RockVets E-Newsletter: July  2016 Edition
Veterans Service Agency of Rockland County, New York 
Jerry Donnellan, Director      Telephone: 845-638-5244 
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RockVets Newsletter

July 2016         845-638-5244
Volume 7
Issue 7


Concern for Veterans

If you can read this, thank a teacher.  If you can read it in English, thank a veteran.  Or so it goes.  This obviously speaks to our World War II vets since I don’t think the American public is worried about anyone speaking Korean, Vietnamese, or Arabic.  

We tend to look at World War II as the gold standard as how wars should be fought.  But even the veterans of that War were a problem for society because after the War, what do you do with them?  

Then there were 16 million people coming out of uniform.  Vets didn’t want to complain or ask for anything because they had been cast in the role of heroes and felt they had to live up to that role.  So those who had been in some combat, and God knows there were many, just kept their demons to themselves.  

They treated themselves as many others have before and since, with alcohol for as long as that lasted. Some were institutionalized.  There were more psychological discharges from World War II per capita than there were from Vietnam.

Then of course, the suicides – but nobody talked about that then.  Washington was too busy patting itself on the back for the GI Bill and talking about all it did for the veterans.  In fact, it did help many but not all veterans were college material and veterans of that era were in their mid-20’s coming back.  So not everyone could take advantage of it.  The GI Bill was as much self-defense on Washington’s part because if those 16 million veterans coming out looking for a job in what was at best a shaky economy retooling from a war footing, the economy would have tanked and would have put us right back into Depression.  

Korean vets got less all the way around.  And onto Vietnam where we all know that story.

What truly worries me is the way we are treating our most recent veterans.  Desert Storm was another one of those pretty good wars.  Forgive me for saying this but it was over in very little time and only 147 were killed in action.  It seems that one death is a tragedy but 147 or 58,000 become a statistic.  

From what I’ve seen, the public these days has an impression that today’s veterans have it much better than the Vietnam veterans.  The truth is, other than the mood of the country, today’s veterans have it much worse.  

Understand, yes we were spit on by the cowards who called themselves Anti-War.  For the record, no one was more Anti-War than those of us who fought that war, and if the self-serving Wannabees had half a brain they would have welcomed the returning GI’s and asked for their help in ending the War.  If that would have happened the War would have ended a lot sooner.  However, after the warm welcome we did receive the vets of course would have nothing to do with the Anti-War movement.

They went so far as to form their own organization – The Vietnam Veterans Against the War, which later grew into what today we know as the Vietnam Veterans of America.  But had we been given the opportunity, we could have presented a far stronger case.  We had the ability to say, “Hey, I fought your War and I’m here to tell you it sucks”, rather than, their soul-stirring, “Hell no, we won’t go”.  That sounds more like something you’d learn at cheerleading school.  You see, after being shot at, being spit at is not really a big deal but makes for good Press.

We the veterans took solace in the fact that there were real Americans and they understood.  And unlike now there were real jobs.  Further, we had the WWII and Korean vets to watch out for us to serve as kind of rabbis.  You see, by the time we got back home WWII and Korean guys were in middle and upper management and they kept an eye on us.  Yes, there were the Archie Bunkers but you could tell they had never heard a shot fired in anger.  

After the Draft ended in 1973, the GI would be changed forever and not necessarily for the better.  The number of veterans began to drop.  Today’s veterans don’t have anywhere near the jobs or the rabbis we had.  More troubling is they don’t have the votes.  

Recently, in wake of the poor job prospects for the veterans, the idea was put forward to require the VA to hire one veteran for every three new hires.  The unions that work for the VA made sure that that never saw the light of day.  Amazing that the people whose very existence depends on the fact that there are veterans, don’t want to work with them or give them a chance - and that the leadership allows it.  

And to listen to some of the general public it seems like the view of today’s vets is getting more distorted. It’s easy to see where it comes from – just watch TV for a night or news coverage on veterans.  They seem to feel that veterans are either Navy Seals or broken – people who can’t function.  PTSD didn’t exist in earlier wars.  Now it seems as though every vet is supposed to have it.  

