RockVets E-Newsletter: November 2017 Edition
Jerry Donnellan - email:  jerry@rockvets.com
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RockVets Newsletter


November 2017                        www.rockvets.com
Volume 9
Issue 11
 

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Secretary of the Veterans Administration

I had some hope for the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs. I base that on the fact that he was a doctor, and had worked for the VA system. Now it has all too quickly become business as usual. After six months on the job the Secretary took a 10 day vacation to London, throwing in a meeting with British and Danish veteran officials so that we could pay for his trip. He also took his wife and we picked up her expenses somehow. Strangely enough, the trip coincided with the Wimbleton championship. [Washington Post 9/29/17] 

Mind you, the VA hasn't managed to kill as many veterans in one place as they did in Phoenix early in 2014 but things haven't improved. The Secretary seems to be fiddling while VA burns.  April Wood was medically discharged for an ankle injury in 2004. She continued to have pain and went to the VA hospital in Maine. After two botched surgeries, she chose to have the leg amputated. Thomas Franchini was her doctor. In 88 cases the VA concluded that Franchini made mistakes that harm veterans: "We found that he was a dangerous surgeon" said Chief of Surgery Robert Sampson, but he wasn't fired or reported to the national database. He was allowed to resign and is now working as a podiatrist in New York City. 

You know the case is the VA came to settlements with employees who had made serious mistakes This was to keep it under the radar so to speak, and in 2014 and 2015 VA had paid out over $6.7 million. In that same two years, 126 employees who were to be fired, were allowed to resign. In 82 cases the VA agreed to purge negative records from personnel files; 75 employees were given neutral references hiding misconduct; 70 employees agreed not to apply to VA hospitals either for a few years or for life; 38 cases included clauses barring disclosure of terms granted. This was before the current Secretary took office but six months into the job he's on vacation — kind of like the captain of the Titanic saying, “Don't worry folks! We are just stopping for ice!” 

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs there are 21 million veterans. According to the United States Census Bureau there are 18 — even using VA numbers. Of the 21 million, less than half, or 9 million, are even registered with the VA and of that number, only 5 million actually use the VA system.  Further, in the past ten years the number of veterans have dropped by 3 million or 14%. That trend is only going to accelerate. The largest portion of the veteran population is Vietnam veterans averaging 70 years of age, the last of the draft. Anyway, at the same time the veteran population dropped by 14%, VA budget increased by 225 percent. 

The Secretary in June, (that must've been just before his London trip,) went to Congress for an increase in funding because of over-runs on a program called Veterans Choice. This program was instituted in early 2014 after 40 veterans died in Phoenix waiting for care. Simply put, it allows a veteran who didn't care to use the VA services, to seek healthcare on the outside. This is only under certain conditions. 

Well, in a normal world if a CEO saw that, they would think, “What are they doing wrong?” Not the VA — they simply went to Congress and got another $2.1 billion for the program. And the Secretary feels that they are now facing another short fall, but don't worry — supposedly in November the VA will issue all veterans a photo ID card. Does this mean those veterans will be entitled to VA healthcare? Not necessarily, however they can use the card for discounts in stores, parks, restaurants, pubs, post exchanges etc. which means VA will give the vet a card, so that other folks can give the veteran a break. They have yet to decide whether or not they are going to charge for this card. 

Most non-veterans think that every veteran receives healthcare from the Department of Veterans Affairs — not so. The other piece of this is that these cards will only be available online. That won’t help older veterans who do not have access to a computer. But this is the part that I love the best — they were asking veterans to upload a recent photograph to be used on the card. Tell me that doesn’t open the door to drug dealers, con men, illegal aliens, and terrorists who would love to have a federal photographed ID that leads people to believe that they are a veteran of the Armed Services. Happy Veterans Day! 

