RockVets E-Newsletter: December 2016 Edition
Veterans Service Agency of Rockland County, New York 
Jerry Donnellan, Director      Telephone: 845-638-5244 
Website: www: rockvets.com.
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RockVets Newsletter


December 2016       845-638-5244      ww.rockvets.com
Volume 8
Issue 12
 

info@rockvets.com

 

VA Ending Vets Shuttle Service

It’s been a long time since I came to this office.  Over the years we’ve accomplished a lot of good things. 
I say we because without the support of the veterans of this County I couldn’t have gotten a lot done.

One of the early challenges was with older and disabled vets having to travel for an hour for medical care.  
Working with the then-Director of the VA Hospital at Montrose, in 1996 we opened the first VA Clinic.  This was a partnership between the County of Rockland and the VA, and was located in our Health Complex in Pomona.  

Soon the Clinic was so successful that the VA moved into commercial space.  In the first year, the number of veterans from this County using VA medical services went from 250 to 6,000.  This Clinic was so extraordinary, it became a national model and now there are approximately 1400 across the country.

The next hurdle was, as good as the clinics were, there were still times when veterans would have to travel to VA Hospitals for services that weren’t available at the Clinic - for example, x-rays, MRI, Audiology, etc.  So we developed this shuttle bus that would take a veteran from the Clinic to whichever hospital they needed.  That seemed to cover the major concerns.

Now I’ve been told that by January the Shuttle is over.  You mean to tell me the VA is so cost-strapped they have to do this?  This is the VA whose budget has tripled in the past 10 years while the veteran population has gone down approximately 37%.  Is it me?

Does this mean that if my veterans can’t travel, they will be allowed to go to private physicians locally for treatment at the VA’s expense?  Or is this the first shoe and is the Clinic next?

Here’s a thought.  The Montrose VA Hospital sits on nearly 200 acres of northern Westchester County riverfront.  It was opened in 1950 as a 2,000 bed hospital with 1940’s technology.  Today it supports 200 beds.  Why not transfer the 200 in-patients either less than an hour north to the Castle Point VA Hospital or less than an hour south to the Bronx VA Medical Center?  This would eliminate the need for 24/7 staffing, which comes to 168 hours a week.  At the same time you’d keep all the necessary services in place, but operate on a 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. basis only expanding 40 hours.  

Also, then you could sell half of the acreage.  What do you figure 100 acres of northern Westchester riverfront property would go for?  I’m sure at least enough to cover the cost of a shuttle bus.  According to the VA, the reason it will be cancelled is because the shuttle is not running anywhere near capacity. That’s from a hospital that had 2000 beds and now has 200 – even with my poor math skills, that 10% of capacity.

I could certainly use some help on this.  The veterans need it.  If anyone has any connection with the incoming Administration and could pass this letter on, I would be glad to follow up – because there’s more to be said.

Jerry Donnellan, Director
Veterans Service Agency of Rockland
20 Squadron Blvd., Suite 480
New City, New York 10956
Telephone: 845-638-5244
E-mail:  jerry@rockvets.com


Donations for Veterans

The holidays are on us and thankfully good people are concerned about veterans in need.  

We seem to have this Rockwellian picture of a good neighbor at the front door of a poor family.  They have a turkey of course, and a basket full of holiday food.  But the trouble is that may work for Hallmark but it doesn’t work with veterans.

Vets are a proud lot and don’t like to be seen as needy.  It’s embarrassing to them.  So perhaps we go at this in a different way.

Across the County there are a number of soup kitchens and food pantries that already care for folks in need of meals.  Vets can go to them with anonymity.  So what we do is encourage people to donate to these folks that are feeding the needy where veterans can go.  

For a list of locations you can go online to InfoRock at this link: http://www.informationrockland.com/ or call them at (845) 364-2020.  And, you can always donate to one of Rockland’s veterans groups.  These can be found online or you can call our office and we’ll be glad to help you out with that.  We also have a list of local veterans' organizations in each newsletter.

We do encourage you to donate.  We also encourage you to be careful.  There are a number of people who take advantage and we don’t want to see that happen to you.  So if we can assist, we’d be happy to.

Also, there’s a great program that the Marine Corps has been running for years called, Toys For Tots. There again, you can give a new unwrapped toy or you can make a donation. 





Dr. Larry Kolman                                             

Most of you Nam vets who have been around for a while, will remember Dr. Larry Kolman and the major help he gave to a lot of folks in VVA Chapter 333.  Sadly, Larry passed away in 2010 and recently, we had a note from Larry's granddaughter, asking us about him.  She's trying to piece together a picture of her grandfather who passed away too soon -- before she had a chance to know him very well. We all felt that loss... So if you have any thoughts or memories of Larry, we ask that you send them along to us (e-mail: jerry@rockvets.com) and we will get them to this young lady.  Thanks for your help.

Pearl Harbor Commemoration 

The annual Village of Suffern Pearl Harbor Commemoration will be held on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. This year’s event will be held at the Suffern Village Hall, 61 Washington Avenue, Suffern, New York.