Like so many things, PTSD went from nowhere to everywhere in seemingly no time, and further misunderstandings that PTSD means you can’t function.  That’s not true.  PTSD like other conditions, are defined in stages from 1% to 100%.  In some ways the public is a lot more positive towards the veterans, but in some cases it kind of rings hollow – “we love our vets” but “maybe you shouldn’t leave them alone with our kids.”

Fortunately, there are still real people out there who can and want to help.  We understand that sometimes returning vets are turned off to the public in general and that’s completely understandable.  

Civilians whine, waste water, and are never on time.  Today’s veterans have suffered through multiple deployments.  I can’t imagine what it would be like to have to return to Vietnam, that is if I had made it through the first tour.  I’ve seen that kill careers, marriages, and veterans.  The suicide rate today is about one an hour.  

The other concern I have for our veterans is now that the war is over, we are downsizing our Army to a point that existed prior to World War II.  This is troubling because again, comparing Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan, one of the very important differences is that Viet Cong didn’t follow us home.  Maybe this isn’t the best time to downsize!

Jerry Donnellan, Director
Veterans Service Agency of Rockland County
20 Squadron Boulevard - Suite 480
New City, NY  10956
Telephone  (845)-638-5244

World War II Veterans - Certificate of Recognition

The 71st Anniversary of the end of World War II will be coming soon.  We are trying to locate Rockland County World War II veterans to present them with a Certificate of Recognition.  If you know of any World War II veterans, please contact us at 845-638-5244 or send an e-mail to:  County Executive Ed Day will present these certificates at 1:00 p.m. on August 28th, 2016 at the Clarkstown Town Hall in New City, New York  10956.

RockVets Radio Show

The RockVets Radio Show is undergoing a change in scheduling. As of now, we don't know exactly when the show will air, but we will keep you posted. RockVets is a live call-in talk show on Rockland County's local radio station - WRCR 1700 AM dial, hosted by Jerry Donnellan.

We encourage you to call-in and ask any questions you may have relating to veterans or the military.  This is also a good opportunity to promote any upcoming events for your organization that would be of interest to the veteran/military community.  The call-in number is 845-362-0013. 
The show is also live on the internet at:

Independence Day - Fourth of July - 1776 - 2016

On July 4, 1776, the thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States. Each year on July 4th, also known as Independence Day, we Americans celebrate this historic event.

Conflict between the colonies and England was already a year old when the colonies convened a Continental Congress in Philadelphia in the summer of 1776. In a June 7 session in the Pennsylvania State House (later Independence Hall), Richard Henry Lee of Virginia presented a resolution with the famous words: "Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved."

Adult Learning Center of Rockland Offers Classes

The Adult Learning Center of Rockland is an organization of retired Seniors who volunteer to teach others how to use computers and other 21st century devices.  We are a program of Meals on Wheels. We teach Introduction to Computers, Word Processing, Excel – Spreadsheets & Databases, Power Point, Internet and E-Mail, Digital Imaging, Photo Editing using Picasa, Genealogy – Finding Your Ancestors, Using Windows 10.  More advanced classes will be given if requested. We also teach one-time-only 2-hour classes on Computer Maintenance, How to use your iPad and iPhone, How to use Tablets and Smart Phones, Skype and Facebook.  We will help you to download Windows 10 at our monthly Open House.
Classes are small - only 8 students per class, with 1 instructor and 2 coaches. 
For more information, call Eileen Herkes, Director of Education, at 845-623-5467 or 845-356-4198.

Hudson Valley Audiology

During the month of July, Hudson Valley Audiology will be accepting stories on their facebook page for a Veteran to receive hearing aids, as well as their professional services.  The idea is that people post a story of a veteran who is in need of hearing devices on their Facebook page.  Then they ask everyone to like a story. At the end of July the story with the most likes will be gifted with a brand new set of hearing devices.  The Hudson Valley Audiology Center is located at 11 Medical Park Drive in Pomona, New York 10970. For further information, contact Office Manager Mary via phone 845-406-9991 or e-mail:

Dominican College Reaching Out to Veterans

Dominican College is a four year, private, liberal arts college offering over 30 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The College participates in various veterans benefits programs including the Yellow Ribbon Program and is designated as a Military Friendly School.  It facilitates a smooth transition to the classroom. through dedicated faculty, a Career Development Center, Academic Success Center, Counseling and Student Activities. We are committed to your success in and out of the classroom. Please join us for an Information Session on Wednesday, July 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Hennessy Center to learn more about Dominican College, and how we can help you reach your goals.  For more information contact Heather Bergling at (845) 848-7909 or at
 Rob Tyrrell, Assistant Director of Freshman Admissions, (845) 848-7906 – Office
(845) 323-9679 – Cell (845) 365-3150 – Fax   E-Mail:
Basic RGB
Orangeburg, NY  10962

Veteran Owned Businesses in Rockland

If you are a vet with a business in Rockland County, you can send us some information about what you do and we'll promote it in an upcoming newsletter.  Send us a copy of your DD214, a photo of you with your business, and a photo of you from your time in service. No need to be a combat veteran.  Hopefully, many of our readers will use your business services.  
You can e-mail the photos and details to:

Upcoming Events

Monday, July 4th, 2016:  Independence Day.  Please check your local towns and villages for 4th of July Commemorations.

Saturday, July 2, 2016 until Monday, July 4, 2016: Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site (Palisades)
Celebrate the 240th birthday of the United States!  Each day from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  
Scheduled Events for 4th of July Weekend at Stony Point Battlefield:
Guided Walking Tour of Stony Point Battlefield - 1:00 PM
Illustrated Lecture - Development of the Declaration - 2:00 PM
Reading of the Declaration of Independence - 2:45 PM
Firing of Cannon - 3:00 PM
All Programs are FREE!
Phone: (845) 786-2521

Sunday, July 24th, 2016:  The Korean War Veterans Eagle Chapter will hold a Memorial Service on Sunday, July 24th, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Rockland Community College.  The ceremony will take place at the Korean War Veterans Memorial, which lists the names of the 24 Rocklanders who died in the "Forgotten War."  The public is invited and encouraged to attend the service.

Saturday, July 30th, 2016:  The Bob Hope Division will visit the VA Nursing Home in Montrose.  Muster times 12:00 p.m. in the lobby. The VA Nursing Home is located at 2090 Albany Post Road, (Route 9) Montrose, NY 10548. For further information contact Chip via e-mail:     

Employment Opportunities

McDonald's Sloatsburg, New York:  Sloatsburg (Ramapo Travel Plaza 10974) McDonald's, Pizza Uno/Lavazza Espresso Shop and Carvel are actively seeking the best Management Trainees and/or experienced managers they can hire in the coming weeks. They hope to hire veterans.  They need some key individuals who will take the keys to the store and help to drive them to success - learn the McDonald's System, set a blazing fast pace, being friendly and accurate all the while. If you think you can do this, apply today!  Apply Online at:
They also operate stores in Middletown, Wallkill, Ellenville and Chester (NeXXt Enterprises)
Please see this link to one of their full ads: 
For further information, contact:  David Dentico, Director of Operations, L-K Bennett Enterprises, LLC
NeXXt Enterprises, LLC, 914-490-2361,

CenterStar Property Group:  They are seeking a Super/Plumber to work at their facility.  For further information, contact Irina Lange via e-mail at:  Visit their website at:  CenterStar Property Group is a privately owned commercial and residential real estate development and management company based in New Jersey.

Salca Trucking, Inc.  There is an immediate need for two delivery truck drivers, for Salca Trucking, located in Blauvelt, New York.  This is a privately owned, local trucking company, in business for 60 years.  Their deliveries include delivering products (medical gases) to all four boroughs, as well as Rockland and Westchester.  Their trucks are Mitsubishi Fuso - Box Trucks.  Hours would be Monday - Friday.  There are medical/life insurance benefits, paid vacation, sick time, personal time, and a competitive salary.  For further information or to apply for the job, contact Olivia Coop via e-mail at: or Erica Gadler, Human Resources Manager, or phone:  845-398-1370.

