RockVets E-Newsletter: October 2019 Edition
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RockVets Newsletter

October 2019             

Volume 11
Issue 10 

Battle of Mogadishu 26th Anniversary - Podcast

Podcast:  Jeff Struecker, Army Ranger, Chaplain, Pastor, Author

Remembering the Battle of Mogadishu -- On the 26th Anniversary of the Battle of Mogadishu, Army Ranger Veteran Jeff Struecker discusses the battle, and his life after as a chaplain, a pastor, and an author.   Click link below to listen to the Podcast:

Jeffrey Dean Struecker is a husband, father of five children, author of five books and a pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Columbus, Georgia. He’s also a former Army Ranger and one of the men who survived the Battle of Mogadishu.

Struecker enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1987 at the age of 18. He served in the 75th Ranger Regiment for 10 years as a Ranger reconnaissance specialist and then as a platoon sergeant. By the age of 24, he was a sergeant and squad leader of Task Force Ranger. Sgt. Struecker arrived in Mogadishu on Aug. 3, 1993, as part of an elite group of soldiers comprised of Rangers, Delta Force, and Night Stalkers. Code-named Gothic Serpent, the Oct. 3 mission was designed to help restore peace by cracking down on the area’s warlords and capture notorious warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid. Although expected to only last a few hours, the mission took a deadly turn during insertion that resulted in gunfire and wounded American personnel. Struecker led a three-vehicle convoy through heavy fire to return to base with the wounded. According to Struecker, “Daylight was a huge problem. We were trained to work at night.”

Because of the movie Blackhawk Down, the Battle of Mogadishu has become part of popular culture. The internet is full of message boards and articles written about that day. When asked his response to the criticism that a lack of experience contributed to the mission going sideways, he laughed and said, “We were lethal. We were the most lethal and experienced force in the world. No one could have done it any better.” He states, “It’s not logical that we made it out alive,” when reflecting on the battle.

Struecker is a devoted Christian and always believed his mission on Earth was to kick in doors and kill the bad guys. Following his experience in Mogadishu, he completed his undergraduate degree at Troy University in Alabama and went to The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. After graduation, he was commissioned as a chaplain with the Regimental Special Troops Battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment. He retired from active military service in January 2011.

The Legacy of Black Hawk Down

Smithsonian Magazine - written January 2019 by Mark Bowden 

Twenty-five years after the battle chronicled in the best-selling book, the author argues that we’ve learned the wrong lessons about fighting terrorism

Twenty-five years ago, I was drawn to Somalia in the aftermath of Operation Restore Hope, a U.S. initiative supporting a United Nations resolution that aimed to halt widespread starvation. The effort, started in 1992, secured trade routes so food could get to Somalis. The U.N. estimated that no fewer than 250,000 lives were saved. But Operation Restore Hope would be best remembered in the United States for a spectacular debacle that has shaped foreign policy ever since.

Almost right away, militias led by the Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid began attacking and killing U.N. peacekeepers. On October 3 and 4, 1993, U.S. forces set out on a snatch-and-grab mission to arrest two of Aidid’s lieutenants. The plan was to surround a white three-story house in the capital city of Mogadishu where leaders of Aidid’s Habar Gidir clan were gathering. Rangers would helicopter in, lower themselves on ropes and surround the building on all sides. A ground convoy of trucks and Humvees would wait outside the gate to carry away the troops and their prisoners. Altogether, the operation would involve 19 aircraft, 12 vehicles and around 160 troops.

The operation didn’t go as planned. The ground convoy ran up against barricades formed by local militias. One helicopter landed a block north of its target and couldn’t move closer because of groundfire. A ranger fell from his rope and had to be evacuated. Insurgents shot down two American Black Hawk helicopters with rocket-propelled grenades. When about 90 U.S. Rangers and Delta Force operators rushed to the rescue, they were caught in an intense exchange of gunfire and trapped overnight.

