RockVets E-Newsletter: June  2016 Edition
Veterans Service Agency of Rockland County, New York 
Jerry Donnellan, Director      Telephone: 845-638-5244 
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RockVets Newsletter

June 2016         845-638-5244
Volume 7
Issue 6


PTSD:  Vietnam Memories Linger

It was the 24th of October, 1969.  We were on a Search and Clear Operation which, a few months earlier, would have been called a Search and Destroy Mission.  However, the grown-ups further up the chain of Command for some reason felt that search and destroy sounded too violent -- so it became Search and Clear.  We did exactly the same thing.  Who knew that the politically correct police had its roots back then?

I was an Infantry Buck Sgt. - 3rd Platoon, Company D, 3rd of the 21st, 196th Light Infantry Brigade working off LZ Center.   Why it was called Center wasn’t hard to figure out.  It was right between LZ East and LZ West.  That was home although we spent very little time there.  Most of our time was spent in what we called Indian country wandering the Central Highlands – although I guess we couldn’t call it that today. We’d have to call it Indigenous Personnel Country.  At 22 I was the second oldest in my company.

The Highlands from a distance looked like the Catskills, only the vegetation was a bit different.  They called this Triple Canopy Jungle.  It was so dense that at noon on a sunny day the floor of the jungle would seem like night time.  The temperature and humidity both were around 100 and to add to the fun of this sleep away camp, we’d have to carry anywhere between 80 and 100 pounds on our back – 8 pounds of which was water that was far more valuable than a number of other things we carried, especially the food.

In those days it was C-Rats or C-Rations some of which you literally couldn’t eat.  There was one can that contained ham and lima beans.  We would pray that we were resupplied before we got to the bottom of our rations and had to eat that!  Many of these meals had nicknames but in polite company they can’t be printed.  This stuff would truly gag a maggot.  

To give you an idea of the toll that takes, when I got to Vietnam I was 6’2” and weighed 185 pounds and was in reasonably good shape.  When I got home I weighed 122 Pounds.  To be fair, part of that weight loss was my right leg.  But still even considering that, it’s a fair amount of weight to drop in a relatively short time.  I mean how much could a leg just below the knee weigh?  15-20 pounds?  

Anyway, it happened on Hill 370.  A couple of clicks off of the LZ.  I remember it was very loud.  The loudest thing I ever heard.  There was a huge fireball and I was thrown...I’m guessing 10 yards... landing on my back and I knew it wasn’t good to be lying out in the open.  My 12-gauge was gone.  According to the Geneva Convention we weren’t supposed to have scatter shot weapons.  But they issued Model 37 Ithaca pumps.  The Army also gave the Duper gun (M79) guy a canister round, which made the 79 a super-sized shotgun.  But then again, I never saw a referee out there to enforce any of these rules.  A buddy seemed to be comforted by the fact that the Geneva convention said they could shoot you but they couldn’t eat you.

So I picked up my right arm and it fell off mid shaft – between the wrist and the elbow.  What they call a double-compound fracture – 2 bones sticking out of each half of a bloody hunk of meat.  And yes, your bones are white.  Using my left arm, which had also been wounded, I carefully placed the broken right arm across my chest and lifted up my left leg to try and see if I could push my way back to cover.  That leg was riddled with shrapnel...the inside of which looked like hamburger meat.  

I carefully placed it down and lifted up my right leg…it was gone.  That was kind of hard to wrap your head around.  Even though I didn’t feel pain – at least the kind of pain that you think would accompany what I was seeing, there was a terrific burning sensation.  Since my limbs weren’t working too well, I tried to prop myself up on my left elbow to see if I could see anyone.  However, leaning forward caused a bloody head wound to run into my eyes, which blinded me.  Just then I felt someone grab me.  Not being able to see I didn’t know if it was the enemy or one of my own guys.  Of all the things that were going on, that was simply the most terrifying.  I was totally helpless.  Thank God it was our medic - God bless him - without regard for himself.  He started working on me.  He shot me up with morphine for the pain, which you think would help.  However, it had kind of an opposite and frightening effect because as the drug began to take effect I didn’t know if it was the drug entering my body or life leaving it.

