Senator Carlucci will hold a public hearing hosted by the Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities on the topic of veterans' mental health and well-being. The hearing will take place on Wednesday, November 6th, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. at the Clarkstown Town Hall, 10 Maple Avenue, 2nd Floor, New City, New York 10956. There will be an opportunity to hear testimony concerning veterans' mental health and to discuss policies New York State can implement to improve the well-being of our nation's veterans.
According to a Veterans Administration study, 22 veterans commit suicide each day—one every 65 minutes. According to the National Center for PTSD, more than 1 in 10 veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. The goal of this hearing is to take testimony on policies and approaches which may work to improve the mental health and well-being of or our veterans and active military personnel.
Star-Spangled Mystery Presentation on 11/11/2019
Marc Ferris will present Star-Spangled Mystery at Valley Cottage Library, free, at 1:00 p.m. on Veterans Day, November 11th, 2019 at the Valley Cottage Library, 110 Route 303, Valley Cottage, New York 10989.
STAR-SPANGLED MYSTERY Program:
Few people know that vets are primarily responsible for successfully lobbying congress in the 1920s to enact anthem legislation in 1931. Marc Ferris covers this in his non-partisan presentation "Star-Spangled Mystery," which centers on patriotic music and songs that every American knows.
Written in 1814, “The Star-Spangled Banner” is the most controversial song in United States history and it continues to inflame passions. How did it get to be our national anthem? In this presentation, author Marc Ferris relates the song's fascinating hidden history, punctuated by live musical renditions of its original version along with other tunes considered for anthem status in this broad sweep of American music and political history.
Friday, November 8th, 2019: Veterans Appreciation Ceremony and Breakfast at Street Community Center, 31 Zukor Road, New City, New York 10956. Guest Speaker is Alan Moskin. Ceremony at 9:30 a.m. followed by breakfast. Please RSVP via email: email@example.com or call 845-639-6200.
Friday, November 8th, 2019: Holiday for Heroes Veterans' Brunch from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Tappan Firehouse, 300 Western Highway, Orangetown. All veterans, active duty military, and their families are welcome. Parking is available in lot across from the Firehouse.
Sunday, November 10th, 2019: The Rockland County Coordinating Council will hold their annual Veterans Day Ceremony and announcement of the Veteran of the Year at 12:00 noon in front of the Allison-Parris Office Building, 11 New Hempstead Road, New City, New York 10956. This year the Veteran of the Year honor goes to Roy Tschudy, who served his country and now serves his community. Among other things, Roy is Co-Chair of the Handcycle Program of Vietnam Veterans Chapter #333. The public is invited and welcome to attend the ceremony.
Sunday, November 10th, 2019: 73rd Annual Jewish War Veterans, PFC Fred Hecht Post 425 is having their annual Membership Breakfast at 9:45 a.m. on November 10th, 2019. It will be held at Congregaton Sharrey Israel, 18 Montebello Road, Montebello, New York 10901.
Sunday, November 10th, 2019: Frank's 29th Annual Marine Corps Birthday Party: 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m,. at American Legion Kearsng-Edward Post 1600, 20 Station Road, Pomona, New York 10970. Cash bar at the Post. All veterans are welcome.
Monday, November 11th, 2019: Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony, Monday, November 11, 2019
from 11 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Village of Suffern and American Legion Fromm Maxwell DeBaun Post #859
Suffern, New York 10901. Join the Village of Suffern and American Legion Fromm Maxwell DeBaun Post #859 at the Annual Veterans Day Parade. Parade will line up at Village Hall, and proceed to Soldiers Monument for the ceremony. Address: 61 Washington Avenue, Suffern, New York 10901
Phone: 845-357-7943 Website: https://suffernny.gov/event/veterans-day-parade-and-ceremony/
Monday, November 11th, 2019: Ceremony for Our Fallen Veterans will be held at the Calico Hill Veterans Memorial Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. The cemetery is located on West Railroad Avenue and Andrews Drive.
