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A local World War II veteran says he still can’t believe the recognition he got Monday at the Veterans Day parade in New York City.

That veteran is Jack Foy, a survivor of the Battle of the Bulge, one of the fiercest battles of World War II.

Foy was invited to be on the reviewing standing Monday when President Trump talked made reference to Foy’s service.

“We are proudly joined today by a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge, a native New Yorker who is 94 years old and still going very, very strong, Corporal Jack Foy,” Trump told the crowd.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the veteran unemployment rate has been on the decline, but veterans report hurdles in reentering the work force.

We talk with local veterans who discuss their experiences with the job market. Our guests:

  • Laura Stradley, veteran, and executive director of the Veterans Outreach Center in Rochester
  • Terry Winslow, veteran, and security manager for del Lago Resort and Casino
  • Blair Morgan, veteran, and vice president of human resources at del Lago Resort and Casino 

On this Veterans Day, we talk with refugees who served the U.S. military as interpreters in Afghanistan and Iraq, and who have come to America on Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs). By law, the SIV process should take no more than nine months, but bureaucracy and backlogs have forced candidates to wait for years. For many interpreters, an SIV is a matter of life and death: interpreters who served with U.S. forces are considered traitors by the Taliban.

This hour, our guests share the challenges they and their families have faced in coming to America. We also preview a film about SIVs called "The Interpreters" that will air tonight on WXXI-TV. In studio:

  • Mujtaba Haidar , Afghani interpreter for the U.S. military who came to America on a Special Immigrant Visa
  • Javayd Samadie. Afghani interpreter for the U.S. military who came to America on a Special Immigrant Visa
  • Ellen Smith, director of Keeping Our Promise, a program of Refugees Helping Refugees


Native Americans have played an important role in the U.S. military.  Tonight, a documentary that pays tribute to their stories premieres at 9 o'clock on WXXI-TV.

On this 100th anniversary of Veterans Day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he is introducing legislation to streamline the process for establishing New York's first State Veterans Cemetery.

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Two World War II veterans with local ties will be featured in a national TV program Monday night as part of a Veterans Day remembrance.  

The show is called Honor Flight Heroes, and it will be on the American Heroes Channel, which is owned by the Discovery network.

The two veterans are Philip ‘Curly’ Voystock and Harold Stryker, and they will be featured in the pilot program for a potential series about veterans.

Two local World War II veterans are getting a special honor on Veterans Day.

Jack Foy, who is a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge, says he’s been invited to the Veterans Day parade in New York City on Monday to sit on the reviewing stand with President Trump.  Foy says some other World War II vets will be with him.

Foy says it’s an unbelievable honor, and it’s his understanding the president will talk about Foy’s service and that of some of the other veterans.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says application fees for the State University of New York and City University of New York systems will be waived for veterans and their spouses.

The Democrat announced the new measure Sunday. He says he hopes this change will allow veterans and their families to "take the next steps in adapting back to civilian life."

The SUNY and CUNY systems require applicants to pay a fee ranging from $50 to $65.

When service members leave active duty for civilian life, they may face challenges. Female veterans report that they have specific hurdles that are hard to overcome — including a lack of social support.

We sit down with several female veterans who share their stories, and a new project they worked on called Eyes Front. It’s a photography and writing collaboration where they’ve documented their experiences. We talk to them about what they want the community to know. In studio:

  • Jennifer Wiese, veteran, social worker at the Rochester Vet Center, and participant in the Eyes Front program
  • Jade Starr, veteran and participant in the Eyes Front program
  • Megan Charland, director of photography and digital arts at Flower City Arts Center

While the first burials in a new Western New York veterans' cemetery may begin by the end of 2020, the next phase of the project is now rescheduled to start 2022, and some elements of the cemetery will not be finished for several more years. Veterans were among those airing their thoughts - and discontent - at a Wednesday afternoon public hearing in Corfu.