A lot of good men died in those Highlands.  In a funny way I think I was born there because the guy that went to that War didn’t come home.  I believe that was the case with a lot of us.  I don’t know how much time passed but my buddies eventually got me onto a poncho.  I remember every time they moved, it hurt but it had to be done.  Then I saw the greatest sight in the world.  The belly of that dust off which, close to 20 years later became the logo symbol of our Vietnam Veterans group.  But it just brought more pain.  The down draft from the rotor blades was so strong that it began opening the wounds that had started to heal.  
My buddies literally threw me onto the floor of that Huey, which was awash with blood of the other wounded.  Then we were out of there and on our way to Hawk Hill.  

It was someone else’s war now.  At Hawk Hill I was placed on a real stretcher.  In turn, the stretcher was placed on a pair of saw horses.  A guy came towards me with one of those bent surgical scissors.  I thought he was coming to help me.  Instead he cut away the right saddlebag pocket and took my AO map that was wrapped in a plastic ANP RC-25 battery bag.  Then I was pissed.  It seemed my maps were more important than I was.  I lay there for what seemed like a long time.  

Oh, did I tell you that my wife was 8-months pregnant?  

Then I was put onto a cleaner Huey and off to the 95th EVAC in DaNang.  I refused to go to sleep for fear that I would never wake up.  I came off the chopper in DaNang and who was waiting for me but the Chaplain.  Somehow last rites may help the soul, but doesn’t do much for the morale.  Then into the OR, which was ice cold.  It was air conditioned.  I hadn’t felt air conditioning in forever.  In there they finally knocked me out. 

The next week or so was mostly a blur.  I went from there to the 106th in Yokota, Japan.  In and out of surgery, when I came to on the ward, Bonanza the old western was on TV, but in Japanese – and seeing Hoss Cartwright in a high pitched Japanese voice was hard to believe.  Then I was sure I was dead.  

Actually I was beginning to feel better.  I could tell because I was getting pissed again.  Here I was damn near killed and nobody seemed to give a damn.  Everybody else was just doing their day-to-day routine. 
It was just another day at the office or hospital.  There were no parades, no bands, nothing.

Then I’m moving out of Japan after God knows how many more surgeries.  By now the calendar has turned over and it’s November and we’re heading into Anchorage, Alaska at night.  We were lining the walls of the plane hanging in litters.  When we landed it was snowing.  They dropped the tail gate of the plane.  Mind you, all we were wearing were light pj’s that were meant for tropical weather.  The blood we had left was thin from tropics.  So why were we opening this huge door?  Simple.  So the donut dollies could bring us hot chocolate, which by the time it got to us was ice cold.  But I guess it’s the thought that counts.

We were into the second week of November and into the inky blackness over the Canadian landscape into the U.S.  I think we landed once or twice – maybe to refuel or to drop off casualties at hospitals along the way.  My feeling is they kept us pretty well drugged up.  It was easier to deal with us because we were all starting to feel a little better.  That and there were no in-flight movies to keep us busy, so drugs were the answer.  But then again it was the 60’s.  

By the time light had begun to break, we were coming down approaching Maguire Air Force Base in NJ, which sits side by side with Fort Dix.  By the time we landed and got loaded off the plane and onto ambulances, it was full daylight.  I remember being frightened by the speed of the ambulance.  It seemed like it was going 100 mph or more.  It wasn’t, but to me it seemed dangerously fast.  The reason I was told was that for months we had moved either on foot or in choppers and in the choppers we got used to going relatively quickly, but it wasn’t the same as being on the ground – you didn’t see things pass so quickly.  

There at Walson Army Hospital at Fort Dix, my family came to visit except for my wife who was now in her 9th month and wiser souls felt that she had been through enough recently and would not do well with a 2-hour trip.  The rest of the family showed up and lied and lied and lied about how good I looked.  Later my brother told me I looked like someone who had just come out of Auschwitz.  

