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Talented Veterans from across Central New York received awards today in the Creative Arts local competition, and some could be advancing to the national level of the contest.  While the artists certainly take pride in their work, the creative process can be very therapeutic and healing.  Laurelle Kaley spent 20 years in the military before she retired in 2005.  She said the military gave her direction and support, and art filled that void when she left.

Syracuse Agencies Partner to Prevent Suicide

Sep 11, 2017
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The Onondaga County Suicide Prevention Coalition is using the occasion of Suicide Prevention Week to partner with the Syracuse VA to raise awareness about how the community can help save lives.  Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., and in Onondaga County, 58 people committed suicide in 2015.  Syracuse VA suicide prevention coordinator Sabah Ocasio says says suicidal thoughts may begin due to events in people’s lives.

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Volunteers at the Syracuse VA Medical Center say if it wasn’t for the service they provide through the Disabled American Veterans, many would never make it to Syracuse for medical care.  For the trained Volunteer Drivers are dedicated such as Dana Squire, the chance to serve transport them is an honor.

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Navy veteran Sonny Carelli wanted to make something clear right off the bat at Friday’s ribbon cutting of VanKeuren Square on E. Genesee St. in Syracuse.

"This is not a halfway house, this is not transitional living.  This is our home.  You screw up here, make the landlord angry, she'll kick you out.  Don't pay your rent?  You'll get kicked out."

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Syracuse veterans will have a chance to get a line on jobs, improve their health, and practice their bowling this Saturday. The V-A sponsored event is geared toward veterans of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and New Dawn in Iraq and Afghanistan.