Auto Mechanic - Letizia Brothers of Rockland:  Experienced Auto Mechanic wanted for Letizia Brothers of Rockland, located at 150 Route 304, Bardonia, New York 10954.  This is a local business for 30 years.
Foreign, Domestic and Classic Automobiles
- Mechanic should be able to perform all aspects of diagnostic and repairs.
- NYS Inspections, Tune ups, Brakes, Shocks and Struts, Exhaust systems,
- Wheel Alignments, A/C Service, Welding, Electrical Diagnostics
Looking for Mechanic with a passion for Automobiles, Salary based on experience and knowledge. 
Range of $18.00 to $25.00 per hour, Hours Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m.
For further information or to apply, call Tom Letizia 845 623-0019.

Smooth Ride Limousine Service in New City, are hiring chauffeurs and are interested in veterans to contact them. For further information, contact Nathan Zisser at Smooth Ride Limousine Service New City, New York 845-638-9110 or via e-mail:

Plumbing and Heating Company:  This local plumbing and heating company is looking for service technicians.  Candidates must have clear driver's license, and be able to work full-time, as well as overtime; must be in good physical condition as heavy lifting is required at times.  Salary is based on experience.  For further information, contact Joey via email:

RJ Staffing:  If you are looking for work, I can help!  My name is Jennifer and I work for RJ-Staffing in Rockland County, New York.  We have many job opportunities available and would love to speak with you if you're looking for work!  Please contact Jennifer directly via e-mail: or call Jennifer at 845-624-0400.

Mental Health America Dutchess County:  Employment Opportunities admin  2014-05-20T13:36:29+00:00 
Mental Health America Dutchess County is an equal opportunity employer. Come join our dedicated team helping individuals and families with all aspects of mental wellness. To apply, for one of the openings below please provide a cover letter and resume. Please feel free to fill out our application for employment  ahead of time. E-mail Kathy Williams at, fax to 845-473-4870, or mail to 253 Mansion St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.
Family Support & Advocacy Services: Vet2Vet Program
Program Manager, full time, 35 hours/week.

Duties: Full-time Program Manager for new peer support and assistance program at Mental Health America of Dutchess County. The Program Manager will establish and operate a network of peer services for veterans of all military branches, both men and women, and their families. In addition, he or she will supervise a full-time Program Specialist, and will liaise with other services at MHA, including CompeerCORPS.

Minimum Qualifications:
   *    Must be a combat veteran (not “combat-era”)
   *    Must have served on full time active duty and have been honorably discharged
   *    Must have experience working with persons who have serious mental illness
   *    Must have experience providing peer-to-peer supports and/or assistance to veterans
   *    Must have clean driver’s license

Family Support & Advocacy Services: Vet2Vet Program
Program Specialist, full time, 35 hours/week
Duties: Full-time Program Specialist for new peer support and assistance program at Mental Health America of Dutchess County. The Program Specialist will assist the Program Manager in establishing and operating a network of peer support services for veterans of all military branches, both men and women, and their families. The Program Specialist will liaise with other services at MHA, and will be available to assist the Manager of CompeerCORPS as needed.
Minimum Qualifications:
   *    Must be a veteran
   *    Must have served on full time active duty and have been honorably discharged
   *    Must have a clean driver’s license
   *    Experience working with persons who have serious mental illness
   *    Experience providing peer-to-peer supports and/or assistance to veterans or to persons with mental illness

For more information visit:  
Nelson Eddy Rivera, USN (Ret)
Director, Veterans' Services
Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health
85 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 105
Poughkeepsie, New York 12601
Phone (845) 486-2060 

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.
It is being designed by cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point and, with the support of the County of Rockland, will be located in Haverstraw Bay County Park nearby to the Rockland County 9/11 Memorial.  It is currently scheduled to be completed by Memorial Day 2017.
The content, design, and visuals of the memorial and monument is guided by, and will be approved by, a committee made up of local veterans of these conflicts.
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 visit our website at: 

Kevin Harrington to TWU Local 100 

Dear TWU Local 100 Veterans,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This week Governor Cuomo finally signed into law the Veterans Equality act, a bill giving all honorably discharged civil servant veterans the right to buy back up to three years of military service credit toward their pensions. The Governor did so when the bill passed for the third time, again nearly unanimously, after he had vetoed the bill twice.