Monday, November 11th, 2019: Marc Ferris presentation at Valley Cottage Library at 1:00 p.m., 110 Route 303, Valley Cottage, New York 10989. For further information, call Marc at 914-478-1233.
Monday, November 11th, 2019: Veterans Memorial Association in Congers will conduct a brief wreath-laying ceremony at 11:00 a.m., 65 Lake Road, Congers, New York 10920. Light refreshments will be served immediately after the ceremony. For further information, contact Russ Vignali at 914-872-7250 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, November 11th, 2019: Street Rededication Ceremony in honor of Veteran Seaman Gilbert Fontaine from Spring Valley. Gilbert Fontaine died in the Middle East while serving during Operation Desert Shield. The Street location is at the corner of Lincoln and Roosevelt in Spring Valley.
Sunday, December 8th, 2019: The Annual Pearl Harbor Ceremony will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Suffern Village Hall (61 Washington Avenue). All are invited to attend. For more information, please contact the Village of Suffern Recreation Department at 845-357-7943 or email: email@example.com
Please check with your Town for other local Veterans Day parades and events.
Bombings of Beirut Barracks in 1983
By KEVIN VANDENBURG | The Sun Journal | Associated Press | Published: November 2, 2019
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — For the Marines who survived the bombings of their Beirut barracks in 1983, comfort is found in each other.
Thirty-six years ago on Oct. 23 in Beirut, Lebanon, 241 military members were killed during a peacekeeping mission when terrorists crashed a truck loaded with bombs into the barracks housing them. In total, 307 people lost their lives due to the attack, including 58 French military personnel who were also there for the same mission and additional U.S. service members who died as a result of injuries sustained in the bombing. The Beirut bombing of 1983 was one of the deadliest single-days for the U.S. Armed Forces.
Every year since 1986 a remembrance ceremony has been held in Jacksonville near Camp Lejeune at what is now the Beirut Memorial in honor of those who lost their lives, many of whom were stationed at Camp Lejeune and part of the Jacksonville community.
While many surviving veterans of the attack were present for the 36th anniversary this year, for some the pain was still as fresh as the day it happened, which had prevented them from attending the ceremony in the past. "I couldn't come here for about 20 years," said Jack MacDonald, a lance corporal who served at Beirut during the attack. "The first time I came here I was like a wallflower, way in the back, just stayed by myself. But then all my brothers started coming around, they brought me back home."
Many of the Marines who survived the attack have dealt with the memories with the aid of their fellow Marines. Cpl. Dan Brown, a veteran of Beirut, drove from Fort Meyers, Florida to attend the remembrance for the second time. He was one of the Marines who struggled with the memory of the bombings, which he called a "traumatic time." Many of the surviving Marines have issues stemming from the attack and coped with alcohol, among other things, according to Brown. However, it was three of his fellow Marines coming together that helped Brown face the memory.
"There are still veterans of the Beirut bombing who really seclude themselves and don't want any interaction with the outside world," Brown said. "It takes a lot to draw them out, as these guys drew me out of my shell about five years ago."
It was Lance Cpl. Pablo Romero's first time at the remembrance. Romero, who survived the bombing, drove down to Jacksonville from Trenton, New Jersey with his sister, Olga Romero, after she heard about the ceremony through the Beirut Veterans of America organization. The Romeros plan to attend the remembrance every year from now on.
"I never knew this was going on," Pablo Romero said. "It's humbling. I've been battling PTSD and this has been a little bit of closure and it has definitely helped coming back." Pablo Romero came looking for his long-lost brothers in arms. "I found one of them," he said. "It was very good, hopefully I can find another one, I've actually been looking for my staff sergeant, Kenny."
For Cpl. Tommy Rutter and Lance Cpl. Harry Mincer, both Beirut veterans, the ceremony was also all about their brothers. "It's a remembrance of the ones we lost," Mincer said. "Our friends, fellow comrades, and just letting people not forget what happened."
Mincer, Rutter, and other veterans expressed gratitude toward the Jacksonville community for holding the event each year and taking care of the memorial grounds.
