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“I started out in Southern France and ended up in Belgium," is how Palmer Gaetano describes his army service in World War II. The 92-year old lives in a hospice facility in Spencerport, near his daughter and her family.

 

Gaetano is one of more than 9 million American military veterans over the age of 65, according to 2013 census bureau figures.  With an aging population that includes vets from Vietnam, Korea, and World War II, there are 1,800 veteran deaths each day. One program strived to meet their increased need for end-of-life care.

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In 1975, 2700 Vietnamese babies and children were evacuated to the US mainland in Operation Babylift. Another 1300 went to Canada, Australia and Europe. 40 years later we speak with some of those adoptees about their lives, and with adoptive parents and veterans who were involved in this major turning point. 

Some of this material was broadcast as part of Innovation Friday, in WXXI News' Connections with Evan Dawson on April 24th.

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The City of Binghamton has pledged to seek an end to homelessness among the city’s veterans. The first step, announced Friday, is the formation of a blue ribbon commission.

The city doesn’t know how many veterans are homeless and needs to figure out where to house them. Those will be the two main goals of the 15-member commission.

The announcement Friday included representatives from the federal government, the mayor and local organizations. Mayor Rich David painted the goal in moral terms.

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Military veterans bring a unique skill set when starting their own businesses, but they also face many of the same challenges as non-veteran entrepreneurs.

There are more than 900,000 vets in New York state and the unemployment rate among those who served in the last decade is consistently higher than state and national levels.

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Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki was in Syracuse last week, to mark the 60th anniversary of the city's VA Medical Center. He also helped to formally open a new Spinal Cord Injury and Disorder Center. 

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