RockVets E-Newsletter: July 2019 Edition
Editor: Pat McGlade, Email: pat@rockvets.com
Website: www:rockvets.com. 
New York Vets, P.O. Box 387, Tomkins Cove, NY 10986
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RockVets Newsletter

July 2019                       www.rockvets.com

Volume 11
Issue 7
 

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George Washington - January 29, 1778

Part of the remarks made by George Washington to a Continental Congress Camp Committee

[Valley Forge, 29 January 1778]

"It is not indeed consistent with reason, or justice, to expect, that one set of men should make a sacrifice of property; domestic ease and happiness—encounter the rigors of the field—the perils and vicissitudes of war, to obtain those blessings, which every citizen will enjoy, in common with them, without some adequate compensation. It must also be a comfortless reflection to any man, that after he may have contributed to securing the rights of his country, at the risk of his life and the ruin of his fortune, there would be no provision made to prevent himself and family, from sinking into indigence and wretchedness."


Happy 4th of July! Enjoy celebrating the 143rd anniversary of the birth of our Nation. 
Our veterans need no reminder that "Freedom isn't free."

VA Mission Act

VA launches new health care options under MISSION Act
Posted on June 6, 2019 by Donnie La Curan in Veteran News


The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched its new and improved Veterans Community Care Program on June 6, 2019, implementing portions of the VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act of 2018 (MISSION Act), which both ends the Veterans Choice Program and establishes a new Veterans Community Care Program.

The MISSION Act will strengthen the nationwide VA Health Care System by empowering Veterans with more health care options.

“The changes not only improve our ability to provide the health care Veterans need, but also when and where they need it,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “It will also put Veterans at the center of their care and offer options, including expanded telehealth and urgent care, so they can find the balance in the system that is right for them.”

Under the new Veterans Community Care Program, Veterans can work with their VA health care provider or other VA staff to see if they are eligible to receive community care based on new criteria. Eligibility for community care does not require a Veteran to receive that care in the community; Veterans can still choose to have VA provide their care. 

Veterans may elect to receive care in the community if they meet any of the following six eligibility criteria:

1). A Veteran needs a service not available at any VA medical facility.

2). A Veteran lives in a U.S. state or territory without a full-service VA medical facility. Specifically, this would apply to Veterans living in Alaska, Hawaii, New Hampshire and the U.S. territories of Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

3). A Veteran qualifies under the “grandfather” provision related to distance eligibility under the Veterans Choice Program.

4). VA cannot furnish care within certain designated access standards. The specific access standards are described below:

*Drive time to a specific VA medical facility

*Thirty-minute average drive time for primary care, mental health and noninstitutional extended care services.

*Sixty-minute average drive time for specialty care.

Note: Drive times are calculated using geomapping software.

*Appointment wait time at a specific VA medical facility

*Twenty days from the date of request for primary care, mental health care and noninstitutional extended care services, unless the Veteran agrees to a later date in consultation with his or her VA health care provider.

*Twenty-eight days for specialty care from the date of request, unless the Veteran agrees to a later date in consultation with his or her VA health care provider.

5). The Veteran and the referring clinician agree it is in the best medical interest of the Veteran to receive community care based on defined factors.

6). VA has determined that a VA medical service line is not providing care in a manner that complies with VA’s standards for quality based on specific conditions.  

In preparation for this landmark initiative, senior VA leaders will visit more than 30 VA hospitals across the country to provide in-person support for the rollout.

The VA MISSION Act:

Strengthens VA’s ability to recruit and retain clinicians.
Authorizes Anywhere to Anywhere” telehealth across state lines.
Empowers Veterans with increased access to community care.
Establishes a new urgent care benefit that eligible Veterans can access through VA’s network of urgent care providers in the community.
VA serves approximately 9 million enrolled Veterans at 1,255 health care facilities around the country every year.   For more information, visit http://www.missionact.va.gov/

What’s changing and what you can expect
Beginning June 6, 2019, under the MISSION Act, you’ll have more ways to access health care. This includes within VA’s network and through approved non-VA medical providers in your community, called “community care providers.”

Depending on your situation—for example, if a certain type of health service isn’t provided by VA—you may be able to go to a non-VA provider, using your VA coverage.

Veteran Community Care – Urgent Care VA MISSION Act of 2018
As part of implementing the VA MISSION Act of 2018, VA will offer an urgent care benefit that provides eligible Veterans with greater choice and access to timely, high-quality care.  

With urgent care, Veterans have a new option for care for the treatment of minor injuries and illnesses, such as colds, sore throats, and minor skin infections. The benefit is offered in addition to the opportunity to receive care from a VA provider, as VA also offers same-day services.

