RockVets E-Newsletter: April 2017 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


April 2017       845-638-5244      ww.rockvets.com
Volume 9
Issue 4
 

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Vietnam Vets

Vietnam Vets - Don’t be caught dead without your DD-214.  I can’t tell you how many calls our office gets from widows or family members when a vet has passed because they don’t have a DD-214.  

Why Vietnam vets?  Actually it’s all vets, but Vietnam vets are stepping off this planet at a rate of 390 per day – Yup, I didn’t believe it either.  We have surpassed the World War II vets who were at 372 a day.  In the case of the World War II vets they would need a copy of their Discharge.  

Let me see if I can briefly explain the difference:

You see, a WWII veteran didn’t get a DD-214 because the DD stands for Defense Department, which didn’t come to be until August of 1949.  Prior to that, Discharges were issued by the War Department.  

This may be more information than you need, but suffice it to say your family will already be upset and they don’t need another headache like searching for paperwork.  The lack of this paperwork can prevent you from getting a military funeral, being buried in a veterans’ cemetery, getting the flag that covers the casket, a stone marker, and a number of other things.

So what I would strongly suggest is that you take your DD-214/ Discharge and put it on file with our office or the Rockland County Clerk.  If you file with the County Clerk, he will give you a veteran’s photo id card as well, which will entitle you to discounts around the County.  

If you’re not a vet, but the proud owner of one, ask him/her for a copy of their DD-214/Discharge – the reason being, even if it isn’t death we’re concerned about, that piece of paper is also what gets you into a VA Hospital, Clinic, etc.  We’ve gotten calls on those too.  We have had someone who has had a stroke or a heart attack and they want to come into a VA Hospital but they have no papers proving their veteran status.

So veterans, at least leave your family with a good last impression.  If you’re really feeling like getting organized, you can contact our office.  We have a check sheet for those times of crisis and would be happy to send it to you.  

But back to my fellow Vietnam vets - more than 2/3 of those of us who served in-country are no longer with us and I triple-checked those numbers.

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

Veterans' Mortgage Scam

The office is getting calls that two men are working a scam to swindle veterans not only out of their homes, but a lot of money as well. Please don’t fall for this. Apparently, there are two men claiming to be either from this office or the VA. They offer a simple way to lower or rid you of your mortgage and make money at the same time.

The last vet that I’m aware of was in Nyack, and in the final analysis, the vet lost his home and was substantially in debt. Please understand, the first red flag should be if they’re saying they’re from this office or the VA. Simply put, that isn’t happening. 

The only thing either one of us do is help a veteran get a Certificate of Eligibility – simply a piece of paper. The vet would then take this piece of paper to the bank or lending institution of their choice and come up with a mortgage they can afford. That piece of paper doesn’t bring any money. It just makes you a far better candidate for a loan because Uncle Sam is standing behind you. Understand that no money exchanges hands with any veterans' office and there is no charge for that service.

The second red flag is if they ask you to meet them in some place like a library or a public building. If they’re a legitimate bank or lending institution, they have offices of their own, and can and should be checked out with the County.

The third red flag is older than I am and that is, if the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is!

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

VVA #333 - "Memories, Stories Left At The Wall"

This year's program of "Memories, Stories Left At the Wall" series will be held in April at Felix Festa Middle School, 30 Parrott Road in West Nyack, New York 10994 from April 6th to April 21st, 2017.  Due to Spring break, the school will be closed and the program will re-start with Library Presentations on April 17th, 2017 and ending on April 21st, 2017. 
For further information, contact Howard Goldin via e-mail at:  goldingoose@verizon.net.

