RockVets E-Newsletter: September 2019 Edition
Editor: Pat McGlade, Email: pat@rockvets.com
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RockVets Newsletter

September 2019                       www.rockvets.com

Volume 11
Issue 9

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POW/MIA Recognition Service - Sept. 20, 2019

Military.com
You Are Not Forgotten – that's the central phrase behind the POW/MIA remembrance movement which honors America's prisoners of war, those who are still missing in action and their families.

Many of our service members suffered as prisoners of war during several decades of varying conflicts. While some of them made it home, tens of thousands more never did.
Here are four things to know about how this important movement got started, what it means and how you can help recognize it.

POW/MIA Recognition Day is commemorated on the third Friday of every September, a date that's not associated with any particular war. In 1979, Congress and the president passed resolutions making it official after the families of the more than 2,500 Vietnam War POW/MIAs pushed for full accountability.

During the first POW/MIA Recognition Day commemoration, a ceremony was held at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., while the 1st Tactical Squadron from Langley Air Force Base in Virginia flew the missing man formation. Most ceremonies since then have been held at the Pentagon, and many smaller observances have cropped up across the nation and around the world on military installations.

The point of POW/MIA Recognition Day is to ensure that American remembers to stand behind those who serve and to make sure we do everything we can to account for those who have never returned.

POW/MIA Numbers
In order to comprehend the importance of this movement, all you need to do is look at the sheer number of Americans who have been listed as POW/MIAs.

According to a Congressional Research Service report on POWs:
130,201 World War II service members were imprisoned; 14,072 them died
7,140 Korean War service members were imprisoned; 2,701 of them died
725 Vietnam War service members were imprisoned; 64 of them died
37 service members were imprisoned during conflicts since 1991, including both Gulf wars; none are still in captivity.

According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, 83,114 Americans who fought in those wars are still missing, including:

73,515 from World War II (an approximate number due to limited or conflicting data)
7,841 from the Korean War
1,626 from Vietnam
126 from the Cold War
6 from conflicts since 1991
The DPAA said about 75 percent of those missing Americans are somewhere in the Asia-Pacific. More than 41,000 have been presumed lost at sea.

Efforts to find those men, identify them and bring them home are constant. For example, the DPAA said that in the past year it has accounted for 41 men missing during the Korean War: 10 had been previously buried as unknowns, 26 were from remains turned over by North Korea in the 1990s, one was from a recovery operation, and four were combinations of remains and recovery operations.

The POW/MIA Flag
The traditional POW/MIA flag that's well-known across America was actually created many years before the remembrance day became official.

In 1971, a woman named Mary Hoff contacted a flag company near her home to see if a flag reminding people of POWs and the missing could be made. She was one of the many waiting to see if her husband, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Michael Hoff, would ever return home after his plane had been shot down over Laos.

World War II pilot Newt Heisley designed the now-famous flag, which was made in black and white to represent the sorrow, anxiety and hope symbolized by the image of the gaunt man featured on it.

For every POW/MIA Recognition Day since 1982, the flag has flown just below the stars and stripes at the White House – the only other flag to ever do so. In 1998, Congress ordered it to also be displayed on Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day.

Check out this video of the Vietnam POW's 40th Anniversary Reunion at the Nixon Library:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/LemllfcAY8A

You might also enjoy this youtube.com video of Johnny Cash doing his rendition of "Ragged Old Flag."  He wrote this in 1975 while visiting Binghampton, New York:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfzJ8UBr-c0

Carry The Load and NCA - National Day of Service

On Wednesday, September 11, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, the National Cemetery Administration (NCA) and Carry The Load (CTL) will partner on a national day of service (Headstone/marker cleaning and grounds beautification) at 40 national cemeteries across the country.

Eighteen years ago, four coordinated attacks against the United States on the morning of September 11 took the lives of 3,000 people, injured over 6,000 others, and destroyed both World Trade Center buildings and severely damaged the Pentagon. Since that time, many others have died from 9/11-related cancers and respiratory illnesses. There is no other single day in our lifetime when Americans from every corner of our nation put every difference aside and embraced one another. September 11 joined Dec. 7 as a “day of infamy” calling forth the resolve of our nation. It was our Pearl Harbor.