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  
  • 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
Fundraiser Held for Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial


The folks at the Esplanade at Palisades on Oak Tree Road in Palisades, New York, recently donated $455.00 to the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter #120, to be used for the Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial that's being established in Haverstraw Bay Park, Haverstraw, New York.

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.
 

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 the website at: 


Christmas Show and Gifts for Montrose Veterans

A group of Hudson Valley Veterans know as The Bob Hope Division will conduct a Bob Hope Christmas Show staring “The American Bombshells” at the NYS Veteran’s Nursing Home, 2090 Albany Post Road, (Route 9) Montrose, NY 10548 on Saturday December 10, 2016 and you're invited. Muster is 12:00 noon.
 
Check out the Bombshells at this link:  http://www.americanbombshells.com/

During this Holiday Season, The Bob Hope Division will give the patients an individually wrapped Christmas present containing any of the following items:

Batteries AA, AAA & D size, Socks, Pens, Pencils, Writing Paper, Picture frames 3x5 & 4x6, Game Books, Cross Word Books, Word Find Books, Sudoko Puzzle Books, Pocket Books, Nail Clippers, Nail Files, Phone Cards, Tissue (individual small packages), Playing Cards, Card Games (Uno), Scarves, DVD Movies old or new, T-Shirts, Hair Brushes, Tooth Brushes, Tooth Paste, Soap and White Socks (male & female. 

We need your help collecting these items to fill the presents. Any donation of these items will be gratefully appreciated by the Veterans as they need these items to maintain their quality of life.

Collection point for these items will be the VA Clinic in New City (345 N Main Street, New City, NY), the Kearsing Edwards American Legion Post (20 Station Road, Pomona, NY 10970), The Garnerville Post Office on Route 202, Embroidme, (27 N Middletown Rd, Nanuet, NY), The Rockland County Bar Association (337 N Main Street, New City, NY) or we will pick up the items anywhere you like, call 845 429-8860. This is a great way for you to help disabled Veterans during this Holiday Season.

If you work in a store, office or building we request you to post this Notice for all to see and help us collect the items or if possible forward this Notice to your e-mail contacts.  For further information, please contact Chip Hayes at email:  Chip1440@Lawyer.com.


N.R.H.S. Celebration of Veterans

On Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 starting at 5:30 p.m., the North Rockland High School Key Club, ROTC, and other clubs/honor societies invite veterans to their "Celebration of Our Veterans -- Honoring Our American Heroes." 

Veterans are invited and can also invite one guest to attend with them.  

The program will start at 5:30 p.m. with cocktail sandwiches/wraps, salads, dessert and coffee/tea, as well as entertainment.  These refreshments will be held in the North Rockland High School Cafeteria, followed by the Winter Concert at 7:00 p.m. featuring the North Rockland High School Chorus/Orchestra/Band performing in the the School Auditorium.  For further information and to RSVP, please contact Kathy Sanger at 845-942-3304 or Patty O'Sullivan at 845-942-3321. Public donations to support this event are also welcome.

Veterans Christmas Dinner-To-Go Program

On Saturday, December 17th, 2016 between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., the Town of Ramapo will hold their Veterans Christmas Dinner To Go Program.  As a Special "Thanks To Vets" Food Bags will be given to veterans at the Sloatsburg Village Hall.  They thank our veterans for serving our country and protecting our freedoms!

Special "Thanks to Vets" Food Bags include:
Turkey, Potato, Vegetable, Dessert - First Come, First Served

For further information, call (845) 357-5100 EXT. 201
This event is coordinated by Veterans Angels, Town of Ramapo, People to People, and The Village of Sloatsburg.


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. You can contact the County Clerk's Office at (845) 638-5076 or call the Veterans Service Agency of Rockland County at 845-638-5244. 


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.


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: info@rockvets.com. 



This month's featured business is the Route 59 Car Wash on Route 59 in West Nyack, which is operated by Chris Day, an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran.

Chris is offering veterans a $3.00 discount on a car wash, so stop by if you need your car washed.






Upcoming Events

Sunday, December 4th, 2016:  The annual Village of Suffern Pearl Harbor Commemoration will be held on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. This year’s event will be held at the Suffern Village Hall, 61 Washington Avenue, Suffern, New York 10901.  The public is invited to attend.  For further information, please call Cathy Mills at 845-357-7943 or send an e-mail to:  cathym@suffernvillage.com.
 
Wednesday, December 7th, 2016:  Veterans Holiday Celebration at North Rockland High School - 
North Rockland High School Key Club, ROTC, and other clubs/honor societies invite you for a “Celebration of our Veterans – Honoring our American Heroes!”  It is offered to Rockland County Veterans and 1 guest at North Rockland High School Cafeteria
5:30 pm cocktail sandwiches/wraps, salads, dessert and coffee/tea, as well as entertainment
7:00 pm Winter Concert in Auditorium (NRHS Chorus/Orchestra/Band)
RSVP By Friday, December 2, 2016
Kathy Sangen 845/942-3304 Patty O’Sullivan 845/942-3321
(Donations to this event are welcome!)