Before I left for Vietnam, I had taken my father out, at my mother’s request, to get him a decent pair of shoes.  I bought him a nice pair of wing tips.  My mother was pleased.  The problem was my mother wasn’t going to wear the shoes.  My father hated them.  My father was born in Ireland and came to this country in 1929, just in time for the Stock Market Crash.  He always had a great sense of timing.  

Anyway, that night despite his hatred of them, he wore the ‘bloody shoes.’  Never at a loss for a stupid thing to say I said, “My God, what you have to do to get this man to wear a pair of shoes.” I thought I was being funny.  He left the room crying. Then my Uncle tried to paper it over and change the tone by saying, “Well, at least you made it back in one piece.”  Not to be outdone I said, “Well, two anyway.”  And he was out of the room.  

The next morning, they loaded me onto the cleanest Huey I had ever seen.  My stretcher was high and going from left to right on the bird behind the pilot and co-pilot’s head so I could see over their shoulders.  

We took off nose down as Hueys have a tendency to do and headed west towards Valley Forge Army General Hospital, Pennsylvania.  I knew that because as soon as we cleared the tree, the co-pilot took out a Texaco road map that was marked for Valley Forge.  This was the Army I knew and loved.  As the chopper banked coming into Valley Forge Hospital, I saw men in colonial uniforms - in nice straight lines, setting up by the side of a vintage cannon.  Well, I figured it’s about time – about time I got some kind of reception to fit what I had been through.  Not really.  I had lost track of what day it was.  It turned out we just happened to be landing at 11:00 a.m. on November 11th.  You got it – it wasn’t about me at all.  It was dumb old Veterans Day – and I just landed in the middle of their ceremony.  But what was cool was the 4 guys that carried my litter off the chopper were all amputees, and I thought, "Maybe this could work."    
I tell you this because there are 58,000 who can’t – and someone should speak for them.

Jerry Donnellan, Director, Veterans Service Agency of Rockland
20 Squadron Blvd., Suite 480, New City, New York 10956
e-mail:, phone:  845-638-5244

Disney World?

To quote Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary, Robert McDonald,  “When you go to Disney World, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? Or what’s important? What’s important is what your satisfaction with the experience is…"

Well I don’t know how many kids waiting to see Goofy died in line, but comparing the VA to a Mickey Mouse operation, the Secretary might have a point!

BBQ - Firefighters and Rockland County Veterans

Rockland County Fire Chief's Association Joint BBQ with the Rockland County Firefighters and the Rockland County Veterans.  All are invited to attend.

Please notify your Fire Department or organization Chiefs and Presidents if you are planning on attending, so an approximate headcount can be given.

When:     Sunday, June 26th, 2016
Time:       From Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Where:    Bowline Point Park, Haverstraw, New York
Fee:        $20.00 per fire department personnel. 
No charge for our Veterans
For further information, please contact:  Jason Goldsmith - Fire Chief's Association - 914-879-8543 or e-mail him at:

Adult Learning Center of Rockland Offers Classes

The Adult Learning Center of Rockland is an organization of retired Seniors who volunteer to teach others how to use computers and other 21st century devices.  We are a program of Meals on Wheels. We teach Introduction to Computers, Word Processing, Excel – Spreadsheets & Databases, Power Point, Internet and E-Mail, Digital Imaging, Photo Editing using Picasa, Genealogy – Finding Your Ancestors, Using Windows 10.  More advanced classes will be given if requested. We also teach one-time-only 2-hour classes on Computer Maintenance, How to use your iPad and iPhone, How to use Tablets and Smart Phones, Skype and Facebook.  We will help you to download Windows 10 at our monthly Open House.
Classes are small - only 8 students per class, with 1 instructor and 2 coaches. 
For more information, call Eileen Herkes, Director of Education, at 845-623-5467 or 845-356-4198.

