RockVets E-Newsletter: November 2016 Edition
Veterans Service Agency of Rockland County, New York 
Jerry Donnellan, Director      Telephone: 845-638-5244 
Website: www: rockvets.com.
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RockVets Newsletter


November 2016       845-638-5244      ww.rockvets.com
Volume 7
Issue 11
 

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PTSD Hits Home

No one returns from war. Many feel they have. But there’s a piece missing. That piece is the soul, which seems never to make it all the way back.

There are times when you catch a glimpse of your old self, only to have it vanish like smoke. Combat, for all its horrors, is a place where you have never felt more alive — more alive than you’ve ever been or will be. Maybe it’s the nearness of death.

The friendships made there will never be seen again. These people who went with you to peer into hell, who would die for you, as you would have for them.

No wonder you didn’t fit back into this world, where people fight for parking spots at the mall.  For you have lived in a better place — a world where wealth, prestige and status don’t matter, but character does.

We all have lost people. They are forever 19, frozen in time. You have seen your granddaughter walk, seen spring come again and again for nearly half a century. They never will, so it’s no wonder we have guilt.

We were all wounded.  We all have scars.  Some of these scars are not physical. These are the ones that can kill. The visible scars can be stitched. The others continue to bleed.

James Morrison of Wesley Hills was wounded in Afghanistan. No one saw the wound, so there was no Purple Heart. Perhaps I should give him mine for his wound that’s just as real.

Jerry Donnellan, Director
Veterans Service Agency of Rockland
20 Squadron Blvd., Suite 480
New City, New York 10956
Telephone: 845-638-5244
E-mail:  jerry@rockvets.com


It's Time...

It’s been 2-1/2 years since the scandal at the Phoenix VA broke.  If you remember, 40 veterans had died waiting for medical care.  The Inspector General’s (IG) report just came out the beginning of October.  Has anything changed?  No – it’s sad to say it hasn’t.

Phoenix wasn’t the only VA Hospital that was in trouble, but it was the worst at the time.  If you remember, Washington did its usual routine.  First it was bipartisan indignation and every member of Congress immediately found a camera and made sure that he/she was on record about how this would not stand, and how much they loved our veterans.

The second step in this Washington routine is to hold hearings and form committees.  Forming committees, however, wasn’t limited to Congress, although they are good at it.  Of course the VA began an internal investigation.  Understand this is the VA investigating itself.  Does anyone other than me find this absurd?

Not to worry.  The FBI also began an investigation, as did the White House, as did the Office of Special Counsel, as did the Rand Corporation.  I’m sure there were others – those are just the ones I found.  

The first move was to fire the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) and replace him with someone who knew more about things.  Perhaps a Hospital Administrator, for sure a Doctor, or someone who had run a teaching hospital would know.  But no – they hired the CEO of a Soap Company.  This fellow compared the VA to Disney World.  Probably the most accurate observation the man has made.  

After that, his way of handling things was by out-sourcing healthcare.  This was to allow a veteran who couldn’t get service from the VA to go to a private doctor outside of the VA.  Sounds good on paper, but first the vet would have to go back to the same VA where he couldn’t get service and ask permission to go outside of that VA.  That’s kind of like losing an argument with your wife and going to your mother-in-law for a second opinion.  Then assuming the veteran could accomplish that and fill out a pile of paperwork, then he/she would have to find a doctor who would accept what the VA pays and be willing to wait for that payment, and here again fill out yet another pile of paperwork.  Mind you, these veterans are already sick and a large percentage of them are in their 80’s and 90’s.  Needless to say, not many vets went for the new option.  Stevie Wonder could have seen this one coming!

The VA pointed to this and said, “See, VA Health care is preferable to private care in the eyes of the veterans”.  

In the meanwhile, at Phoenix the IG had issued 6 reports citing Phoenix for still mishandling appointments and mismanagement in General.  Further in 2015, 215 more veterans died waiting for appointments. This, after the VA had spent billions fixing the problem.  

Besides bringing in a new Secretary, the VA finally let go of Sharon Helman, the then-Director of the Phoenix VA.  She later pled guilty to accepting better than $50,000 in gifts from lobbyists.  Since her removal, Phoenix has had 6 other Directors in 2-1/2 years.  The most recent left because Congress felt the Director had a “questionable record”.  The latest Director, Rima Ann Nelson had previously run the St. Louis VA Hospital.  During her administration there the Hospital had to be closed twice for unsanitary conditions.