Eligible Veterans will be able to receive urgent care from an urgent care provider that is part of VA’s contracted network of community providers without prior authorization from VA. 

VA can pay for an urgent care claim only if:
• The Veteran is eligible for the benefit;
• The urgent care provider is part of VA’s contracted network of community providers
• The services are not excluded under the benefit (excluded services include
   preventive services and dental services).

Further details can be found at this link:     VA Community Care Fact Sheet

Town Hall on VA Mission Act - August 1st, 2019

VA Hudson Valley Health Care System will hold a Community Town Hall on August 1, 2019 from
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Rockland County Fire Training Center, 35 Firemen’s Memorial Drive, Pomona, New York 10970.  For further information, call the New City Medical Center at 845-634-8995. 

❖ The Town Hall is open to Veterans, family members, and the public

❖ Learn about the VA MISSION Act and how it will affect Veterans

❖ Medical Center leaders will be on hand to answer questions

Message in a Bottle

Printed in The New York Post, Friday, May 17, 2019 - email:  letters@nypost.com or write to the Editor, The New York Post, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10036.  Include your name, address, and daytime phone number.

"This letter is to the crew of a gunship flying in Binh Duong province, South Vietnam, on May 17, 1969.

To me, it's like a message in a bottle.  I hope one of you is still alive somewhere and by some coincidence read this.  I'm writing to say "thank you."

Exactly 50 years ago, I was a soldier in the First Infantry Division near the Iron Triangle just north of Lai Khe.  I was ambushed and lost five men within seconds.  Two of us survived.  Your gunship and crew of the First Calvary Division Airmobile rescued me.

Under fire, you flew in, landed, took out enemy forces and picked up me and my best fried and flew us to a nearby base camp for treatment.  We were both bleeding to death.  Within a few hours, he passed, and I became the sole survivor of the ambush.

I would not be writing this today without you.  And I've never had the opportunity to thank you.  I don't know your names, where you're from or how to contact you.  But you gave me a chance at life that others didn't have.

After eight months in the hospital and several more spent recovering, I returned to college, learned a trade and became successful.  I have enjoyed the love of a woman and created memories.  Others didn't have the opportunity, but I did, all because of you.

I now live in a beautiful part of the country and will spend my remaining years thankful that you risked your lives saving mine.  But, more important, I hope that you survived as well and have experienced the same happiness that you gave me the opportunity to enjoy."

Rich Newcombe - Pepperell, Massachusetts

Hudson Valley Veterans Stand-Down - August 9th

HUDSON VALLEY VETERANS STAND-DOWN - Hosted by Ulster County 

August 9, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

This event is for Saugerties Cantine Veterans Memorial Complex, Pavilion Street, Saugerties, NY 12477

There will be free refreshments and lunch.  Veterans Services, Veterans in need, Homeless Veterans and Vet Networking, including over 40 providers and exhibitors!  Veterans Benefits assistance from accredited officers - Military surplus clothing - VA Clinic.

For more information contact Ulster County Veterans Services at 845-340-3190.  Also call if you need transportation.

GI Bill - Education Benefits

Since 1944, the GI Bill has helped millions of Veterans pay for college, graduate school, and training programs. Under this bill, qualifying Veterans and their family members can get money to cover all or some of the costs for school or training. Learn more about these benefits below—and how to apply for them.

If you applied for and were awarded Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits, your GI Bill Statement of Benefits will show you how much of your benefits you’ve used and how much you have left to use. To access information about your GI Bill Statement of Benefits, use this link: Education Benefits

The GI Bill Comparison Tool on the VA web page, and Veterans Service Organizations, can help you explore options and find out what benefits you can get.  Contact your local Veterans Service Agency. In Rockland it is:  Rockland County Veterans Service Agency at 20 Squadron Blvd., Suite 480, New City, New York 10956.  Their phone number is 845-638-5244. 

For further information, use this link:  GI Benefits

Programs for Homeless Veterans

VA Programs For Homeless Veterans
VA’s specialized programs for homeless Veterans serve hundreds of thousands of homeless and at-risk Veterans each year. Independently and in collaboration with federal and community partners, VA programs provide Veterans with housing solutions, employment opportunities, health care, justice- and reentry-related services and more. Learn more about these programs below and at VA’s Programs for At-Risk Veterans and Their Families page:  https://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/for_homeless_veterans.asp

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH)
This collaborative program between HUD and VA combines HUD housing vouchers with VA supportive services to help Veterans who are homeless and their families find and sustain permanent housing.