As the retired chairperson of the Transport Workers Union Local 100's Veterans Committee I would like to thank Local 100's President John Samuelsen without whose support union members could not have spent thousands of hours working for the bill.

Back in April of 2013 at the TWU Lobby Day, TWU veterans lobbied as veterans for the first time. In the course of our lobbying  we of course went to the offices of State Senator William Larkin ( R-New Windsor ) one of veterans best friends in Albany. There we recounted to him the fact, that unlike most states and the Federal Government not all veterans are equal in New York State. We spoke of how the pension buy back bill did not cover most post Vietnam conflict veterans, veterans now serving in Afghanistan and the Middle East nor did it cover any women veterans who served after Vietnam. True to his word Senator Larkin wrote a bill to cover all Veterans. He and State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin ( D-Scarsdale) pushed the bill thought the legislature three times. TWU members labeled the bill " The Veteran's Equality Act".

Despite two vetoes the bill just kept gaining momentum. Veteran Organizations, unions and people across the state called for its passage. Members of TWU Local 100 made several trips to Albany to lobby for the bill along with other unions and veteran's groups. TWU Local 100 kept the pressure up, visiting state legislators in their home offices. They would not forget the vet in face of strong opposition from even Mayor DeBlasio.

The Transport Workers Union Local 100's Veterans Committee would like to thank our stalwart friends in New York State's Legislature, Senator William Larkin ( Army Lt. Colonel retired), Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, Senator Marty Golden (R-Bay Ridge) and his staff as well as Peter Abbate (D-Dyker Heights) without whose unflinching support this bill would not have passed. I would also like to thank my brothers and sisters in Local 100 with whom I had the honor to work with on this bill.

We never lost sight of the fact that veteran's rights are worker rights and the cause of the veteran is also the fight of trade unions.

Solidarity Forever
Kevin Harrington 
Retired Chairperson of TWU Local 100 Veteran's Committee
Retired Vice President Rapid Transit Operations

Local Veterans' Organizations

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                           Please note this is a change of address for RCMCL as of June 2016
  • Vietnam Veterans of America, P.O. Box 243, New City, New York 10956
  • Nam Knights, 1 Western Highway, Tappan, New York 10983
  • Korean War Veterans, P.O. Box 304, New City, New York 10956
  • R.C. Military Order of the Purple Heart, 20 Station Road, Pomona, New York 10970
  • Jewish War Veterans, P.O. Box 38, New City, New York 10956
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars, P.O. Box 921, New City, New York 10956
  • Air Force Association, Chapter 251, 207 Treetop Circle, Nanuet, New York 10954

Rockland County Marine Corps League Auxiliary

The Rockland County Marine Corps League Auxiliary 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:
  • 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:

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


Housing Unit


Rape Crisis Services (Main)


Rape Crisis Services (24/7)


Home Health Care


Good Samaritan Hospital Emergency


Nyack Hospital Emergency


Domestic Violence


Suicide Hotline


Mental Health Association of Rockland County


Mobile Mental Health


West Point (nearest military base)


New York National Guard (Orangeburg, NY)


Army Reserve (Orangeburg, NY)


Military Recruiter


Rockland County Housing Action Coalition


Alcoholics Anonymous


Emergency Shelter


RockVets Newsletter  

You can find information, useful links, and view our webpage at Previous copies of our newsletters are also available on our website at

RockVets has a live call-in talk show on Rockland County's local radio station - WRCR 1700 AM dial. This live show is hosted by Jerry Donnellan.  We encourage you to call-in and ask any questions you may have relating to veterans or the military.  This is also a good opportunity to promote any upcoming events for your organization that would be of interest to the veteran/military community.  
The call-in number is 845-362-0013. Please note, WRCR is now on 1700 AM dial. 
The show is also live on the internet at: The radio station is currently changing programming schedules so we will keep you posted as to when the next RockVets Radio Show will be on air.

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 20th of each month so we can get the information in the following issue. Send information to

Veterans Service Agency of Rockland

If you plan to come to the Veterans Service Agency office, please call to make an appointment so we can give you the time you need:  845-638-5244.   

Jerry Donnellan, Director 

Veterans Service Agency of Rockland County

20 Squadron Blvd., - Suite 480

New City, New York  10956   


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