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Center keeping veterans safe after threat

Rochester, N.Y. -- Some of those closest to veterans in Monroe County are making sure they keep returning service members safe.

And members of the Muslim community in Rochester hope the recent arrest of Mufid Elfgeeh does not drive a wedge between members of their community.

Elfgeeh, 30, who is accused of planning to kill U.S. service members and members of the Muslim community, as well as buying guns with silencers, went before a federal judge Monday.

Todd Baxter, executive director of the Veterans Outreach Center, said he takes it personally when someone threatens service men and women.

Baxter had a meeting with his staff yesterday to talk about security measures and plans to start self-defense training for staff members so they can be prepared if anything happened.

"I'd take this as a challenge to our community and to our society," Baxter said. "We're not going to shy away and not go to Operation Welcome Home because of this event. I think we should go out there in full force and make a statement that we're not hiding from people out there who want to threaten us. We're actually boldly standing in front of them and saying, 'This is our way of life and we're going to continue to live our way of life.'"

Four service members were welcomed by Operation Welcome Home in April. There are 42,000 veterans in Monroe County.

 
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