Two things are obvious.  The VA can’t or won’t fix the problem.  Further, veterans are going to be mistreated and die without reason until there are consequences.  Simply, it’s time to out-source what the VA can’t handle in terms of healthcare – and they have proven even under pressure with billions of dollars and a number of new administrators, that nothing has changed.  Even the VA admits that.  

Jerry Donnellan, Director
Veterans Service Agency of Rockland County
20 Squadron Boulevard - Suite 480
New City, NY  10956
Telephone  (845)-638-5244
email:  jerry@rockvets.com

Base track: A Live Performance - Free for Veterans

Basetrack  - a live performance on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m.   The show will be presented at the William Patterson University, Performing and Visual Arts School, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne, New Jersey.  07470. There is no admission charge for veterans.  The show follows the relationship of AJ Czubai, a young Marine with his girlfriend, then wife, through his deployment and return home, his struggles with PTSD and his triumph over his difficulties.  November 1st, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. and then again at 7:00 p.m. It will be presented at the Shea Center for Performing Arts. 
With compelling music, authentic video, and talented actors, this haunting but hopeful multimedia performance gives a human face to America’s longest war.  Hailed as one of the top 10 theatrical pieces of 2014 by the New York Times, and endorsed by the Pentagon, it is essential theater for those who have served, their families, and for anyone who seeks to understand war’s devastating effects.  Admission: General $10 •  $8 Students • WPU students admitted free with I.D. • Veterans admitted free of charge. Please call the University Performing Arts office at 973-720-3178 for ticket reservations and information.  View their website at: http://wp-presents.org/

R.C. American Legion Commander's Dinner

On November 14th, 2016, The Rockland County American Legion Department Commander's Visitation Committee is hosting a Testimonial Dinner to honor Department of New York Commander, John P. Sampson.  The dinner will be held at Krucker's Catering and Picnic Grove, 77-81 Call Hollow Road in Pomona, New York 10970.  Tickets are $55.00 each in advance or $65.00 each at the door.  For tickets contact Joe Torres at 914-645-3817, or John Dulisse at 914-420-9801. If you have any questions, please call Commander Dominic Filippone at 845-507-2848. To reserve your seat, mail your check to RCAL, c/o Dominic Filippone at 86 South Reld Drive, Pearl River, New York 10965.

United Hospice Luncheon Honoring Veterans
United Hospice of Rockland is inviting veterans of Rockland County to their 13th Annual Veterans Recognition Event, in conjunction with their presenting sponsor, Dignity Memorial.  This event will be held on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 at the Paramount Country Club, 60 Zukor Road, New City, New York 10956.  The luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  There will be a guest speaker.  A cash bar will be available. If you plan to attend, please respond to United Hospice as soon as possible. To respond, send an e-mail to:  hospiceeventrsvp@gmail.com or call United Hospice at:  845-634-4974.

Senator Carlucci's Veteran Appreciation Breakfast
In recognition of Veteran’s Day, Senator David Carlucci would like to offer his personal appreciation for your service and ask that you join him at his annual Veteran Appreciation Breakfast. The details of the breakfast are as follows:  Senator Carlucci Hosts the 2016 Annual Veteran Appreciation Breakfast on Sunday, November 6th, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. This will be held at the Nyack Seaport, 21 Burd Street in Nyack, New York 10960. In order for them to properly plan for this significant event, please RSVP by calling their district office at (845) 623-3627 no later than Wednesday November 2nd, 2016. Please note that this breakfast is free of charge and each veteran is welcome to bring a guest.

Veterans Holiday Celebration in December

Veterans Holiday Celebration at North Rockland High School - 
North Rockland High School Key Club, ROTC, and other clubs/honor societies invite you for a “Celebration of our Veterans – Honoring our American Heroes!”
                                              
Rockland County Veterans/1 guest Wednesday, December 7, 2016
North Rockland High School Cafeteria - 5:30 pm cocktail, sandwiches/wraps, salads, dessert and coffee/tea, as well as entertainment at 7:00 p.m. at the North Rockland High School Winter Concert in the Auditorium (NRHS Chorus/Orchestra/Band.)  Please RSVP By Friday, December 2, 2016
Kathy Sangen 845/942-3304 Patty O’Sullivan 845/942-3321.  (Donations to this event are welcome!)