Altogether, the 18-hour urban firefight, later known as the Battle of Mogadishu, left 18 Americans and hundreds of Somalis dead. News outlets broadcast searing images of jubilant mobs dragging the bodies of dead Army special operators and helicopter crewmen through the streets of Mogadishu. The newly elected U.S. president, Bill Clinton, halted the mission and ordered the Special Forces out by March 31, 1994.    Read more at this link:

Your Child or Grandchild's Health 

Has your child or grandchild's health been affected because of your military service?  

Here is some information of what to do:

✔ Enroll in the VA System
✔ Make an appointment for Agent Orange Registry Health Exam
by contacting your local VA Environmental Health Coordinator. The registry evaluation is separate from VA’s disability compensation process and does not confirm exposure during service.
✔ Obtain your full military records with the assistance of an accredited service officer.
✔ Make copies of your military and medical records for your children, with instructions to keep them safe and pass them along to your future generations. Your families will need your records for compensation requests.
✔ Talk with your children/ grandchildren. Tell them where you were, what you did, and let them know of the toxic exposures associated with your service.
✔ Educate your physicians. If your physicians are not in the VA system, inform them of your military service and toxic exposures; request that your military health history be included in your medical records.

✔ File a claim for the children and grandchildren. If you believe your child or grandchild has a health issue that may be inked to your exposure while serving in our nation’s armed forces, have them file a claim with
the assistance of an accredited Veterans Service officer. Expect these claims to be denied. The important thing is to get these kids registered in the VA system. The claims are filed on VBA Form 21-0304 and are sent to the VA Regional Office in Denver, Colorado. The children’s claims are not processed with the veterans claims and do not add to the veteran’s claims backlog.
✔ Educate your physicians. Inform them of your parent or grandparent’s military service and toxic exposures; request that this military health history be included in your medical records.
✔ Collect and protect your full medical records as well as your veteran’s military and health records.
✔ Register with Birth Defect Research for Children. Have your children and their children complete the birth defects registry at Headed by Betty Mekdeci, BDRC is an independent, nonprofit organization that has been tracking the health of the children and grandchildren of veterans. Telephone number: 407-895-0802.

✔ Share your story. To alert legislators and the media to this ongoing legacy of war, we are collecting real stories about real people. If you wish to share your family’s health struggles that you believe are related to military toxic exposures, send your story via email to

To view brochure on this, see link:

VA's Vocational Rehabilitation Rates Increase

VA's Vocational Rehabilitation Rates Increase Oct. 1

1 Oct 2019 | By Jim Absher
The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that the subsistence allowance paid to veterans enrolled in the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program will increase on Oct. 1, 2019.

The program provides counseling, training, education and job placement assistance to veterans with a VA disability rating and an employment handicap.

For fiscal 2020, there will be a 2.04% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to the monthly subsistence benefit paid to eligible trainees using the program.

See the fiscal 2020 Vocational Rehabilitation subsistence rates at this link:

Veterans using the Vocational Rehabilitation program can elect to receive either the subsistence rate or a housing allowance based on the military Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents. This is based on the ZIP code of the location where the training occurs. Depending on your location, this may mean a larger monthly payment. If you are a full-time trainee, you will receive the full BAH; a half-time trainee receives half the BAH, etc. These amounts update on Jan. 1 of every year, instead of Oct. 1.

Keep Up With Your Education Benefits
Whether you need a guide on how to use your GI Bill, want to take advantage of tuition assistance and scholarships, or get the lowdown on education benefits available for your family, can help. Sign up for a free membership to have education tips and benefits updates delivered directly to your inbox.    Link to story and other information:

VA Shares Electronic Health Records

It will soon be easier for you to get VA health care in your community without paperwork.

Previously, VA required you to provide written authorization for VA to release your electronic health information to your community care provider. Starting in January, 2020 - VA will automatically share your health information with your community provider, requiring no action on your part. 

VA will automatically begin sharing your health information with participating community care providers using the Veterans Health Information Exchange. The electronic system is secure and safe.

This change will make it easier for your health care team to make better decisions about your health care. It can also help you be safer, especially during emergencies.

If you are OK with VA sharing your electronic patient information with your community care provider, you don’t have to do a thing. Your information will be shared automatically.

