RockVets E-Newsletter: October 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


October 2016          845-638-5244      ww.rockvets.com
Volume 7
Issue 10
 

info@rockvets.com

 

VA Secretary McDonald

Once again, Robert McDonald, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs has made the headlines.

In the September 12th, 2016 edition of USA Today, Donovan Slack does his best to explain that Secretary McDonald disregarded the laws and rules after the previous Secretary of the VA, Erik Shinseki, had to fall on his sword after the January debacle at the Phoenix VA Hospital where 20 veterans were killed.  That may sound harsh, but that was the result of patients dying waiting for care that either wouldn’t or couldn’t be given in time.  

The new Secretary McDonald promised to fix things.  One of the fixes was going to be that veterans who couldn’t receive treatment could go outside the VA for treatment in the private sector.  He then made it extremely difficult for veterans to do just that, and subsequently that the VA wasn’t so bad because not that many veterans were going for outside care.  Of course no consideration was given to the fact that it was very difficult for the veteran to get that outside care.  No, it couldn’t have been that!

The VA had even entered information to a National Database.  The theory being that veterans could compare the VA to the private sector.  Health and Human Services (HHS) set this up and included things like time of service, death rate, re-admission, and other measures of quality for public and private in a VA facility.  

Congress passed a law mandating the VA to submit even more data.  Regardless of this, Secretary McDonald I guess, chose to stop providing the data as of July 1st of this year.  The VA blamed HHS for why they pulled the plug.  HHS has declined to comment, and in a separate move in February the VA took down its own site that showed VA Hospitals side-by-side in a quality comparison.  That site simply went blank.  The VA spokesman, Joe Francis, tried to explain this in the usual VA circular bovine scatology, but even he admitted that he couldn’t defend the current system.

The system was to be finished, and up and running in February of 2015.  It would be really easy to take a cheap shot and compare Secretary McDonald to Ronald McDonald, but that wouldn’t be fair because Ronald has some big shoes to fill.  Besides that, Ronald successfully serves 68 million of his clients each day!

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


Camp LeJeune Toxic Water

In early September, VA proposed a Federal Rule to create presumptive service connection for veterans, Reservists, and National Guard members who served at least 30 days of active duty on Camp Lejeune from August 1, 1953 to December 31, 1987. The rule is open for public comment through October 11, 2016.
Veterans and their families who lived or worked there during this time were exposed to drinking water contaminated with industrial solvents, benzene, and other chemicals. Let your voice be heard if you or anyone you know served during this time and suffer from the following heath conditions:
Adult leukemia
Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
Bladder cancer
Kidney cancer
Liver cancer
Multiple myeloma
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
Parkinson's disease

There is an existing law, established in 2012, where VA provides free health care for other medical conditions to veterans who served at least 30 days of active duty at Camp Lejeune from January 1, 1957 and December 31, 1987:
Esophageal cancer
Breast cancer
Kidney cancer
Multiple myeloma
Renal toxicity
Female infertility
Scleroderma
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
Lung cancer
Bladder cancer
Leukemia
Myelodysplastic syndromes
Hepatic steatosis
Miscarriage
Neurobehavioral effects

Family members of veterans who also lived on Camp Lejeune during the qualifying period are eligible for reimbursement of out-of-pocket medical expenses related to the 15 covered health conditions.  

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 109

Military Order of the Purple Heart Fundraiser

On Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 from 11:00 am. -  3:00 p.m., the Letizia Brothers of Rockland, Inc., will present a Classic Car Show to raise funds for the Rockland Chapter #120 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.  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.  Help us to help make this mission a reality!

The Classic Car Show will be held at Letitia Brothers of Rockland, Inc., 150 Route 304, Bardonia, New York 10954.  Vehicle Entry Fee is $15.00 per vehicle.  There will also be music, food, and a 50/50.  For further information, contact Howard Goldin at email: hgcuchi1967@verizon.net.

Vincent J. Troiola Elected National Vice Commander

New City, N.Y., Veteran Elected National Vice Commander of Legion
September 01, 2016 01:45 PM Eastern Daylight Time
CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A Navy veteran from New City, N.Y., was elected national vice commander of the 2.2-million member American Legion during the organization’s national convention in Cincinnati today.

