken Comstock has already endured more for his country than any person should ever have to.

The Ballston Spa resident sustained major head injuries during a roadside bombing attack while serving in Iraq on Aug. 20, 2004.


A plea for a gift of blood

Soldier reminds others that donations saved his life  

First published: Saturday, September 12, 2009 by Leigh Hornbeck  GLENS FALLS -- A ceremony held in front of the war memorial in Crandall Park Friday morning was three things: a memorial service for the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks; a thank you to those that serve as emergency personnel, soldiers and volunteers; and a request from a man whose head was shattered in Iraq but whose life was saved by anonymous blood donors. 



Senator Betty Little along with the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs sponsored a roundtable discussion at Adirondack Community College on Friday, September 25 that focused attention on the needs of veterans attending college.

More than two dozen college officials and veterans’ advocates from throughout the North Country and Vermont attended, discussing ideas to make area college campuses more veteran-friendly.


Harry Cronin Inducted into New York State Senate Hall of Fame Veteran

     Senator Betty Little is pictured with World War II and Korean War veteran Harry Cronin.  Mr. Cronin was inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Albany on June 14, 2011.  A Navy veteran, Mr. Cronin was commended for his military service and his continuing advocacy on behalf of veterans.  Mr. Cronin served as Deputy of the New York State American Legion Legislative Conference.  For the past 13 years, he has been a member of the Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard, ensuring that every veteran interred at the cemetery receives a proper military burial service.


Paul Smith's College is veteran friendly

Senator Betty Little visited Paul Smith's College in the Adirondacks on Wednesday, April 3 to meet with veterans attending the school about programs and services important to their academic success.

Several years ago, Senator Little cohosted a forum with the New York State Division of Veterans' Affairs on creating "Veteran Friendly Campuses" to help returning G.I.s successfully make the transition from military service to college campus life.

Gerry West and Bob Addison, U.S. Marine "Edson's Raiders" World War II veterans, honored in Albany

Gerry West and Bob Addison, World War II veterans who served in the same elite U.S. Marines unit and have remained lifelong friends, were inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Albany today.

Senator Betty Little nominated Addison of Glens Falls and West of Fort Edward.


Jobs for Heroes plan would help disabled vets

Senator Betty Little discusses the Jobs for Heroes program at a press conference in the State Capitol on Monday,  February 10.  Little is a sponsor of the proposal that would establish a five percent goal in the awarding of State contracts to service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses.   She is working to have the measure included in the state budget.



North Country veteran advocacy in Albany

A contingent of North Country veterans are pictured with Senator Betty Little in her Albany office on Tuesday, March 18.  The veterans visited the State Capital to discuss numerous issues including funding for veterans’ programs and the creation of a New York State veterans ceremony.  Little is cosponsoring legislation to provide a state contract preference for service-connected, disabled veteran-owned small businesses.  Pictured from left are: Mario Cristaldi, Joseph Proulx, Robert St. John, Randy Farmer, Senator Little and Clinton County Veterans Service Agency Director Steve Bowman.

Ben Osborn inducted into Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame

Lake George native, Corporal Ben Osborn, was inducted into the New York State Veterans’ Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Albany on Tuesday, May 19.  State Senator Betty Little nominated Osborn, who was one of two veterans posthumously recognized.