New York Vets/RockVets E-Newsletter: August 2015 Mid-Month Edition-Veterans Service Agency of Rockland County, New York Jerry Donnellan, Director
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RockVets Newsletter

August 15, 2015                          845-638-5244
Volume 6
Issue 8.2


Mid-August Bulletin

Sunday, August 30th, 2015 - 1:00 p.m.

On Sunday - August 30th at 1:00 p.m. on the old Rockland County Courthouse steps, we will have a brief ceremony to remember and mark the formal surrender of Japan, which actually took place on September 2, 1945 on the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.  Chester Lubeck will speak to us that day.  Chet is a World War II veteran who was held prisoner by the Nazis and wounded by our own B-17s while a prisoner, and he will tell you that story.

Please join us to pay tribute to the generation who allowed us to be here and be as politically correct as we are - and thank God they weren't.

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

National Purple Heart Museum Re-Dedication

On Saturday, August 15th, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor will host a Re-opening and Re-dedicating to Commemorate the extraordinary sacrifices of America's servicemen and servicewomen who were killed or wounded in combat.  All veterans and veterans' organizations, along with their family members and friends, are invited to attend the event.  It will be held on the grounds of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor located at 374 Temple Hill Road in New Windsor, New York 12553.  While it was closed for a few months, the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor underwent a total renovation, which transformed the facility into one that welcomes all veterans from every branch of service.  With all new exhibits, video and state-of-the-art technology, all Purple Heart recipients, past and present, will enjoy this new world-class Hall of Honor.  They urge all veterans, their families and friends to make a special effort to attend this auspicious occasion.  Doors will open at 11:00 a.m. and the ceremony will begin at 1:00 p.m. This event is open and free to the public.  There is limited on-site parking but shuttle buses will be provided from Temple Hill School, 525 Union Avenue, County Road 69, New Windsor, New York 12553 and from the Town of New Windsor Town Hall at 555 Union Avenue, County Road #69, New Windsor, New York 12553.  For further information and to RSVP call Andy Komonchak at 845-978-3434 or e-mail:

VA Expands Review of Chemical Exposure in Drinking Water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

Media Release from the VA - August 3rd, 2015

WASHINGTON – As part of VA’s ongoing commitment to provide care to Veterans and their families, the Department of Veterans Affairs today announced that it will start the process of amending its regulations to establish presumptions of service connection for certain conditions resulting from exposure to contaminated drinking water at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

This process is in addition to the healthcare VA already provides for 15 conditions to eligible Veterans who were stationed at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 as a result of the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012. VA also provides reimbursement of healthcare expenses for those 15 conditions to eligible family members who resided at Camp Lejeune during that time period.
The Secretary of Veterans Affairs recently met with Senators Isakson, Burr and Tillis and the Director of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) to discuss the creation of presumptions of service connection for diseases associated with the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. The diseases that are currently being reviewed for potential presumptive service connection include kidney cancer, angiosarcoma of the liver, and acute myelogenous leukemia, which are known to be related to long-term exposure to the chemicals that were in the water at Lejeune from the 1950s through 1987. The chemicals are Benzene, Vinyl Chloride, Trichloroethylene and Perchloroethylene, which are known as volatile organic compounds, used in industrial solvents and components of fuels. ATSDR and VA representatives will meet at ATSDR offices on August 19 to begin discussions on establishing these presumptions.

VA will also work with ATSDR and potentially the National Academy of Sciences to evaluate the body of scientific knowledge and research related to exposure to these chemicals and the subsequent development of other diseases. VA will carefully consider all public comments received when determining the final scope of any presumptions.

Veterans with health problems they believe are related to exposure to the water at Camp Lejeune may file a claim for disability compensation online at, or call 1–800–827–1000 for assistance.

For more information, Veterans and family members should contact the nearest VA healthcare facility by calling 1–877–222–VETS (8387) or visit For further information on Camp Lejeune: VHA Office of Public Health has a Website on Camp Lejeune historical water contamination at:

The U.S. Marine Corps encourages all those who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune before 1987 to register for notifications regarding Camp Lejeune Historic Drinking Water at

Rockland County Marine Corps League Auxiliary

The  Rockland County Marine Corps League Auxiliary is gearing up for Fall. In September two awards will be presented to Girl Scouts: an individual  Americanism Award and a Troop Award. Saint Paul's Girl Scout Troop, of Congers, will receive the Americanism award for their patriotic performance at County observances on Memorial Day and volunteer assistance to veterans at Kearsing and Edwards Post 1600 in Pomona, New York 10970. 