RockVets Radio Show Back on WRCR

The RockVets Radio Show with host Jerry Donnellan, returned to the airwaves starting on Thursday, March 30th, 2017.  The show will be broadcast live on the last Thursday of each month - right after the 9:00 a.m. newscast - so it will air from 9:10 a.m. to 9:40 a.m.  Tune in to 1700 on the AM dial.  You can also listen to the show online at http://www.wrcr.com/  This is a good opportunity for you to call in and ask questions about veterans or military issues, or to let the listening public know about events some local organizations are planning that would be of interest to veterans.  To speak with Jerry on-air during the show, please call WRCR at 845-362-0013. 

Carry the Load - Congers, New York Rally

Monday, May 1st, 2017 - 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Carry The Load East Coast National Relay Event -- Congers Station Park, Lake Road and Burnside Avenue, Congers, New York 10920.  To register as a participant, go to:  http://carrytheload.org/ and click on Memorial Day Events.

Come join the Carry The Load East Coast national relay Team for a 1 mile walk into Congers Station Park.  For those that would like to walk with the American Flag into the Town of Congers, please meet at Old Haverstraw Road and Patricia Avenue at 6:15 p.m. 

For those who would like to join the event but not walk, please meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Congers Station Park for a BBQ and Music while we cheer on the walkers as they enter the Congers Station Park.  From there, the American Flag will continue with other walkers on its 2,100 mile trek down to Dallas, Texas.

At 8:00 p.m. there will be a laying of a Memorial Wreath and a Gun Salute in front of the Veterans Memorial Association (VMA) on Lake Road in Congers, New York 10920.  

For further information, contact:  Dana Sider at 972-757-1828 or e-mail:  dana.sider@carrytheload.org

Military Tribute Banner Program for 2017 

This week, Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann announced the town-wide launch of the Military Tribute Banner Program for 2017.  Residents or businesses can sponsor a veteran or active duty service member with a military tribute banner.  The banners will be displayed on the light posts in the various hamlet centers from Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day to Veterans Day.  The deadline to sponsor a banner is April 28, 2017.  Here is a short video about the program:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12P8necvGtc

For more information about the program or to sponsor a banner, residents and businesses can call the Supervisor's office at 845-639-2050 or visit http://www.clarkstown.org/ and click the military tribute banner logo.

Veterans Hall of Fame - Street School

Note from Bill Mahan and John Leighton:  Discussions about the renovation of the Street School Building have resumed. The current thought is that the pictures and memorabilia will be filmed, and placed on a large monitor for scrolling, similar to what is commonly seen at wakes depicting memories of the deceased.

Based on the fact that there are so many pictures and mementos, it will be very difficult to isolate the individual veteran you want to reflect on. There is an overwhelming amount of history on the walls which can only be enjoyed on an individual basis. It is like saying that it is not necessary to go to a museum to see the displays when you can get the same satisfaction by viewing the pictures.

Veteran groups are encouraged to discuss how the heroes of Rockland County should be preserved and remounted after the walls have been renovated. To put them in a video loop does not do them justice. Veterans and family members want to look at the mementos and narratives, thereby remembering the sacrifices they made. It is contrary to good citizenship to do anything other than to replace them on the walls after the renovation is complete. 

Camp Lejeune:  Past Water Contamination

From the 1950s through the 1980s, people living or working at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, were potentially exposed to drinking water contaminated with industrial solvents, benzene, and other chemicals.

VA has established a presumptive service connection for Veterans, Reservists, and National Guard members exposed to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune from August 1, 1953 through December 31, 1987 who later developed one of the following eight diseases:

Adult leukemia
Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
Bladder cancer
Kidney cancer
Liver cancer
Multiple myeloma
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
Parkinson's disease

Presently, these conditions are the only ones for which there is sufficient scientific and medical evidence to support the creation of presumptions; however, VA will continue to review relevant information as it becomes available.

Veterans who are experiencing other health conditions that they think may be related to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune are encouraged to contact their primary care provider and to file a claim. VA reviews and decides disability compensation claims on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans' Diseases Associated with Agent Orange

VA assumes that certain diseases can be related to a Veteran's qualifying military service. We call these "presumptive diseases." VA has recognized certain cancers and other health problems as presumptive diseases associated with exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service. Veterans and their survivors may be eligible for benefits for these diseases.