However, if you do not want to share your information electronically, you must submit VA Form 10-10164 (Opt Out of Sharing).  THERE IS NO SEPT. 30 DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR FORM 10-10164.
You can submit your Form 10-10164 at any time. VA will share your information until you submit your form.

If you submitted Form 10-0484 before September 30, you do NOT need to submit Form 10-10164.

You can return VA Form 10-10164 at any VA Medical Center. Just visit the Release of Information (ROI) office. You can also send it by mail. After VA processes your form, your VA health information will not be shared electronically with community providers you see for treatment.

Change your mind? No problem.  You change your mind and share your health record with your participating community provider. Just complete and return VA Form 10-10163 (Opt In for Sharing) at any time.

You also can still ask VA to share your information with participating community care providers by fax or mail service.

Veterans living abroad

If you are a Veteran living and/or receiving care abroad, you don’t have to do anything. VA only shares health information with participating community care providers who treat you in the United States. If you plan on receiving care in the U.S. from VA and/or a participating community care provider, then you need to opt out by submitting VA Form 10-10164 if you do not want to share your health information.

If you don’t share your information, it will not affect your VA health care or your relationship with your VA health care provider.

DOWNLOAD AND PRINT FORMS at link below (on the right-hand side – under RESOURCES)

To learn more about health information sharing, or to download and print form 10-10164 (Opt Out of Sharing) or 10-10163 (Opt In for Sharing), visit or contact the ROI Office at your local VA medical center.

Free Flu Shots for Veterans at Walgreens

VA and Walgreens are national partners, providing no-cost quadrivalent flu shots to enrolled Veterans of the VA health care system. Now through March 31, 2020, enrolled Veteran patients nationwide have the option of getting their flu shot at any of Walgreens’ 9,600 locations, in addition to their local VA health care facilities. Long Description

How do I get my flu shot for free at Walgreens?

No appointment is required. Simply go to any Walgreens, tell the pharmacist you receive care at a VA facility, and show your Veterans Health Identification Card and another form of photo ID. (Patients will also be asked to complete a vaccine consent form at the time of service.)

Walgreens has the capability to electronically send vaccination information to the VA and your immunization record will be updated in your VA electronic health record.

The VA-Walgreens national partnership is part of VA’s eHealth Exchange project. This national program ensures that many Veterans get 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.

Can I get my flu shot at no cost at the VA?

Yes! If you are enrolled with VA you may receive a no-cost flu shot during any scheduled VA appointment or at one of the convenient walk-in flu stations. For more information on locations and hours contact your local VA health care facility.

Need to apply for VA health care? Visit:

Read further:

Health Resources - Veterans Coming Home

Many veterans feel like they’re trying to hold a soup sandwich together. A mess of emotions, nightmares and other issues. Or maybe just feeling like something’s not quite right. All the time. Some of the time. Or out of nowhere once in a while. It’s different for everybody.

But one thing is the same: Getting help is a good thing that can put you on a better path. Contact somebody today.  For further information, view this link:

VA Welcome Kit - Find Out About Your Benefits

Whether you’re just getting out of the service or you’ve been a civilian for years now, the VA Welcome Kit can help guide you to the benefits and services you’ve earned. 

Based on where you are in life, your VA benefits and services can support you in different ways. Keep your welcome kit handy so you can turn to it throughout your life—like when it’s time to go to school, get a job, buy a house, get health care, retire, or make plans for your care as you age.

To view or print out a copy of Welcome Kit, view this VA link:

7th Annual Veteran Arts Showcase in Hyde Park, NY

Veterans, active duty members, reservists, or family members of veterans are invited to participate in the 7th Annual Veteran Arts Showcase to be held from November 22nd - November 24th, 2019.  Application deadline is November 1st, 2019.  Showcased will be Visual Artists, Craftspeople, Musicians, Performers, and Writers -- any medium or genre.  The Arts Showcase will be held at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York.  For further information or to request an event application, please contact George Laws at 914-522-5518 or e-mail: You can also download an application through their website:

Contractors: Asset or Liability to Nation's Security?Contractors: Asset or liability to nation's cybersecurity?