Jerry Donnellan, Director -- Veterans Service Agency of Rockland --  email: jerry@rockvets.com 

Army

What a surprise — Army recruitment is down! So what to do — raise salaries? A Sergeant in the Army with three years in makes $27,000.00 a year. Shorten tours? No, the Army will do what it's always done: lower requirements. I think that's how I got in in 1968. Vietnam wasn't going well so even with the Draft they couldn't fill quotas. 
I'm sure we all had folks in our units that shouldn't have been there. It's one thing stateside because you can cover for them, and look out for them. However, in a line infantry company they are going to get themselves killed and probably those around them. Now the Army has another idea — they're going to replace Special Forces and Rangers with regular troops to do the same job. According to the release, these troops are all volunteers and will be highly motivated and trained in many ways similar to Special Forces and similar to Ranger Regiment. Why do I get the idea we're trying to save money again? It looks like we don't have to worry about Iraq or Afghanistan or Iran or Korea — the Pentagon is trying to kill us.   Email:  jerry@rockvets.com


Navy

I wasn't in the Navy, but I lived on a boat for a while. Like you, when I heard about the collision of the USS Fitzgerald I was of course, saddened with the loss of life but then the second thought came as to how did a $1 billion Navy destroyer not see a huge container-ship coming? The Fitzgerald wasn't actually the worst, but there were three others — the USS McCain where 10 sailors were killed. Then the USS Antietam ran aground in January in Tokyo Bay dumping 1100 gallons of hydraulic fluid. Then the USS Champlain collided with a South Korean fishing boat. 

All this in the Seventh Fleet — all this off of Asia — and all of this in the first eight months of this year. After reading what I could in Stars & Stripes, military.com, Navy Times, etc. the consensus seems to be the Navy may have gone too far overboard with new technology, and basic seamanship has suffered. 

In 2005 the Navy began phasing out paper charts, in favor of electronic displays. In 2003 the Navy, no longer requiring months of Navigational School, instead gave Junior Officers a packet of CDs containing self-paced lessons. I'm sure it's cheaper and cuts down on the crew size. However, people watching screens all day are going to become complacent. 

Then there's the other piece of this that not many seem to be talking about: who's to say the information coming from the technology is accurate and who's to say they can't be hacked? 
All of these "mishaps" as the Navy calls them, were off Asia, one off the East Coast of Korea. Maybe it's time to dig out the old 1902 Blue Jackets Manual.   E-mail:  jerry@rockvets.com
 

Removing Religious Symbols

I recently read an article that the Director of the Houston Texas VA Cemetery would not let a Pastor use the word “God” in his presentation. It reminded me of several years ago when a group of atheists were suing to have a cross removed from public land. 


Twelve years ago I wrote this piece but it seems to still apply today:


Atheists are suing to have religious symbols removed from public land. They have every right to do that because centuries of soldiers sacrificed their lives for that and other freedoms. What's ironic is that millions of those dead GIs now lie in public land, most having a stone on their grave with a cross or a star. If we're going to do this thing, let's not limit it to Jews and Christians. We need to be fair all the way around. 


For example, my ancestors worshipped trees which, knowing my family, isn't a real stretch! Tribes in the Western United States worshipped the Buffalo. Therefore, trees and Buffalo should be removed from public land. Other cultures and religions worshipped the sun as a god. Removing the sun from pubic land could be a little tricky — except in Washington D.C. where they have been in the dark for a long time! But fair is fair, so I wish our atheist friends Godspeed and hope they have a nice holiday season. 

Jerry Donnellan / e-mail: jerry@rockvets.com

NFL   

We received this from one of our veterans but can't say who originally wrote it.  See what you think....

You graduated high school in 2011.  Your teenage years were a struggle.  You grew up on the wrong side of the tracks.  Your mother was the leader of the family and worked tirelessly to keep a roof over your head and food on your plate.  Academics were a struggle for you and your grades were mediocre at best. The only thing that made you stand out is you weighed 225 lbs and could run 40 yards in 4.2 seconds while carrying a football.   Your best friend was just like you, except he didn’t play football.  Instead of going to football practice after school, he went to work at McDonalds for minimum wage.  You were recruited by all the big colleges and spent every weekend of your senior year making visits to universities where coaches and boosters tried to convince you their school was best.  They laid out the red carpet for you. Your best friend worked double shifts at Mickey D’s.  College was not an option for him. On the day you signed with Big State University, your best friend signed paperwork with his Army recruiter.  You went to summer workouts. He went to basic training.

