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


September 2017                        www.rockvets.com
Volume 9
Issue 9
 

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The Flag

I'm an old soldier from the last century. Then, from the distance of Vietnam, it hurt to see my flag burned in the street. Not that we don't have the right to do that, but take a moment and understand where that right came from. 
It wasn't from a president or the Senate or Congress — it was from a soldier. Actually — millions of soldiers — many of whom carried that Flag home on their caskets, only to have it carefully folded and presented to their Mother — who had exchanged her baby for that piece of cloth. That piece of cloth designed by a soldier, paid for in their blood, freely given so this country could go on.

If you don't like what it stands for, change it. Don't get mad at the Flag because you don't like President Trump, or Presidents Obama, Bush or Clinton. They are just part-time employees of ours. That's right, we're in charge.

Sure, you can demonstrate — here again, a soldier gave you that right — but demonstrations don't mean much unless you're willing to give at least a percentage of what those soldiers gave, and change it.

It hurts to watch professional athletes refuse to stand for the National Anthem. They can be fined or benched for disrespecting a referee, but disrespect the Flag and they get a pass.
Perhaps before the next game, they would like to come with me to visit Bethesda Naval Hospital or Walter Reed — just to the Burn Units where they can take in that unforgettable smell — or the Amputee Ward and watch soldiers without legs struggle to stand when that Anthem is played.

Then, just a short 12 miles across the river to Arlington National Cemetery, where the real heroes are — not the ones on the NFL fields playing a kid’s game. If they want change, perhaps they should put some of their millions into helping the children of this country get a better start, or perhaps the NFL leadership could get a set. Who knows—it might even improve the ratings, or have they too, taken too many hits to the head?
Jerry Donnellan / email: jerry@rockvets.com 

Understanding PTSD

Many of the people treating combat soldiers for PTSD may not really understand PTSD, and don't have a clue about combat.  Therefore, they are turning away as many troops as they may be seeing.  The Rand corporation just released a study reported by Tom Vander Brooke in USA Today - August 7th, 2017 issue. According to the Rand Corporation "immediate action should be removal of firearms.”  

In combat your weapon becomes part of you, you're with people who love you and would die for you, who are also armed. When you come back to this Alien world were you don't fit — where people aren't even willing to give you a parking space let alone their lives — you don't feel comfortable.  Now you run into this nice person who has no idea where you have been for the past year, and is sure to drive the majority of troops away. 

Those who do comply will turn in their registered weapon right after they secure an illegal, untraceable one, that they don't tell anyone about.

One of the other old tricks is the medication, Benzodiazepine.  However, it ”can interact badly with alcohol.”  Well, if you didn't drink before combat, you will after, take it from the horse. I did an extensive study on the subject!

The Pentagon weighed in on this with "we remain committed,” and perhaps they should be. The Department of Defense could have put a major dent in this issue by just using the last month of the troops’ enlistment to do a reverse basic training, to prepare them to go back into civilian life. 

And do that with counselors and doctors who are also combat veterans.  See that they get their veterans benefits and everything else they're entitled to before they just walk out the door, which is pretty much the case now. 

I'm guessing the average person assumes that one goes from the military directly into the Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare system. All that's simply not the case.  Once one leaves the military they have to be proactive and enroll in the VA system. I have friends from Vietnam who still aren't enrolled in the system because of the lack of trust. 

I know people want to help and God bless them for it, but as long as they're treating veterans like lab rats, there will be a resistance.

Maybe it's time to ask the rats, or at least see that the PhD's have C.I.B.s — because without that there is this condescension that keeps the vets away.   If not, we wouldn't be looking at 22 a day in terms of suicide, and 300 on death row.   Jerry Donnellan / e-mail: jerry@rockvets.com


The Draft - As In Selective Service

The Draft — it needs to come back! We have the world’s strongest military but that could change. Young Americans are not volunteering in the numbers necessary. They see the way veterans are being treated. For another reason, more colleges are going tuition-free thereby eliminating people who would join for the benefits of the G.I. Bill.  Also, the wave of patriotism caused by the events of 9/11 sadly has faded.   