AL Amyloidosis
Chronic B-cell Leukemias
Chloracne (or similar acneform disease)
Diabetes Mellitus Type 2
Hodgkin's Disease
Ischemic Heart Disease
Multiple Myeloma
Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Parkinson's Disease
Peripheral Neuropathy, Early-Onset
Porphyria Cutanea Tarda
Prostate Cancer
Respiratory Cancers (includes lung cancer)
Cancers of the lung, larynx, trachea, and bronchus
Soft Tissue Sarcomas (other than osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Kaposi's sarcoma, or mesothelioma)

Rockland Female Veteran of the Year

Rockland County Executive Ed Day marked the start of Women's History month and his new Women's Initiative in March by naming Senior Chief Mary E. Cavanagh the Rockland Female Veteran of the Year. 

Senior Chief Cavanagh grew up in Garnerville and graduated from North Rockland High School before beginning a long and distinguished career with the Navy. She is now director of the North Rockland High School Junior Navy ROTC.

"She served our country with distinction and honor in the Navy, broke gender barriers and now serves as a role model for young people – male and female – in Rockland," Day said.

Senior Chief Cavanagh trained as a cryptologic technician. Her service brought her to Florida, Spain, the Mediterranean, Guam and back to Washington, D.C., where her final assignment was with the National Military Joint Intelligence Center at the Pentagon.

Along the way she achieved many firsts. In 1982, she was with the first contingent of women to be permanently assigned to the Naval Support facility Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean.

Senior Chief Cavanagh earned many medals and citations for her service: the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal with three gold stars, the Good Conduct Award with four bronze stars, Expert Rifle, Expert Pistol and various other campaign medals and ribbons. She is also authorized to wear the Joint Chiefs of Staff Badge and the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist Insignia.

Through Senior Chief Cavanagh's efforts, the North Rockland Navy Junior ROTC has performed over 40,000 hours of service to the community as well as over 28,000 hours of school support.

She has been instrumental in fostering a connection between the North Rockland school district and the Rockland veteran community.

Under her leadership, the North Rockland ROTC won the Distinguished Unit with Academic Honors in 2015 – only 11 of 56 units in the Northeast region received this honor.

She also teaches ROTC cadets at the Naval Leadership and Sail Training Academy in Newport, Rhode Island.

Veterans Job Fair SUNY Rockland - April 26, 2017 

Veterans Job Fair Spring 2017 - SUNY Rockland in the Student Union, Room 3214
On Wednesday, April 26 - Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Rockland Community College 145 College Road, Suffern, New York

Attention Veteran Job Seekers . . .
Come dressed for success and have your resume ready!
• Free Job Fair for veterans
• Open to student and community veterans
• For more information, including employer and job seeker registration visit:
Hosted by Student Career Services
For employers interested in participating, please contact
Stephanie Siddi at 845-574-4369 ssiddi@sunyrockland.edu www.sunyrockland.edu/go/careers
                                                    

Tuition-Free M.S. Degree in Math Education for Vets

Veterans can earn a tuition-free Master of Science Degree in Mathematics Education at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York.  This Degree is funded by the National Science Foundation.

This scholarship and career program provides U.S. Veterans with:  $32,800 in scholarship support to cover the full cost of tuition; 36 graduate credits; 140 days of clinical internship in a Yonkers public secondary school under the mentorship of an experienced math secondary school teacher; A Mercy College faculty member to provide professional mentoring and on-site classroom support for the academic year; Professional support to prepare for teacher certification examinations; and on-site mentoring and online follow-up support during the first and second years of teaching.

For more information or to apply, contact Professor William Farber, Program Director, Mercy College       E-mail: wfarber@mercy.edu or call him on his Cell phone:  914.674.7675.   