Veterans Week Ship Tours

The Navy is looking forward to welcoming USS Iwo Jima to New York City for Veterans Day. While the ship is in town, we're offering our friends and partners in the area opportunities to come aboard for tours. Tours will last approx. 30-40 minutes and can accommodate a maximum of 25 participants per group.

If your organization is interested, please contact LCDR Lauren Cole, at 212-786-0133 or e-mail her at: Lauren.E.Cole@navy.mil or cody.rogers@lhd7.navy.mil for a reservation form.  E-mail return completed forms to cody.rogers@lhd7.navy.mil by Nov. 2, 2015. Tour locations: Manhattan, Pier 88S
Dates Available: Nov. 10 - 13, 2015 Times Available: November 10th (4 p.m. - 5 p.m.) November 11th-13th (9 a.m.- 4 p.m.). Excluding the 10th, all tours will run every 15 minutes starting at 9 a.m.
You will receive a confirmation e-mail once your tour date/time is scheduled. Please let me know if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you!
LCDR Lauren Cole - Deputy Director- Navy Office of Information East
805 3rd Ave, 9th Floor - New York, NY  10022
Email:  Lauren.E.Cole@navy.mil        Office: 212.784.0133

N0-Cost Flu Shots for VA Patients                                             
VA Retail Immunization Care Coordination Program
VA and Walgreens are national partners, providing no-cost flu shots to enrolled Veterans of the VA health care system. Enrolled Veteran patients nationwide have the option of getting their flu shot at any of Walgreens’ 8,000 locations in addition to their local VA health care facilities. Walgreens has the capability to electronically send vaccination information to the VA electronic health record (EHR).  The VA-Walgreens national partnership is part of VA’s eHealth Exchange project. Last year’s national pilot program ensured that many Veterans got their no-cost flu shot at their local Walgreens, satisfying their wellness reminder because they either found it more convenient or did not have a scheduled appointment at a local VA health care facility. Check your local Walgreens or Duane Reade for further information.

Local Veterans' Organizations

For your information, here are the addresses for some of our local veterans' organizations:
  • Rockland County Marine Corps League, 20 Station Road, Pomona, New York 10970  
  • Vietnam Veterans of America, P.O. Box 243, New City, New York 10956
  • Nam Knights, 1 Western Highway, Tappan, New York 10983
  • Korean War Veterans, P.O. Box 304, New City, New York 10956
  • R.C. Military Order of the Purple Heart, 20 Station Road, Pomona, New York 10970
  • Jewish War Veterans, P.O. Box 38, New City, New York 10956
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars, P.O. Box 921, New City, New York 10956
  • Air Force Association, Chapter 251, 207 Treetop Circle, Nanuet, New York 10954
  • Rockland County American Legion, 86 South Reld Drive, Pearl River, New York 10965
Fundraiser Held for Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial


On Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 Letizia Brothers of Rockland, Inc.,  Bardonia, New York, held a Classic Car Show to raise funds for the Rockland Chapter #120 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart for the Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial.  

Chapter #120, Military Order of the Purple Heart, is currently on a mission to pay homage to those who have and are serving in America's longest war, Iraq and Afghanistan, by creating a County memorial, which will be located near the Hudson River Haverstraw 9/11 site, and designed by the cadets of West Point.  For further information, or to make a donation to this Memorial, contact Howard Goldin, Commander, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter #120 via e-mail at:   goldingoose@verizon.net.

Combat Vet ID Cards Available
                                               
Combat Veteran ID Cards are now available.  If you are a combat veteran, you can get this card at the County Clerk's Office which is located at 1 South Main Street, Suite 100, New City, New York 10956.  To apply for the Combat Veteran ID Card, or the F.A.V.O.R. card for all veterans, if you don't already have one, bring your DD214 to the County Clerk's Office.  

They'll take your photo and make up a card for you. You can contact the County Clerk's Office at (845) 638-5076 or call the Veterans Service Agency of Rockland County at 845-638-5244. 


This new Combat Veteran ID Card offers all of the same benefits as the F.A.V.O.R. (Find and Assist Veterans of Record) card, which includes almost 1000 discounts to Rockland's veterans, but this new CVID card has specific advantages. The CVID card is co-sponsored by the Rockland County Police Benevolent Association and will be recognized by our local law enforcement agencies. So if you ever get pulled over, along with your license, registration, and insurance card, show the police officer your Combat Vet ID card so he knows you're an in-country vet.

