In this hour, we sit down with Todd Baxter, the new executive director of the Veterans Outreach Center. Baxter left his job as Greece Police Chief earlier this year to lead this organization. His job is to help veterans transition to civilian roles, finding employment. We'll talk about the challenges veterans face, and we'll talk about the resources available now.

The second annual Effective Access Technology Conference will bring together experts to share ideas and innovative solutions to the challenges in applying technology to improve access for people with a variety of disabilities. From injured veterans to the elderly to people with other challenges, there are a wide range of applications. We talk about this with our guests:

Very few Vietnam veterans have gone back to the country in which they fought. Former State Assemblyman Rolland Kidder decided to return to Vietnam, retrace his route on the river in which he patrolled, and find out what Vietnam is like, 40 years later. He wanted to know: what’s the long-term impact of our war losses? Kidder’s new book is called Backtracking in Brown Water.


The film "12 Years A Slave", an adaptation of the 1853 autobiography of Solomon Northrup, a free black man who was kidnapped in 1841 and sold into slavery, is out in theaters this weekend. On this edition of "Need to Know Rochester" host Hélène Biandudi Hofer sits down with Northup's great great-granddaughter to learn more about his story, his legacy, and the power of the human will.

Also on the show - a special profile of veteran John D. Foy. The Rochester resident fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was an infantryman in General Patton's Third Army. Foy discusses the challenges of war and how the expectations of today's troops are very different from those during his years of service.


Can injuries sustained in war - traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) -increase the likelihood of Alzheimer's Disease?  That is the central question of study being launched at the University of Rochester Medical Center.  

MC Honors Local Vietnam Veterans

Mar 29, 2013
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Local Vietnam Veterans are being recognized by Monroe County for their service in the nation's longest war.

During a ceremony at the Olmstead Lodge on Friday, county Executive Maggie Brooks declared March 29, 2013  Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.

"You are truly our hometown hero in ways that we can't express," Brook says.

Vets were individually honored with a certificate from the county - as a token of their appreciation.

A year ago, nearly 1,000 U.S. Marine officers and enlisted men of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment deployed to restive Helmand province in southern Afghanistan. By the time their tour ended in April 2011, the Marines of the 3/5 — known as "Darkhorse" — suffered the highest casualty rate of any Marine unit during the past 10 years of war. This week, NPR tells the story of this unit's seven long months at war — both in Afghanistan and back home.

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