Department of Veterans Affairs

NYS Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand speaks in Buffalo
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New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D) promoted new legislation she is co-sponsoring in support of military veterans during a visit to the Veterans One-Stop Center of Western New York in Buffalo Thursday.

Since the Civil War, U.S. political leaders have championed the cause of the American war veteran. While it's a popular stance with the electorate, the reality of providing for veterans has been more complicated. In her recent report for Investigative Post, Sara Jerving details the difficulties members of Gold Star families have had in accessing benefits from programs established specifically for them. In some cases, family members have been denied assistance. 

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Congressman Brian Higgins joined local veterans Thursday outside an Amerst-based center that is slated to close at the end of September. Their message to the Department of Veterans Affairs: keep the Adult Day Health Care center open. Higgins also suggested the VA's explanation for closing it doesn't entirely make sense.

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A center providing healthcare assistance, physical therapy, meals and a social setting for local veterans is scheduled to close at the end of September. Clients of the VA Adult Day Health Care facility on Sheridan Drive in Amherst say they're being forced to find alternative care arrangements. They'd rather see the services moved to a new location. One local Congressman has sent a letter to the VA Western New York Healthcare System seeking answers.

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Buffalo is closing a suburban clinic and says it is now working with affected clients to find new arrangements.

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Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, President Trump's embattled nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, has withdrawn from consideration for the post amid allegations he had fostered a hostile work environment and behaved improperly while serving as the top doctor leading the White House medical unit.

A report from the Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General’s Office is calling for major improvements at Buffalo's VA Medical Center.

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A 93-year-old Buffalo man who served in the Pacific Theater of World War II is owed at least three decorations, says Senator Charles Schumer. On Tuesday, the federal lawmaker stood with George Watts and his family at the Veterans One-Stop Center of Western New York, urging the United States Army to deliver those awards to a man that, according to the senator, was already subject to segregation as an African-American soldier.

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A Buffalo-based charitable organization has, for the past seven years, provided some unique care packages for members of the U.S. military: golf clubs and balls. It's a gesture that the project's founder has learned goes a long way toward helping veterans overcome stress.

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When a family member enlisted in the U.S. military is forced to move because duty requires a transfer, the lives of loved ones can be seriously disrupted. New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is among lawmakers pushing for legislation that would ease the transition.

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State lawmakers are interested in helping local veteran posts get necessary capital improvements. A project is now underway to survey more than two dozen posts, to determine their needs and get an idea how much it will cost to fix them.

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A new federal program will to foster economic success among veterans.

The Veterans Economic Communities Initiative aims to lower rates of unemployment and homelessness among veterans.

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Dale Dart, a Hamburg-based veteran of Operation Desert Storm now living with an illness linked to his service, is hoping his two-year wait for home renovations through Veterans Affairs is about to end, with a little help from an elected official.

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The Veterans Affairs Hospital in Buffalo hosted a ceremony Thursday morning to recognize former prisoners of war and those still missing in action.

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Senator Charles Schumer has launched a push to clear the backlog of requests for medical equipment at VA hospitals across the New York State Wednesday. Schumer is calling on the new Veterans Administration to make wholesale changes to its equipment procurement process.

Veterans Golden Age Games back on

Apr 2, 2013
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The Department of Veteran Affairs has reversed course and now says the 27th Annual National Veterans Golden Age Games are back on, after being postponed last week.

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The location search for a new veterans cemetery has been narrowed down to three possible locations.

The US Department of Veterans Affairs has identified two locations in Corfu and one in Lancaster as possible sites. No specific date has been set for making any final decisions, but the plans for the cemetery were introduced in 2010. The site is anticipated to handle nearly 100,000 veterans and family members.

Currently, the closest veterans cemetery to the Buffalo region is more than 100 miles away in Bath, NY.

Increased services for war vets

Feb 21, 2012
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The Erie County Bar Association's veterans committee announced Tuesday the opening of a Veterans Treatmet Court in Jamestown, New York set to open March 5, 2012.

They also introduced a resource guide for veterans. The guide lists all the services offered for veterans, such as how to receive mental health services, housing and employment. The information guides can be found at the Buffalo VA Medical Center, local colleges and at the American Legion.