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Hudson Valley National Center for Veteran Reintegration

State and local lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are calling for New York to release funding to veterans organizations for a peer support program. Every year, they press for the funding, and every year, the funding is released. This year’s plea comes with a request that the funding become a permanent part of the budget.

Western New York Veterans Housing Coalition

More housing is coming for veterans and vets with families. It is part of an expansion by the Western New York Veterans Housing Coalition to a new campus on Howard Street on Buffalo's East Side, centered on the former School 75.

New York State Bar Association

A new state law took effect Veterans Day, called the Restoration of Honor Act. Signed in 2019, the law allows for the potential eligibility of state benefits for veterans with general or other-than-honorable discharges, due to post-traumatic stress disorder, military sexual trauma, traumatic brain injury, sexual orientation or gender identification.

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A newly-released survey of "best and worst" cities for veterans to live ranks Buffalo in the middle of the pack.

Buffalo VA Medical Center

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is pressing the Department of Veterans Affairs to send more personal protective equipment to VA facilities, especially in New York, to fight against COVID-19. This follows an Inspector General report in March that said 33 out of 54 facilities that were studied across the country had inadequate supplies and equipment.

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As most people get used to the notion of working from home amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there are some agencies facing the challenge of continuing to deliver services without the face-to-face interaction on which their clients. This includes veterans support agencies.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Two Republican state lawmakers hosted veterans in Niagara Falls Tuesday to criticize proposed state budget cuts to veteran services, while also offering their idea to end future budget battles.

Financial stress is an issue affecting numerous Western New Yorkers during the holiday season. Veterans are certainly among them. In fact, financial stress is often the first problem facing many upon transitioning from the military into the civilian world. WBFO recently visited one of the local agencies serving veterans to find out more.

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Suicide, and an increase in adults committing it, is a growing concern among mental health professionals. Military veterans are among those who end their lives each day. A recently-released U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs report offers mixed trends over a 12-year period.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A fourth annual symposium was held in Cheektowaga Wednesday, bringing veterans and community caregivers together as a means to improve awareness of and access to critical needs.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Six former prisoners of war were among the guests Thursday, as the VA Western New York Healthcare System hosted its annual ceremony marking National POW-MIA Recognition Day.

U.S. Marine Corps

Camp Lejeune, N.C. was the first of several bases to experience racial violence during the Vietnam War. It led to major reforms in military racial policies.

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Congress is closer to passing legislation which would give tens of thousands of Vietnam Veterans medical benefits - decades after they were exposed to the chemical Agent Orange.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Later this week, the New York State Veterans Benefits Advisors office will be moving from its longtime home in Amherst Town Hall to a new location not far to the east along Main Street, where it will join other services available to local veterans under the roof of a not-for-profit which is already eyeing further expansion.

It is not easy to be married to a person in the military. Their spouses in 2017 experienced high levels of stress, anxiety, depression and unemployment, according to a survey sponsored by the Department of Defense and released Thursday.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

It happens once a year in Buffalo, when the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs hosts what is called a Veterans Stand Down. It's a gathering where representatives of various agencies set up and provide information to veterans about their wide range of services. On Thursday, the VA brought the Stand Down to Niagara County for the first time in a decade.


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Remembrance Day in Canada has an extra significance this year. Originally known as Armistice Day, it recognized the sacrifices made by Canadians as part of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) of the British Army in World War I. However, it evolved to become a day of remembrance for all Canadian veterans, living and dead, who have served in every conflict or peacetime.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Students at a Buffalo-area elementary school got a head start on Veterans Day celebrations, welcoming some local military and first response personnel to their school.

U.S. military veterans are a vulnerable population, susceptible to high rates of disease and injury, mental health issues – and addiction.

At the VA Medical Center in Canandaigua, some veterans are turning to music to help them through recovery. Last year, a group of veterans in a music therapy program decided to take their jam sessions to the next level. They formed the deFenders.

Many American soldiers who attempt suicide have no prior mental health diagnosis, according to the most recent study to make use of data collected by the U.S. Army and the National Institute of Mental Health.  

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Sixty-seven years after his death, a Buffalo native has received a half-dozen medals - including the Purple Heart - for his service in the Korean War.


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More than 100 youngsters are wrapping up a week's getaway at a summer camp in Angola, along the Lake Erie shoreline. It's a summer camp hosted specifically for children of military personnel who have been deployed, are currently deployed or soon will be. It's known as Operation Purple Camp.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A suburban Buffalo agency that serves military veterans and families in need has a program available that makes many youth programs attainable for those who might otherwise struggle to afford it.


America Homefront

The VA is now mailing identification cards to veterans who want tangible proof that they served in the military. But after waiting almost three years for the new government-issued ID, some veterans are not happy that the card contains an advertisement.

Michael Mroziak

A regional retailer, raising the money one dollar at a time, presented a locally-based veterans organization with more than $12,000 to support ongoing efforts aiding those who have left the military and are transitioning - many times with difficulty - into civilian life.


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Jewish Americans accounted for a higher percentage of the US military during World War II than the entire US population. On Sunday, May 27 at 9:30 p.m., WNED-TV will broadcast a documentary which celebrates the Jews who contributed to the war effort, specifically members of the US Army Air Corps.


Sen. Chris Jacobs

Decorated WWII veteran and former prisoner of war Sydney Cole has been inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. Now 103, Cole served with honor and distinction for both Canadian and American forces.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Two Buffalo-area colleges, one of them a two-year public institution and the other a four-year private school, are uniting in a partnership to provide a smooth path to a bachelor's degree for students with military connections.


Capt. Jessica Brown, U.S. Air Force

Military retirees can camp, golf, and fish at hundreds of military bases. It costs less than civilian resorts, making the bases popular vacation spots for thousands of former service members.

National Cemetery Administration, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

By this fall, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hopes to begin construction on the new Western New York National Veterans Cemetery in the Town of Pembroke. Officials with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs encourage those who served in the military to do their homework, and take advantage of a benefit that many may not know is one to which they are entitled.


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