"They do a wonderful job," Mincer said.
Mincer drives from Sayre, Pennsylvania, and Rutter from the Baltimore area every year for the remembrance. They spend the week in Jacksonville driving their motorcycles and enjoying the beaches.
"To see the community respond like this is very touching," Brown said. "It means a lot."
MacDonald lived and worked in upstate New York until he retired. Attending the ceremony, seeing the memorial, and experiencing the area's support for military swayed him to becoming a permanent member of Jacksonville. "I was so impressed with the way the community came together that I moved down here to retire," he said.
With the Marine Corps’ 244th birthday quickly approaching, the commandant has released a long and winding video attempting to tie his vision for the Corps with the service’s historic past.
The video starts with narration from Commandant Gen. David Berger and then Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Troy Black while Marines prepare gear and load onto a MV-22 Osprey, departing on a combat mission.
“Every Marine trains, prepares, 24-7 to get the phone call in the middle of the night that your unit’s deploying,” Berger says in the video. “The phone call that you weren’t expecting, but you’re ready for.”
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VA awards millions in adaptive sports grant funding for disabled Veterans. Grants promote rehabilitation, quality of life and community reintegration
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) awarded $14.8 million in grants for adaptive sports programs benefitting Veterans with disabilities and disabled members of the Armed Forces at the end of September.
Of the total, $1.5 million is being used to support organizations that offer equine-assisted therapy to support mental health.
“Adaptive sports help Veterans thrive both physically and mentally as they challenge their inner strength and open pathways to community integration,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “We are honored to partner with over 120 organizations dedicated to providing adaptive sports and equine-assisted activities to help Veterans discover what’s next, not just in sports, but also in life.”
VA awarded 126 grants to national, regional and community programs, which will reach about 11,000 Veterans and service members from every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
VA awarded the grants to Veterans Service Organizations; city and regional municipalities; and other community groups to provide a wide range of adaptive sports opportunities. The grants will also benefit national governing bodies which prepare high level athletes for Paralympic competition.
Grant recipients may use the funds for planning, developing, managing and implementing adaptive sports programs. In addition to equine therapy, the grants will support well-known adaptive sports such as cycling, kayaking and archery to less traditional sports like hiking, hunting and paragliding.
Information about the awardees and details of the program are available at this link: www.va.gov/adaptivesports and @Sports4Vets on social media.
Free Flu Shots Available for Veterans at Walgreens
VA and Walgreens are national partners, providing no-cost quadrivalent flu shots to enrolled Veterans of the VA health care system. Now through March 31, 2020, enrolled Veteran patients nationwide have the option of getting their flu shot at any of Walgreens’ 9,600 locations, in addition to their local VA health care facilities. Long Description
How do I get my flu shot for free at Walgreens?
No appointment is required. Simply go to any Walgreens, tell the pharmacist you receive care at a VA facility, and show your Veterans Health Identification Card and another form of photo ID. (Patients will also be asked to complete a vaccine consent form at the time of service.)
Walgreens has the capability to electronically send vaccination information to the VA and your immunization record will be updated in your VA electronic health record.
The VA-Walgreens national partnership is part of VA’s eHealth Exchange project. This national program ensures that many Veterans get their no-cost flu shot at their local Walgreens, satisfying their wellness reminder because they either found it more convenient or did not have a scheduled appointment at a local VA health care facility.
Can I get my flu shot at no cost at the VA?
Yes! If you are enrolled with VA you may receive a no-cost flu shot during any scheduled VA appointment or at one of the convenient walk-in flu stations. For more information on locations and hours contact your local VA health care facility.
VA announces new process for responding to Privacy Act requests
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) implemented a new process Oct. 1 for responding to Privacy Act requests from claimants received by the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) for access to their claims files. VA has amended its process for those requesting their own information while respecting the privacy rights of third-parties by redacting third-party personally identifiable information (PII) from the claims files.
