For many military personnel, readjusting to civilian life can be a battle. Transitioning from active service or returning from deployment can bring on feelings and emotions that are difficult to manage. For some, art can be a way to understand those feelings and find peace within oneself. In his series on the arts and social integration, WBFO’s Scott Sackett talks with artist and U.S. Army Colonel Jim Becker, one of the founders of the Artists/Veterans Art Collaborative.

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Many people struggle with the Holiday Blues. They battle loneliness, anxiety, stress and depression.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A couple from East Aurora, both of whom served in the U.S Marines, were featured on a special program hosted by popular cooking show host Lidia Bastianich. Mark and Denise Beyers will be among those spotlighted on the PBS program "Lidia Celebrates America: Homegrown Heroes," which pays tribute to veterans who, in their next phase of life, are working the land to produce food.

National Public Radio

New York State is creating a suicide prevention task force to study ways to reduce the number of New Yorkers who take their own lives.

Updated at 12:30 p.m. ET Wednesday

After thousands of U.S. veterans won a class action suit against the military over being used in chemical and biological testing, the Army says it will pay for their medical care. But the group's attorneys say the service is falling short of meeting its obligations and that it's withholding details veterans are seeking about what agents they were exposed to.

The Army says veterans can be treated for any injuries or diseases caused after the service used the soldiers as research subjects in the period from 1942 to 1975.

Naval Park secures additional aid for expansion

Oct 27, 2017
Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park

A popular downtown attraction has snared public funds for an expansion that will showcase the heroic deeds of local veterans.

Western New York Veterans Housing Coalition

A century-old apartment building on West Utica will be getting an $11 million rehabilitation, updating the building's mechanical technology and making more units ready for the changing veteran population.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Firefighter Jason Czora returned home to Western New York from Colorado Monday. He returned the hard way - by bicycle.

University at Buffalo

Some Southern Tier veterans are getting dental care starting Tuesday from University at Buffalo Dental School students and staff.

A Purple Heart recipient takes a special flight

Aug 8, 2017
Avery Schneider / WBFO News

A Niagara County man, who is a World War II veteran and Purple Heart honoree, was a special guest aboard a B-17 that flew over the Buffalo area Monday. He is just one of the veterans that the Liberty Foundation, which has brought the Madras Maiden to Buffalo, works to honor in their annual tour of U.S. cities.

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Next weekend at Prior Aviation, a vintage B-17 bomber will be available for the public to tour and fly aboard. WBFO's Michael Mroziak and Avery Schneider were among local news media welcomed aboard Monday for a preview flight.

OLd Fort Niagara

If you’ve ever wondered how being in the military has changed over the course of time, Old Fort Niagara is sponsoring a series of events that begin Saturday.

Community members are teaming up to build a “tiny house” for charity.

Veterans Day is getting special recognition at Genesee Community College. Over the next two days, a number of events will be staged as a part of the school’s annual events.

Niagara USA Chamber of Commerce

A very special flight that took off from Buffalo Niagara International Airport Wednesday morning is giving local veterans a trip to remember in the nation’s capital.

Assemblymember Steve Hawley

More than 1,000 veterans have participated in Assemblymember Steve Hawley's annual Patriot Trips. On Thursday morning, two busloads rolled down the Thruway on their way to Washington, D.C.

New York State Senate

Efforts to improve services for veterans and ensure the future of military bases in upstate New York were key topics Wednesday as the chairman of the State Senate's Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs toured the region.


As billionaire Warren Buffett has said: "The more you learn, the more you’ll earn.” That’s essentially what a long-running series of seminars is all about, educating small business owners with an eye toward making their enterprises more profitable.

Local veterans remember Desert Storm, 25 years later

Jan 15, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Sunday marked the 25th anniversary of the start of the Persian Gulf War. While official combat operations were finished by the end of February 1991, it was only the beginning of a continued long-term presence by the United States in the Middle East. And, some veterans continue to live with health problems they link to the original conflict.

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Officials with the New York Army National Guard and the New York Air National Guard are reporting that military funerals for state veterans will total nearly 11,000 this year.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Veterans' advocates are hopeful that 2016 brings more opportunities for those who have served in the nation's military, and are looking to transition into civilian society. New York's Lieutenant Governor recently paid a visit to a downtown Buffalo center that offers numerous services under one roof.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

As they raised a US flag to honor America's veterans and those actively serving, officials at Buffalo City Mission also raised an alarming statistic about homeless veterans in Erie County.

Veterans One-Stop Center of Western New York recently opened a new center in Batavia. One–Stop is a non-profit agency whose goal is to provide empowerment, support local veterans in meeting their life goals, and aid in their transition into civilian life. 

The Batavia location will serve veterans in Wyoming and Genesee counties. Combined with a center in Erie County, the program services veterans from all eight counties of Western New York.

Director of Engagement Alex Lauer said most veterans want the opportunity to apply their military skills to civilian life.

Local veteran recalls Iwo Jima and his personal aftermath

Nov 10, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

On Veterans Day, Americans are asked to take time to honor those, living and deceased, who answered the nation's call to arms when needed. Living in the Town of Tonawanda is a veteran who was among those involved in one of World War II's most famous battles.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

They provide a place for veterans to gather and bond, for members of the community to host social events and for private groups to celebrate special occasions such as wedding receptions. A bill introduced by a local Congressman aims to provide federal grants that would help veterans' posts and halls keep up with maintenance and needed repairs.

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While there are still American service members dying in Iraq and Afghanistan, supporters of the memorial on the waterfront are moving to improve the facility and care for those who fought and their families.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Nearly 300 people who were killed in action during the Vietnam War are now among thousands more entered into the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, seven years after the effort began.

Area veterans decry Trump's comments on McCain

Jul 20, 2015
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Local veterans are criticizing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for his recent comments regarding Senator John McCain’s military career.

Lt. Gov. Hochul to veterans: "We owe you."

Jul 17, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

As the American Legion Department of New York annual convention continued in downtown Buffalo on Friday, delegates listened to New York's second-in-command, who reached out especially to Vietnam-era veterans.

WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Friends and family to deceased war veteran Corporal Robert J. Smith gathered in West Seneca Sunday morning to recognize him for his contributions during the Vietnam War.