American Seal Coating

This U.S. Marine is Michael Emery who operates American Seal Coating, LLC.  If you need your driveway sealed or other such projects, give Michael Emery a call at:  845-825-2025.

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:

Vietnam Veterans #333 - Annual Pig Roast

The Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter #333 will hold their annual Pig Roast on Saturday, June 11th, 2016 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. at the Kearsing and Edward American Legion Pavilion, located at 20 Station Road in Pomona, New York 10970.  Tickets for the event are $30.00 per person.  

Anyone recognize these guys - a few of our first pig roast carvers!   

                                                   Goswick Pavilion      Piermont, NY     June 11th, 1988!

Upcoming Events

Friday, June 3rd, 2016:  Jerry Donnellan will host the RockVets radio show at WRCR 1700 AM dial after the 10:00 a.m. news break. Listen to the live show - you can call in, ask questions, get information, and let the community know about events of interest to our veterans and their families.  The show is also available live at  The call-in number is 845-362-0013.

Saturday, June 11th, 2016:  Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter #333 will hold their annual Pig Roast on Saturday, June 11th, 2016 from noon to 6:00 p.m. at the Kearsing and Edward American Legion Pavilion, located at 20 Station Road in Pomona, New York 10970.  Tickets for the event are $30.00 per person.  

Saturday, June 25th, 2016:  The Bob Hope Division will visit the VA Nursing Home in Montrose.  Muster times 12:00 p.m. in the lobby. The VA Nursing Home is located at 2090 Albany Post Road, (Route 9) Montrose, NY 10548. For further information contact Chip via e-mail:  The performing trio, the American Bombshells are scheduled to entertain the veterans on June 25th, 2016.   

Sunday, June 26th, 2016:   Rockland County Fire Chief's Association Joint BBQ with the Rockland County Firefighters and the Rockland County Veterans.  All are invited to attend. Please notify your Fire Department or organization Chiefs and Presidents if you are planning on attending, so an approximate headcount can be given. Sunday, June 26th, from noon to 4:00 p.m. at Bowline Point Park in Haverstraw, New York 10927.  No charge for veterans.  $20.00 fee per fire department personnel.  For further information, please contact:  Jason Goldsmith - Fire Chief's Association - 914-879-8543 or e-mail him at:

Veterans Pension Credit Bill

After two vetoes, Governor Cuomo approves Veterans Pension Credit Bill.
The cost for veterans to purchase credits will vary, according to the Legislation.  For Tier 1 through 5 members of the State Retirement System, the cost is three percent of their most recent salary per year of additional service credit.  Tier 6 members would pay six percent of their most recent salary.
Now, non-wartime veterans can buy-back up to three years.

Repeal Disabled Veterans' Tax

From Legislative Action Center of the American Legion:
Fully Repeal Disabled Veterans' Tax 
Contact Your Members of Congress Now
(Updated May 12, 2016) Action on this issue has moved to the Senate after the House of Representatives disappointingly failed to include the full repeal in this year's FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Senate Armed Services Committee is now considering their version of the NDAA and we are doubling down on our efforts to get this included in the final bill. Please contact your Members of Congress requesting their cosponsorship and support for the full repeal of this unfair penalty on this nation’s disabled veterans.
View this link for further information:

Scholarship Opportunity for Veterans

A message from Dr. Farber - Mercy College -
Scholarship Opportunity for Veterans to become Math Teachers
My name is Dr. William Farber and I am an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York. I am also a United States Navy Veteran (1968-1972). 

We recently received an award of 1.16 million dollars to provide Veterans of the United States Armed
Forces, who have strong math backgrounds, with a TUITION-FREE Master of Science Degree in Secondary Math Education leading to New York State certification, a credential recognized by many other states.

Mercy College, in collaboration with the Yonkers Public Schools, was recently awarded an NSF Noyce Teacher Scholarship to provide veterans of the United States Armed Forces, who have strong math backgrounds, with the courses, internship and financial support that will result in a Master of
Science Degree in Secondary Math Education and New York State certification, a credential recognized by many other states. We are seeking your good offices to help us recruit veterans for this exciting opportunity.  