And just like after Pearl Harbor, the world did not stop. The stories of heroism and selfless acts of courage inspired us. We remember the numerous police and fire department first responders who rushed in toward danger to save lives in New York; the military and civilian personnel at the Pentagon in Washington D.C.; the courageous group of airline passengers who rushed the cockpit of Flight 93 (“Let’s Roll,”), somewhere over western Pennsylvania, thwarting what was to be another attack on our nation’s capital. For all that was witnessed that day, what came forth was a new group of heroes who met the challenge and saved countless lives.

And since that day, our 9/11 heroes have inspired a new generation of service – one that will forever link first responders and the military. Their humility showcased a new generation, in the mold of every generation before them, who answered the call when freedom was threatened. Like the over 400 first responders of 9/11, many of these young men and women gave their lives for freedom, blazing a path they never had a chance to walk.  To see where you can volunteer and for further information, please view this link:  
https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/65366/lets-roll-nca-carry-load-ctl-host-national-day-service-september-11/

Student Debt Cancelled for Disabled Veterans

President Donald Trump signed a memorandum on Wednesday to automatically cancel the student debt of tens of thousands of disabled veterans.

“Today I’m proud to announce that I am taking executive action to ensure that our wounded warriors are not saddled with mountains of student debt,” Trump said in a speech at the AMVETS National Convention in Kentucky. “Nobody can complain about that, right?”

More than 25,000 disabled veterans will have their student debt forgiven, Trump said. The average balance that will be erased is around $30,000. The president said veterans will not be required to pay federal taxes on their forgiven debt.

Disabled service members are already entitled to student debt forgiveness under the U.S. Education Department’s total and permanent disability discharge option.

However, recent records revealed the government continues to seek repayment on $1 billion in student loans from more than 40,000 severely disabled veterans who have been deemed unable to work. More than 25,000 of them are in default and just 8,500 of them have applied for forgiveness.

Earlier this year, the Education Department attempted to make it easier for disabled veterans to apply for debt forgiveness by sending them notifications of their eligibility.

Now Trump’s action will automatically erase the debt of these veterans, a move advocates have long pushed for. They’ve said it’s challenging for many disabled veterans, some of whom are paralyzed or have traumatic brain injuries, to go through the burdensome process of applying for relief.

To read further and view video:  

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/08/21/trump-announces-automatic-student-loan-forgiveness-for-disabled-vets.html

Caregiver Resource Directory

The Caregiver Resource Directory includes the most commonly referenced resources, organizations, agencies, and programs that provide support to the caregivers of wounded, ill, or injured service members. The concept of the Caregiver Resource Directory is to connect communities with caregivers, building public awareness and support for caregivers.

The resources, organizations, agencies, and programs included in the Caregiver Resource Directory have been reviewed and vetted in accordance with the National Resource Directory’s participation policy, which can be found at www.nrd.gov. No product endorsements or preferential treatment is given to any organization, agency, or program that is listed in the Caregiver Resource Directory.
This Caregiver Resource Directory is a dynamic directory that will be refined on a regular basis. We encourage you to access the digital version of the Caregiver Resource Directory at https://warriorcare.dodlive.mil/caregiver- resources
If you have questions or feedback regarding the Caregiver Resource Directory, or are an organization that wishes to be included in future editions of the Caregiver Resource Directory, please email: OSD.Caregiver@mail.mil

To view or print out a copy of the Directory, view this VA link: 

https://warriorcare.dodlive.mil/files/2019/08/Caregiver-Directory-2019-Edition.pdf

VA Partners with National Guard

VA Partners with National Guard to Provide On-Site Counseling on Weekends 

August 27, 2019 VA.gov website
VA partners with National Guard to provide on-site counseling during training weekends
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense formalized a partnership June 28 between VA’s Vet Centers and the National Guard Bureau, to provide Vet Center counseling, outreach staff and other services to members during training or drill weekends.

“This relationship between VA and the National Guard further advances the department’s efforts to decrease service member and Veteran suicide,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “Vet Center staff will provide counseling and referral to those who may be under stress and at risk for self-harm.”

VA’s 300 Vet Centers, 80 Mobile Vet Centers and a 24/7 call center provide community-based counseling for a wide range of social and psychological services, including confidential readjustment counseling and outreach and referral to eligible Veterans, active-duty, and National Guard and Reserve members and their families.

Vet Center counselors and outreach staff, many of whom are Veterans themselves, are experienced and prepared to discuss the tragedies of war, loss, grief and transition after trauma.