SBA Workshop for Veteran Entrepreneurs at RCC 
On Friday, November 4th, 2016, between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon, SUNY Rockland will be having a workshop for Veteran Entrepreneurs who are interested in starting or expanding their businesses.  
Join them at the Small Business Development Center at Rockland Community College; as they celebrate National Veterans Small Business Week, everyone is welcome.

Presentations / Information Sessions: Location: Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
*Building your Business Foundation SBDC Conference Center
*SBA Lending Programs Rockland Community College
*Federal Government Contracting Brucker Hall, RM 6102
*New York State Contracting 145 College Road, Suffern, New York 10901
* Business Counseling / Mentoring Available by request

RSVP: Small Business Development Center (SBDC) (845) 356-6065
All SBA programs and cosponsored programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance, by contacting the SBDC Rockland Community College at (845) 356-6065
For further information, please contact:  Christopher Thiesing, 
Senior Business Advisor/Adjunct Professor
SUNY Rockland - NYSBDC - 145 College Rd. - Suffern, NY 10901
845-356-6065 or via e-mail at:  Cthiesin@sunyrockland.edu.

R.C. Office For the Aging Information Sessions
Medicare Open Enrollment is from October 15 - December 7
It's that time of year again, and The Rockland County Office For The Aging is here to help you understand your options and the overall process!  We are hosting a series of informational sessions in partnership with The Statewide Senior Action Council.  Sessions are designed to inform Medicare recipients about the changes to the 2017 program.  These sessions will be held at the following locations:

Tuesday, Nov 15 | Suffern Free Library | 11am - 1:30pm
Tuesday, Nov 22 | Haverstraw Kings Daughter Library | 1pm -3:30pm*
Thursday, Dec 1 | New City Library | 10am - 12pm*
* Rockland County Office For The Aging Public Hearings will take place prior to the Medicare informational sessions.  


Veteran Owned Businesses in Rockland

If you are a vet with a business in Rockland County, you can send us some information about what you do and we'll promote it in an upcoming newsletter.  Send us a copy of your DD214, a photo of you with your business, and a photo of you from your time in service. No need to be a combat veteran.  Hopefully, many of our readers will use your business services.  
You can e-mail the photos and details to: info@rockvets.com. 

This month's vet-owned business is Re New-It Shoe Repair at 213 South Middletown Road in Nanuet, New York 10954.  Their store hours are Tuesday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  You can reach Joe and Jim at 845-623-3778.

Automobile Available for a Needy Veteran
There may be an automobile available to donate to a needy veteran.  They need to be honorably discharged, with a copy of their DD214, not have a car in the family, have a good driving record, and an income that indicates they need assistance. If you know of someone, please contact Guy F. Gebbia at 914-953-3370 or via e-mail at:  gebco@optonline.net.

Upcoming Events

Please check your local Towns and Villages for additional Veterans Day Events in your area.

Sunday, November 6th, 2016:  Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter #333 - 10:00 a.m. - Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park, 81 Hunt Road, Orangeburg, New York 10962.  The public is welcome to attend.

Sunday, November 6th, 2016:  In recognition of Veteran’s Day, Senator David Carlucci would like to offer his personal appreciation for your service and ask that you join him at his annual Veteran Appreciation Breakfast. The details of the breakfast are as follows:  Senator Carlucci Hosts - 2016 Annual Veteran Appreciation Breakfast on Sunday November 6th, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  This will be held at the Nyack Seaport, 21 Burd Street in Nyack, New York 10960. In order for them to properly plan for this significant event, please RSVP by calling our district office at (845) 623-3627 no later than Wednesday November 2nd.  Please note that this breakfast is free of charge and each veteran is welcome to bring a guest.

Sunday, November 6th, 2016:  Rockland County Veterans Day Ceremony and Veteran of the Year award, will be held at 11:30 a.m. - Rockland County Court House on Main Street in New City, New York 10956.  The public is welcome and encouraged to attend the services.

