veterans

OPERATION: START UP AND GROW
10:46 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

CNY Veterans Share Their Business Experiences at SBA Conference

Lee Buttolph chats with attendees at the SBA's Start up and Grow conference.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Onondaga Community College was the place to be Thursday for veterans  hoping to develop their entrepreneurial knowledge.  The college hosted the Small Business Administration's 7th annual “Operation: Start Up & Grow” conference for veterans and other members of the military looking to start or expand their own businesses.  Keynote speaker and Marine Corps veteran Lee Buttolph ended up buying his family’s lumber company in 2010.  He says resources from the SBA and his military experience in Iraq prepared him for this new battle.  

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Clear Path for Veterans
11:59 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Human Side of War in Iraq Focus of New Book by Veteran at CNY Vets Center

Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango is designed to be a comfortable place where veterans can gather or receive services.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  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."   

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VETERANS DAY 2013
6:40 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Central New York Remembers and Honors its Veterans

Carol Anne Wood recites one of her granddaughter’s favorite poems.
Credit WAER News

Veterans and their families gathered at the War Memorial Tuesday for a celebration and honoring of their service. Carol Anne Wood is the grandmother of a woman currently serving in the U-S Army.  She would write poems for her granddaughter and the platoon, and quickly became known as the platoon grandmother.

Unfortunately not all service members are able to return to their families and communities. A special table was set up to honor those Missing in Action or who are Prisoners of War.      

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Veteran's housing
6:33 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Walls Raised in Newest Habitat for Humanity Build

Volunteers raise the first pre-fab wall for Scott Brennens new home.
Credit Chris Bolt / WAER

Construction began today on a brand new home for Scott Brennen, a disabled veteran of the United States Army who will live in the third Veteran's Home built by Syracuse Habitat for Humanity.  The process of raising the walls began Thursday, with an ultimate goal of completing the home in time for  Christmas. 


Brennen returned from service to a paycheck that was too small to support his family. He explained the process that led him to seek aid from Habitat for Humanity:


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Veterans Employment
9:26 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Veterans Jobs Program Matches Military Experience with Civilian Jobs.

New program, "Experience Counts", gives veterans credit for military skills to help get a civilian job

Interview with Dept of Labor Assistant Director of Communications Chris White on "Experience Counts" veterans' jobs program.

New York State’s Department of Labor is trying to help returning veterans turn their military experience into a civilian job. 

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