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Syracuse VA Medical Center


Syracuse VA Medical Center Dedicates Family Waiting Room

December 1, 2014

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                          

Contact:   Robert McLean, Public Affairs Officer

Phone:      (315) 425-2422

Mobile:    (315) 956-1394


                 Syracuse VA Medical Center Dedicates      

          Family Waiting Room

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Guest Speaker

Syracuse, NY-The Syracuse VA Medical Center dedicated the Family Waiting Room in the newly constructed S-Wing of the Medical Center in honor of Corporal Kyle Schneider, USMC in a ceremony held in the Medical Center Auditorium on December 1st.

Corporal Schneider was a Syracuse area native who graduated from high school in 2006, joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2008 and was deployed to Afghanistan in early 2011. He was killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) in the country's Helmand Province on June 30, 2011.  

More than 75 family members, community leaders and guests were on hand for the event. Guest speaker Senator Kirsten Gillibrand spoke of the bravery of Corporal Schneider and said that the dedication and the plaque in the waiting room will serve as a reminder for generations of families of his sacrifice.

Corporal Schneider was born on January, 8th, 1988 in upstate New York. He was a 2006 graduate of C.W. Baker High School in Baldwinsville, NY, where he played baseball, football and ran track.  He attended Onondaga Community College in the Criminal Justice Program. In March 2008 he joined the United States Marine Corps and graduated from Marine Corp Recruit Training at Parris Island, SC, June, 2008. While at Parris Island he was screened and accepted into Presidential Support Duty at Marine Barracks, 8th & I.

After graduating recruit training, he attended the School of Infantry at Camp Geiger, NC and earned the Military Occupational Skill of 0311, Infantryman.  He reported to Marine Corps Security Force School in Chesapeake, VA. Upon his graduation from Security Force School he reported to 8th & I, where he served well until May, 2010.

In May 2010 he volunteered for and was transferred to Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 3rd Platoon. In January 2011 he was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the II Marine Expeditionary Force.

He operated with his platoon out of Patrol Base Amoo and Patrol Base Hanjar in the Sangin District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. His military awards consist of: Two Purple Hearts, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, ISAF NATO Medal.