Two local groups which support Fort Drum are each getting $300,000 from the state.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that $2.9 million in grants have been awarded to help local municipalities and community organizations support and strengthen New York's military installations in the face of looming defense cuts in Congress.

The Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization received money to expand and improve medical treatment for soldiers and their families on and around Fort Drum.

The Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization was granted funds to build and improve housing, transportation and education infrastructure surrounding Fort Drum and to promote the importance of the 10th Mountain Division's mission and personnel.

The Military Base Retention grants are a part of the state's efforts to safeguard New York's National Guard capabilities in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and to protect the economic and employment opportunities that major military facilities provide across the state.

State military installations account for more than 10,000 direct jobs with direct wages of $688 million and $1.9 billion of economic impact.

See Cuomo's news release