Suicide prevention is a top priority for the National Guard, which experienced the highest rate of suicide among military components in 2017. Since then, VA has seen a 38% increase in National Guard service members seeking Vet Center services.*

"This is an important and historic day for the National Guard and Veterans Affairs," said Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau, "This partnership will increase our ability to offer access to services to our Guard Soldiers and Airmen and their families who live in remote locations. Ultimately, this partnership will positively impact the readiness of our force."

Suicides across the Guard have dropped to the lowest point than they have been in the past 5 years when comparing annual data from January to August. NGB is carefully examining the information to determine whether a direct correlation exists between the reduction of suicides so far in 2019, and this type of strategic engagement.
Nearly 300,000 Veterans and active-duty service members received Vet Center services in 2018.
To find out more about Vet Centers, or to locate a nearby Vet Center, visit www.vetcenter.va.gov.
*Data was pulled from October 1, 2017 to July 31, 2018 and compared with data from October 1, 2018 to July 31, 2019.  

To view story, see link:  https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/includes/viewPDF.cfm?id=5301

FBI Involved in Investigation of Suspicious Deaths

The FBI is involved in the investigation of suspicious deaths at the VA hospital in West Virginia.

By Leo Shane III - Military Times.com

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The FBI is involved in an investigation of suspicious deaths at a Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia, according to a lawyer for the estate of a Vietnam veteran who died at the facility.

Attorney Tony O’Dell said Thursday that his client and others have indicated the bureau is involved in investigating the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg.

O’Dell represents the estate of Army Sgt. Felix Kirk McDermott. He’s filed notice of a pending lawsuit that says the 82-year-old was wrongly injected with a fatal dose of insulin at the hospital in April 2018. The death was ruled a homicide.

As many as 11 suspicious deaths have occurred at the hospital, U.S. Sen Joe Manchin has said. The West Virginia Democrat said Thursday that he spoke with U.S. Attorney General William Barr about the deaths and has been assured that the Department of Justice will provide resources during the investigation.

Investigators are looking into the deaths of 11 patients, at least one of which has been ruled a homicide.

The FBI referred questions to the local U.S. attorney’s office, which has declined to confirm or deny an investigation. The VA’s inspector general has confirmed he is investigating “potential wrongdoing resulting in patient deaths” at the hospital.

Manchin says the VA inspector general told his office about the opening of a medical and criminal investigation of the hospital in July 2018, after at least nine patients were diagnosed with unexplained low blood sugar. He said he told Barr in a letter that he has “grave concerns over the pace of the investigation.”

A lawyer for the family of another veteran told The Associated Press on Thursday that George Nelson Shaw Sr., a retired member of the Air Force, also died at the hospital in April 2018 from a wrongful insulin injection that was later classified as a homicide.

Staffers say a recall of faulty IV equipment was ignored for more than a month despite several warnings.

Attorney David Glover said Shaw had been in the Air Force for 28 years and later worked at the Clarksburg VA hospital before his death at 81 years old.

“This is a military family,” Glover said. “They put their trust in the VA and they feel total betrayal.

Militarytimes.com link to story: FBI Investigates Suspicious Deaths at West Virginia VA Hospital

Gold Star Mom - Collecting Ties in Honor of Her Son

From Gold Star Mom - Hope Hollinsworth of Yonkers, New York:  I'm doing a tie drive in honor of my son. It doesn't start until August 18th and ends on his birthday, which is October 18th.  All the ties that are collected are being handed out to Veterans at a breakfast on November 7th. 

Last year there were 700 Veterans in attendance and I partnered with City of Yonkers and the New York State Division of Veterans Services.  This year I'm working with them again, along with Volunteer Services of New York, in hopes of surpassing my goal of brand new ties, which was 200 last year.

It would be grand if new ties can be bow ties/regular ties, ties from responders, sports teams, service branches, corporations, etc.  Variety would be awesome.  
Forward to:  Hope Hollinsworth - Yonkers City Hall - 40 South Broadway - Room 210 - Yonkers, NY 10701

NYU Langone Health Center - Free Therapy for Vets

NYU Langone Health provides free and confidential therapy for veterans and their family members.

The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Center at NYU Langone Health provides free and confidential individual, couples, family, and group therapy for veterans and their family members regardless of discharge status, combat exposure, or era served. 