Mental Health Care for OTH Discharged Veterans

VA Secretary Announces Intention to Expand Mental Health Care to Former Service members With Other-than-honorable Discharges and in Crisis

WASHINGTON – Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin announced his intention to expand provisions for urgent mental health care needs to former service members with other-than-honorable (OTH) administrative discharges. This move marks the first time a VA Secretary has implemented an initiative specifically focused on expanding access to assist former OTH service members who are in mental health distress and may be at risk for suicide or other adverse behaviors. It is estimated that there are a little more than 500,000 former service members with OTH discharges. As part of the proposal, former OTH service members would be able to seek treatment at a VA emergency department, Vet Center or contact the Veterans Crisis Line. Veterans in crisis should call the Veterans Crisis Line at 800-273-8255 (press 1), or text 838255. 

V-Mail For Our Troops 1942 - 1945 

Shortly after entering World War II, the United States military found that shipping and delivering immense volumes of mail to and from servicemen overseas would be a challenge, especially given the need to reserve cargo space for critical weapons and supplies.

The solution, based on the British Airgraph Service, was called Victory Mail — V-Mail for short.
The Eastman Kodak-designed service launched on June 15, 1942 and became the primary method of communication between soldiers on the front lines and family at home.

A V-mail letter would be written on a piece of standardized stationery, then photographed and transferred onto a roll of microfilm. Upon reaching its destination, the letter would be blown back up to a readable size and printed.

Each letter passed before censors before being photographed, and the process foiled the potential use of espionage tools such as invisible ink and microprinting.

Using the V-Mail process, 1,600 letters could be crammed onto a roll of film the size of a pack of cigarettes. 2,000 pounds of cargo became 20, and 37 mail bags became just one.  To see other photos of this process, check out this link:


Stories of the Vietnam War Bracelet

Peggy Kennedy and Roger Cluxton are developing a documentary film MIA: Stories of the Vietnam War Bracelet.  The idea for the POW-MIA memorial bracelets started in the early 70s.  An individual soldier’s name and the date they went missing was inscribed on each bracelet. The couple became interested in making this film when they discovered that people, including Senator John McCain, still wear the bracelets today.   They want to honor all veterans but particularly those who went missing in Vietnam by telling their stories and the stories of the people who wear their bracelets in remembrance.  A portion of one of these stories is included in their website under Video. http://www.miabraceletmovie.com/ 
They are seeking names of bracelet wearers and, in order to move forward with production, introductions to any companies or individuals who might consider being a sponsor of the film.
Contact information: Peggy Kennedy,  Producer-writer
e-mail: peggykennedyscreenwriter@gmail.com   Telephone:  513-476-8599 
Facebook:  MIA: Stories of the Vietnam War Bracelet.

Go Navy!  Blue Angels Video

Take a safe ride with the Blue Angels.  The pilot is chewing gum and has some funny facial expressions - that is to overcome the G forces. Footage courtesy of the U.S. Navy & the Blue Angels. 
This footage is of the "slot man" in the Diamond formation...toughest flying due to wingtip vortices, etc. When he "smiles," he is pulling some serious positive/negative "g" forces.  Notice the rest of the formation in the Pilot's reflective goggles!

https://www.youtube.com/embed/u4D0yx4DvBk?rel=0
                                                                                         
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.

Bataan Death March Commemoration


A symbolic March to Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Bataan  will take place on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 at Bataan Rd., Orangeburg, New York 10962 - starting at 1:00 p.m.  At 2:00 p.m.  all attending World War II veterans will be honored.

Help honor the brave Filipino-American USAFFE troops of Bataan, Corregidor, Mindanao and all the Guerrillas and US troops that helped liberate the Philippines, and all who suffered under the Japanese occupation during World War II.  This is endorsed by Rockland Veterans Coordinating Council.

For further information, please contact Jerry Kleiman at 845-641-4217 or e-mail:  jeromekleiman@att.net.