“VA is committed to providing Veterans prompt access to their claim records increasing transparency and improving customer service,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “It’s imperative that we protect files containing sensitive and personal information. VBA is required by the Privacy Act to allow Veterans -- or their representatives -- the opportunity to review or make copies of claims files. Under this new process, VA does not anticipate delays in forwarding copies of claims files to Veterans or their designated representatives.
Remains of Lt. Thomas J. Crotty Return Home
By AARON BESECKER | The Buffalo News, N.Y. | Published: November 2, 2019
(Tribune News Service) — A military aid society has established an award to honor Lt. Thomas "Jimmy" Crotty, a South Buffalo native whose remains came back to Western New York this week.
The Lt. Thomas James Crotty Inspirational Leadership Award will be given by Coast Guard Mutual Assistance to its representative who "best exemplifies a willingness to go above and beyond in the service of the Coast Guard community," the organization announced. Crotty died in July 1942 in a Japanese prison camp. He was 30. Crotty served on American minesweeper and was heralded for actions during the siege of Corregidor in the Philippines.
His remains were identified this summer and arrived Friday at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. A funeral Mass and burial are scheduled for November 2nd, 2019.
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"Special Breed of Courageous"
'Special breed of courageous': Delta Force operator hails valor of military dog wounded in Baghdadi raid by Russ Read / October 27, 2019 10:27 PM
Though no U.S. forces were killed in the Saturday evening raid that led to the death of an ISIS leader, one military working dog suffered severe injuries in the line of duty.
The dog, whose name and breed remain unknown, chased Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi into a tunnel and cornered him. With no place to go, the terrorist leader blew himself up along with three of his children, who he was using as human shields. The dog’s injuries highlighted the importance of military working dogs in special operations. Often, they will enter the danger zone with a camera on their backs before the humans do so.
"The dog is a war veteran and a valued member of the team," a currently serving soldier assigned to Delta Force told the Washington Examiner. The soldier did not provide details, pending permission from the dog's handler and chain of command. Everyone involved in the mission is being debriefed and is out of communication for the time being, the soldier said. Within the community, he says, "The injury to the dog is an injury to one of us. These dogs are a special breed of courageous."
Military working dogs are essential teammates for U.S. soldiers, especially in the counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations that followed the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. But the dogs used by the military’s most elite units are elite themselves. Like their human counterparts, they are hand-picked to serve in units like Delta Force, the Army Rangers, and the Navy SEALs.
In the May 2011 Navy SEAL raid in which al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed, a Belgian Malinois dog called Cairo flew into Abbotabad in Pakistan on a Black Hawk. Cairo, four SEALs, and a translator were used to help secure the perimeter around the compound while six other SEALs stormed the building.
The multipurpose canines, usually German shepherds or Belgian Malinois, are capable of a variety of tasks, including attacking the enemy and bomb-sniffing. They are often the first into the breach in a fight, giving them special significance among the special operations forces with which they operate.
The Belgian Malinois is the breed of choice for many units. These stocky dogs are essentially a smaller version of a German shepherd, making them ideal for parachuting and fast-roping out of aircraft. Their shorter coat is also well-suited for hot environments such as Iraq or Afghanistan. The breed has been so prominent in recent wars that the Special Operations Force Dog Memorial in Fayetteville, North Carolina, features a bronze statue of a Belgian Malinois.
“The dog holds one rank higher than who’s handling them because that’s how valued they are as a team member,” Deborah Scranton, a filmmaker who directed the documentary War Dog: A Soldier’s Best Friend, told the Washington Examiner.
Traditionally, the dogs hold the rank of a noncommissioned officer. They outrank their handlers as a way to prevent mistreatment, according to the U.S. Army.
“That's out of respect," Army Sgt. 1st Class Regina Johnson, operations superintendent at the Military Working Dog School, told Linda Crippen of the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command. "I see it all the time, especially in these young handlers. They make the mistake of thinking they're actually in charge. You've got to tell them, 'Hold up. That dog has trained 100 students. That dog is trying to tell you something.' I think the tradition grew out of a few handlers recognizing the dog as their partner."
