V A Center In Canandaigua

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (AP) — Construction funding totaling $141 million has been allocated for an upgrade to an upstate New York veterans medical center.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will issue construction bids next month for the Canandaigua Veterans Affairs Medical Campus. The money will be used for renovations and new buildings, including an 84,200-square-foot  outpatient clinic.

Matt Ryan New York Now

A bill to expand New York state’s medical marijuana program to cover sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder passed both houses of the Legislature, but will Gov. Andrew Cuomo sign it into law?

New York’s medical marijuana program is far more restrictive than most states. About a dozen conditions are eligible for treatment, including, according to the State Health Department, “severe and debilitating” forms of cancer, HIV, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy.

Battle of the Bulge vets mark Memorial Day

May 29, 2017
Alex Crichton

Their ranks are thinning, but a handful of members of the group Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge gathered at the Port of Rochester on Memorial Day to honor their fallen comrades.

A rendition of taps punctuated the somber mood during the annual ceremony for the group.

92 year old Jack Foy was a 19 year old machine gunner with General George Patton's Third Army during the Battle of the Bulge, the largest and bloodiest conflict ever fought in the history of the US Army.

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The bright sun and warm temperatures this Memorial Day reminded everyone at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Highland Park that summer is right around the corner.

But that’s the problem, said veteran Ken Moore. That the meaning of Memorial Day is sometimes buried under barbeques and beach time.

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One of this area’s largest Memorial Day parades was held Monday in Rochester.

The light rain at the beginning of the parade didn’t do much to discourage people who already had been lining parts of East Avenue and West Main Street; they just opened up their umbrellas, took out their rain gear, and waited for the dozens of marching bands, floats, and numerous local military service people and veterans to make their way through the route.

This Memorial Day, we hear from two local veterans who served our country during the Vietnam War, and who are now serving Gold Star families in Rochester. The Gold Star Families Memorial Monument honors relatives of fallen service members. Located in White Haven Memorial Park in Pittsford, the monument was dedicated in June 2016.

We hear from Barry Culhane and John White about the effort to honor local Gold Star families, and about their experiences serving our country.

One of the most remarkable storytellers in Rochester is 93-year-old Pete DuPre. He was an army medic during World War II, and for 80 years, he's played the harmonica. Soon he'll play his harmonica at the State of the County address, and he's taken his talents to Nashville's recording studios.

Pete tells us his stories, which include plenty of laughs, but also the pain of seeing what war can do to man.

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The Veterans Outreach Center in Rochester has named an interim executive director.

Retired Monroe County Court Judge Patricia Marks will fill that role, after Todd Baxter steps down. Baxter announced recently he’s leaving April 14 after three years in the job to look at some future possibilities.

Marks previously served in 2012 and 2014 as an interim executive director, and has been on the board of the VOC since 2011. 

The board has formed a search committee to find a permanent replacement

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Hundreds of local veterans got a chance to get referrals to much-needed services on Wednesday.

The event is sponsored by the Veterans Outreach Center once a year, and it’s what Executive Director Todd Baxter says really provides a one-stop shop for local veterans who may be in need of a variety of services, everything from counseling, to housing, employment, health care and others.

The event held in the Harro East ballroom attracted a variety of men and women who served their country in different wars, including Vietnam.