Military Order of the Purple Heart Dinner

On Saturday, May 6, 2017, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Department of New York, c/o 17 Jones Drive, Garnerville, New York 10923 will host its 2017 Annual Convention Dinner. The dinner will be held at the Ramada Inn’s Café Internationale, 1289 Route 300, Newburgh, NY 12550 at 6:00 PM. This event is co-sponsored by MOPH Chapters 120 (Rockland County) and 1782 (Orange/Dutchess County.)

Proceeds from this event will support the efforts of the local chapters of the MOPH to assist veterans and active duty personnel. The public is invited and tickets are priced at $60.00 each and $45.00 for active duty personnel. Reservations are required. A table of 10 seats is discounted to $550.00

This is also an opportunity for the community to say “thank you for your service” in a commemorative journal. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this journal will go towards building a Memorial and monument in Rockland County NY dedicated to the men and women of Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan.

It is imperative that we do not forget the sacrifices of our best and brightest stars that have and are currently protecting our safety and freedoms. We currently have over 58,000 men and women who have been killed or wounded and are eligible for the Purple Heart award from the current War on Terror.

We would also request that you inform your Veterans community that we will be honoring three Gold Star families by remembering their loved ones. Our keynote speaker will be BG John F. Hussey. Our guest speaker’s Vietnam Combat Nurse Lt. Edie Meeks and Purple Heart recipient, Cpl. Megan Leavey. Reservations are required and space is limited.
Sr. Vice Commander Richard Drago Chapter 1782
Commander Howard Goldin Chapter 120
For information, journal advertising & reservations, contact Patriot Bob Schreiner at 845-947-1954 or mophch120@gmail.com.
                                                                                                                                         
                           
Employment Opportunities

Tri-Seal (A Tekni-Plex Company) in Blauvelt, NY
To search, apply and Stay in Touch:
http://www.jobs.net/jobs/Tekni-Plex/en-us/
(Enter in Location browser: Blauvelt, NY)
 Manufacturing Production Helpers– 1st, 2nd and 3rd shift
 Extrusion Pelletizing Operator -2nd shift
 Extrusion Operators -2nd and 3rd shift
 Grinders -2nd and 3rd shift
Tri-Seal is a leading global manufacturer of closure liners and seals for glass, metal and plastic containers. Our innovative products provide tamper evidence,barrier protection and seal integrity.  For further information, please contact:  Ana M. D’Albenzio - Human Resources Manager
Tri-Seal (A Tekni-Plex Company) 900 Bradley Hill Road - Blauvelt, NY 10913 
Office- (845)-512-7246 Mobile- (914)-281-0285
E-Mail: Ana.dalbenzio@tekni-plex.com

Peter Brega, Inc., is a family owned and operated school bus company located in Valley Cottage. The company is looking to provide some assistance to those veterans who are seeking employment.  They are offering a great part-time opportunity, retirees welcome!
Requirements:
- Must have a clean driving record
- CDL with Passenger & School bus endorsements 
Incentives:
- Starting pay $19/hr. - higher pay with prior driving experience!
- Guaranteed hours
- AM and/or PM runs available
- All positions are part time, if desired, additional work may be available
- Great work environment
- Matching 401K for eligible employees
- Off when schools are off (Holidays, Snow Days, Summers!)
- Unemployment Benefits
Applicants can apply in person at 500 Kings Highway, Valley Cottage, NY 10989, online at www.PeterBregaInc.com or contact Nick Brega by phone at: 845-268-6107.

Low Tor Storage Company in Haverstraw, New York is offering an employment opportunity at their company.  They are hoping to hire two responsible veterans.  If interested, please contact Walter Johnson at 845-786-7777 or via e-mail:  lowtor@aol.com.
 