The bond between handlers and military dogs is strong. Handlers are known to sleep in kennels with their dogs in order to gain their trust. Many of the dogs go on to live with their handlers after they are retired from service, though until 2000, older dogs were considered “surplus equipment” and were euthanized instead of put up for adoption. Today, handlers are prioritized in the adoption process and several organizations exist to help place them in homes where they can live out their retirement.
Here is some information on the HANDCYCLE PROGRAM from Roy Tsudy of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter #333: In 2013, VVA Chapter 333 created their Handcycle Program. Roy, along with fellow chapter Vietnam veteran Marcus Arroyo and others (via fund raising along with donations) have purchased and donated 13 of these cycles to military veterans with leg amputations and / or spinal cord injuries. Unfortunately, due to strict adherence to HIPPA law, they cannot easily locate veterans who can benefit from having one of the hand cycles. They find the candidates via extensive research or word of mouth.
With that in mind, if you know of any veteran with combat related injuries who would like to own a Handcycle free of charge, please contact Roy Tschudy -- e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org so a proper vetting process can begin by both Marcus and Roy.
Because of the efforts of many Chapter 333 members who contribute their time for fundraising events at street fairs, Palisades Center mall events and so on, Roy and Marcus are truly humbled to have the opportunity to assist a "brother" in need!
Roy Tschudy, Vietnam veteran and Co-Chair of the Handcycle Program, has written a book about Vietnam titled: "ENDLESS." All proceeds of the sale of Roy's book will be donated to the Hand-Cycle Program.
"ENDLESS" is available in paperback or e-book form and can be purchased on Amazon.com at this link:
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Patient Service Representative-PSR - RadNet, New City, New York
Medical Receptionist - OSPREPT, Nyack, New York
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: http://www.careersforpeoplewithdisabilities.org/
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: email@example.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/
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 Combat Veteran ID Card offers all of the same benefits as the F.A.V.O.R. (Find and Assist Veterans of Record) card, which includes almost 1000 discounts to Rockland's veterans, but this new CVID card has specific advantages. The CVID card is co-sponsored by the Rockland County Police Benevolent Association and will be recognized by our local law enforcement agencies. So if you ever get pulled over, along with your license, registration, and insurance card, show the police officer your Combat Vet ID card so he knows you're an in-country vet.
Useful Telephone Numbers for Veterans
Rockland County Veterans Service Agency
Rockland County Sheriff’s Office
Veterans Peer-to-Peer (Counseling)
People to People (Food)
Montrose VA Hospital
New City VA Clinic
Rape Crisis Services (Main)
Rape Crisis Services (24/7)
Home Health Care
Good Samaritan Hospital Emergency
Nyack Hospital Emergency
Mental Health Association of Rockland County
Mobile Mental Health
West Point (nearest military base)
New York National Guard (Orangeburg, NY)
Army Reserve (Orangeburg, NY)
Rockland County Housing Action Coalition
Meals on Wheels
Rockland County Marine Corps League Auxiliary
The Rockland County Marine Corps League Auxiliary continues its on-going campaign - Pet Rescue - to reunite our troops with pets they may have had to leave in Afghanistan. Cans and bottles (no glass bottles) that can be recycled for cash, may be brought to Kearsing Edwards American Legion Post 1600, 20 Station Road in Pomona, New York. They are collected by ARC Pet Rescue volunteers and recycled. Contributions for the Pet Rescue Project are also welcome! The funds pay for food and water to sustain pets on their journey home; their transportation is free. For more information contact Chairman Dale Fisher 845-304- 3595.
Rockland County Marine Corps League - MASH Unit
We regularly receive donations of handicap assistance equipment for disabled veterans from people who want to help. Our donated equipment is available for free to military veterans and their families. The items include the following:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The volunteers at New York Vets / RockVets publish this monthly e-newsletter. We welcome your thoughts, questions, and feedback. E-mail: email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.