Sunday, November 6th, 2016:  FRANK’S 26th ANNUAL MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY PARTY
Frank's Marine Corps Birthday Party will be held at Kearsing and Edwards American Legion Post 1600 on Sunday, November 6th, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  For further information, call the American Legion Post 1600 at 845-354-9785. All Marines and Other Support Organizations Welcome.  Events will include Chow-line, Oldest & Youngest Marine, Slop Chute Prices, Bag Pipes.

Thursday, November 10th, 2016:  Marine Corps Salute to Fallen Marines at 8:00 a.m. - Frederick Loescher and Onderdunk Cemeteries.

Thursday, November 10th, 2016:  Marine Corps Birthday Luncheon will be held from 1130 HRS to 1430 HRS at Kruckers, 77-81 Call Hollow Road, Pomona, New York.  Luncheon fee is $38.00 per person.
For more information please contact:  Gene Erickson (914) 882-3347 - James Davis (914) 403-7850
or George Rath (914) 980-6195. 

Thursday, November 10th, 2016:  United States Marine Corps 241st Birthday will be celebrated at The Cloverleaf Inn, 479 Western Highway in Orangeburg, New York 10962.  Cost is $40.00 at the door - features an Open Bar and Chow from 1800 - 2200.  All branches are welcome to attend.

Sunday, November 13th, 2016:  Fromm-Maxwell-DeBaum American Legion Post #859, 17 Pavilion Road, Suffern, NY 10901, will hold a Breakfast on Sunday, November 13th, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The Menu includes:  Eggs, Omelets, French Toast Pancakes, Sausage, Ham, Home Fries, Toast, Tea, coffee or juice.  Donations: Adults $8.00, Children $7.00, Under 12 $6.00.  
The invitation is extended to: Everyone! Legion, SAL, Auxiliary, and  everyday people! Tell them you are with the Legion, and a small portion goes to the RCAL activities fund …

Monday, November 14th, 2016:  At 6:00 p.m. on November 14th, 2016, the Rockland County American Legion will hold their Testimonial Dinner to Honor John P. Sampson, Department of New York Commander, at The Department Commander's Visitation to be held at Krucker's Catering and Picnic Grove, Call Hollow Road in Pomona, New York 10970.  Tickets are $55.00 in advance or $60.00 at the door.  To purchase tickets, contact Joe Torres at 914-645-3817 or John Dulisse at 914-420-9801.  To reserve your seat, send a check to Rockland County American Legion, c/o Dominic Filippone, 86 South Reld Drive in Pearl River, New York 10965.  For further information contact Dominic Filippone at 845-507-2848. 

Sunday, November 20th, 2016:  PFC Fred Hecht Post 425 Jewish War Veterans will hold their Annual Membership Breakfast at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday, November 20th, 2016 at Congregation Shaarey Israel, 18 Montebello Road, Montebello, New York.  This year, the Jewish War Veterans will honor Senator David Carlucci. As they have always done, in exchange for a  $100 upgraded listing in their Journal honoring your Veterans group, they will admit four members of your Post/Organization at no additional cost.  So in addition to honoring the Senator for his support and recognizing your's and their efforts for our brother/sister veterans, you will enjoy a gourmet repast with your buddies.  For non-Post members coming individually, the cost is $25.00 per person.  For further information or to reserve your table, contact Bill Farber at 845-357-2990 or Dave Levin at 845 354-9545 by November 5th, 2016. 

Saturday, November 26th, 2016:  The Bob Hope Division will visit the VA Nursing Home in Montrose, New York.  The VA Nursing Home is located at 2090 Albany Post Road, (Route 9) Montrose, NY 10548. Muster is 12:00 noon.  For further information contact Chip via e-mail: chip1440@lawyer.com. 

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016:  Veterans Holiday Celebration at North Rockland High School - 
North Rockland High School Key Club, ROTC, and other clubs/honor societies invite you for a “Celebration of our Veterans – Honoring our American Heroes!”  It is offered to Rockland County Veterans and 1 guest at North Rockland High School Cafeteria
5:30 pm cocktail sandwiches/wraps, salads, dessert and coffee/tea, as well as entertainment
7:00 pm Winter Concert in Auditorium (NRHS Chorus/Orchestra/Band)
RSVP By Friday, December 2, 2016
Kathy Sangen 845/942-3304 Patty O’Sullivan 845/942-3321
(Donations to this event are welcome!)