The Mercy College program includes the following components:
- 36 graduate credits
- A stipend of up to $32,800 for 14 months of participation
- 140 days of clinical internship in a Yonkers public secondary school under the mentorship of an experienced math secondary school teacher
- On-site support from Mercy College faculty
- Support to prepare for certification examinations
- One year of follow-up support
- Commitment to teach two years in a high need school.

We strongly believe this program will provide veterans with a new gateway to
a purposeful life in a deserving community. As important, we strongly
believe that these mature men and women will provide qualities of
leadership, strength and team work to the profession, improve capacity-
building in their schools, and act as professional and personal role models
for secondary school students. 

For further information, please contact: Dr. William Farber, Professor of Mathematics Education
School of Education, Mercy College, New York - email: or call 914-674-7675

The Krissoff Family

William Krissoff was almost 60 years old when his son, 1st Lt. Nathan Krissoff, was killed during combat operations in Iraq. William, an orthopedic surgeon from Truckee, Calif., wanted nothing else other than to honor his son by joining the fight and bringing his services to the Navy Medical Corps, but he was told by a Navy recruiter that he was 19 years over the age limit. After applying for an age waiver, William and his family, along with other families of fallen service members, met former President George W. Bush. While speaking with the former president, William said he would like to join the Navy Medical Corps. Two days later, his waiver was approved and his journey was underway.

You have to wonder why these stories don't often hit the news. View the video here:
Employment Opportunities

McDonald's Sloatsburg, New York:  
Sloatsburg (Ramapo Travel Plaza 10974) McDonald's, Pizza Uno/Lavazza Espresso Shop and Carvel are actively seeking the best Management Trainees and/or experienced managers they can hire in the coming weeks. They hope to hire veterans.  They need some key individuals who will take the keys to the store and help to drive them to success - learn the McDonald's System, set a blazing fast pace, being friendly and accurate all the while. If you think you can do this, apply today!  Apply Online at:
They also operate stores in Middletown, Wallkill, Ellenville and Chester (NeXXt Enterprises)
Please see this link to one of their full ads: 
For further information, contact:  David Dentico, Director of Operations, L-K Bennett Enterprises, LLC
NeXXt Enterprises, LLC, 914-490-2361,

The Village of Nyack - seasonal position in DPW available
Ann Tlsty:   The Village of Nyack has a seasonal position in our DPW available. Full time 7-3:30 mon-fri. $18/hour. Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs and be willing to ride on the back of the garbage truck. Please call 845-358-3552 for more information.

New York State Department of Labor:  Two unions have begun recruitment periods for apprentices, the New York State Department of Labor announced. 
Electricians - Rondout Electric, Inc. will conduct a recruitment from June 1, 2016 through June 14, 2016 for two electrician apprentices, the New York State Department of Labor announced. Applications can be obtained and submitted at Rondout Electric, Inc., 225 Upper North Road, Highland, New York, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. every weekday, during the recruitment period. The Committee requires that applicants:
Must be at least 18 years old.
Must have a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma (such as TASC or GED).
Must have a valid driver’s license. Apprentices may be required to drive company owned vehicles on public roads.  Must provide military transfer card or discharge form DD-214, if applicable, after selection and prior to indenture.  For further information, applicants should contact their nearest New York State Department of Labor office or Rondout Electric, Inc. at (845) 471-4810.

CenterStar Property Group:  They are seeking a Super/Plumber to work at their facility.  For further information, contact Irina Lange via e-mail at:  Visit their website at:  CenterStar Property Group is a privately owned commercial and residential real estate development and management company based in New Jersey.

