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.”
Wednesday, October 9th, 2013
On an average day, 10,000 visitors tour the Statue of Liberty. If the vendors lining the sidewalk along nearby Battery Place and State Street are lucky, a slice of those tourists leave with a souvenir to remember their visit: a green foam Statue of Liberty crown, a pair of sunglasses or an “I Heart NY” T-shirt.
But since Oct. 1, when the federal government shutdown closed all national parks, including the Statue of Liberty, vendors in the area said they are seeing fewer sales. And in New York City, where many of non-food vendors are disabled veterans, the financial hit could be coming from two sides.