We provide treatment for posttraumatic stress, depression, anxiety, readjustment difficulties, relationship problems, along with a variety of other challenges military families may experience. Additional services include treatment for alcohol and substance use as well as assessment and treatment of traumatic brain injury. 

Our highly skilled clinicians have deep appreciation for and sensitivity to the military culture and its unique strengths and challenges and are passionate about helping veterans and military families. The treatment we provide is flexible and integrative and is rooted in evidence-based principles.
 
Interested individuals can call their intake line at (855) 698-4677 or e-mail: militaryfamilyclinic@nyumc.org

Visit their website at: http://nyulangone.org/locations/steven-a-cohen-military-family-clinic

VA Releases Launchpad App for Veterans 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Launchpad App for Veterans (VA Launchpad) contains select VA applications (apps) for Veterans and their Caregivers. New apps will automatically appear in the VA Launchpad when they become available. Organizing VA health information and resources into five categories, it quickly accesses and launches the VA app of your choice. With VA Launchpad, VA intends to save you time and help you better integrate available VA apps into your life.

FEATURES:
  • With VA Launchpad, you can access apps that allow you to:
  • Manage your VA health care
  • View and share your VA Electronic Health Record (EHR)
  • Share health information that you entered yourself with your VA health care providers
  • Book your own VA appointments
  • Refill a VA prescription
  • Communicate with your VA health care providers
  • Improve your health using apps designed for special health related issues
For further information, visit this link: https://mobile.va.gov/app/va-launchpad-veterans

U.S. Army Ranger School - Fort Benning, GA 

1st Lt. Chelsey Hibsch receives her Ranger tab after graduating from the U.S. Army Ranger School Aug. 30, 2019, at Fort Benning, Ga.

JOHN TONGRET/U.S. ARMY
 By CHAD GARLAND | STARS AND STRIPES
Published: September 2, 2019

A 7-foot-tall former NBA player graduated from Ranger School this week alongside the first woman in the Air Force to complete the grueling Army small unit tactics and leadership course.

First Lt. Chelsey Hibsch, an Air Force security forces officer, graduated from the two-month course Friday in a ceremony at Fort Benning, Ga., overlooking Victory Pond. Second Lt. Marshall Plumlee, a member of Duke University’s 2015 NCAA Championship basketball team and former New York Knicks player, was “baptized” later in that pond after having a Ranger tab pinned on.

“From the NBA to leading the way!” wrote Gen. David Hodne, head of the Army’s Infantry School at Benning, in a tweet accompanying a photo of himself with Plumlee at the school’s rappel tower. “Proud of today’s Ranger School graduates including 2LT Marshall Plumlee.

After ROTC at Duke, Plumlee commissioned in the New York National Guard in 2017, while playing for the Knicks. He signed with the Milwaukee Bucks and played for them in the 2018 season. His two older brothers play in the NBA.

Plumlee’s mother, who played college basketball at Purdue, pinned his tab on him. On Instagram, he thanked her as his biggest supporter in his transition “going from the NBA to the active duty Army and now Ranger School.”

Playing professionally was his dream as a kid, he said in an October 2017 Army video, but so was joining the Army. His biggest role models were sevicemembers, he said.

Second Lt. Marshall Plumlee, a member of Duke University’s 2015 NCAA Championship basketball team and former New York Knicks player, stands in formation in this screengrab from a video.
To view the video and read complete story, use this link: 

https://www.stripes.com/news/ranger-school-graduates-include-first-woman-in-air-force-to-earn-tab-7-foot-former-nba-player-1.596961


Deported USMC Veteran Returns Home

USMC veteran Joaquin Aviles crosses in to the United States, at the PedWest port of entry on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, for the first time since he was deported in 2000. 

JOHN GIBBINS, THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE/TNS and www.Stripes.com

For full story, view this link:  https://www.stripes.com/news/veterans/deported-veteran-returns-home-after-nearly-20-years-1.596536#gallery

“At first it didn’t really hit me,” he said. “I told the judge, ‘I’ll be back tomorrow.’”

Twice, he tried to enter the country illegally. He got caught during his first attempt in 2002 and spent two years in prison. Less than 30 days later, he tried again.  Why? Because Mexico wasn’t his home.

“I didn’t really care about the consequences,” he said. “You have no ties here, no culture, no knowledge of the people, the laws anything. We don’t fit in here. You can’t have work, you can’t go back to school, if cops find out you’re deported then you’re automatically a bad guy. There are so many obstacles.”