RCMCLA will accept applications for membership in September - open to relatives of Marines, Marines, and Navy Corpsman who served  with the USMC. Associate membership is open to those interested in assisting and supporting veterans, Marines and their families, and The United States of America. For information on membership contact Vice President Pamela Ehlers 845-548-4782.  Martha Erickson, Auxiliary President of the Rockland County Marine Corps League.

Nam Knights MC America - Hudson Valley Chapter

The Nam Knights will host their Summer Bash at a new location this year. 
Here are the particulars: It will be held on Sunday, September 13th, 2015, at the Leo Laders American Legion Post #130, 130 American Legion Way, Thiells, New York 10984, from Noon to 6:00 p.m.  There will be two bands and a DJ for entertainment, as well as a video trailer of the kids.  Tickets are $30.00 each; no charge for children 12 and under who are accompanying a paying adult.  This includes soda and food. All are welcome to join the Nam Knights. For further information, contact Charlie Maushardt, President, at 845-359-4005.

The Mistreatment Of Female Veterans Is Not Just A Women's Issue

Women face numerous military transition challenges on top of the misconceptions closely tied to being a female veteran.

In 1966, at 26 years old, decorated nurse and Vietnam veteran Sarah Blum joined the U.S. Army, drawn to serve by the daily news reports on the radio.

The Atlantic City, New Jersey, native joined as an operating room nurse and was eventually assigned to the 12th Evacuation Hospital in Củ Chi, a district outside Ho Chi Minh City — the location of several military campaigns, and most notably, the base of operations for the Viet Cong’s violent Tét Offensive in 1968.

“My year in Vietnam changed everything,” said Blum, now a nurse psychotherapist treating post-traumatic stress and author of the book, “Women Under Fire: Abuse in the Military,” a collection of women veterans’ accounts ranging from World War II to present day. “I had lived through war and its effects in a life-threatening situation for a full year and was used to high intensity.”

“My own transition was very difficult,” she told Task & Purpose. “I was five months pregnant and a qualified nurse from a high leadership position in the military, but could not get a job at home. When I got out … I was completely out of sync with society.”

Not much has changed for veterans today.

While both male and female veterans face similar transition issues or trauma experienced during combat, as well as a culture of sexual violence — 5% active-duty women and 1% of men reported being the victim of sexual assault in the active-duty military last year — the long-term effects and homecoming for women is significantly different.

Nearly 280,000 women have served since Sept. 11, and almost 9% of those women are unemployed, facing homelessness at twice the rate of non-veteran women. The VA estimates younger female veterans kill themselves 12 times as often as non-veterans, rapidly approaching the male veteran suicide rate.

To continue reading, click here:  Mistreatment of Female Veterans...

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
Don't wait around for the VA.  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:

Marine Corps League Auxiliary - Pet Rescue Project

Marty Erickson, President of the Rockland County Marine Corps League Auxiliary has advised us of one of the Auxiliary’s ongoing project for veterans, which is Pet Rescue.

Soldiers and Marines deployed to Afghanistan found special comfort and family away from home: a pet! When the veteran flies home, the pet must be abandoned and is tortured and killed, as is customary in that part of the world. US airmen formed a volunteer rescue group to fly pets home, when space allows. Private volunteer fliers pick pets up at a base and fly them to an airport near their owners, where the owner welcomes them. These happy reunions can be seen online. This program does NOT bring stray animals to the US; It IS to reunite pets (primarily dogs) with their owners.

To help pay for this Pet Rescue, cans and plastic bottles are being collected and recycled. Cans and bottles (no glass bottles) that can be recycled for cash, can be brought to Kearsing Edwards American Legion Post 1600, Pomona, NY. 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.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, August 29th, 2015:  A group of veterans known as the Bob Hope Division will visit the Montrose VA Nursing Home on Saturday, August 29th, 2015.  The nursing home is located at 2090 Albany Road (Route 9A) in Montrose, New York 10548.  They will meet at 12:30 p.m. in the lobby of Montrose VA Nursing Home. For further information, please contact Commandant of the Bob Hope Division, Chip Hayes - via e-mail:

Sunday, August 30th, 2015:  On Sunday - August 30th at 1:00 p.m. on the old Rockland County Courthouse steps, we will have a brief ceremony to remember and mark the formal surrender of Japan, which actually took place on September 2, 1945 on the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. Chester Lubeck will speak to us that day.  Chet is a WWII Veteran who was held prisoner by the Nazis and wounded by our own B-17s while a prisoner.  Please join us to pay tribute to the World War II veterans.