FEMA: When disaster strikes, America looks to The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
FEMA has announced an Emergency Management Specialist vacancy in New York, New York.   
In this position, you would serve as a Lessons Learned Advisor in an incident support role during disaster activation.  Typical assignments include: Deploying to disaster field locations to plan and execute data collection plans during declared disasters.Validating observations and identifying cross-cutting themes related to the efficiency/effectiveness of programs. Developing common methodologies, tools, and processes to translate operational experience into institutional knowledge and foster continuous improvement. Facilitating periodic reviews (“hot-washes”)
 
To access additional information and to apply for the Emergency Management Specialist position, please visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/465574100

New York-New Jersey Trail Conference Conservation Corps:
A veteran himself, Geoff Hamilton is actively recruiting veterans to fill some service positions with the New York New Jersey Trail Conference Conservation Corps for the 2017 season.  They offer housing and a living stipend.  If you are interested, please contact Geoff Hamilton via e-mail at: geoff@nynjtc.org or visit their website: http://www.nynjtc.org/corpsmembers for further information.
Geoff Hamilton, Program Assistant, New York-New Jersey Trail Conference
600 Ramapo Valley Road | Mahwah, NJ 07430
T 201.512.9348 x 819| M 914.839.0409 | F201.512.9012
geoff@nynjtc.org | www.nynjtc.org
                                                                                           
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:

Upcoming Events
 
Saturday, April 8th, 2017:  A symbolic March to Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Bataan will take place on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 at Bataan Rd., Orangeburg, New York starting at 1:00 p.m.  At 2:00 p.m.  all attending World War II veterans will be honored. This is endorsed by Rockland Veterans Coordinating Council. For further information, please contact Jerry Kleiman at 845-641-4217 or via e-mail:  jeromekleiman@att.net.

Sunday, April 9th, 2017:  FREE CLINIC - VETERANS ∙ FIRST RESPONDERS ∙ LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS - Accelerated Resolution Therapy® ART incorporates a combination of techniques used in many other traditional psychotherapies. ART works directly to reprogram the way in which distressing memories and images are stored in the brain so that they no longer trigger strong physical and emotional reactions. ART accomplishes this through the use of rapid eye movements similar to eye movements that occur during dreaming. Although techniques similar to these are used in other types of therapies, ART’s very specific and directive approach can achieve rapid recovery from symptoms and reactions that may have been present for many years. Details do not need to be discussed, and the client is always in control of the session. ART sessions last approximately one hour. For further information, please call 845-399-3196.

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017:    Second Passover Seder Invite - The Fred Hecht Post 425 Jewish War Veterans invites Jewish veterans who find it difficult to attend a Passover Seder this year to be guests at the Second Seder.  The Seder will take place at, and be co-hosted by, Congregation Sharrey Israel 18 Montebello Road, Montebello NY on Tuesday evening April 11th, 2017.  Services start at 7:15 p.m. and Seder is at 7:45 p.m. This invitation is extended to Jewish veterans, widows of such veterans, as well as their immediate families.  As space is limited, please contact Bill Farber at 845 357-2990 before the April 1st reservation deadline, as well as for further details.

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017:  Fun activities for all ages, vendors, open to the public ages 14+.  $65.00 per person.  Contact Jonathan Barnwell at 845-574-4105 or e-mail jbarnwell@sunyrockland.edu or sunyrockland.edu/go/RuntheRock. 
 
Wednesday, April 26th, 2017:  Veterans Job Fair Spring 2017 - SUNY Rockland in the Student Union, Room 3214 on Wednesday, April 26 - Noon – 2:00 p.m.  Rockland Community College 145 College Road, Suffern, New York. For more information, including employer and job seeker registration visit:
http://www.sunyrockland.edu/go/vetsjobfair  Hosted by Student Career Services
For employers interested in participating, please contact
Stephanie Siddi at 845-574-4369 ssiddi@sunyrockland.edu www.sunyrockland.edu/go/careers

Monday, May 1st, 2017   Carry The Load Rally - starting at 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Congers Station Park, Lake Road and Burnside Avenue, Congers, New York 10920.  To register as a participant, go to:  http://carrytheload.org/ and click on Memorial Day Events.  For further information, contact Dana Sider at 972-757-1828 or email - Dana.Sider@carrytheload.org.