Private contractors have taken part — or even led the charge — in America's cybersecurity efforts, but not without controversy.
Richard Clarke, special cybersecurity adviser to President George W. Bush joins us this week and addresses digital threats and how military contractors have helped and hurt U.S. national security. 

To hear the podcast, view link:

Saving General Patton's Son-in-Law

Beyond Band of Brothers - Bringing History to Life

John Knight Waters (1906-1989) graduated from West Point as a cavalry officer in 1931 and married George S. Patton's daughter Beatrice in 1934. Waters participated in the Tunisian campaign against the Afrika Korps in late 1942 to early 1943, and he fought in the Battle of Sidi Bou Zid as a lieutenant colonel on February 14-17, 1943. The battle was a prelude to the bigger and better-known Battle of Kasserine Pass, and like that one, it too ended in an Allied defeat. The Germans captured Waters, and he was interned in a POW camp in Poland for almost two years.  The camp was emptied in January 1945 to prevent the approaching Soviets from liberating the POWs. The men were sent on a seven-week march west, to Hammelburg in Germany.

To read further:

Gold Star Mom - Collecting Ties in Honor of Her Son

From Gold Star Mom - Hope Hollinsworth of Yonkers, New York:  I'm doing a tie drive in honor of my son. It doesn't start until August 18th and ends on his birthday, which is October 18th.  All the ties that are collected are being handed out to Veterans at a breakfast on November 7th. 

Last year there were 700 Veterans in attendance and I partnered with City of Yonkers and the New York State Division of Veterans Services.  This year I'm working with them again, along with Volunteer Services of New York, in hopes of surpassing my goal of brand new ties, which was 200 last year.

It would be grand if new ties can be bow ties/regular ties, ties from responders, sports teams, service branches, corporations, etc.  Variety would be awesome.  
Forward to:  Hope Hollinsworth - Yonkers City Hall - 40 South Broadway - Room 210 - Yonkers, NY 10701

Online Training Course for Insomnia Disorder

To bring effective, innovative treatment to the up to 50% of Veterans entering VA health care who have Insomnia Disorder, VA has developed an online training course called “Path to Better Sleep.”

In this podcast, Dr. Sarra Nazem, from Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention, interviews clinical psychologists Dr. Carolyn Greene and Dr. Andrew Moon from VA’s Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention about Insomnia Disorder, the link between Insomnia Disorder and suicide, and how VA is bringing treatment directly to Veterans through the free, self-directed, online training course “Path to Better Sleep.”

If you have ever suffered insomnia you really do not need a podcast to tell you how miserable it can be and how the lack of sleep affects your whole life. Poor sleep can affect your immune system, making you more susceptible to catching colds, and even bone regeneration, which for the elderly can make recovery from a fall more difficult. And good sleep just feels better, we are less cranky, and our mood is better.

The good news is that there are treatments that work for stopping insomnia. Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Insomnia (CBT-i) aims to improve sleep habits and behaviors by identifying and changing the thoughts and the behaviors that affect the ability of a person to sleep or sleep well.

Dr. Greene makes clear that CBT-i is not sleep hygiene, though it may borrow some techniques as a starting place. She makes it clear that CBT-i goes for beyond sleep hygiene; so, if sleep hygiene did not help, know that CBT-i is a different treatment that does work. CBT-i has been shown to be more effective than sleep medication for the long-term on-going treatment of insomnia.

You can start now at Path to Better Sleep  - view this link: 
which is a free online tool developed by the VA.

Disposing of a Damaged U.S. Flag

From VVA 333 Member Roy Tschudy:

Should you be asked:  How do you dispose of a torn, soiled or damaged flag?