Friday, September 4th, 2015:  RockVets' monthly radio show will air on WRCR - 1700 on the AM dial.  Please note that the station now airs on 1700 AM - it is no longer on 1300.  The call-in phone number remains the same:  845-362-0013.  Please call in to speak with the show's host, Jerry Donnellan - ask questions or share information about upcoming events of interest to the veteran community.  The show immediately follows the 10:00 a.m. news break, on the first Friday of each month.  The show is also available on

Thursday, September 10th, 2015:   Third Annual National FreedomDayUSA!  On September 10th, businesses across the U.S.A. are thanking you for your sacrifices.
Visit to see the list of businesses in your area that are offering free or discounted services to military, veterans, and families.  The list is arranged by State and City.  For some services, you may need to make an appointment in advance.

Saturday, September 12th, 2015:  Moscarella American Legion Post 199 is hosting a Past Commander's Luncheon for Past Commander Maureen Morgan.  The event will be held at Krucker's Restaurant and Grove, 81 Call Hollow Road, Pomona New York, from 12:00 noon until 5:45 p.m.  Donations of $55.00 in advance for adults; children to age 12 - $20.00.  Menu items include burgers, franks, clam chowder, sausage, corn on the cob, french fries, mussels marinara, as well as limited time for clams and peel and eat shrimp. Keg beer, soft drinks, water and coffee will be offered, and a cash bar is available for other drink items.  For further information, please contact County Commander Maureen Morgan at 845-729-5471; PCC Peter Medina at 845-641-6899, or PCC Robert Young SR at 910-372-2722.

Sunday, September 13th, 2015:  Nam Knights MC are hosting their Summer Bash at a new location.  This year, it will be held on Sunday, September 13th, 2015, at the Leo Laders American Legion Post #130, 130 American Legion Way, Thiells, New York 10984, from Noon to 6:00 p.m. There will be two bands and a DJ for entertainment, as well as a video trailer for the kids.  Tickets are $30.00 each for adults, which includes soda and food - a cash bar is available for other beverages. All are welcome to join the Nam Knights. For further information, contact Charlie Maushardt, President, at 845-359-4005.

Saturday Sept 19th, 2015: POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony; hosted by the Jewish War Veterans at the Rockland Community College, Field House -- 145 College Rd, Suffern New York.. Start time 7:35 p.m.

Monday, September 21st, 2015:  Vincent Linguanti Lodge #2212 is having their Annual Frank Longabucco Golf Outing. This will be held, rain or shine, at the Spook Rock Golf Course. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m., lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.  Tee time is 1:00 p.m.  Dinner is at 6:00 p.m. Proceeds of the event will benefit Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter #33, for their hand-cycle program.  For further information, contact John Leighton via e-mail:

Saturday, November 14th, 2015:  Suffern American Legion Post 859 presents The Essential Elvis Tribute Show, featuring Jeff Krick with Jeffrey Krick, Jr.  There will be a Hot and Cold Buffet Dinner and Beverages.  Tickets are $35.00 in advance - limited seating - first come, first served and are available at:
The event will be held at the American Legion Hall, 17 Pavilion Road in Suffern, New York 10901. For more information, call Chris at (845) 709-4705.  Proceeds of the event to Benefit the Legion's Youth and Scholarship Programs.

Employment Opportunities

New York State Civil Service Jobs Announced:   Here is a link to NYS Civil Service exams that have been recently posted. For further information, please visit their website:

Reference the Exam Title/Number. Then on the exam announcement page follow the how to apply instructions. The exams listed for NYS Civil Service have specific closing dates so make sure you check the date to allow yourself enough time to apply. Disabled veterans receive 10 additional points on their passing examination scores and, Non-disabled veterans are granted five additional points on their passing examination scores. Some exams may have testing fees. 

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.

Vera Bradley - Shops at Nanuet:  Part-time position available -- Retail Store Associate.
Job Description:  Support and maintain the integrity of the Vera Bradley "experience" through exceptional customer service, upholding store image standards, maximizing sales and assisting in store operational needs.  For further information, contact Peggy Stewart, Store Manager at 845-623-4869.

Local Veterans' Organizations

If anyone would like to make donations that benefit veterans in our community, here are 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

RockVets - A Project of New York Vets

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: 

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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