How It Works:  Through public housing authorities, HUD provides rental assistance vouchers for privately owned housing to Veterans who are eligible for VA health care services and are experiencing homelessness. VA case managers may connect these Veterans with support services such as health care, mental health treatment and substance use counseling to help them in their recovery process and with their ability to maintain housing in the community. Among VA homeless continuum of care programs, HUD-VASH enrolls the largest number and largest percentage of Veterans who have experienced long-term or repeated homelessness. As of April 8, 2018, HUD has allocated more than 87,000 vouchers to help house Veterans across the country.er information

Veterans with PTSD at risk for Suicide and Accidents

Veterans with PTSD twice as likely to die from suicide, accidents, study says

ByTauren Dyson - UPI

Many Marines return to the states with vivid memories of their combat experiences, and the array of emotions they face internally may be hard to detect. 

June 24 (UPI) -- For many veterans, life in combat is hard, but for those who survive it, the mental stress of war can be deadly, new research shows.

Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder have twice the risk of dying from accidental injury, viral hepatitis and suicide compared to the general population, according to a study published Monday in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine. They also have a higher risk of developing chronic liver disease and diabetes.

"Our findings suggest that treatment-seeking veterans with PTSD, including young veterans and women, are dying from largely preventable causes compared with the general population," Jenna A. Forehand, a researcher at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and study lead investigator, said in a news release.

The retrospective cohort study included more than 490,000 veterans undergoing treatment for PTSD at various Veterans Affairs Medical Centers between 2008 and 2013. During that time, more than 5,200 veterans, at an average age of 48.5, died during their first year of care. About 90 percent of them were males, 63.5 percent were white and nearly 35 percent were deployed in Afghanistan or Iraq. For further information, preview link:   PTSD Information 

Blue Water Veteran Finally Wins His Case

By NIKKI WENTLING | STARS AND STRIPES

Published: June 20, 2019

WASHINGTON – Alfred Procopio Jr. said he learned perseverance from his parents, who “never took no for an answer.”  “He was very tenacious,” Procopio said of his father. “He didn’t give up. My mother, she was a fighter, too. I was raised that way — to stand up for what you believe.”

It’s that spirit that kept Procopio pursuing his case, through years of rejection, to prove to the federal government that his chronic illnesses were caused by exposure to Agent Orange during his service in the Vietnam War. Procopio, a so-called Blue Water Navy veteran, worked aboard the USS Intrepid, an aircraft carrier that went into the territorial seas off the coast of Vietnam.

Blue Water veterans — who served on open sea ships off the shore of Vietnam but did not step foot on land — have been blocked for decades from the same Department of Veterans Affairs benefits afforded those who served in Vietnam or its inland waterways. The government argued there wasn’t enough evidence that poisonous herbicides contaminated the water used on their ships.

That changed in January, when Procopio won his case.

The Department of Justice decided in May to not challenge the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in favor of Blue Water veterans. Congress approved legislation last week clarifying that those veterans are eligible for VA disability benefits. Lawmakers sent the bill to the White House, and President Trump signed it on Tuesday.  The name “Procopio” now represents a major victory for tens of thousands of Vietnam War veterans thanks to the case, Procopio v. Wilkie.

The man himself is happy about the court decision but unsure whether he’ll be around long enough to witness much of its payoff. He was 61 when this process began. Next month, he’ll be 74.  “They appealed it so many times, I thought, ‘How long are they going to deny it? Until we’re all gone?’” Procopio said. “There were a lot of guys who I served with who were older than me, and I know they’re not around.”

Alfred Procopio Jr., a Boston native and the son of an Italian immigrant, finished an electrical apprenticeship in 1963, when American’s role in Vietnam was steadily growing. That year, at 18, he decided to join the Navy rather than wait to be drafted.  “I thought I might as well go in and get it over with,” he said.  He served as a ship electrician on the USS Intrepid starting in 1964, and in 1966, the aircraft carrier was deployed to the waters off Vietnam.

Procopio worked on the lighting on the ship’s upper deck. His shop was right below the arresting gear systems used to rapidly decelerate aircraft, and he remembers the loud screech of the pulleys whenever a plane landed.