Saturday, December 10th, 2016:  The Bob Hope Division will visit the VA Nursing Home in Montrose 
he VA Nursing Home is located at 2090 Albany Post Road, (Route 9) Montrose, NY 10548. Muster is 12:00 noon.  This will feature the Bob Hope Christmas Show starring The American Bombshells.  Check out their website:  http://www.americanbombshells.com/.  For further information contact Chip via e-mail: chip1440@lawyer.com. 

Honoring Veterans and Active Duty Military

Supervisor Hoehmann Honors Veterans and Active Duty Military
Residents or Businesses can Sponsor a Military Tribute Banner in New Program
 
Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann today announced a new program that will honor our local veterans and those currently serving our nation in the United States Armed Forces.  Residents or businesses can sponsor a veteran or soldier with a military tribute banner to be displayed on Main Street, New City.
 
Each banner will honor a veteran or active duty service member from the area by displaying their photo, branch of service, and military service information.  Beautifully designed, they are to be displayed on the decorative light poles on Main Street in New City for 60-90 days including Veteran’s Day. 
 
“The military tribute banners are a small way we can acknowledge the sacrifice many of our neighbors have made serving our community and our Country,” said Supervisor George Hoehmann.  “Our local veterans and active duty service members are our true heroes, and this program allows Clarkstown to proudly honor them right in the County's seat.”
 
The banner program, including cost of installation, is paid for through individual sponsorships. For $250, local families and businesses can sponsor a banner of active military members or veterans. In exchange for having their sponsorship, their name is placed on the bottom portion of the banner as the proud sponsor.  The banners are then given to the family or sponsor at the end of the display period.
 
For more information about the program or to sponsor a banner, contact 845-639-2050 or visit www.clarkstown.org and click the military tribute banners logo.

COLA Information

Information about COLA from Everett M. Lo (e-mail) Everett.Lo@ssa.gov)
Social Security Administration – Regional Public Affairs Office -- New York Region
 
If you’re 18 or older and work, open your my Social Security account today at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.   Make sure your earnings information is correct.  If you’re receiving benefits already, manage your information online!  Social Security Announces 0.3 Percent Benefit Increase for 2017.  Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 65 million Americans will increase 0.3 percent in 2017, the Social Security Administration has announced.  The 0.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 60 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2017.  Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 30, 2016.  The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Some other adjustments that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages.  Based on that increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $127,200 from $118,500.  Of the estimated 173 million workers who will pay Social Security taxes in 2017, about 12 million will pay more because of the increase in the taxable maximum. Information about Medicare changes for 2017, when announced, will be available at www.Medicare.gov. For some beneficiaries, their Social Security increase may be partially or completely offset by increases in Medicare premiums.  The Social Security Act provides for how the COLA is calculated.  To read more, please visit http://www.socialsecurity.gov/cola.  

                                                                                     
Employment Opportunities

Job Fair at Empire City Casino in Yonkers, New York:
On November 17th, Empire City Casino will co-host a Veterans Job Fair. In an effort to encourage hiring employers of all sizes to participate, and further support our job-seeking military veterans, Empire City will subsidize the cost of the fair so that participation is freefor all employers and attendees. Employers may apply for a space, and veterans can pre-register to attend by visiting this link: 
http://www.empirecitycasino.com/veterans.
  For further information, please contact: Taryn Duffy, Director of Public Affairs810 Yonkers AvenueYonkers, NY 10704  Phone: 914-457-2431 Fax: (914) 457-2537 - E-mail: tduffy@empirecitycasino.com

Cogentix Medical in Orangeburg, New York
Cogentix Medical in Orangeburg, NY has an opening for an Administrative Assistant.  Please see the attached link for job description details.  Candidates can apply via the following email link http://jobs.ourcareerpages.com/job/195064?source=ccp&jobFeedCode=CogentixMedical&returnURL=http://www.cogentixmedical.com
Feel free to contact me with any questions or if you need additional information.
Laurie Antonacci -- Office and Human Resources Administrator
T 845-848-1045   F 845-365-0620 - 40 Ramland Road, Orangeburg, New York 10962

