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New VA Clinic in Watertown holds open house to address questions from veterans

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WATERTOWN — An open house at the new Syracuse VA’s Jefferson County Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Stateway Plaza off Arsenal Street in the old Planet Fitness allowed veterans to ask questions about offerings at the new clinic in Watertown.

The main center in Syracuse has seven clinics in locations such as Binghamton, Auburn, Rome, Watertown and Potsdam.

Robert W. Mclean, public affairs officer at the Syracuse VA Medical Center, said the clinics provide basic and specialty care for veterans before they are triaged to the main medical center in Syracuse.

“This is a way for our veterans to get the routine care they need and also the referrals they might need if they need a higher level of care which will take place either at our medical center or in the community,” he said.

Mr. Mclean said the justification for the new building was to modernize the facility and provide veterans the extra space. The clinic will serve up to 4,000 veterans in the area.

Patients will mostly see the same people, but the VA is looking for new providers because of the facility’s size, he said.

This building replaces the old VA Clinic in Northland Plaza on State Street in Watertown. STGI of Alexandria, Va. will operate the new location, instead of Sterling Medical which operated the old building.

Frank P. Pearson, director of the Syracuse VA Medical Center, said STGI provides the staffing for the Watertown, Potsdam and Auburn locations.

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Veterans work to get former interpreter’s family out of Afghanistan

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WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) – A group of veterans is still working to move U.S. allies out of Afgainistan. We have an update on their mission and meet a former Afghan interpreter who worked for the U.S.

“One of the families we got out is in Australia at the time. Another family is in Pakistan,” said Gonzalo Lassally, U.S. Army veteran.

He’s also one of the founders of Tarjoman.org, a group of veterans aiming to get U.S. allies out of Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.

Lassally, who deployed to Afghanistan while serving at Fort Drum, estimates they’ve gotten more than 50 people out so far through connections they have.

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Watertown veterans groups observe Memorial Day traditions

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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) – Watertown’s VFW and American Legion posts Monday morning honored those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defending their country.

People gathered at the VFW on Bellew Avenue for the annual Memorial Day laying of wreaths and playing of taps.

It was followed by another ceremony at the American Legion on Sterling Street.

The post commanders say they hope people understand the importance of Memorial Day.

“Our youth today need to understand what made them have the freedoms that they have today,” VFW Post 1400 Commander Steve Roberts said, “and without that ultimate sacrifice that those veterans of the past have given, we wouldn’t have those freedoms that we have today and today is the day to thank those heroes and heroines that did what they did for us.”

A wreath-laying at the Arsenal Street Cemetery wrapped up the morning’s events.

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