Mon­day, Jan. 13, 1919

The Record (Troy, NY) - - COMMUNITY - — Kevin Gil­bert

The State Uni­ver­sity of New York will soon ap­point three men to as­sist wounded Troy war vet­er­ans in learn­ing new skills to bet­ter read­just to civil­ian life, The Record re­ports. Troy school su­per­in­ten­dent Arvie El­dred re­port­edly has rec­om­mended three men for the po­si­tions. Their names are be­ing with­held pend­ing their ac­cep­tance of the of­fer to serve as “dol­lar-a-year” men, with ex­penses. The fed­eral gov­ern­ment has ap­pro­pri­ated $2,000,000 for the re­train­ing of crip­pled vet­er­ans. “Any man, who through ser­vice for the gov­ern­ment has been dis­abled so that he can­not make his liv­ing in the way he did be­fore en­ter­ing the ser­vice is en­ti­tled to this sort of train­ing through ac­tion of Congress,” our re­porter ex­plains. The three ad­vis­ers will spe­cial­ize in spe­cific sec­tors of em­ploy­ment: in­dus­trial, com­mer­cial and agri­cul­tural. “For those who have lost a leg it is thought some­thing along the com­mer­cial line would be the most prac­ti­cal to train for,” our writer notes, “Al­though the in­dus­trial field might of­fer some­thing to those who have lost an arm, a [com­mer­cial] pro­fes­sion would be the more ap­pro­pri­ate, par­tic­u­larly if the soldier has a high school train­ing. “So far as pos­si­ble the ini­tia­tive will not be left for the sol­diers to take. When the mem­bers of the ad­vi­sory board hear that a cer­tain hero has re­turned home, they will visit his home, tell him the coun­try is anx­ious to help him and ex­plain what the train­ing can do for him.”

All ex­penses will be paid for vet­er­ans who take part in the pro­gram. Mar­ried vet­er­ans will re­ceive an ad­di­tion $65 a month for house­hold ex­penses. Ad­justed for in­fla­tion, that’s equiv­a­lent to ap­prox­i­mately $993 a month in 2019.

Al­bany Or­phans Find Home Here

The Troy Or­phan Asy­lum stands ready to wel­come be­tween 40 and 70 chil­dren who are likely to be thrown out of the Al­bany Or­phan Asy­lum this win­ter, su­per­in­ten­dent Her­bert J. Hunn tells The Record. The Al­bany or­phan­age has de­manded in­creased fund­ing from the Al­bany County board of su­per­vi­sors. The su­per­vi­sors have re­jected the call for $5 per or­phan per week, of­fer­ing $4 in­stead. If an agree­ment isn’t reached, chil­dren whose par­ents or guardians fail to pro­vide $5 per week will be evicted. The Troy or­phan­age has ap­prox­i­mately dou­ble the pop­u­la­tion of its Al­bany coun­ter­part, but has room for about 100 ad­di­tional chil­dren, or a to­tal of 301, Hunn says. Oc­cu­pancy is down in re­cent years thanks to stricter child-sup­port laws and the es­tab­lish­ment of wi­d­ows’ pen­sions. The asy­lum charges $4 a week for “in­mates” un­der age two, and $3 for the rest. Chil­dren out­side Rens­se­laer County are ac­cepted for $4.50 a week.

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