Section 8(k), Chapter 1, Title 4, United States Code states the flag, when it is in such a condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.
There are Organizations that are questioning the project called Stars for our Troops, stating it goes against the US Flag Code. The Code is a recommendation on how the flag is handled in different circumstances. Dignity and respectablility are how these Flags and Stars are handled.
The Flag Code was written in1923, when all flags were biodegradable. Today, they are synthetic, thus toxic when burned, may become a glob of plastic when burned at low flame. Flags do not need to be burned, they can be buried and may not disintegrate in 200 years.
Please follow what is in your heart about this project. Do not deny others the right to make their own decision about the project. That is what this country is based upon, the right for each of us to agree to disagree.  
Please note:  There are NO Flag Police!

Check out this youtube video -- Johnny Cash - "Ragged Old Flag"

Vittles For Vets 

Vietnam Veteran Bill McCann started the Vittles for Vets charity to combat hunger among Veterans by providing them the means to buy groceries.

It was after Bill McCann took a Veteran to lunch at a VA cafeteria that he was inspired to start a charity for fighting Veteran hunger. He gave the Veteran a $50 gift card to buy groceries. The Veteran grabbed his hand and began to cry.  That “was the very second Vittles for Vets was born,” McCann said.

McCann, a Vietnam War Veteran, created Vittles for Vets to fight Veteran hunger. His charity provides $50 grocery gift cards to Veterans in need. In order to receive help, the needy Veterans must live below the federal poverty line, be free of alcohol and drugs, received an other than dishonorable discharge and be referred by a Veterans organization.

McCann exercises oversight of the Veterans’ receipts to ensure that the money is going towards healthy and nutritious food. Vittles for Vets is staffed by volunteers including his wife, his WWII-Veteran father-in-law, and others.

One of the challenges McCann has faced is simply getting the name out. He raises funds through mailings, information booths, and speaking engagements. In time, he hopes to expand the nonprofit to the point where he can give cards to 70 Veterans on a weekly basis. Nevertheless, he’d pledged that Vittles for Vets never turns a Veteran away due to a lack of funding.

Link to story:

Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service Blog

Published: September 2, 2019

When the Navy called on women to volunteer for shore service during World War II to free up men for duty at sea, 102-year-old Melva Dolan Simon was among the first to raise her hand and take the oath.

“I went in so sailors could board ships and go do what they were supposed to be doing,” said Simon. She recalled her military service as “something different” in an era when women traditionally stayed home while men went off to war. “I helped sailors get on their way.”

Simon was 25 years old in October 1942 and working as an office secretary at the former Hurst High School in Norvelt – a small Pennsylvania town named for Eleanor Roosevelt – when she joined the Navy’s Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service, or WAVES.

Simon was the first woman in her hometown of Bridgeport, Pa., to join the WAVES, according to a yellowed clipping of a 1942 newspaper article. She was also among the first in the nation to join the service. It was just three months earlier, on July 30, 1942, that President Franklin D. Roosevelt had signed the law establishing the corps.

“I had a good job with the school, but I felt I would be doing more for my country by being in the service,” said Simon.  The seventh of 12 children, Simon said she chose the Navy because several of her brothers were already serving in the Army, Air Force and Coast Guard.  “They were all enlisted, and I thought, well, what’s wrong with joining the Navy?” said Simon. “I decided I wanted to go, and I was accepted.”

Simon attended WAVES Naval Station Training at Oklahoma A&M College (now Oklahoma State University) in Stillwater, Okla. Each class of 1,250 yeoman learned military discipline, march and drill, and naval history over a six to eight-week training period.

Read further:

VVA Chapter #333 - Handcycle Program Helps Vets

Here is some information on the HANDCYCLE PROGRAM from Roy Tsudy of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter #333: In 2013, VVA Chapter 333 created their Handcycle Program.  Roy, along with fellow chapter Vietnam veteran Marcus Arroyo and others (via fund raising along with donations) have purchased and donated 13 of these cycles to military veterans with leg amputations and / or spinal cord injuries. Unfortunately, due to strict adherence to HIPPA law, they cannot easily locate veterans who can benefit from having one of the hand cycles. They find the candidates via extensive research or word of mouth. 

With that in mind, if you know of any veteran with combat related injuries who would like to own a Handcycle free of charge, please contact Roy Tschudy --  e-mail: so a proper vetting process can begin by both Marcus and Roy. 