When he returned home, he marveled that the noise didn’t cause permanent hearing loss. Later, he would be surprised to learn that his military service caused other damage.  About 15 years ago, he developed diabetes. Not long after, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

After his diagnoses, Procopio began to research Agent Orange, a chemical known to cause heart disease, Parkinson’s, diabetes and several types of cancer.  See link:  Blue Water Veteran Wins Case

Agent Orange Exposure in Vietnam Waters 

Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam waters (Blue Water Navy Veterans)

If you served on a Blue Water Navy ship on the inland waterways of Vietnam between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975—or you ever came ashore in Vietnam—you likely had contact with Agent Orange. The U.S. military used this toxic chemical to clear trees and plants during the war. Find out if you can get disability compensation or benefits for illnesses believed to be caused by contact with Agent Orange.

If you served on the coastal waterways of Vietnam between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975, and you came ashore, you may have had contact with Agent Orange. We’ll need additional information from you to determine if you may be able to get disability benefits.  Please view this link for further information:

Agent Orange Exposure in Blue Water Veterans

America the Beautiful Concert for Honor Flight

Goshen race track to host benefit concert on July 27th, 2019 - HV HONOR FLIGHT News - Goshen

The Historic Race Track in Goshen will host a benefit concert for Hudson Valley Historic Flight on July 27th, 2019.  Tickets are now on sale at $25 per person in advance.  Make checks or money orders payable to America The Beautiful Concert and send to P.O. Box 1, Florida, NY 10921.

This year’s benefit concert for Hudson Valley Honor Flight is set for Saturday, July 27 at the Historic Track in Goshen.  Honor Flight is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing veterans with honor and closure.  Several times a year, it flies American veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit memorials dedicated to honor the service and sacrifices of themselves and their friends.

This year’s concert will once again feature 18-Time Grammy Winner, Jimmy Sturr and his orchestra, with special guests: The Brass Transit from Toronto, Canada, with its tribute to the multi-platinum songbook of Chicago, featuring such hits as “Saturday in the Park”, “Beginnings”, “Color My World”, “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is,” and more.  In addition, The American Bombshells will perform a Tribute to the Andrew Sisters, with Chris Caffery from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, singer Doug Ferony, and M.C. Joe Daily.

Also making an appearance will be the Hudson Valley Police Pipe & Drum Corp., The Orange County Sheriff’s Office Color Guard and The Nam Knights of America.  For further information, contact Honor Flight at 845-391-0076

Montrose VA Nursing Home

From Chip Hayes:  Veterans will be going to the Veterans Nursing Home at Montrose on Saturday, June 29, 2019. We will also show the patients a Dean Martin Celebrity Roast of Dean Martin & Kirk Douglas. 

We will muster (meet) in the lobby at 1230hrs (12:30 P.M. for you civilians). Thereafter, we will go to the wards, bring the wheelchair patients to the Show.

The next visit to Montrose Veterans Nursing Home will be on July 27, 2019 for their annual Ice Cream Day when we serve all the patients and staff Ice Cream. We need all hands on deck for this event so the ice cream does not melt before it gets to the patients!

Our Annual Car Show is scheduled for September -- date and time to be announced.

This is a great way for you to help disabled Veterans. Without us helping them, many would be unable to attend the show or get the ice cream.  The nursing home is located at: 2090 Albany Road, (Route 9) Montrose, New York 10548.  For further information, contact Chip Hayes via email at: chip1440@lawyer.com.

Stony Point Battlefield - 240th Anniversary

Stony Point: 240th Anniversary of the Storming of Stony Point
Saturday, July 13, 2019 11:00 AM  
Sunday, July 14, 2019 4:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield
44 Battlefield Rd. Stony Point, NY 10980 (map)
The 240th anniversary of this historical event. Two days of living history, with 18th century camp life, artillery drills, demos and more! Free admission. There will be off-site public parking with shuttle buses to the site. For further information, please call (845) 786-2521

The Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site

Visit the site of the Battle of Stony Point, one of the last Revolutionary War battles in the northeastern colonies. This is where Brigadier General Anthony Wayne led his corps of Continental Light Infantry in a daring midnight attack on the British, seizing the site's fortifications and taking the soldiers and camp followers at the British garrison as prisoners on July 16, 1779.

By May 1779 the war had been raging for four years and both sides were eager for a conclusion. Sir Henry Clinton, Commander-In-Chief of the British forces in America, attempted to coerce General George Washington into one decisive battle to control the Hudson River. As part of his strategy, Clinton fortified Stony Point. Washington devised a plan for Wayne to lead an attack on the garrison. Armed with bayonets only, the infantry captured the fort in short order, ending British control of the river.