Sunday, May 21st, 2017:  The Barbara Giordano Foundation, Inc. is holding the Walk for Women Veterans on Sunday, May 21st, 2017 at Pace University - Pleasantville, New York Campus.  Check-in starts at 8:30 a.m. and the Walk beings at 9:30 a.m.  Register for the event at http://www.giordanofoundation.org/  

Assistance Needed for Local Veteran 
From Howard Goldin:  Craig Wertheim and I have created a Go Fund Me page for a 39 year old Iraq and Afghanistan veteran named SSG Nino Robivar Woo Atienza. He is 6 year Navy Veteran and is 13 years active National Air Guard stationed with the 105th Airlift Wing - Steward. When not on active reserve status, he works for the 105th in a civilian capacity equivalent to his military Job. On December 25th, 2016 Nino, his wife,18 year old daughter (who is an Freshman (ROTC) at Tampa College) and his 5 and 6 year old children learned that he has Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, Brain Cancer. Nino's monthly bills are around $3,900 a month and his sick time has run out as of February 3rd, 2017. There is NO INCOME coming in. The Rockland County Veterans community was able to help him pay his bills for last month, but he is really in need so please spread the word. SSG. Atienza has filed a claim with the VA for Burn Pit exposure, but as everyone knows, this could be a while with the V.A. 

If you have a Facebook account, please share this. If you belong to any organizations or people who might be able to help this family, please pass this information around. 

For further information contact Howard Goldin at goldingoose@verizon.net or Craig Wertheim at craig.d.wertheim@gmail.com.  If you would like to make a donation to help this young veteran and his family, you can view the Go Fund Me link below:

https://www.gofundme.com/sgt-nino-atienza-iraq-afghan-help

                                                                      
Useful Telephone Numbers for Veterans

Rockland County Veterans Service Agency

845-638-5244

Rockland County Sheriff’s Office

845-638-5400

Veterans Peer-to-Peer (Counseling)

845-521-5361

People to People (Food)

845-623-4900

Montrose VA Hospital

914-737-4400

New City VA Clinic

845-634-8995

Housing Unit

845-364-3150

Rape Crisis Services (Main)

845-634-3391

Rape Crisis Services (24/7)

845-634-3344

Home Health Care

845-358-2002

Good Samaritan Hospital Emergency

845-368-5029

Nyack Hospital Emergency

845-348-2345

Domestic Violence

845-634-3391

Suicide Hotline

800-273-8255

Mental Health Association of Rockland County

845-267-2172

Mobile Mental Health

845-364-2378

West Point (nearest military base)

845-938-4011

New York National Guard (Orangeburg, NY)

845-340-7167

Army Reserve (Orangeburg, NY)

845-359-6903

Military Recruiter

845-624-6185

Rockland County Housing Action Coalition

845-708-5799

Alcoholics Anonymous

845-352-1112

Emergency Shelter

845-364-2907

Meals on Wheels

845-624-6325


Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial and Monument

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



Rockland County Marine Corps League Auxiliary

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

Rockland County Marine Corps League - MASH Unit

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

RockVets Newsletter  


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

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.

The RockVets Radio Show with host Jerry Donnellan, will return to the airwaves starting on Thursday, March 30th, 2017.  The show will air on the last Thursday of each month - right after the 9:00 a.m. newscast - so it will air from 9:10 a.m. to 9:40 a.m.  Tune in to 1700 on the AM dial.  You can also listen to the show online at http://www.wrcr.com/  This is a good opportunity for you to call in and ask questions about veterans or military issues, or to let the listening public know what some local organizations are doing in the community of interest to veterans.  To speak with Jerry during the show, please call WRCR at 845-362-0013.  

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

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