Vincent J. Troiola, a life member of American Legion Post 1682 in New City, served in the U.S. Navy from 1969 to 1974. He has held various offices at every level of The American Legion, including department (state) commander of New York from 2010-2011. He is the current chairman of the Department of New York American Legion Centennial Task Force for the Future and is a member of the faculty of the American Legion College of New York. At the national level he served as a member of the Membership and Post Activities Committee and the National Security Commission.

Troiola retired from Estate Motors Mercedes-Benz where he was the director of Service and Parts Operations. Troiola has served locally on the Veterans Service Advisory Board and the Military Academy Review Board for former U.S. Rep. Benjamin Gilman.

He is married to Saveria (Savy) T. Troiola. They have two grown children and two grandchildren. They are very supportive of his working with the various veteran service organizations. He enjoys playing golf and collecting die cast model cars and trucks.  Troiola is one of 12 national officers.

Alternative Veterans' Tax Exemption Legislation

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently signed legislation to allow New York City to extend the alternative veterans' tax exemption to school taxes. "Our veterans answered the call to protect the freedoms that this state and this nation were founded upon and this exemption is just one small way to thank them for their service," Governor Cuomo said. "I'm proud to sign this measure and close the loophole that denied New York City veterans the opportunity to receive the same benefit as their peers in every other part of the state."  In 2013, the Governor signed legislation to allow school districts across the state to provide the alternative veterans’ exemption against school taxes. However, since the City of New York does not have a school board, there was no mechanism to grant this relief to veterans in the five boroughs. 

This legislation (A.9688 / S.7121) reforms this inequity and allows the New York City Council to pass a local law to extend the alternative veterans’ tax exemption to school taxes. 

Contact the Governor's Press Office via e-mail at:  Press.office@exec.ny.gov
Contact by telephone:
Albany:  (518) 474 - 8418
New York City:  (212) 681-4640

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.

Pictured above (from left to right) are Paul Piperato, County Clerk, Bob Scheiner, Howard Goldin, and Craig Wertheim showing their Combat Veteran ID Cards.

Veterans Showing Support for Law Enforcement

Reflective stickers with the Thin Blue Line American Flag are available to veterans for free in the Rockland County Veterans' Office.  If veterans would like to show their support of our law enforcement community by displaying one of these stickers, just bring your DD214 to the Veterans Service Agency, located at 20 Squadron Blvd., Suite 480, New City, New York 10956.  
For further information call the veteran's office at 845-638-5244.

Displaying the USA Flag with the thin blue line shows support of our brothers and sisters in law enforcement.  The Thin Blue Line represents the relationship of the police in the community as the protectors of the citizenry from the criminal element.

It signifies those men and women who are willing to give their life for the peace and harmony of the community they serve. 


No-Cost Flu Shots For Veterans

Free flu shots for veterans are available at Kearsing & Edwards American Legion Post 1600, 20 Station Road, Pomona, New York.  The flu shots will be sponsored by Walgreen's Pharmacy in Suffern, New York on Saturday, October 15th, from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Bring your VA card, Photo I.D. and your insurance card.  For further information, call the Legion Post at 845-354-9785.
                                             
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.

VA Hudson Valley Health Care System Influenza Vaccinations for Registered Veterans

FDR Montrose Campus
- Building 3, Room 121

Fridays - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Oct. 7, Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Oct. 28

Castle Point Campus - Building 15, Room H023  
Mondays - 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Oct. 24, Oct. 31

Outpatient Clinics - 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Monday - Friday

Also, flu shots are available at Primary Care, Specialty or Mental Health Clinics.

Free CrossFit & Bootcamp Membership for Veterans

Vet2Vet of Westchester is partnering with CrossFit Valkyrie to provide CrossFit & Bootcamp memberships - FREE OF COST -  to our service members and veterans.  It is free for veterans, plus 1 guest for a 6-month membership.

                        
All service members and veterans are eligible for this opportunity to keep health and fitness in the forefront! Please contact the Westchester County Director of Veteran Services, Andrea Molina, for details.
REGISTRATION REQUIRED.  Please respond ASAP.
Andrea Molina Marine Corp OIF Veteran amolina@fsw.org (914) 358-4240
CrossFit Valkyrie is a Veteran-run CrossFit box located in Irvington, New York.
Please visit cross tvalkyrie.com to get to know us!