The Stony Point Lighthouse, built in 1826, is the oldest lighthouse on the Hudson River. De-commissioned in 1925, it now stands as a historical reminder of the importance of lighthouses to commerce on the Hudson River. The opening of the Erie Canal in 1825 unleashed a surge of commercial navigation along the Hudson River, by linking New York city to America's heartland. Within a year, the first of the Hudson's fourteen lights shone at Stony Point and others soon followed, designed to safely guide maritime travel along the river. Many light keepers, including several remarkable women such as Nancy and Melinda Rose at Stony Point, made their homes in the lighthouse complexes, and ensured that these important navigational signals never failed to shine.

The site features a museum, which offers exhibits on the battle and the Stony Point Lighthouse, as well as interpretive programs, such as reenactments highlighting 18th century military life, cannon and musket firings, cooking demonstrations, and children's activities and blacksmith demonstrations.

This park preserves the site of one of the last major Revolutionary War battles fought in the northeastern colonies. It is also home to the oldest lighthouse on the Hudson River. For further information, call 845.786.2521 or visit this website: www.palisadesparksconservancy.org

Visit the 18th century military encampment as they commemorate American Brigadier General Anthony Wayne's daring nighttime assault on the British fortifications at Stony Point. There will be musket, rifle and artillery demonstrations, talks presented by soldiers and women from the camp on military and domestic topics, cooking demonstrations, blacksmithing, along with colonial games and wooden musket drills for children.The Stony Point Lighthouse is the Hudson River's oldest Lighthouse, which protected the entrance to the Hudson Highlands from 1826 to 1925. The pyramidal stone structure was restored in 1975, and there is a fine view from the top.  The 33-acre site contains a museum featuring British ordnance captured during the assault and artifacts uncovered during archaeological digs.
Signs along a self-guided walking trail describe the earthworks and their storming. 

For further information, visit their website: https://parks.ny.gov/historic-sites/8/details.aspx                                                        
Charters of Freedom From National Archives

These three documents, known collectively as the Charters of Freedom, have secured the rights of the American people for more than two and a quarter centuries and are considered instrumental to its founding and philosophy of the United States.  They are:  The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.  View them all at this link:  https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs

Declaration of Independence - July 4th, 1776

In Congress, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America, 
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

To read the rest of the Declaration of Independence, view this link:

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: Since 2013, VVA Chapter 333 has 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:  ldtrt16@aol.com so a proper vetting process can begin by both Marcus and Roy. 

Roy Tschudy and Marcus Arroyo have recently presented a mountain bike to an Army Combat veteran. The veteran was injured during his tour of duty in Iraq. He has a wife and a daughter and lives in the Hudson Valley.

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 Amazon.com 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. 

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:  http://www.usis.net/.  If interested in any of these positions, please send an updated resume to: Anjelica Pagnozzi - Recruitment@usis.net    (845) 353-9248.    Please submit resumes and questions to Anjelica Pagnozzi: recruitment@usis.net

Creative Design Construction:  Nicole@creativedesignconstruction.com - Creative Design Construction, 204 Livingston Street in Northvale, New Jersey 07647, works all over the Rockland/Bergen County area, are currently looking to expand production teams and are interested in candidates that are willing to learn or have experience in construction. We thought this might be a great opportunity for veterans that are returning from service.  We sincerely appreciate their service and would love to give them the opportunity for full-time employment.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Nicole at 201-768-5813. View their website here:  https://creativedesignconstruction.com/

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 - https://wmchealthjobs.org/search-jobs/

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: http://a856-gbol.nyc.gov/GBOLWebsite/

Rockland County Employment Information:
Here is a link to current job openings available in Rockland County
http://rocklandgov.com/departments/personnel/job-opportunities/

Rockland County Veterans' Credits:
http://rocklandgov.com/files/8115/1120/9567/Veterans_Credit_Info.pdf

New York City Civil Service Jobs, Tests, and Results as listed in The Chief:
http://thechiefleader.com/news/civil_service/

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

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

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




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: drobin137@icloud.com.

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. 


You can find information, useful links, and view our website at: http://www.rockvets.com/

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:  pat@rockvets.com.

We are not affiliated with Rockland County Government nor the Veterans Service Agency of Rockland.

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 pat@rockvets.com. 

Please pass this newsletter along to others who may be interested. You can sign up to receive the newsletters through our website:  http://www.rockvets.com/Contact-Us

If you would like us to publish information about any upcoming events or other items of interest to veterans, be in touch.  pat@rockvets.com

RockVets website:  http://www.rockvets.com/

RockVets newsletters: http://www.rockvets.com/newsletters

Please note - new mailing address:
New York Vets, Inc. / RockVets
Pat McGlade
P.O. Box 387
Tomkins Cove, New York 10986








   
  



               
                                                                                                                                 
     
     
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