Aviles got caught again. This time he spent three years in prison. He got out in 2007 and decided to give Mexico a try. He credits his training in the Marine Corps for helping him stay disciplined in Mexico.

Aviles got married, started a family, got a steady job and built a life south of the border. He found work in a Rosarito call center that was mostly staffed with other deportees who were valued for their ability to speak English.

That’s where he met Hector Barajas, a fellow deported veteran who was trying to build a support group for other vets. Initially, Barajas worked out of his Honda Accord and had a small network of deported veterans.

Barajas began raising awareness about deported veterans after his own removal from the U.S. in 2004. He was deported after serving a prison sentence for shooting at an occupied car in 2002. But Barajas’ deportation was overturned after Gov. Jerry Brown pardoned him along with two other deported veterans in 2017.

Over the years that support group Barajas built evolved into the Deported Veterans Support House, an organization that helps hundreds of deported veterans all over the world.

Aviles has been involved since the beginning and is now the organization’s co-director along with Barajas. Seeing him go back home is an inspiration to other deported veterans, Barajas said.

“It gives the other guys hope,” Barajas said.

Today, they have support houses in Tijuana and Juarez. Additionally, they recently began organizing other deported veterans in the Dominican Republic. The organization helps deported veterans find housing, jobs, collect legal documents like birth certificates, and connects them with free legal aid.

Understanding The Science of Regrettable Decisions

Javier Zarracina/Vox and Raul Lopez - USMA
As Full House actress Lori Loughlin and her husband await their next court date, they stand accused of paying a $500,000 bribe to get their daughters into the University of Southern California as crew team recruits. Their defense is said to rest on the belief that they were making a perfectly legal donation to the university and its athletic teams (their children never rowed a competitive race in their lives).

Legal strategies and moral considerations aside, this strange behavior has left many observers wondering, “What were they thinking?” Surely, Loughlin and her family must have considered someone at the university would audit the admissions records or realize the coach’s high-profile recruits had never rowed a boat.

We may never know exactly what Loughlin and her family were thinking. But as a physician who has studied how perception alters behavior, I believe that to understand what compelled them to do something so foolish, a more relevant question would be, “What were they perceiving?”

Understanding the science of regrettable decisions
Several years ago, I joined forces with my colleague George York, a respected neurologist affiliated with the University of California Davis, to understand why smart people make foolish choices in politics, sports, relationships, and everyday life. Together, we combed through the latest brain-scanning studies and decades of psychological literature.

We compared the scientific findings with an endless array of news stories and firsthand accounts of real people doing remarkably irrational things: We examined the court testimony of a cop who, despite graduating top five in his academy, mistook his gun for a Taser and killed an innocent man. We dug through the career wreckage of a once-rising politician who, despite knowing the risks, used his work phone to send sexually explicit messages. And we found dozens of studies confirming that doctors, the people we trust to keep us safe from disease, fail to wash their hands one out of every three times they enter a hospital room, a mistake that kills thousands of patients each year.

When we read about famous people ruining their lives or hear about normal people becoming famous for public follies, we shake our heads in wonder. We tell ourselves we’d never do anything like that.

But science tells us that we would, far more often than we’d like to believe.

What alters our perceptions
In the scientific literature, George and I noticed an interesting pattern: Under the right circumstances, a subconscious neurobiological sequence in our brains causes us to perceive the world around us in ways that contradict objective reality, distorting what we see and hear. This powerful shift in perception is unrelated to our intelligence, morals, or past behaviors. In fact, we don’t even know it’s happening, nor can we control it.

George and I named this phenomenon “brainshift” and found that it happens in two distinct situations: those involving high anxiety and those associated with major reward.

Under these conditions, all of us would do something just as regrettable as the headline-grabbing stories above, contrary to what we tell ourselves. Phrased differently, we don’t consciously decide to act a fool. Rather, once our perception is distorted, we act in ways that seem reasonable to us but foolish to observers.

How our fears and desires fool us
This neurobiological process is best observed in a research study, published in 2005 in the journal Biological Psychiatry, by the neuro-economist Gregory Berns. He recruited volunteers for what he advertised as a vision experiment. Five participants at a time were asked to look at computerized 3D shapes and decide whether the figures would match or clash when rotated. The trick was this: Four of the five test subjects were part of the research team, intentionally giving wrong answers to specific questions, which could be seen by the one non-actor in the room. Would the other answers influence that person’s selections?

