RockVets E-Newsletter: July 2017 Edition
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RockVets Newsletter

July 2017              
Volume 9
Issue 7


Reports of My Death....

I think it was Mark Twain who said, “Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated."  Yes, I am retiring officially as of January 1st, 2018 – that will make it an even 30 years in my second government job, which wouldn’t have been possible without my first government job – Vietnam – where I only worked for a few months and retired!

In between I worked for Frank Sinatra, so either of my first two jobs could have gotten me shot!  Anyway, between now and then, till the first of the year I’m on medical leave.  It’s just an old schrapnel wound that needs to heal so I’m staying off my feet, or foot as the case may be, until this thing has run its course.  

I think we accomplished some good things, and I mean “we."  Without your help I wouldn’t have gotten very far.  The VA Clinic was the top of the pile as far as I’m concerned.  That started to come together working with the then-Director of the Montrose VA Hospital and Jim Farsetta, the Regional Director of the VA.  We got the VA to put up the doctors, staff and equipment, although they had no money in their budget for real estate, so I spoke to then-County Executive Scott Vanderhoef who jumped on the opportunity to bring VA health-care to Rockland County.   Scott put up space in Building A of the County Health Complex and the first VA clinic was born some 20-something years ago.  

Before the clinic opened, approximately 250 veterans from Rockland used the out-patient services of the VA.  After two years of operation, over 6,000 Rockland veterans were signed up with the clinic.  Of course, the VA took credit for it but that’s okay because now there are more than 1200 of these clinics across the country. 

I like to remind Scott of that so he doesn’t think about the time I clear-cut 11 acres of woods to expand the Veterans’ Cemetery without having exactly his okay!   I didn’t actually break any laws but I did bend a few. It’s always easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission.  

While we’re on the subject, County Executve John Grant was the first County Executive who had the bad judgment to appoint me in the first place.  Otherwise, the man had relatively good judgment!  John actually laid the ground-work with the VA for what would later become the first VA clinic.  

Now we have Ed Day....who also had the bad judgment to reappoint me.  For those of you who don’t know Ed, he is a retired New York City cop.   I knew that the first time I spoke to him....there was something missing…I hadn’t been Marandized!  

Ed just has that street-cop way about him.  I think they all go to some cop charm school. At the end of the conversation I was waiting to hear “inter-lace your fingers behind your head, get on your knees and cross your feet!”  Just a flashback from my misspent youth!

And just another reason to retire!  You see, if Ed doesn’t get re-elected, I am stuck breaking in yet another County Executive and that’s a process...

But I’m okay – not planning on moving to Florida.  I figured I spent the best part of 70 years here and have a good plumber, carpenter, pizza place – so why move and have to start all over?

For those of you hell-bent on sending flowers, please use my wife’s shop!    Jerry


What if I told you that the Department of Defense had purchased incinerators that were sent to Iraq and Afghanistan to replace burn pits? Knowing how the Defense Department has done on past shopping excursions, they more than likely spent twice as much as you or I would have. Then, God knows how much more they spent to get these incinerators to the war-zone where they sat unmolested for the duration of those wars which, in case you thought otherwise, are still going on.

And now, even our Secretary of Defense admits we are losing at least the war in Afghanistan. Anyway, why did these incinerators sit out the wars? Even though a young Air Force Officer noted that the air quality around these burn pits was toxic, that young officer was reassigned to counting snowflakes in Antarctica and his reports vanished – well, almost completely....but...I digress. The reason was quite simple: the civilian contractors who were running the burn pits were making more money running the burn-pits than they would running the incinerators.

Back when I was in the Army (right after Gettysburg!) everything the military needed was done by the troops. Now, many of these services are done by civilian contractors. Now the mess halls are catering halls. Now that’s one I wouldn’t really argue with...our Mess Sgt. probably killed more people than our artillery!
So the burn pits continue despite having a better and safer way to handle trash, which had already been purchased and shipped. And they continue killing people to this day.

Troops exposed to those burn pits will continue to die well into the future. Just like the Vietnam vets are still dying from cancers they contracted from Agent Orange decades ago. Agent Orange’s chief killing element was Dioxin. These burn pits also give off dioxin because of the plastics burned.

As of now, the Department of Veterans Affairs has agreed that Chronic B-cell Leukemia, Hodgkin’s Disease, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Prostate Cancer, Respiratory Cancers, Soft Tissue Sarcomas, Al Amyoidosis, Chloracne, Diabetes Mellitus Type 2, Ischemic Heart Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Peripheral Neuropathy Early Onset, Porphyria Cutanea Tarda, and other diseases are a result of Agent Orange. And that’s only taken 45 years and a class action suit against the manufactures of agent orange – Monsanto, Dow, Diamond Shamrock, etc. — because we all know you can’t sue Uncle Sam.

So if the timeline is the same for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, they should be where the Vietnam veterans are today, by about 2061, which is an even century from when we first dropped Agent Orange in Vietnam. I’ll be 113 years old if the dioxin doesn’t get me first.

So maybe it’s time that the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans put together a class action suit against the civilian contractors that ran the burn-pits...but that’s just my thought...

Jerry Donnellan

Half A Century With the VA

It was the ‘60s and I was in an Army hospital probably on drugs, either the Army’s or some enterprising fellow patients.  A nice man in a suit approached me – everyone wore suits in those days.  He introduced himself as being from the VA (okay – all together now – and he was here “to help me!!!”)

Back in those days, like many people, I believed in the VA.  It was a cross between Mother Teresa and Florence Nightingale.  For those of you who still think that way, I’m here to disabuse you of that thinking. That’s not to say that there aren’t good, caring people who work for the VA…doctors, nurses, front-line staff do the best they can under the circumstances. In fact, if you ask some of the good VA people they can give you even scarier stories than I can, especially after a couple of beers. 

Anyway, the VA is second only to the Department of Defense in terms of budget which continues to increase annually, even as the veteran population continues to drop.  Further, the number of people working for the VA and sub-contractors will, in the not-too-distant future, out-number the people they are paid to help, if trends continue as they are.  Good luck trying to get statistics out of the VA.  Someone once said there are lies, then there are bigger lies, and then there are statistics.  We are talking about the VA who once sent me for a physical to verify I was still missing a leg! I tell you it’s like putting socks on an octopus!  I’ve got a radical idea that would make the VA squeal, and any self-respecting Senator swallow hard (is it okay to use self-respecting and Senator in the same sentence?)

First, upon discharge issue each veteran a credit card.  The average veteran would get — say, a green card, a disabled veteran would get a gold card, a totally disabled veteran, a platinum card…then let them get their health care wherever they want in the private sector.  Then shut down the VA medical system – boy, would that save a couple of bucks – that could be added to this veteran credit card system.  

I know many of my fellow veterans will say that I’m talking treason but face it guys, they are starting to close VA hospitals anyway so why not be prepared – it’s coming.   Many veterans belong to national veterans’ organizations who, more often than not, side with the VA….why?  There are hundreds of VA hospitals and regional offices across this country, most of whom provide free office space and utilities for the major veterans’ organizations. 

Now, I wouldn’t say that would influence their judgment but let’s put it this way:  say you had your own business and I offered you free office space and utilities in Manhattan, Los Angeles, Chicago, etc.  How anxious would you be to take issue with me?  My guess is you wouldn’t want to come back hard at your charitable landlord. 

A  couple of years ago after the Phoenix VA hospital had let 40 veterans die waiting for care, a new program called Veterans Choice was offered by the VA.  The basic idea was that a vet could be treated in the private sector if he or she couldn’t be treated in the VA in a timely manner, or if they lived more than 40 miles away from a VA treatment center.  Sounds good, right?  Well, not if you let the VA administer it.  

So in the final analysis, you’re not getting proper care from the VA, so you then have to go to the VA, tell them that and ask their permission to go someplace else and get better treatment.   It’s kind of like losing an argument with your wife and going to your mother-in-law for a second opinion.  Big surprise – the program never got off the ground, despite having real potential…and so it goes….

Jerry Donnellan

Charters of Freedom From National Archives

These three documents, known collectively as the Charters of Freedom, have secured the rights of the American people for more than two and a quarter centuries and are considered instrumental to its founding and philosophy of the United States.

Declaration of Independence - July 4th, 1776

In Congress, July 4, 1776.

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

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

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

VA Backs Off Cutting Unemployability Benefit 

From Stars and Stripes 
Article by Nikki Wentling - Published on June 14, 2017

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs is backing off a proposal in President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget to cut billions of dollars from a program that provides compensation to the country’s most disabled veterans.

VA Secretary David Shulkin told the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee on Wednesday that he was willing to work with lawmakers to find an alternative to the proposed $3.2 billion cut to the VA Individual Unemployability benefit. The announcement came after the country’s six largest veterans service organizations condemned the proposal.

“As I began to listen to veterans and their concerns, and [veterans service organizations] in particular, it became clear that this would be hurting some veterans and a takeaway from veterans who can’t afford to have those benefits taken away,” Shulkin said. “I’m really concerned about that. This is part of a process. We have to be looking at ways to do things better, but I am not going to support policies that hurt veterans.”

RockVets Radio Show on WRCR

The RockVets Radio Show with host Jerry Donnellan, has returned to the airwaves.  The next show will air on Thursday, July 27th, 2017. The show is broadcast live 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  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 about events some local organizations are planning that would be of interest to veterans.  To speak with Jerry on-air during the show, please call WRCR at 845-362-0013. 

Lowe's Stores Changes Military Discount Program

Lowe's is expanding and changing its military discount program for veterans.  They will no longer ask to see your Veterans' ID at the check-out counter.  Instead, veterans will sign up online and set up an account with My Lowe's.  The discounts will be offered for all honorably discharged veterans. 
To read further, use this link:

VVA #333 Celebrating 30 Year Anniversary

From Al Dagistino, President, Rockland County VVA Chapter #333:

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the formation of Vietnam Veterans of America, Rockland County Chapter 333.  To celebrate our journey and accomplishments, we will be hosting an anniversary dinner October 28th, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Casa Mia Manor in Blauvelt, New York.  We will be honoring our Founder, Jerry Donnellan, during this dinner.  Remember the Wacky Boat races, the baseball games, and start of the Watchfires?  Spud Patrol to serve meals to the less fortunate, Santa and Easter at the local daycare centers? The list goes on and we want to share those memories with you.  The date is set, the price is set at $65.00 per person.  We hope you can join us.  

We ask that anyone who has photographs from our early years, to please forward them to Howard Goldin ( or call him at 845-371-7605.  To ensure that you will receive an invitation to the dinner, please send an e-mail to Howard Goldin or to Pat McGlade (  

We will also publish an anniversary journal.  Prices for journal ads are as follows: Outside Back Cover 7.5" wide by 10" high....$750.00;  Inside Front and Back Covers....$500.00 each;  Centerfold Platinum Pages... $400.00; Gold Page....$250.00;  Full Page...$125.00; Half-Page....$75.00;  Quarter Page...$50.00; Business card.....$30.00; "In Honor Of" Listing (name only)....$15.00; "In Memoriam" name only....$15.00.

If you'd like to purchase a journal ad, please send camera-ready JPEG or PDF format photograph or text to Marcus Arroyo at (845) 709-2559, or Jim Hennessy at (201) 512-0679.  Send ads no later than the September 20th, 2017 deadline. 

Make checks payable to Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 333 and mail to VVA #333, P.O. Box 243, New City, New York 10956.  For further information on the journal ads, please call or e-mail Marcus or Jim.  We look forward to seeing you on October 28th, 2017.    

Russia to Target US, Coalition Aircraft Over Syria - Army Insider Article from June 19th, 2017.
Russia condemned the U.S. shootdown of a Syrian Su-22 fighter bomber over Syria on Sunday, saying it will now track aircraft of any kind near its airspace in Syria with surface-to-air missiles.  The Russian Ministry of Defense said it will begin tracking joint coalition aircraft west of the Euphrates River and treat them as targets, officials said in a statement Monday.

The ministry also said it has suspended cooperation with the U.S. on deconfliction zones as it believes U.S. Central Command, the combatant command overseeing the Middle East, violated the memorandum of understanding the U.S. set up with Russia in 2015.

The memorandum established a phone "hotline" the militaries use to alert one another of actions they're taking in Syria.    Read more

Judge Will Allow Evidence of SEAL's Injuries

Judge Will Allow Evidence of SEAL's Injuries in Bergdahl Sentencing
The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. | 1 Jul 2017 | by Amanda Dolasinski as posted in

Evidence that a soldier and a Navy Seal who were injured on missions to search for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will be permitted during the sentencing portion of his court-martial, according to a ruling from the military judge on Friday.

Col. Jeffery Nance, the military judge overseeing the court-martial, ruled that evidence of injuries to Sgt. 1st Class Mark Allen and retired Senior Chief Petty Officer James Hatch, a Navy SEAL, will be allowed during sentencing if Bergdahl is convicted of misbehavior before the enemy.

"Neither Allen nor Hatch would have been where they were doing what they were doing but for the actions of the accused, assuming he is found guilty of (misbehavior before the enemy)," Nance wrote.

In March 2015, Bergdahl was charged with misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit or place and desertion. If convicted of misbehavior before the enemy, Bergdahl could be imprisoned for life.

Bergdahl walked off a remote post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was subsequently held by the Taliban for five years.  Read More

Tricare Benefits Information Session 

On Thursday, July 6th, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. an information session on Tricare benefits and other available Tricare options will be held at the Bergen County American Legion Hall, 53 Thiem Avenue in Rochelle Park, New Jersey. It is intended for  Active Duty, Retirees, TAMP eligibles and their dependent family members. Information will be presented by Darrel Hutchinson, Health Benefit Consultant, U.S. Family Health Plan. For further information or to RSVP, please contact Darrel Hutchinson, Sr., USFHP Health Benefits Consultant, TRICARE SME at 646-354-0126.  Advance registration is required.

Volunteers for Veterans' Medical Appointments

Many Westchester and Rockland County area Veterans need a ride to their medical appointments at the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System in Montrose, New York.  Our Veterans need you!

Volunteer Drivers serving in VA Hudson Valley Health Care System Volunteer Transportation Network (VTN) can literally be the difference-maker in veterans receiving their needed medical care.  Do  you  have  one or  more  days  a  month that you could give as a VA volunteer driver? To fill this role, you must have a current, valid New York State drivers’ license and automobile insurance and pass a physical exam. Hours vary.

To learn more about what’s involved and how you can serve those who served through this most important volunteer activity, please contact VA Voluntary Service office phone: 914-737-4400 ext. 3713. 

Note:  The VTN was originally established by the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  DAV continues to lead the way, in partnership with local area organizations and individuals, in providing needed transportation for veterans seeking care at VA facilities.

Many Westchester and Rockland County area Veterans need a ride to their medical appointments at the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System in Montrose, New York.

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.
Employment Opportunities

Motion Physical Therapy Group (PT) Orangeburg, New York is looking for a Front Desk Assistant.  
This position is suitable for those looking for a second part-time job.  Requirement: Strong people and basic computer skills.   Contact: Debra Kendall (914) 393-7631. No Recruiting Agency -- will not deal with any job hunters.

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?
Please join us for a free webinar to learn more about DHS careers, current opportunities, and how to apply. The next webinars will be held on Monday, July 10th, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. and on Thursday, July 13th, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.  This webinar will enhance your understanding of our vital mission and provide helpful tips on the federal hiring process. Webinar Highlights: Why DHS is the ideal place for you...Veterans hiring authorities... Federal resume tips.... USAJOBS – the Federal Government’s official employment site
To join the webinar, go to
Audio: 1-888-390-1069 access code: 8005734 (We highly recommend logging in prior to the webinar to test your connection).
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
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 -

Peter Brega, Inc., is a family owned and operated school bus company located in Valley Cottage. The company is looking to provide some assistance to those veterans who are seeking employment.  They are offering a great part-time opportunity, retirees welcome!
- Must have a clean driving record
- CDL with Passenger & School bus endorsements 
- Starting pay $19/hr. - higher pay with prior driving experience!
- Guaranteed hours
- AM and/or PM runs available
- All positions are part time, if desired, additional work may be available
- Great work environment
- Matching 401K for eligible employees
- Off when schools are off (Holidays, Snow Days, Summers!)
- Unemployment Benefits
Applicants can apply in person at 500 Kings Highway, Valley Cottage, NY 10989, online at or contact Nick Brega by phone at: 845-268-6107.
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:

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:

Assistance Needed for Local Veteran 
From Howard Goldin:  Craig Wertheim and I have created a Go Fund Me page for a 39 year old Iraq and Afghanistan veteran named SSG Nino Robivar Woo Atienza. He is 6 year Navy Veteran and is 13 years active National Air Guard stationed with the 105th Airlift Wing - Steward. When not on active reserve status, he works for the 105th in a civilian capacity equivalent to his military Job. On December 25th, 2016 Nino, his wife,18 year old daughter (who is an Freshman (ROTC) at Tampa College) and his 5 and 6 year old children learned that he has Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, Brain Cancer. Nino's monthly bills are around $3,900 a month and his sick time has run out as of February 3rd, 2017. There is NO INCOME coming in. The Rockland County Veterans community was able to help him pay his bills for last month, but he is really in need so please spread the word. SSG. Atienza has filed a claim with the VA for Burn Pit exposure, but as everyone knows, this could be a while with the V.A. 

If you have a Facebook account, please share this. If you belong to any organizations or people who might be able to help this family, please pass this information around. 

For further information contact Howard Goldin at or Craig Wertheim at  If you would like to make a donation to help this young veteran and his family, you can view the Go Fund Me link below:

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


Meals on Wheels


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 Veterans 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 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:

RockVets Newsletter  

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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.

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

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  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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