Saturday, October 25th, 2014
A 17-unit housing development on Bathgate Avenue opened its doors to veterans in September. So far, 14 of the 17
studio apartments in the Bridge Gardens complex are housing veterans who were once homeless.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates there are about 2,000 homeless veterans in New York City and nearly 50,000 nationwide. Still, there’s been a 33 percent decrease in the number of homeless veterans since 2010.
Saturday, September 13th, 2014
Regional offices of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs have set up town hall meetings across the country to hear from former service members trying to get their benefits.
The New York regional office held its first meeting in a near-empty room: Only seven veterans attended.
Some attendees said they heard about the meeting at the last minute. For some, the poor showing underscored larger issues with the agency, which has been working to restore trust in its services amid revelations of months-long waits for veterans seeking healthcare and attempts to hide the delays.
Friday, December 27th, 2013
Merchants and community board officials in Sunnyside have declared war on Queens Blvd. street vendors.
Their weapon of choice: cops.
The “zero-tolerance” campaign to purge the corridor of street sellers is spurring outrage from licensed peddlers, who say their livelihood is being squeezed.
Monday, November 11th, 2013
When he came home from the war in Iraq 10 years ago, Jason Sagebiel, a scout-sniper and sergeant in the U.S. Marines, knew something wasn’t right. He was losing weight rapidly, getting lightheaded after going up only a few steps, and without knowing it, was slurring his speech.
It took many tests — and even a diagnosis of parasites that he treated with medication to help him gain his weight back – to find that he had bleeding in his brain stem.
“Looking back, we finally made the connection,” Sagebiel said. “What we know about brain injuries now is they usually don’t happen from one occurrence, they usually happen from multiple occurrences.”