Rockland Mobile Care, Inc. - Rockland Mobile Care, Inc., an award winning ambulance service serving Rockland County is offering career opportunities in Emergency Medical Services. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for our Motor Vehicle Operator to EMT program, as well as NYS certified EMTs, and Paramedics. Successful candidates for our Motor Vehicle Operator to EMT program will attend paid EMT training while employed as a driver. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age, hold a valid driver’s license, must meet NYS DOH certification eligibility requirements, and must be able to perform the essential job functions of the EMT. Drug screen and physical exam is required.  For more information, please contact our Human Resources Department at 845 228 3113 or Nelson Machado via e-mail: nmachado@RocklandParamedics.org.  Our application is available on our web site at
http://www.rocklandmobilecare.com/careers_process.htm

Recruit Military:  The RecruitMilitary VetTen. Together with Military Sealift Command, we are pleased to bring you a selection of career options available from organizations that are eager to employ veterans, provide career-enhancing education, or establish them in businesses of their own.In addition to the career opportunities, please check out the articles we have included to help you in your job search. You will find them interspersed between the employment listings. As always, we thank you for serving your country and for being a part of the RecruitMilitary community.
Check out their website for career opportunities and other information.  http://recruitmilitary.com/

Rockland Fire Equipment Co., Inc.: 

Established fire protection company is seeking a sales and service technician for clients across Rockland County. Full-time or Part-time positions available.  Knowledge of NFPA standards or experience with fire protection equipment preferred, but we will train. Experience with piping tools and light electrical work is a plus.  This is a physical job requiring the ability to lift at least 40 lbs., consistent bending and comfort working on a ladder.  Contact us today for consideration.  Harold R. Hill, President, Rockland Fire Equipment Co., Inc., P.O. Box 830 - 76-78 South Franklin Street, Nyack, NY 10960
TEL: 845-358-1939 - FAX: 845-358-1974  http://www.rocklandfire.com/  e-mail:  Rocklandfire@aol.com

CALIBRE Automotive Programs:
Paid Training and Automotive Careers for Veterans
We currently work with three automotive luxury brands and ONLY work with Veteran or active Reservists/National Guard. 
Audi Veterans to Technicians Program at http://www.audivets.com/ 
Jaguar Land Rover Veteran Careers at http://www.jlrvets.com/ 
An Honorable Discharge required and some type of parallel skills (aviation, electronics, mechanics, etc.) or formal Automotive training. 
PLEASE Pass to ANY other Veterans you know, that may be interested! 
For further information, please contact: Carol Hestand, Navy Veteran
Automotive Programs, Senior Technical Recruiter
CALIBRE --  571.403.3335 office  --  703.600.4335 secure fax  -- email: Carolyn.hestand@calibresys.com

Carpenters Recruit Apprentices
The New York State Department of Labor announces that Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the New York City District Council of Carpenters will conduct a recruitment from July 13, 2016 through June 14, 2017 for 40 carpenter (piledriver/dockbuilder) apprentices; 25 linoleum, resilient tile, and carpet layer apprentices; and 10 cabinet maker apprentices.

Applications must be obtained in person at the NYCDCC Labor Technical College, 395 Hudson Street (Clarkson Street entrance), New York City, NY, on the second Wednesday of each month, excluding December 14, 2016 and January 10, 2017. Applications will be available from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. There will be no admittance after 7:30 a.m. Only the applicant will be allowed to complete an application. In order to receive an application, applicants must provide government-issued picture identification. Applications will include an instruction sheet regarding the requirements to return the application. 

For further information, applicants should contact their nearest New York State Department of Labor office or the NYC District Council of Carpenters JATC at (212) 727-2224.  For details and further information, please view their website:  
https://labor.ny.gov/pressreleases/currentrecruitments/carpenters-jatc-june-08-2016.shtm

RJ Staffing:  If you are looking for work, I can help!  My name is Jennifer and I work for RJ-Staffing in Rockland County, New York.  We have many job opportunities available and would love to speak with you if you're looking for work!  Please contact Jennifer directly via e-mail: jenniferd@rjstaffing.com or call Jennifer at 845-624-0400.