You spent the next four years living in the athletic dorm, eating at the training table. You spent your Saturdays on the football field, cheered on by adoring fans.  Tutors attended to your every academic need.  You attended class when you felt like it. Sure, you worked hard.  You lifted weights, ran sprints, studied plays, and soon became one of the top football players in the country.  Your best friend was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. While you were in college, he deployed to Iraq once and Afghanistan twice.  He became a Sergeant and led a squad of 19 year old soldiers who grew up just like he did.  He shed his blood in Afghanistan and watched young American's give their lives, limbs, and innocence for the USA.
 
You went to the NFL combine and scored off the charts.  You hired an agent and waited for draft day.  You were drafted in the first round and your agent immediately went to work, ensuring that you received the most money possible. You signed for $16 million although you had never played a single down of professional football.  Your best friend re-enlisted in the Army for four more years. As a combat tested sergeant, he will be paid $32,000 per year.
You will drive a Ferrari on the streets of South Beach.  He will ride in the back of a Blackhawk helicopter with 10 other combat loaded soldiers.  You will sleep at the Ritz.  He will dig a hole in the ground and try to sleep.  You will “make it rain” in the club.  He will pray for rain as the temperature reaches 120 degrees.
 
On Sunday, you will run into a stadium as tens of thousands of fans cheer and yell your name.  For your best friend, there is little difference between Sunday and any other day of the week.  There are no adoring fans.  There are only people trying to kill him and his soldiers. Every now and then, he and his soldiers leave the front lines and “go to the rear” to rest.  He might be lucky enough to catch an NFL game on TV.  When the National Anthem plays and you take a knee, he will jump to his feet and salute the television.  While you protest the unfairness of life in the United States, he will give thanks to God that he has the honor of defending his great country.
 
To the players of the NFL:  We are the people who buy your tickets, watch you on TV, and wear your jerseys.  We anxiously wait for Sundays so we can cheer for you and marvel at your athleticism. Although we love to watch you play, we care little about your opinions until you offend us. You have the absolute right to express yourselves, but we have the absolute right to boycott you.  We have tolerated your drug use and DUIs, your domestic violence, and your vulgar displays of wealth.  We should be ashamed for putting our admiration of your physical skills before what is morally right.  But now you have gone too far. You have insulted our flag, our country, our soldiers, our police officers, and our veterans. You are living the American dream, yet you disparage our great country.  I am done with NFL football and encourage all like minded Americans to boycott the NFL as well.
 
National boycott of the NFL for Sunday November 12th, Veterans Day Weekend. Boycott all football telecast, all fans, all ticket holders, stay away from attending any games, let them play to empty stadiums. Pass this post along to all your friends and family. Honor our military, some of whom come home with the American Flag draped over their coffin.

Senator David Carlucci - Veterans' Breakfast 

On Friday, November 3, 2017 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am, State Senator David Carlucci will hold a breakfast honoring Rockland County Veterans.  The breakfast will be held at the Nyack Seaport, 21 Burd St, Nyack, New York 10960. For further information or to sign up for Senator Carlucci's Veterans' Breakfast, please contact: 
Oscar Dunham, Director of Operations, The Office of New York State Senator David Carlucci (SD-38)
(Rockland Office) 845-623-3627  (Albany Office) 518-455-2991.


VVA #333 Celebrated 30 Year Anniversary DVD

Congratulations again to VVA #333 on their 30th Anniversary.  Everyone in attendance enjoyed themselves at the dinner dance on October 28th.  As part of the festivities, they showed a continually playing video of old photos spanning the last 30 years!  They are making the DVD available for the purchase price of $20.00.  If you are interested in obtaining one of these momentos, please contact Alan Dagistino, VVA #333 President, at 845-942-0599.






Veteran of the Year for 2018 

On Sunday, November 12th, 2017, starting at 12:00 noon, Veterans Day Service and Veteran of the Year Ceremony will be held at the Rockland County Court House on Main Street in New City, New York  10956.  This year, Jerry Donnellan, Director of the Rockland County Veterans Service Agency, has been chosen as Veteran of the Year.  The public is welcome and encouraged to attend the events.