Because of the efforts of many Chapter 333 members who contribute their time for fundraising events at street fairs, Palisades Center mall events and so on, Roy and Marcus are truly humbled to have the opportunity to assist a "brother" in need! 

Roy Tschudy, Vietnam veteran and Co-Chair of the Handcycle Program, has written a book about Vietnam titled:  "ENDLESS."  All proceeds of the sale of Roy's book will be donated to the Hand-Cycle Program.  

"ENDLESS" is available in paperback or e-book form and can be purchased on at this link: 
or simply type in BOOKS and then enter the name: ROY TSCHUDY. "ENDLESS" will appear and the purchase can then be made. 

Update from Roy Tschudy on Handcycle Fundraisers:  In September, 2019, Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter #333, held two fundraisers for their hand-cycle program.  Many chapter members came out to support the program -- setting-up the tent in the early morning hours, participating throughout the day, and breaking down the tent at the end of the day.

Folks attending the street fairs donated $440.00 at the Nyack Street Fair, and $590.00 from those attending the Suffern Street Fair.  

The Committee Chairs wish to thank all of the VVA members who helped with this, and also thank the public for their generous donations to this worthy cause.  Without their help, the events would not have been so successful.  These fundraisers build up program funds so the Chapter can continue helping our wounded veterans.

At this time, Committee Chairs Marcus Arroyo and Roy Tschudy are in the midst of conducting a vetting process for an injured female soldier while deployed in Afghanistan. So far it seems fairly certain that this soldier is in accordance with the process/program requirements and hopefully will soon receive the hand-cycle that she needs for both rehabilitation and recreation.  Thank you again to the Chapter members and to the public for your time and your generosity.

Employment Opportunities 

Resources for Disabled Veterans:   View this link:  Resources for Disabled Veterans

Careers for People with Disabilities:  401 Columbus Ave., Valhalla, NY 10595 (914) 741-JOBS (5627)

Helps individuals with learning, intellectual, developmental, psychiatric, and/or physical disabilities find jobs. Provides extensive on-the-job training and ongoing support services.  For further information:

USIS-US Information Systems, Pearl River, New York has numerous jobs available and we appreciate their reaching out to our veterans.  USIS is located at 35 West Jefferson Avenue, Pearl River, NY10965.  Their website is:  If interested in any of these positions, please send an updated resume to: Anjelica Pagnozzi -    (845) 353-9248.    Please submit resumes and questions to Anjelica Pagnozzi:

Montefiore-Nyack Hospital, Nyack, New York 10960
See link for full listing and information about career opportunities at Nyack Hospital, Nyack, New York.

Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern, New York.  Good Samaritan Hospital is affiliated with Westchester Medical Center.  See this link for available employment -

NYC Green Book Online: The Green Book is the official directory of the City of New York. An indispensable reference guide for anyone living or working with New York City. Includes detailed listings of agencies. Website:

Rockland County Employment Information:
Here is a link to current job openings available in Rockland County

Rockland County Veterans' Credits:

New York City Civil Service Jobs, Tests, and Results as listed in The Chief:

MTA Metro-North Railroad has ongoing employment opportunities:
To apply for current jobs with the MTA, please go to the MTA Employment Portal at:

Local Veterans Organization

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  
  • Military Order of the Purple Heart, 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
Combat Vet ID Cards Available
Combat Veteran ID Cards are 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. 

For further information, contact the Rockland County Clerk's Office at (845) 638-5076.

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.
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


Meals on Wheels


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:
  • Handicap-Accessible van
  • Motorized Wheelchairs
  • Manual Wheelchairs
  • Oxygen Generator
  • 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:

RockVets Newsletter - A Project of New York Vets  

RockVets is an Outreach project of New York Vets, Inc. - a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization established in 1992, to advocate for those who have worn the uniform of the U.S. Military, no matter where or when they served. 

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Previous copies of our newsletters are also available on our website at 

The volunteers at New York Vets / RockVets publish this monthly e-newsletter.  We welcome your thoughts, questions, and feedback. E-mail:

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