It took Iraq War veteran John Ready of Oneida almost ten years to write about the experiences he went through as part of a civil affairs unit. But he decided to chronicle the strange, sometimes funny and poignant happenings and thoughts in his book, "Does My Suicide Vest Make Me Look Fat?: A Soldier's Year in Iraq."
Men and women who are called to serve have a way of calling loved ones this holiday. Monday, State Senator John DeFrancisco kicked off his 6th annual Cell Phones for Soldiers collection drive.