Upcoming Events 

Friday, November 3rd, 2017: From 9:00 am - 11:00 am, State Senator David Carlucci will hold a breakfast honoring Rockland County Veterans.  The breakfast will be held at the Nyack Seaport, 21 Burd St, Nyack, New York 10960. For further information or to sign up for Senator Carlucci's Veterans' Breakfast, please contact: 
Oscar Dunham, Director of Operations, The Office of New York State Senator David Carlucci (SD-38)
(Rockland Office) 845-623-3627  (Albany Office) 518-455-2991.

Saturday, November 4th, 2017:  Rockland County American Legion -- Commander Dominic Filippone
20 Station Road -- Pomona, NY 10970 -- 845-507-2848 -- e-mail Dominic Filippone, RCAL Commander at: Dompf1524@yahoo.com.   County Commanders, Auxiliary Presidents, and SAL:  Invitation to our Department Commanders of New York Visitation for November 4th, 2017. The main event will revolve around Commander Rena Nessler -- First Woman Commander in Department of New York.  The event will be held at Kruckers Catering and Picnic Grove -- Address: 77-81 Call Hollow Rd, Pomona, NY 10970 . Phone: (845) 354-9832.
The festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. with one hour of open bar. Followed by introductions, and ceremonies.
Dinner menu is as follows: Assortment of appetizers during cocktail hour...Choice of: Chicken Marsala, or Prime rib a jus...( Please order with your Acceptance reply )
Tickets are $60.00 at door.  Send checks to Rockland County American Legion at address above.

Sunday, November 5th, 2017:  VFW Post 1615, located on Lester Drive and Independence Avenue in Orangeburg, New York.  Veterans Day Ceremony starts at 10:00 a.m. 

Sunday, November 5th, 2017:  Marine Corps League unofficial Birthday get-together from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  This will be held at the Kearsing and Edwards American Legion Post 1600, 20 Station Road, in Pomona, New York 10970.  Free food - free entertainment - lots of fun.

Friday, November 10th, 2017:  Marine Corps League salutes decreased Marines at Loescher/Onderdunk Cemeteries.  Loescher Veterans Cemetery, Brick Church Road, New Hempstead (Spring Valley); Onderdunk Cemetery at Rockland Community College, Suffern, New York.  Muster 0800 at Loescher Veterans Cemetery.

Friday, November 10th, 2017:  Marine Corps Birthday Luncheon at Kruckers Catering and Picnic Grove, 77-81 Call Hallow Road, Pomona, New York 10970.  11:30 a.m. cash bar followed by lunch. $39.00 prior to the event, $45.00 at the door.

Sunday, November 12th, 2017:  VVA Chapter #333 Veterans Day Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park off Orangeburg Road, Orangeburg, New York 10962.  Muster 0930 -- Ceremony 10:00 a.m. 

Sunday, November 12th, 2017:  Veterans Day Service and Veteran of the Year Ceremony -- Muster 11:30 a.m. and Ceremony at 12:00 noon.  Jerry Donnellan has been chosen as Veteran of the Year.  The ceremony will be held on the steps of the Rockland County Court-House, Main Street in New York, New York 10956.

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017:  Job Fair for Veterans. Noon – 2:00 p.m. • Student Union, Room 3214
Rockland Community College 145 College Road, Suffern, New York 10901
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 visit: www.sunyrockland.edu/go/vetsjobfair
• Employers can register online or contact Student Career Services at 845-574-4369

Thursday, November 16th, 2017:  Third Annual Bourbon and Tequila Tasting to be held at the American Legion Hall, 85 Piermont Avenue, Nyack, New York 10960 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  This event will benefit the American Legion and Nyack Rotary Foundation.  Early bird tickets are $50.00 per person or $60.00 at the door.  Cash or check. Please RSVP to John O'Brien at john@obriencm.com.  Learn about Bourbon and Tequila while tasting six different blends.  Tasty finger food will be supplied, courtesy of Nyack Gourmet.  There is also wine and been available.


