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Patriot Hills at Saranac Lake now 'Homeward Bound'

An organization that provides reintegration and rehabilitation services for veterans is now operating under a new name.

Patriot Hills at Saranac Lake launched in April 2010 and offers programs aimed at helping military personnel, veterans, and their families regain balance in civilian life.

But from here on out, the organization will be known as "Homeward Bound Adirondacks: Bringing Warriors & Families All the Way Home."

Executive Director Susan Waters says the new name does a better job at conveying the group's mission - but she stresses that the mission hasn't changed.

Waters says the Saranac Lake organization shared a name with another group, Patriot Hills of New York, which was creating confusion.

Bob Ross is president of Homeward Bound's board of directors and CEO at St. Joseph's Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers.

"Over the past year as we've had the opportunity to explain our initiative, we concluded that a more descriptive name would help communicate that Saranac Lake understands and is attuned to addressing reintegration issues," Ross said in a press release issued earlier this week.

According to Waters, the idea for the new name was offered up by Garry Trudeau, creator of the popular Doonesbury cartoon, during a brainstorming session earlier this year.

Trudeau says "the name is right in so many ways."

"It describes a journey and it suggests direction and purpose," he said.

"That's what we wish for our service members - lives of passion and purpose," Trudeau added.

Waters notes that once Homeward Bound Adirondacks is established in Saranac Lake as a regional center, the model could be "replicated through communities in other parts of the country."

Currently, the organization is working with Davidson Design to develop a logo and marketing materials as part of its fundraising campaign.

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