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NYSID hosts Veterans’ Summit, hope to see action following State of the Union


ALBANY, N.Y. –  One day after President Obama outlined in his State of the Union address how America needs to take better care of disabled veterans, a group of organizations came together for that very cause.

Seargent First Class Cory Remsburg, as a war veteran, represented 20-percent of the nation's population Tuesday night at the State of the Union. He also received the night's largest standing ovation.

On Wednesday morning, New York State Industries for the Disabled hosted its quarterly Disabled Veteran's Summit in Albany, to help provide for our former servicemen and women.

Mary Ellen Whitney with STRIDE Adaptive Sports said "It's a wonderful opportunity for us to partner, collaborate, and gather resources in a really friendly environment to learn how we can help each other."

State Legislators, STRIDE Adaptive Sports, and the American Red Cross were, and have been, among the participants of the Summit, which has been in existence since 2009.

"Being able to get in front of a group of people that have similar missions helps us in many ways," explained Whitney. "We're able to find other veterans to serve and they're able to help support our event through funding or resources.'

Suffering deeply from PTSD, Corporal Jeremy Walton's life was headed in a downward spiral after serving eight years in Iraq. That is, until he received the direct benefits from one of the summit's biggest contributors.

"Once I chose to give back, it was just tenfold. Not only does it help the program and the kids and the other veterans in our program, it helped me out. It definitely got me back in my own groove of a normal; I wouldn't say a normal life but a stable life," said Corporal Walton.

During his address, President Obama did say this would be a year of action. Those involved with the Summit say they are just waiting for the results.

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