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Retired Col. Eric Hesse to head state veterans office

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has appointed retired U.S. Army Col. Eric Hesse director of the state's Division of Veterans' Affairs.

Hesse retired from the Army last week after more than 26 years of service that included deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo. Since July 2009, he'd been Command Inspector General of the New York Army and Air National Guard in Latham. His work focused on professional development and education programs as well as implementation of a statewide inspection oversight effort aimed at improving military readiness.

Hesse previously held several leadership positions culminating as Command Inspector General of the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum.

The appointment announced Monday is effective immediately.

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