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. 




Upcoming Events

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016:  Classic Car Show from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (rain Date: Sunday, October 9th, 2016.)  The Car Show is being held to raise funds for the Rockland Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 120.  The show will be held at Letitia Brothers of Rockland, Inc. 150 Route 304, Bardonia, New York 10954 and vehicle entry fee is $15.00 per vehicle. 

Monday, October 3rd, 2016:  Kearsing & Edwards American Legion Post 1600 will sponsor a blood drive on Monday, October 3rd, 2016 between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.   The Legion Post is located at 20 Station Road in Pomona, New York 10970.  For further information, call the American Legion Post 1600 at 845-354-9785.

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016:  In honor of Clarkstown’s 225th anniversary, Supervisor Hohmann has created a committee of local historians, residents, and Town staff to coordinate the 225th Anniversary Historical Exhibit for the Town of Clarkstown's 225th Anniversary. Opening Night will be held on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. at the Clarkstown Town Hall, 10 Maple Ave., New City 10956 and the exhibit will remain open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. until December 2016.  All are welcome to view the exhibit.  The exhibit represents 10 themes which encompass Clarkstown’s rich history consisting of photographs, artifacts, and documents that have been generously donated or loaned to the Town.   Also on display, will be artwork and essays from Clarkstown students. For Clarkstown history month, the Town is also sponsoring a lecture series throughout the month of October.  Information on the lecture series can be found on the Town of Clarkstown website at:

Thursday, October 6th, 2016:  The Clarkstown Garden Club invites you to the Dedication of the
Blue Star Memorial on 
Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at  Congers Memorial Park (bottom of the walkway, behind the playground) - Gilcrest Road, Congers, New York.  The public is welcome.
Please RSVP via e-mail to: GCGbluestar@gmail.com.

Thursday, October 6, 2016: Rockland Community College will have their annual SALUTE program in which they honor Veteran students that have academically achieved a certain grade point average. The keynote speaker is SgtMaj Mack from Quantico VA.  Marine members of the League have an opportunity to have breakfast with him on that morning at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Suffern, NY. Cost is approximately $15.00 plus tip  (20%). For further information, contact John Leighton at 845-521-5361 or via e-mail at: jhleighton@att.net.

Saturday, October 15th, 2016:  Free flu shots for veterans are available at Kearsing & Edwards American Legion Post 1600, 20 Station Road, Pomona, New York.  The flu shots will be sponsored by Walgreen's Pharmacy in Suffern, New York on Saturday, October 15th, from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Bring your VA card, Photo I.D. and your insurance card.  For further information, call the American Legion Post 1600 at 845-354-9785.

Sunday, October 16th, 2016:  Kearsing & Edwards American Legion Post 1600 will have a Turkey Shoot on Sunday, October 16th, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  If needed, the rain date will be Sunday, October 23rd, 2016.  The Legion Post is located at 20 Station Road, Pomona, New York 10970.  For further information, call the American Legion Post at 845-354-9785

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 Chowline, Oldest & Youngest Marine, Slop Chute Prices, Bag Pipes.

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.

                                                                                     
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 www.EmpireCityCasino.com/veterans.
  Please share with any hiring employers who may be interested in participating, as well as Veterans who may be interested in attending.  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


ABB Optical Group

We are currently seeking entry level Technicians to work in our Digital Eye Lab.  The Digital Eye Lab technician is responsible  for the timely, efficient and accurate processing of products in the Digital Eye Lab. This is a cross trained and multifunctional position.  Core functions may, include, janitor, linesman, floor assembler, frame assesmbler, machine operator and trainer to new hires. 
We are also currently seeking entry level Fulfillment Specialists  to work in our distribution center. The distribution Fulfillment specialist is a cross trained multifunctional position with entry level training.   Core functions may include, picking, packing , order sorting, receiving, returns and  trainer for new hires.
Contact us today for consideration. 
 Elena Whiteside,
 4 Skyline Drive, Hawthorne, NY 10532
 Ebenitez-whiteside@abbopitcal.com, 
Phone:888 305-3300
Careers link-https://www.abbconcise.com/ABB_Corporate/CareersAt.aspx