Twenty-Sixth Annual R.C. Marine Corps Birthday Party

TWENTY-SIXTH ANNUAL ROCKLAND COUNTY MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY PARTY
Friday November 10, 2017 from 1130-1230 Cocktail and Sea Story Hour (CASH BAR) Lunch at 12:30
Krucker’s Catering and Picnic Grove -- 81 Call Hollow Road, Pomona, NY (845) 354-9832
Prime Rib of Beef, Lemon Salmon, or Chicken Marsala, Wine for Toast, Beer on Tables at Luncheon, Birthday Cake and Coffee. 
Make checks payable to: Rockland County Marine Corps League   ($45.00 AT THE DOOR)
Very Special Guest Speaker SgtMaj Michael Mack
Spouses, Companions and Friends Welcome
Please enter the entree preference of each person on the Door Prize ticket below, so that we can properly plan,
IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE HAVE YOUR RESERVATION BY OCTOBER 31
Please send your CHECK and DOOR PRIZE ticket to:
Rockland County Marine Corps League 20 Station Road
Pomona, New York 10970
 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>CUT OFF AND MAIL WITH YOUR CHECK<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
          DOOR PRIZE TICKET
TWENTY SIXTH ANNUAL ROCKLAND COUNTY MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY LUNCHEON
NAME:___________________________________________ # OF GUESTS__________________ ADDRESS:________________________________________________________________________ 
TELEPHONE #:_________________________ DOB (For Cake Cutting Ceremony)__________
Entree:______ PRIME RIB OF BEEF ______ LEMON SALMON______ CHICKEN MARSALA (PLEASE SELECT AN ENTREE CHOICE FOR EACH ATTENDEE)
                                                           
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SPONSOR A MARINE AT THIS YEAR’S LUNCHEON? These Funds Allow Us to Invite Marines From MAG 49 At No Cost
Yes, I would like to sponsor _______ Marine(s) at $30.00 each

American Legion -- Department Commanders Visitation

Rockland County American Legion -- Commander Dominic Filippone
20 Station Road -- Pomona, NY 10970 -- 845-507-2848
e-mail Dominic Filippone, RCAL Commander at:  Dompf1524@yahoo.com
County Commanders, Auxiliary Presidents, and SAL:  Invitation to our Department Commanders of New York Visitation for November 4th, 2017.The main event will revolve around Commander Rena Nessler. First Woman Commander in Department of New York.  The event will be held at Kruckers Catering and Picnic Grove.
Address: 77-81 Call Hollow Rd, Pomona, NY 10970 . Phone: (845) 354-9832.
The festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. with one hour of open bar. Followed by introductions, and ceremonies.
Dinner menu is as follows: Assortment of appetizers during cocktail hour...Choice of: Chicken Marsala, or Prime rib a jus...( Please order with your Acceptance reply )
Tickets are $60.00 at door.  Send checks to Rockland County American Legion at address above

NY State Constitutional Convention on November Ballot 

There is a lot of information that goes viral on the internet, and it's important to check the validity of it.  There will be a vote on Election Day, November 7th, 2017, to determine if New York State should hold a Constitutional Convention.  
Here is a link to to some information about it and how the process works.  It would be a good idea to educate yourself on the process and be prepared for how the outcome might affect you.




Dental Insurance for Veterans 

For any veterans that want to enroll in dental insurance, pass the word along, as many veterans may not be aware of this. 

From: Doug Schobel [mailto:DSchobel@delta.org] 
VADIP Contract from Delta Dental

As your Delta Dental representative for the Veterans Affairs Dental Insurance Program (VADIP), I am happy to inform you we’ve been selected to continue as the dental benefits administrator through December 31, 2021. Your support and partnership over the last four years during the VADIP pilot program has truly been appreciated. 
Here are some things to know and share with your Veterans:

There will be no change in VADIP eligibility requirements:  VADIP will continue to be available to Veterans who are enrolled in the VA health care system and eligible beneficiaries of the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the VA (CHAMPVA).  An estimated 8.7 million Veterans and CHAMPVA beneficiaries are eligible to enroll in the VADIP.

Enrollment Starts Again on November 15th:  Any Veteran interested in enrolling in the VADIP can begin enrolling on November 15, 2017 for coverage to begin on December 1, 2017.

