WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- Assemblywoman Addie Russell is talking about ways New York State can help preventing a tragedy like the one we saw earlier this week at Fort Hood.
While Fort Drum and the Army are federal entities, Russell says the state should be commended for its efforts in helping local organizations and providing off-post opportunities for soldiers and veterans.
She says work is being done to continue the growth of mental health clinics and attract professionals to the North Country.
She also touts the work being done to help the veterans who stay in the Fort Drum area. This year's budget once again has money for peer to peer services.
"I would hope that veterans don't feel the sense that they're out there on their own. Many of us are working hard to provide hope and opportunity for our veterans," The Assemblywoman said.
Russell also says the state continues to give breaks to veterans who own businesses and also to companies that hire veterans.