Cogentix Medical in Orangeburg, New York has an opening for an Associate Product Manager.
Cogentix Medical Associate Product Manager Orangeburg, NY 10962
Cogentix Medical offers exciting opportunities for individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of patients throughout the world. If you are looking for an innovative company that appreciates your contributions and individuality while fostering teamwork, then Cogentix Medical may be the place for you.
Interested candidates can apply via the link below:
http://jobs.ourcareerpages.com/job/190039?source=ccp&jobFeedCode=Cogentix%20Medical&return

Visit their website:  http://www.cogentixmedical.com/
 For further information, contact Laurie Antonacci - Office and Human Resources Administrator
T 845-848-1045   F 845-365-0620
40 Ramland Road, Orangeburg, NY  10962

United Hospice of Rockland is looking for a facilities maintenance man to take care of the Raso Hospice Facility, as well as the United Hospice of Rockland main office at 11 Stokum Lane, New City, New York 10956.  This is for 20 flexible hours a week.  If interested, contact United Hospice at 845-634-4974.

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.rockvets.com/Admin/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

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:

Marine Corps Birthday Raffle

United States Marine Corps Birthday!  The Rockland County Marine Corps League - 25th Annual Birthday Luncheon Raffle.  The RCMCL Detachment has obtained an unissued German K98KZF-41 Mauser Sniper Rifle with Swastika Eagle Mark.  The Rifle has an original scope mount base.  Some reproduction scopes are available. They are standard grade.

Tickets are $10.00 each or 3 for $25.00.  The rifle is to be raffled off at the United States Marine Corps Birthday Luncheon on November 10th, 2016, which will be held at Kruckers, 77-81 Call Hollow Road, Pomona, New York  10970.

Purchase as many tickets as you wish.  Send us your contact information and mail your check to: Rockland County Detachment, Marine Corps League, 20 Station Road, Pomona, New York 10970-3532.
Your ticket numbers will be assigned and written on your returned check.  Thank you and Semper Fidelis!

Marine Corps League in Putnam County Raffle

Marine Corps League Putnam County New York Detachment 242 offers this Vietnam Commemorative 1911 45-Caliber Automatic replica as a raffle prize to be awarded at our 2016 Marine Corps Ball on November 13 at the Putnam County Golf Course. Ticket holders will be notified via email of the winner. The raffle tickets are $10.00 each or 5 tickets for $40.00.  

The retail value is placed at $1200-$1700. Contact us at mclputnam@comcast.net  or call (845) 520-8676 for purchase of raffle tickets.  Semper Fi.

The Vietnam Commemorative - 1911-45 Caliber Automatic
This is a non firing replica.  All movable parts function.  The weight, measurements, size and feel are to the same specifications of the M1911 45
The inscription on the receiver “To Honor – All Who – Served”
The display shadow box is made of maple with felt backing. The weapon rests on 45 Cal shell casings.   All of the Armed Forces insignia are also displayed.


Putnam County Marine Corps Detachment 242 mailing address:  
P.O. Box 667, Mahopac, New York 10541.  Attention:  Dan Lynch, Raffle Chairman.
Their website:  http://putnammcl.com/

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

New York State Senator William J. Larkin (R, C) 39th Senate District, has recently secured a generous grant to help support this Memorial.  Senator Larkin is himself a veteran and we appreciate his efforts to honor our Iraq and Afghanistan troops.  Thank you again, Senator Larkin.

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: 

New Veterans Assistance Program
 
We are announcing a new veterans' assistance program - Military Mondays – a new pro bono clinic offering free legal help (and coffee) to veterans looking to apply for SSD/SSI benefits.  Clinics will be held once a month, by appointment, at a Starbucks in Midtown Manhattan.  Military Mondays is a collaboration between Skadden, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Starbucks, Legal Services-NYC, and Goldman Sachs.  Veterans should call the hotline for appointments and more information.  If you or your organization would like more information please contact: Kymm Walker, Pro Bono Coordinator, Marsh & McLennan Companies via e-mail: Kymm.Walker@mercer.com or Brenna DeVaney, Pro Bono Counsel, Skadden via e-mail: Brenna.DeVaney@skadden.com.
                                            


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.  The new schedule for RockVets radio show will be the fourth Thursday of each month, at 9:30 a.m.  The next live radio show will be on Thursday, October 27th, 2016.

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

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

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