Introducing the Delta Dental VADIP Prime Plan:  Veterans should consider the new Delta Dental VADIP Prime Plan for an increased level of coverage for major procedures included with basic levels of care. Full Prime plan coverage details will be posted on our website by November 15. 

Current Delta Dental VADIP Enrollees Receive Continued Coverage:  Under the new contract, current VADIP enrollees in the Enhanced and Comprehensive plans will be able to continue their benefits with Delta Dental without disruption.

Delta Dental VADIP Standard Plan is coming to an end:  Current Delta Dental VADIP Standard Plan enrollees will be notified that their plan is ending on December 31, 2017. They will be able to enroll in one of the other Delta Dental VADIP plans (Enhanced, Comprehensive or Prime) beginning on November 15, 2017 and up until December 31, 2017, with a plan effective date of January 1, 2018.

We are currently updating our VADIP website in preparation to begin taking enrollments on November 15 and communicate to Veterans about these new and continuing dental benefits.

It has been a pleasure serving our Veterans and we are excited and honored to continue doing so.  If your state is hosting an annual VSO training or other big conference that I can support, or if there is any other way I can be of assistance, please let me know.  I appreciate your partnership and look forward to working together to educate the Veterans on their new Delta Dental VADIP options. If you haven’t done so already, please Like my Facebook page, as I’ll be posting updates as I get them.  

Delta Dental offers a network of providers covering all 50 United States, Washington D.C., and the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Enrollees will have access to more than 200,000 network dentist locations, including 47,000 specialist locations and three Delta Dental VADIP plans at varying levels of coverage: Enhanced, Comprehensive, and Prime. Annual deductibles and maximums will vary depending on the plan chosen; premiums will vary based on plan, number of people enrolled and enrollee ZIP code. More information for current and new enrollees will be forthcoming at this link:

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 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. 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.


Blue Water Navy Vietnam Act of 2017

Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017:  This bill includes as part of the Republic of Vietnam its territorial seas for purposes of the presumption of service connection for diseases associated with exposure by veterans to certain herbicide agents while in Vietnam. To contact your Congressman/woman:  https://www.house.gov/representatives/find/  
To contact your United States Senators: https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/senators_cfm.cfm

THIS REQUEST IS URGENT
CALL {202)-224-3121 AND ASK TO SPEAK TO YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS
TELEPHONE CALL-IN-HOUSE BILL H.R. 299
Hello, my name is (identify yourself), and I am a constituent in
your congressional district.
I am calling today to urge you to cosponsor and support H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam act of 2017, introduced by Congressman David Valadao (CA-R-21). This legislation, when signed into law, would partially restore compensation benefits to Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans who suffer from illnesses considered presumptive for exposure to Agent Orange and other toxic herbicides.
Thank you for your attention to my request, and please cosponsor and support H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veteran act of 2017.
(Leave your name, home address, and phone number so the office can follow up with you at a later time.)

THIS REQUEST IS URGENT
CALL {202)-224-3121 AND ASK TO SPEAK TO YOUR SENATOR.
TELEPHONE CALL-IN-SENATE - BILL S.422
Hello, my name is (identify yourself), and I am a constituent in
your STATE.
I am calling today to urge you to cosponsor and support S-422, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam act of 2017, introduced by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). This legislation, when signed into law, would partially restore compensation benefits to Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans who suffer from illnesses considered presumptive for exposure to Agent Orange and other toxic herbicides.
Thank you for your attention to my request, and please cosponsor and support S. 422, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veteran act of 2017.
(Leave your name, home address, and phone number so the office can follow up with you at a later time.)

