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Dwyer barbecue hosts veterans and recruits



Pictured (l to r) are Henry Lin; Joseph Mirocco; Lindsey Helsle; Command Sergeant Major Gary Flaherty, director of Veterans Service Agency in Columbia County; Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado; Aaron Johnson; Logan Pasquale; Alex Cordero; Roan Johansen; and Isabelle May. Photo by David Lee

HUDSON – The Joseph P. Dwyer veterans barbecue was held at the Federation of Polish Sportsmen in Hudson on Saturday, June 3. There was music by the Bryon James Band and food catered by Bernie’s Blue Line Barbecue. Guests in attendance included New York State Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado (D) and several young military recruits who would enact a swearing in.

The event is named for Joseph Dwyer, an Iraq War veteran who suffered PTSD and died of substance abuse in 2008. It is for him that a veteran’s peer-to-peer support organization was establish. It has steadily grown in recent years.

At the barbecue were Henry Lin, of Hudson, who enlisted in the army; Joseph Mirocco, who enlisted in the army; Lindsey Helsley, of Red Hook, who will go into the army; Aaron Johnson, of Catskill, who will go into the army and Marine Corps recruits Logan Pasquale, Alex Cordero and Roan Johansen, all from Saugerties, and Isabelle May, of Rondout.

Korean War veteran Don Van Wagner (l) of Clermont met with a group of young Marine Corps recruits. They thanked him for his service and told him that he was exemplary for them. Mr. Van Wagner remembers landing at Inchon in Korea, and he remembers how cold it was.
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