Further, they see more Veterans dying from suicide than from combat. Multiple tours are even wearing out our Special Forces, let alone our Guard and Reserve units — who had signed on to be deployed in times of emergency or crisis.  Now many of them have been deployed again and again, to the point where at times, they were half of the active force in Iraq and Afghanistan. We're getting close to being in our third decade in that part of the world. 

We obviously don't have a large enough standing military.  And I'll bet that lies at the feet of the bean counters who seem to be calling the shots. The politicians are happy because the costs are down and they don't have the political courage to even mention the word “draft.” 

Besides the obvious pushback they would get from soccer moms, it would put society back in the game which I don't think they want, because it would shine a light on the process.  Remember, “we, the people” are supposed to be the ones ultimately in charge. 

Further, remember Eisenhower’s warning about the military-industrial complex. Well, Washington, D.C. seems to be happy using our Guard and Reserve units as part-time employees, despite the human cost to those people.   And they seem to love poking the bear.

Now Washington is complaining Russia is supplying the Taliban with weapons to use against us in Afghanistan. Yet in the 80s we supplied weapons to the Mujahideen who ultimately threw the Russians out of Afghanistan, virtually ending the Cold War.

Now we are talking about supplying weapons to the Ukrainians to hold off the Russians. We tend to think the leader of North Korea is laughable because of his haircut and a wardrobe worse than mine. He seems like a cartoon but the Russians and Iranians who are building his rockets aren't. So, rather than strengthening our military and making sure our troop strength is there, we are imposing sanctions on the Russians, North Koreans, and Iranians. Like that will work!  

Remember, we haven't declared war in better than 75 years. In July of 1941 we imposed sanctions on Japan. However, then FDR had started a peacetime draft the September before. Today our focus is on terrorism as it should be, but not exclusively. Kim Jong Un would be glad to have South Korea as Iran would like to have Iraq, Russia has already taken Crimea and the Ukraine. Should something happen, whose side do you think China would come down on? We have great technology but in the final analysis, you're still going to need grunts to kick down doors. If we keep thinking who we are, we may not be, in a flash…  Jerry Donnellan / email: jerry@rockvets.com

SJWarriors Want to Ban Vets from Four-Year Colleges 

Social Justice Warriors Want Veterans Banned From Four-Year Colleges

In case you didn't see this...I know it's only one newsletter, on one campus, but didn't that German guy, who's name we can no longer say, start a movement, with a name we can no longer say, in a beer hall, with 12 other guys?  Jerry

Aug 26, 2017 The Blaze.com
The University of Colorado-Colorado Springs approved of someone posting a flyer on the school’s campus that says veterans should be “banned” from four-year colleges and universities.

The flyer is the first issue in a newsletter series that is titled “Social Justice Collective Weekly.” A spokesman for UCCS said the newsletter is not affiliated with the university and that any student can post flyers on bulletin boards around campus. But, as KKTV-TV noted, the school does have to approve any flyers that are posted around the campus. Now, in light of the fact that campus officials approved the flyer, the school is trying to distance itself from the message in the flyers.

To continue reading the story, view this link:

http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/08/26/sjws-want-veterans-banned-from-four-year-colleges-and-veteran-responds-forcefully/amp/

Suffern American Legion Post 859 Dinner 

Suffern American Legion Post 859 dinner event - September 21st, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Tickets are $45.00 per person.  Price includes Beefsteak dinner, French Fries, Salad, Coffee, Tea, Dessert, Refreshments, and Entertainment.  The event will be held at Post 859, 1 Pavilion Road, Suffern, New York 10901.  For further information and to request tickets, call Nick at 973-735-7611.

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, September 28th, 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 http://www.wrcr.com/  This is a good opportunity for you to call in and ask questions about veterans or military issues, or to let the listening public know 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. 

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.  The date is set, the price is set at $65.00 per person.  We hope you can join us.  

The Dinner tickets are almost SOLD OUT!  If you plan to attend, please respond promptly.  For further information, contact Howard Goldin (goldingoose@verizon.net) or call Howard at 845-352-6797. 

We will publish a 30th 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 mvasealone@optonline.net (845) 709-2559, or Jim Hennessy at jchgunner@gmail.com (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. 

Vietnam War Commemoration 

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, we are losing over 500 of our Vietnam veterans each day.  Since 2013, the Vietnam War Commemoration’s History and Legacy Branch (H&L) has been conducting video-recorded oral history interviews to capture the memories of our Vietnam veterans.  The mission of the H&L Branch is to provide the American public with a clearer understanding of and appreciation for the service and sacrifice of our Vietnam veterans, and to tell the story about their service during that period of our nation's history.  
http://www.vietnamwar50th.com/

Click here  to read the latest SITREP, which highlights the oral history project and how you can participate: http://media.campaigner.com/media/47/476245/VWC%20SITREP%202017%20-%20Issue%206.pdf

NY State Constitutional Convention on November Ballot 

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



Local Veterans Organization

For your information, here are the addresses for some of our local veterans' organizations:
  • Rockland County Marine Corps League, 20 Station Road, Pomona, New York 10970  
  • Military Order of the Purple Heart, 20 Station Road, Pomona, New York 10970
  • Vietnam Veterans of America, P.O. Box 243, New City, New York 10956
  • Nam Knights, 1 Western Highway, Tappan, New York 10983
  • Korean War Veterans, P.O. Box 304, New City, New York 10956
  • R.C. Military Order of the Purple Heart, 20 Station Road, Pomona, New York 10970
  • Jewish War Veterans, P.O. Box 38, New City, New York 10956
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars, P.O. Box 921, New City, New York 10956
  • Air Force Association, Chapter 251, 207 Treetop Circle, Nanuet, New York 10954
  • Rockland County American Legion, 86 South Reld Drive, Pearl River, New York 10965
                                                                                                                                                                        
Combat Vet ID Cards Available
                                               
Combat Veteran ID Cards are now available.  If you are a combat veteran, you can get this card at the County Clerk's Office which is located at 1 South Main Street, Suite 100, New City, New York 10956.  To apply for the Combat Veteran ID Card, or the F.A.V.O.R. card for all veterans, if you don't already have one, bring your DD214 to the County Clerk's Office.  They'll take your photo and make up a card for you. For further information, contact the Rockland County Clerk's Office at (845) 638-5076.

This new Combat Veteran ID Card offers all of the same benefits as the F.A.V.O.R. (Find and Assist Veterans of Record) card, which includes almost 1000 discounts to Rockland's veterans, but this new CVID card has specific advantages. The CVID card is co-sponsored by the Rockland County Police Benevolent Association and will be recognized by our local law enforcement agencies. So if you ever get pulled over, along with your license, registration, and insurance card, show the police officer your Combat Vet ID card so he knows you're an in-country vet.
                                                                                                                                                                    
Employment Opportunities

Salvation Army, West Nyack, New York: 
The Salvation Army is hiring and looking for veterans to fill key positions. They have two on-call facilities/security positions which are linked here: 

Part-Time On-Call Facilities/Security/IT & AV Support:

Part-time On-Call Facilities/Security:

Please also see The Salvation Army's general careers page to view all of the positions they currently have (or in the
future).   The Salvation Army Eastern Territory Careers Page:

For further information, please contact: Melanie Stokes, PHR - Human Resources Recruiter
The Salvation Army - Eastern Territory Headquarters
440 West Nyack Road West Nyack, NY 10994
office: (845) 620-7483
cell: (845) 274-4287

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

For further information, check out the website link for the Department of Homeland Security:

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

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!
Requirements:
- Must have a clean driving record
- CDL with Passenger & School bus endorsements 
Incentives:
- 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 www.PeterBregaInc.com 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: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/465574100

Civil Service Exams:  Scheduled Examinations Open to All Qualified Individuals
These examinations are open to anyone who meets the minimum qualifications specified on an examination announcement. See the announcement(s) for details. You may apply for most examinations on-line or by using our paper application (form NYS-APP). See How to Apply on the respective announcement(s).  For further information, visit their website:

Coins Left On Headstones
Have you ever seen coins on a tombstone? Dave Malenfant works at Holly, Michigan’s National Military Cemetery. He has seen countless families mourn and grieve at the passing of a loved one. Many visitors to the cemetery leave American coins on the headstones of the deceased.  


                                                                  
Useful Telephone Numbers for Veterans

Rockland County Veterans Service Agency

845-638-5244

Rockland County Sheriff’s Office

845-638-5400

Veterans Peer-to-Peer (Counseling)

845-521-5361

People to People (Food)

845-623-4900

Montrose VA Hospital

914-737-4400

New City VA Clinic

845-634-8995

Housing Unit

845-364-3150

Rape Crisis Services (Main)

845-634-3391

Rape Crisis Services (24/7)

845-634-3344

Home Health Care

845-358-2002

Good Samaritan Hospital Emergency

845-368-5029

Nyack Hospital Emergency

845-348-2345

Domestic Violence

845-634-3391

Suicide Hotline

800-273-8255

Mental Health Association of Rockland County

845-267-2172

Mobile Mental Health

845-364-2378

West Point (nearest military base)

845-938-4011

New York National Guard (Orangeburg, NY)

845-340-7167

Army Reserve (Orangeburg, NY)

845-359-6903

Military Recruiter

845-624-6185

Rockland County Housing Action Coalition

845-708-5799

Alcoholics Anonymous

845-352-1112

Emergency Shelter

845-364-2907

Meals on Wheels

845-624-6325


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


Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial and Monument

The Rockland County Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial and Monument will honor those from Rockland who served in those two theaters of war, whether in the Persian Gulf War, Operations Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, or Inherent Resolve in Iraq, or Operations Enduring Freedom or Freedom's Sentinel in Afghanistan - particularly those who gave their lives.
 
The Memorial and Monument will be located in Haverstraw Bay County Park near the Rockland County 9/11 Memorial.  It is currently scheduled to be completed by Veterans Day 2017.
 
Chapter 120 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart is accepting tax-free donations in support of this memorial and monument and providing a structure through which to coordinate and arrange for its construction.  For further information, please call 845-371-7605 or visit our website at: 



Rockland County Marine Corps League Auxiliary

The Rockland County Marine Corps League Auxiliary continues its on-going campaign - Pet Rescue - to reunite our troops with pets they may have had to leave in Afghanistan. Cans and bottles (no glass bottles) that can be recycled for cash, may be brought to Kearsing Edwards American Legion Post 1600, 20 Station Road in Pomona, New York. They are collected by ARC Pet Rescue volunteers and recycled. Contributions for the Pet Rescue Project are also welcome! The funds pay for food and water to sustain pets on their journey home; their transportation is free. For more information contact Chairman Dale Fisher 845-304- 3595.

Rockland County Marine Corps League - MASH Unit

We regularly receive donations of handicap assistance equipment for disabled veterans from people who want to help.  Our donated equipment is available for free to military veterans and their families.  The items include the following:
  • Handicap-Accessible van
  • Motorized Wheelchairs
  • Manual Wheelchairs
  • Lifts
  • Walkers
  • Bath Chairs
  • Transfer Benches
  • Braces
  • Crutches
  • Canes 
If you have need of any of this equipment, contact the folks at the Rockland County Marine Corps League - 845-323-8774 or via e-mail: drobin137@icloud.com.

RockVets Newsletter  

You can find information, useful links, and view our webpage at www.rockvets.com. Previous copies of our newsletters are also available on our website at http://www.rockvets.com/newsletters.

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

At the discretion of the editor, we'd be happy to add your upcoming events to our newsletter.  Please submit the details to us as soon as possible, but no later than the 25th of each month so we can get the information in the following issue. Send information to info@rockvets.com.

The RockVets Radio Show with host Jerry Donnellan, will air on the last Thursday of each month - right after the 9:00 a.m. newscast - so it will air from 9:10 a.m. to 9:40 a.m.  Tune in to 1700 on the AM dial. You can also listen to the show online at http://www.wrcr.com/  This is a good opportunity for you to call in and ask questions about veterans or military issues, or to let the listening public know what some local organizations are doing in the community of interest to veterans.  To speak with Jerry during the show, please call WRCR at 845-362-0013.  

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