                                                                                                                                                                    
Employment Opportunities

FedEx Ground -- Courtesy of Johnnie Walker, Chairman - Citizens/Veterans Advisory Committee...
FedEx Ground has positions available for part-time and full-time package handlers.  Interested candidates must be at least 18 years of age, and must be able to load, unload and sort packages, as well as perform other related duties. 
All full-time and part-time employees of FedEx Ground may be eligible to participate in the company’s benefits programs. FedEx Ground offers a comprehensive benefits program including:
•    Medical, Dental and Vision
•    Stock Purchase Plan
•    Tuition Reimbursement Program
Paid Time off Individuals interested in becoming package handlers will visit the FedEx Ground package handler job website and watch a three-minute virtual job preview video.  Once an individual confirms that he/she has watched the entire video and is interested in applying for a package handler position, he/she will be prompted to complete an application and an assessment questionnaire.
 We have two new mobile-optimized career sites:
•    Package handler positions:  http://groundwarehousejobs.fedex.com/
Please feel free to contact Miriam Vicente at 732-650-1202 Ext. 135 if you have any questions.
 
Salvation Army, West Nyack, New York: 
The Salvation Army is hiring and looking for veterans to fill key positions. They have two on-call facilities/security positions which are linked here: 
Part-Time On-Call Facilities/Security/IT & AV Support:
Part-time On-Call Facilities/Security:
Please also see The Salvation Army's general careers page to view all of the positions they currently have (or in the
future).   The Salvation Army Eastern Territory Careers Page:
For further information, please contact: Melanie Stokes, PHR - Human Resources Recruiter
The Salvation Army - Eastern Territory Headquarters
440 West Nyack Road West Nyack, NY 10994
office: (845) 620-7483
cell: (845) 274-4287

Sierra Trading Post in Nanuet, New York: Thoms Belle is an Army veteran who is currently interviewing veterans for key positions with Sienna Trading Post which will be opening soon in Nanuet, New York 10954.  The company's goal is to hire outdoor minded people that would be able to help those new to the outdoors to ensure they have a great experience and continue to take part in it, as well as help the more experienced make sure they have what they need for their expedition they have planned. For further information, contact: Thomas Belle via e-mail:  tom.belle@outlook.com.
 
Department of Homeland Security: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking veterans for hundreds of job opportunities in mission critical and mission support occupations across the Department. DHS has an immediate need to fill these critical vacancies, and is the ideal employer to maximize the skills and training you acquired while serving your country.
Available career opportunities include: Law Enforcement (e.g., Physical Security, Police Officer, Sector Enforcement, Investigations)  Business Operations (e.g., Human Resources, Management and Program Analyst, Contracting, Public Affairs, Budget/Finance/Accounting)  Information Technology (Cybersecurity/Network)
Are you interested in continuing your service to America through a career with DHS?  For further information, check out the website link for the Department of Homeland Security:

JPMChase:  Please check out this link to current job openings at JPMorgan Chase in various locations: JPMC%20Current%20Openings_1%20MAY%202017.xlsx
They are looking for qualified veterans in careers in Accounting/Finance, Branch Banking, Customer Service, Compliance/Risk, Cyber/Technology, Operations, Project Management, Relationship Management/Sales and many other job categories. They have a dedicated team of Veteran Recruiters who are ready to assist with any questions on these opportunities. 
Please reach out to them at http://military.recruiting@jpmchase.com/.
Jim O’Donnell, Executive Director, Military & Veteran Recruiting, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
                                            
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has embarked on a new journey of growth. We are building – in some cases – rebuilding – some of our most critical transportation assets. To meet this growth, we are recruiting new, highly motivated and diverse talent. Now is the time to join the Port Authority Police Department! The Port Authority Police Department will be conducting an on-going recruitment for Police Officers, the open application period runs from May 22, 2017 to June 26, 2017. We encourage you to join our Police Recruit Network to stay informed on the different steps of the selection process, click the link for further information or to join now -  http://www.papdrecruit.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

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:

                                                                  
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


Here are useful links from Army Echoes June - September 2017 issue - check out page 22:


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.
 
The Memorial and Monument will be located in Haverstraw Bay County Park near the Rockland County 9/11 Memorial. We will keep you posted as to dedication ceremony for the Memorial.
 
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:
  • Handicap-Accessible van
  • 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: drobin137@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.

The County of Rockland has no responsibility for any information, articles, events, or comments posted in our newsletters. The volunteers at New York Vets / RockVets will continue to publish the e-newsletter.  We welcome your thoughts, questions, and feedback.  Please pass this along to other veterans who can benefit from some of the information in the 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 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.  

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