Salca Trucking, Inc.  There is an immediate need for two delivery truck drivers, for Salca Trucking, located in Blauvelt, New York.  This is a privately owned, local trucking company, in business for 60 years.  Their deliveries include delivering products (medical gases) to all four boroughs, as well as Rockland and Westchester.  Their trucks are Mitsubishi Fuso - Box Trucks.  Hours would be Monday - Friday.  There are medical/life insurance benefits, paid vacation, sick time, personal time, and a competitive salary.  For further information or to apply for the job, contact Olivia Coop via e-mail at: or Erica Gadler, Human Resources Manager, or phone:  845-398-1370.

Auto Mechanic - Letizia Brothers of Rockland:  Experienced Auto Mechanic wanted for Letizia Brothers of Rockland, located at 150 Route 304, Bardonia, New York 10954.  This is a local business for 30 years.
Foreign, Domestic and Classic Automobiles
- Mechanic should be able to perform all aspects of diagnostic and repairs.
- NYS Inspections, Tune ups, Brakes, Shocks and Struts, Exhaust systems,
- Wheel Alignments, A/C Service, Welding, Electrical Diagnostics
Looking for Mechanic with a passion for Automobiles, Salary based on experience and knowledge. 
Range of $18.00 to $25.00 per hour, Hours Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m.
For further information or to apply, call Tom Letizia 845 623-0019.

Smooth Ride Limousine Service in New City, are hiring chauffeurs and are interested in veterans to contact them. For further information, contact Nathan Zisser at Smooth Ride Limousine Service New City, New York 845-638-9110 or via e-mail:

Plumbing and Heating Company:  This local plumbing and heating company is looking for service technicians.  Candidates must have clear driver's license, and be able to work full-time, as well as overtime; must be in good physical condition as heavy lifting is required at times.  Salary is based on experience.  For further information, contact Joey via email:

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: or call Jennifer at 845-624-0400.

A Different Perspective on Veterans

We see lots of pictures of wounded male veterans but women vets get wounded and maimed too. You may need to take a second, closer look though. The first thing I saw was a bunch of beautiful smiles.
Study this picture again. Let the story it tells sink in. These women and many others, as well as their male comrades, paid this price for our freedoms.  And they did it for less than what welfare recipients are paid.
They risked these injuries or death for America.  FREEDOM ISN'T FREE! GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS.

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 visit our website at: 

Warrior Games at West Point

At the opening ceremony of the Warrior Games at West Point, the sponsors would like to recognize Vietnam Veterans for their military service.  Jon Stewart, comedian, will be the host of the opening ceremonies.  

For further information, please contact: Crystal Arriaga, Volunteer Coordinator - Outreach - Joint Task Force, 2016 DoD Warrior Games XCorp Solutions Contractor. - Mobile: 571-239-4063

To fill out a pre-access form to avoid the long lines to get in, please view this link:

Color Guard  

Throughout the year, all of our Veteran Color Guard Units are a fine representation of their dedication to veterans and the community.  Here are a few photos from the old days!

Local Veterans' Organizations

For your information, here are the addresses for some of our local veterans' organizations:
  • Rockland County Marine Corps League, P.O. Box 191, Haverstraw, New York 10927
  • 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 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:

Useful Telephone Numbers for Veterans

Rockland County Veterans Service Agency


Rockland County Sheriff’s Office


Veterans Peer-to-Peer (Counseling)


People to People (Food)


Montrose VA Hospital


New City VA Clinic


Housing Unit


Rape Crisis Services (Main)


Rape Crisis Services (24/7)


Home Health Care


Good Samaritan Hospital Emergency


Nyack Hospital Emergency


Domestic Violence


Suicide Hotline


Mental Health Association of Rockland County


Mobile Mental Health


West Point (nearest military base)


New York National Guard (Orangeburg, NY)


Army Reserve (Orangeburg, NY)


Military Recruiter


Rockland County Housing Action Coalition


Alcoholics Anonymous


Emergency Shelter


RockVets Newsletter  

You can find information, useful links, and view our webpage at Previous copies of our newsletters are also available on our website.  

On the first Friday of each month, just after the 10:00 a.m. news-break, 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: 

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 20th of each month so we can get the information in the following issue. Send information to

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   


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