Martin C. Evans


I am a Newsday reporter who writes about soldiers and veterans, particularly from the point of view of military folks and families living on Long Island and New York City.

Soldiers and their families here don’t have the luxury of living near big military bases, where people tend to be more understanding of the mess they go through.

That’s where I come in. Welcome to Inside the Wire, where people talk straight and have your back.

I hope to help provide a sense of community akin to a virtual military base, so that a National Guard soldier in Riverhead knows there is a guy in Jamaica, Queens who has been where he is now. Or that a female helicopter pilot who flies out of Ronkonkoma knows about other women who are just as cool and professional as she is.

Check me out daily to learn what’s happening that affects you, your military brothers and sisters, and you family. About what its like for guys who have been dodging IEDs in Kandahar to now have to drive the speed limit on the LIE. About what it’s like coming home to a wife and kids who did just fine while you were away and don’t want you messing things up now.

  1. Thank you for what you are doing.I am a US Navy Vietnam vet from Long Island who now has a Troop support group with my grandson and its nice to see other people help and support our troops.Howard

  2. I would be honored if you use my article to honor Mr. Watson. Spann was a wonderful man, whom I considered a friend. I am still mourning his loss.

  3. Mr. Fraser: Did any of your members know Mr. Watson or any of his contemporaries during their time in the military?

  4. Hi Marty. Thanks for the info on the vets. As you know I am the photographer with the PGR but I am also a volunteer coordinator in the Metro Region/Nassau for the PGR program of the VRP (Veteran Recovery Program) The mission of the VRP is to locate, identify and inter our unclaimed cremains of veterans through the joint efforts of private, state and federal organizations. If we can get the word out to all funeral homes. VSA, VFW, that there are avenues to give a final resting place to those abandoned, then we would ensure that more veterans are laid to rest like the ones in Calverton in January. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Keep up the good work. God Bless all our veterans.

  5. greetings and thanks so much for the story about Mr. Hayes. I’d like to start a mail and/or e-mail flood of letters expressing appreciation for his contribution. It is the least we can do.

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