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The Korean War is often called the forgotten war, but Krissy Rutherford tells me she never really learned enough about it to forget it.

"I had heard about it but I think it's something that really isn't mentioned in our culture a lot."

Rutherford is a senior at the University of Rochester, and one of several students taking a Korean War class at the school.

Jin Kim is a freshman in the class.

"I was definitely taught as much as possible by my parents about the Korean War, about what happened."

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The U.S. Army Reserve says it will end a pilot program for six Army Strong Community Centers including one in the Rochester area. 

They were part of a pilot program, and officials say services provided by the center in Chili will transition to other ways of delivering those services effective the end of June.

The U.S. Army Reserve Family programs will still be available by phone and online.

Also, officials say that some services will be available at the Navy Operational Support Center in Rochester.

Alex Crichton

Several area veterans took part in an entrepreneurship and local resources forum at the downtown library this morning.

The forum was organized by Congresswoman Louise Slaughter's office in conjunction with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Branch manager for the SBA in Rochester, Virginia Smith, says veterans at the event learned from 12 resource providers what's available.

A special commemoration ceremony was held Tuesday night for Vietnam Veterans at Monroe Community Hospital.

The ceremony was one of a number of events scheduled Tuesday all over the country, with March 29th designated by the federal government to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the country’s involvement in the Vietnam War.

Ken Moore is a past president of Chapter 20 of the Vietnam Veterans of America, which covers much of the Rochester area; he’s also a combat vet who served in Vietnam in the mid-1960s.

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Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson says they are improving operations at their crisis hotline in Canandaigua.

A report issued by the Inspector General earlier this month documented almost two dozen cases of veterans calling the VA's crisis hotline and getting a voicemail message.

Deputy Secretary Sloan says the IG's data is outdated, that it does not include their most recent improvements and adjustments, and that it undermines the hard work of the center's staff.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  There's a new mobile app designed to help New York's veterans access state and federal services. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of the application Thursday. It's compatible with Apple and Android products and has help for veterans looking for information on health care, jobs and benefits. 

The program also locates the closest state veterans' affairs office. 

Cuomo says the app is an example of how technology can be used to improve the delivery of state services and programs. 

BUFFALO (AP) The Buffalo chapter of an organization that flies World War II veterans to Washington is dissolving.

Honor Flight Buffalo posted the news on its website Friday following a vote by its board of directors.

The all-volunteer chapter was founded in 2009 and organized 18 flights carrying a total of 500 veterans.

Alex Crichton

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter says she's secured an audit of a veterans health care program that just isn't working as it was intended.

Legislation in 2014 created the Veterans Choice Program, run by third party administrators Health Net and Tri-West, which were awarded a $9 billion dollar contract.

The program aims to ease access to health care by allowing veterans to receive care from a local non-VA provider of their choosing if they would otherwise face a wait of over 30 days or are forced to travel more than 40 miles for care.

An organization dedicated to connecting our troops with their families back home is sending out hundreds of holiday gift boxes again this year.

Full Circle Home's mission is to make sure gifts from troops deployed overseas get home to their loved ones, according to co-founder Lisa Miller.

"They can write a note, a handwritten love note that's the first gift in the box and then we assemble 12 beautiful gifts all beautifully wrapped. And they get shipped to a very surprised and delighted wife, mom, sister, girlfriend, whoever."

We honor veterans with several conversations about what's going on in Rochester to help vets and their families.

We begin with Conkey Cruisers, which will donate 50 bicycles to 50 veterans. We also check in with the Veterans Outreach Center, and we talk about a program at the Canandaigua VA aimed at celebrating caregivers and family. Our guests:

  • Theresa Bowick, cruise captain, Conkey Cruisers 
  • Jocene Henderson, director of operations, Veterans Outreach Center
  • Ellen Baker, geriatric social worker, VA

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