Congressman Anthony Brindisi was in Cortland yesterday (February 20) hosting a Veterans Resource Fair at the CNY Living History Center.
The event was a “one-stop shop” for those who served in our Armed Services to get assistance with a variety of issues they experience like VA benefits, employment services, housing resources and more.
In attendance were representatives from the VA, as well as a variety of other local resources that serve various needs for Veterans in the community.
Afterwards, Brindisi held an open forum inside an auditorium in the building, where dozens of area Vets packed the bleachers to express their concerns directly with the congressman.
(Listen to some of that conversation below)
While that was happening, Senator Chuck Schumer was in Ithaca at the Tompkins County Veterans Services office, calling on the VA to add four new conditions to a list of presumptive diseases associated with Agent Orange exposure.
Schumer said the agency has delayed this measure for years, demanding it finally act and provide certain disability benefits to those who have earned them.
New York has more than 240K Veterans from the Vietnam Era alone, including 16.5k in Central NY and nearly 19k in the Southern Tier.
Taking all other armed conflicts into account, the state is home to more than 838K Vets.
Press play below to listen to a clip from yesterday’s discussion: