New York Vets/RockVets E-Newsletter: September 2015 Edition
Veterans Service Agency of Rockland County, New York 
Jerry Donnellan, Director      Telephone: 845-638-5244 
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RockVets Newsletter

September 2015                          845-638-5244
Volume 6
Issue 9


GI Bill for Business

The GI Bill has been in existence since the end of World War II.  Traditionally its use has been to allow veterans to go to college.  Well, college isn't for everyone.  God knows I proved that.  After World War II, GI's could go to any school that they could get into, and Uncle Sam would foot the bill.  Sounds very generous, but it wasn't just to benefit the GI.  In 1945-1946, 15 to 16 million people came out of uniform.  
Had all of those people tried to go back into the work force of a country retooling its industry, we would have gone right back into the Depression - the Depression that the War had just gotten us out of.  So if we could get rid of some of these 16 million people for say 4 years, and have the possibility that they may learn something in the meanwhile, seems like a good idea from all ends.

Today, the GI Bill is not the one of the 1940's, which among other things built SUNY (State University of New York.)  Today you can go to a SUNY school, but if you choose an Ivy League school, you will have to make up the difference because the GI Bill won't cover that kind of tuition.  

So what if you don't go to school?  It's simple - you don't get the money.  Further, half of the veterans don't use the GI Bill and of the half that do, half of them don't finish.  I know in my case it wasn't an option.  By the time I finally got back from Vietnam I was married and had a son.  So even though I had a couple of years of college behind me, getting my BA wasn't going to happen.  I had to earn a living even if college was free.

Today fewer people will be using the GI Bill simply because the veteran is older.  That's partly because of our heavy use of Guard and Reserve troops, and partly because of sequestration and the draw-down.  
These are causing a number of the members of our military to be, for lack of a better word, fired, when they thought that they were in the middle of what they saw as their career.  So what if the vet could use the GI Bill money as start-up cash, I think it would be better and fair.  Say the troop had carpentry skills.  
Why not let them use the money for tools, rent for a shop, advertising, business cards, etc.? Again, not everyone is college material and there is that long period of unemployment when going to school, which puts you behind your peer group - particularly in this type of economy.  

Then there's always the question of just how much a Bachelor's Degree is worth today?  And if you can't finish in the amount of time allowed, you are then going to have to pick up the cost, and education costs are going up at a phenomenal rate.  Even faster than medical costs. 

Other reasons I think the Ivy walls like so many other brick-and-mortar operations are beginning to crumble is due to the wrecking ball of online education.  Some say it's a matter of time.  Of course they will never totally go away because we wouldn't be able to live without college football!  

I know I am not the first one to voice this concern.  It's been spoken of in Washington, but I don't know if it has ever made it out of committee, and I'm sure there are folks from K Street all set to shoot it down if it does.  

Yes, colleges have lobbyists too.  

So if you know someone in Washington or Trump Towers, you might just whisper in their ear and maybe we can help these folks out.  

Of course I did it backwards and went to school first.  That's not to say I didn't learn something.  I learned what 'matriculate' meant, and if you didn't do that you lost your student deferment and were subject to the Draft.  Yes one of the primary reasons I went to school was to avoid the Draft - and we all know how well that worked out. You see, I thought matriculation was something you went blind from. Who knew?

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

New VA Policy on Service Dogs at VA Facilities
The Department of Veterans Affairs is revising its regulation regarding the presence of animals on VA property.
Previous VA regulation authorized the presence of seeing-eye dogs on VA property and other animals at the discretion of a VA facility head. The updated regulation will ensure VA practices remain consistent with applicable federal law. It will also assist those entering and working at VA facilities in developing a clear and consistent understanding of the criteria governing facility access for service animals.

Under the updated regulation, service dogs are allowed on VA owned or leased property. Only dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability are considered service animals. There are no restrictions on the breeds of dogs that may be considered service animals.
 Please view this link for the full story:

Job Fair and Information Session

On Thursday, September 10th, 2015, between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., Jawonio, Inc. will be hosting a Career Fair.  This will take place at their main campus at 260 North Little Tor Road in New City, New York 10956.  This event is open to the public.  All are welcome to come learn about Jawonio and their current career opportunities. For more information, or to apply, visit their website:  There are full-time, part-time, and per diem positions available.  They also offer health, dental and vision coverage, an education assistance program, paid time-off, and a 403b Retirement Plan.  

The Coyote Principle

The Coyote Principle in...


The Governor of California is jogging with his dog along a nature trail. A coyote jumps out and attacks the Governor's dog, then bites the Governor.

The Governor starts to intervene, but reflects upon the movie "Bambi" and then realizes he should stop because the coyote is only doing what is natural.

He calls animal control. Animal Control captures the coyote and bills the state $200 testing it for diseases and $500 for relocating it.

He calls a veterinarian. The vet collects the dead dog and bills the State $200 testing it for diseases.

The Governor goes to hospital and spends $3,500 and bills the State getting checked for diseases from the coyote and on getting his bite wound bandaged.

The running trail gets shut down for 6 months while Fish & Game conducts a $100,000 survey to make sure the area is now free of dangerous animals.

The Governor spends $50,000 in state funds implementing a "coyote awareness program" for residents of the area.

The State Legislature spends $2 million to study how to better treat rabies and how to permanently eradicate the disease throughout the world.

The Governor's security agent is fired for not stopping the attack. The state spends $150,000 to hire and train a new agent with additional special training for the nature of coyotes.

PETA protests the coyote's relocation and files a $5 million suit against the state.
The Coyote Principle in...


The Governor of Texas is jogging with his dog along a nature trail. A coyote jumps out and attacks his dog.

The Governor shoots the coyote with his state-issued pistol and keeps jogging. The Governor has spent $.50 on a .45 ACP hollow point cartridge.

The buzzards eat the dead coyote.

And that, my friends, is why California is broke and Texas is not.

"Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him better take a closer look at the American Indian."    -- Henry Ford


Upcoming Events

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:  The Third Annual National FreedomDayUSA!  On September 10th, businesses across the U.S.A. are thanking you for your sacrifices. This is a day set aside to honor the sacrifices our military and veterans make to preserve our freedom and for businesses to say "Thank You" to our military and veterans by providing something to them for free.  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 their Summer Bash. For further information, contact Charlie Maushardt, President, at 845-359-4005.

Sunday, September 13th, 2015:  The Rockland County Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums host their 20th Anniversary BBQ on this date.  It will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Haverstraw Elks Club - on the deck overlooking the Hudson River.  Tickets are $50.00 per person at the door...includes a 4 hour open bar - food - NFL - Music.  All are welcome.  

Sunday, September 13th, 2015:  Marines vs. Fire Fighters - 2015 Iron Chef BBQ. This is hosted by the Harriman Engine Company No. 1 and the American Legion Post 488.  It will be held at the Black Rock Fish and Game Club, 5 Pleasant Hill Road / Route 32, Mountainville, New York.  Adults $15.00; Seniors and Children 4 - 12 years - $12.00.   For further information, contact:  Rick Walls at 845-325-8224 or e-mail:

Saturday Sept 19th, 2015: POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony.  Guest speaker is a World War II veteran who was imprisoned for a year.  The POW/MIA ceremony is hosted this year by the Jewish War Veterans.  It will take place 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.  VVA-333 is a partner in the 14th Annual Frank Longabucco Memorial Golf Tournament in which money will be raised for their Hand Cycle program. The event will be held, rain or shine, at the Spook Rock Golf Course. Registration begins at 10:30 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. For further information, contact Roy Tschudy at (845) 504-5424 or email at, or John Leighton via e-mail:   

Saturday, September 26th, 2015:  A group of veterans known as the Bob Hope Division will visit the Montrose VA Nursing Home on Saturday, September 26th, 2015 - ice cream day - and they can use your help.  The nursing home is located at 2090 Albany Road (Route 9A) in Montrose, New York 10548. The veterans 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: 

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015:  At 12:00 noon, at West Point Building 622, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 120, Rockland County, will present the Honor and Remember commemoration flag to Gold Star Mother, Yolanda Lopez, in honor of her son, Manny Lopez. This is the 3rd Honor and Remember presentation MOPH Chapter 120 has partnered with Chapter 1782 of Orange County, New York.

Saturday, November 7th, 2015:  Hudson Valley Honor Flight offers an opportunity for the community to serve as Guardians on Mission #10 of the Hudson Valley Honor Flight on November 7th.  Enjoy spending the day traveling to Washington, D.C. as an escort to a World War II Veteran. Applications can be found on their website:  For further information, contact Beth Vought, Executive Director, Hudson Valley Honor Flight 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.

Saturday, November 14th, 2015:  The United States Military Academy at West Point will host their Military Appreciation Day on this date. There is an Army vs. Tulane football game between 12:00 noon and 3:30 p.m. Tickets for the game are $20.00 each  The folks at Michie Stadium, West Point, offer many different options for tailgating, rentals of tents, chairs, and tables. Catered food is available to order as well.  For further information contact Zoe Cohen, Army Athletics - 845-446-2349 or e-mail:  

We need to show more sympathy for these people. 
They travel miles in the Heat. 
They risk their lives crossing a Border. 
They don't get paid enough Wages. 
They do jobs that others won't do, or are afraid to do. 
They live in crowded conditions, among people who speak a different language. 
They rarely see their families, 
And they face adversity all day ~ every day.  

I'm not talking about illegal Mexicans 
I'm talking about our troops! 

Doesn't it seem strange that so many are willing to lavish all kinds of social benefits on illegals, 
but don't support our troops?  Wouldn't it be great if we took the $360,000,000,000 (that's billion) 
we spend on illegals every year, and spent it on our troops??!!! 

A veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America for any amount, up to and including their life.

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

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 has received the title of "Recruiter of the Year" from the New York State.  The Unit welcomed 5 new members last year.  The Unit will have an initiation at their September meeting. For further information, contact Martha Erickson, Auxiliary President of the Rockland County Marine Corps League -

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. 

The 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, 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.

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:

Rockland County Department of Health Classes
Be A Healthier You!
Sign up for free and low-cost programs offered by the Rockland County Department of Health

A Matter of Balance (free 8-session workshop): Learn to improve your balance and reduce falls. The next workshop series begin September 11 in Pearl River, September 21 in Pomona, or September 29 in Nyack. Call 364-2501 for more information and to register.

Better Choices, Better Health (free 6-session workshop): Learn ways to manage your ongoing health conditions. The next workshop series begin September 15 in Spring Valley, or September 30 in Garnerville. Call 364-2501 for more information and to register.

Diabetes Prevention Program (free 16-session workshop): Learn how you can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes if you are at risk for diabetes or have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes. The next workshop series begins September 30 in Pomona. Call 364-3864 to find out if you are eligible for the program. 
Living Well With Diabetes (free 6-session workshop): Learn how to manage your type 2 diabetes and prevent complications. The next workshop series begins October 20 in Congers.  Call 364-2501 for more information and to register.

Lose to Win (low cost 8-session workshop): Get help to lose weight safely and successfully. The next workshop series begins September 10 in Garnerville.  Call 786-3800 ext. 18 or 19 to register.

Put It Out Rockland: Get help to successfully quit smoking. Call the Health Department’s Put It Out Rockland Quit Smoking Program at 364-2651 for one-on-one, or group, help with quitting and low-cost nicotine patches that can double your chances of being successful, or call the New York State Smokers’ Quitline at 1-866- NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487) for help with quitting. 

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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