Berns found that 30 percent of the subjects answered correctly every time, despite the contradictory responses given by others. MRI scans revealed that this act of nonconformity caused the participants great discomfort. It also activated an almond-shaped structure in the temporal lobes of the brain called the amygdala, which is associated with negative emotions such as fear and apprehension.

By contrast, those participants whose answers aligned with the others activated a different part of the brain called the parietal lobes. This area, near the back of the head, is responsible for our perceptions: what we see, hear, taste, and feel. Knowing the answers from the others caused their brains to subconsciously alter what they saw. Based on this changed perception, they then concurred with the others, avoiding the amygdala stimulation and associated pain they otherwise would have experienced.

Looking at the data, when subjects were presented with the erroneous answers, they gave the wrong response 41 percent of the time, but only 13 percent when deciding by themselves. In almost all cases, they felt their answers were correct. Only 3.4 percent of the subjects said they had known the right answer but went along with the majority response anyway.

If peer pressure and conscious choice were the culprits in their decisions, the participants would have been aware it was happening. But the study suggests it was a subconscious shift in perception that can occur even when subjects think they’re alone.

The case of the good seminarian
In 1973, the research duo of John Darley and Daniel Batson asked Princeton Theological Seminary students to visit a group of children across campus to deliver a sermon on the parable of the Good Samaritan.

The researchers told some of the future pastors, “It’ll be a few minutes before they’re ready for you, but you might as well head on over.” They told others, “You’re late. They were expecting you a few minutes ago. You’d better get moving.”

While proceeding across campus, each subject passed a man slumped in a doorway, moaning and coughing.

Imagine yourself in this situation: A classroom of children awaits you but, along the way, you encounter a man who’s clearly in distress. Is there any doubt what you do? Or what religiously attuned students would do? No matter the circumstances, we’d expect everyone to help. However, only 10 percent of the “hurried” students stopped to offer assistance.

The best explanation for this behavior is that, amid the anxiety of running late, most of the students experienced a perceptual shift that caused them not to see the man or recognize his distress. Otherwise, logically, all would have stopped to help.

So far, these examples have demonstrated how people behave in the context of controlled research studies. But George and I observed the same subconscious distortion of reality play out in dozens of real-life examples throughout history.

Together We Served Offers Digital Shadow Box

TogetherWeServed.com offers digital shadow box
Their mission: Capture the story of every Veteran
 
#VetResources by  Brett Robbins 
Too often, the stories of service and sacrifice of those who’ve borne the battle are never told. When they pass away, all that remains are some faded photos, a few medals and perhaps an old uniform.

To help preserve such memories, TogetherWeServed.com, or TWS, offers a digital platform to capture a Veteran’s entire military service from boot camp to separation. Each military service page displays a Veteran’s photos, rank insignia, medals, awards, badges, patches, dates and locations of boot camp, training schools and unit assignments. The page also shows any combat or non-combat operations.

Unlimited photographs from military service can be scanned and uploaded to a personal photo album. A step-by-step self interview called “Reflections” enables Veterans to recall memories of people and events that made an important impact on their lives. The result is a rich, visual presentation of a Veteran’s entire military service, displayed in a unique shadow box format.

These shadowboxes are available online to be downloaded or printed.

Veterans can purchase a printed version of the shadow box as an 18” wide poster.

“Together We Served is proud to serve our Veterans by providing them a secure place to preserve their service history, memories and photographs,” TWS President and Founder Brian Foster said. “It is vitally important their service to our country should never be forgotten.”

In addition, TWS is offering Veterans the opportunity to receive a free, versatile miniplaque of their military service. This plaque can be printed out as a desk or wall display, printed out as a business card, or displayed as an image on a mobile phone for Veteran ID or other service recognition purposes.

To create a military service page and obtain a free shadow box and or miniplaque, join TogetherWeServed.com. Veterans automatically receive a free one year premium membership to Together We Served, which provides full access to the military service pages of all 1.9 million TWS Veterans.

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: 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:  ldtrt16@aol.com 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: 
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: 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: recruitment@usis.net

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

Mailing Address
New York Vets, Inc. / RockVets
Pat McGlade
P.O. Box 387
Tomkins Cove, New York 10986








   
  



               
                                                                                                                                 
     
     
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