Civil Service Exams:  Scheduled Examinations Open to All Qualified Individuals
These examinations are open to anyone who meets the minimum qualifications specified on an examination announcement. See the announcement(s) for details. You may apply for most examinations on-line or by using our paper application (form NYS-APP). See How to Apply on the respective announcement(s).  For further information, visit their website:


Useful Telephone Numbers for Veterans

Rockland County Veterans Service Agency

845-638-5244

Rockland County Sheriff’s Office

845-638-5400

Veterans Peer-to-Peer (Counseling)

845-521-5361

People to People (Food)

845-623-4900

Montrose VA Hospital

914-737-4400

New City VA Clinic

845-634-8995

Housing Unit

845-364-3150

Rape Crisis Services (Main)

845-634-3391

Rape Crisis Services (24/7)

845-634-3344

Home Health Care

845-358-2002

Good Samaritan Hospital Emergency

845-368-5029

Nyack Hospital Emergency

845-348-2345

Domestic Violence

845-634-3391

Suicide Hotline

800-273-8255

Mental Health Association of Rockland County

845-267-2172

Mobile Mental Health

845-364-2378

West Point (nearest military base)

845-938-4011

New York National Guard (Orangeburg, NY)

845-340-7167

Army Reserve (Orangeburg, NY)

845-359-6903

Military Recruiter

845-624-6185

Rockland County Housing Action Coalition

845-708-5799

Alcoholics Anonymous

845-352-1112

Emergency Shelter

845-364-2907

Meals on Wheels

845-624-6325


Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial and Monument

The Rockland County Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial and Monument will honor those from Rockland who served in those two theaters of war, whether in the Persian Gulf War, Operations Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, or Inherent Resolve in Iraq, or Operations Enduring Freedom or Freedom's Sentinel in Afghanistan - particularly those who gave their lives.
 
It is being designed by cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point and, with the support of the County of Rockland, will be located in Haverstraw Bay County Park nearby to the Rockland County 9/11 Memorial.  It is currently scheduled to be completed by Memorial Day 2017.
 
The content, design, and visuals of the memorial and monument is guided by, and will be approved by, a committee made up of local veterans of these conflicts.
 
Chapter 120 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart is accepting tax-free donations in support of this memorial and monument and providing a structure through which to coordinate and arrange for its construction.  For further information, please call 845-371-7605 or visit our website at: 



Rockland County Marine Corps League Auxiliary

The Rockland County Marine Corps League Auxiliary continues its on-going campaign - Pet Rescue - to reunite our troops with pets they may have had to leave in Afghanistan. Cans and bottles (no glass bottles) that can be recycled for cash, may be brought to Kearsing Edwards American Legion Post 1600, 20 Station Road in Pomona, New York. They are collected by ARC Pet Rescue volunteers and recycled. Contributions for the Pet Rescue Project are also welcome! The funds pay for food and water to sustain pets on their journey home; their transportation is free. For more information contact Chairman Dale Fisher 845-304- 3595.

Rockland County Marine Corps League - MASH Unit

We regularly receive donations of handicap assistance equipment for disabled veterans from people who want to help.  Our donated equipment is available for free to military veterans and their families.  The items include the following:
  • Motorized Wheelchairs
  • Manual Wheelchairs
  • Lifts
  • Walkers
  • Bath Chairs
  • Transfer Benches
  • Braces
  • Crutches
  • Canes 
If you have need of any of this equipment, contact the folks at the Rockland County Marine Corps League - 845-323-8774 or via e-mail: drobin127@icloud.com.


RockVets Newsletter  


You can find information, useful links, and view our webpage at www.rockvets.com. Previous copies of our newsletters are also available on our website at http://www.rockvets.com/newsletters

RockVets has a live call-in talk show on Rockland County's local radio station - WRCR 1700 AM dial. This live show is hosted by Jerry Donnellan.  We encourage you to call-in and ask any questions you may have relating to veterans or the military.  This is also a good opportunity to promote any upcoming events for your organization that would be of interest to the veteran/military community.  
The call-in number is 845-362-0013. Please note, WRCR is now on 1700 AM dial. 
The show is also live on the internet at: http://www.wrcr.com.  

At the discretion of the editor, we'd be happy to add your upcoming events to our newsletter.  Please submit the details to us as soon as possible, but no later than the 25th of each month so we can get the information in the following issue. Send information to info@rockvets.com.

Veterans Service Agency of Rockland


If you plan to come to the Veterans Service Agency office, please call to make an appointment so we can give you the time you need:  845-638-5244.   

Jerry Donnellan, Director 

Veterans Service Agency of Rockland County

20 Squadron Blvd., - Suite 480

New City, New York  10956   

E-Mail: jerry@rockvets.com

RockVets website:  http://www.rockvets.com

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