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Vet supporters spend a cold night raising awareness

Frigid call for help brings donations of winter clothing rolling in

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and VFW Post Commander Jimmy Ader at the first-ever "Freeze Out,' Saturday, Jan. 26. Post members are McCoy slept outside in the grueling winter temperatures to show concern for homeless veterans.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and VFW Post Commander Jimmy Ader at the first-ever "Freeze Out,' Saturday, Jan. 26. Post members are McCoy slept outside in the grueling winter temperatures to show concern for homeless veterans. Submitted Photo

— “I’m not going to lie to you, it was very cold, even with the proper stuff,” McCoy said, who slept in a sleeping bag on top of a mat. “It wasn’t comfortable sleeping on the ground, I can tell you that.”

McCoy said the “Freeze Out” participants spent the majority of the night talking about days overseas, mental health issues and soldiers returning from war who wind up homeless.

The success from this year’s event has the Post already planning for the next event.

“It was such a huge success they’re talking about doing it again next year to let more people know that veterans are walking around the streets without proper clothing,” McCoy said.

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