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016:  Winter Brunch at Link Elementary in the Multi-Purpose Room at 10:30 a.m.. Clarkstown Seniors and Veterans are invited to attend the Annual Winter Brunch.  For further information and to RSVP, please contact Alexis Maloney at 845-634-3494 or via e-mail:  amaloney@CCSD.edu. 

Saturday, December 10th, 2016:  The Bob Hope Division will visit the VA Nursing Home in Montrose, 
New York.  The VA Nursing Home is located at 2090 Albany Post Road, (Route 9) Montrose, NY 10548. Muster is 12:00 noon.  This will feature the Bob Hope Christmas Show starring The American Bombshells.  Check out their website:  http://www.americanbombshells.com/.  For further information contact Chip via e-mail: chip1440@lawyer.com. 

Saturday, December 17th, 2016:  The Town of Ramapo "Veterans Dinner-To-Go Program" will be held on this day.  Between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., the Town of Ramapo will hold their Veterans Christmas Dinner To Go Program.  As a Special "Thanks To Vets" Food Bags will be given to veterans at the Sloatsburg Village Hall. Special "Thanks to Vets" Food Bags include: Turkey, Potato, Vegetable, Dessert - First Come, First Served.  For further information, call (845) 357-5100 EXT. 201

                                          
Gold Star Families Voices Act - Vets History Project  

Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04) announced that the Gold Star Families Voices Act (HR 4511)—which expands the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project (VHP) to include family members of veterans who died as a result of their service or who are missing in action—has been signed into law. Smith’s legislation was approved by a unanimous voice vote in the House on September 6, 2016 and by a unanimous 97-0 vote in the Senate on November 15th.  “The new law honors the men and women who gave ‘the last full measure of devotion’ in the service of our nation by allowing family members to tell their stories on their behalf,” said Smith, who served as chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee and authored more than a dozen laws to expand the benefits and services provided to our nation’s veterans and surviving family members. “The Veterans History Project is designed to help preserve and catalog the memories of our nation’s veterans so that current and future generations may hear and better appreciate the realities of war and the sacrifices borne by those who served in uniform.  “With enactment of this legislation, we are adding new voices to this rich history project—and recording the sacrifices of all who have served. Family members will now have the opportunity to create a lasting record of their fallen loved ones.”

Congress created the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress in 2000 to collect and catalog the stories of American war veterans. The project has been a great success. Earlier this year, the Library announced that it reached a milestone: it has collected more than 100,000 testimonies of veterans who have served in military engagements since World War I in a permanent record.  Until now, the project accepted only first-hand accounts of living veterans, unintentionally leaving out the men and women who did not return from the battlefield. Under Smith’s law, immediate family members can now participate on a veteran’s behalf including parents, spouses, siblings and/or children.

Smith’s bill is endorsed by the New Jersey Gold Star Mothers organization, whose President, Judi Tapper—the proud mother of Petty Officer First Class David Tapper, a Navy Seal who was killed in Afghanistan on August 20, 2003—stated: “Never in history has there been a forum to replace our heroes’ silenced voices. This legislation provides it. In their names, may their stories be told.”

The Second Vice President of the National American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., Becky Christmas, said: “Rep. Smith’s legislation gives our children a voice that they no longer have. The Gold Star Families Voices Act will ensure that the experiences and lives of all veterans, including our sons and daughters who fought and died for our country, are remembered, honored and preserved. As Gold Star Parents, we are encouraged to know that the bill is closer to becoming a reality. Our hearts are touched, that our children who gave so much, continue to be heard.”

TJ Fearon, former Vietnam-era Seabee, Gold Star Family Liaison, who brought the issue to Rep. Smith’s attention earlier this year said: “I am honored to have assisted in returning the Voices of my Brothers and Sisters in Arms that never returned. They now shall be properly remembered for their sacrifice.”

Senator Roy Blunt, who led the effort to pass this bill in the Senate, said: “We would not be the nation we are today if not for the profound acts of courage and selflessness of our fallen heroes. We, as Americans, owe it to these men and women to know their names, to honor their deeds, and to preserve their memories. The Gold Star Families Voices Act makes an invaluable project even better by giving the family members of our missing and fallen service members the opportunity to share their stories and ensure they become a part of our nation’s historical record. I thank American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. and Representative Chris Smith for championing this bill, and my Senate colleagues for getting it to the president’s desk.”  http://chrissmith.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=399934





Employment Opportunities

Rockland County Court House Cafe/Coffee Shop:
The Cafe and Coffee Shop at the Rockland County Court House is being run by Bridges (formerly RILC.) They are hiring veterans so if you're interested, contact Lorraine Greenwell at 845-624-1366 Extension 112.

U.S. Forest Service Hiring Wildland Firefighter Apprentices
The Forest Service is excited to offer an apprenticeship training program for prospective wildland firefighters ages 18-37. The application period is December 5-12 on www.usajobs.gov. The apprenticeship program is intended to develop the knowledge and basic skills necessary to work as a wildland firefighter. Apprentices will attend a 3,000-hour on-the-job learning program, which includes a 2 month-long residential firefighting academy at the Wildland Fire Training Center in McClellan, California. Apprentices will be paid and all costs of training will be covered by the Forest Service. 
Upon successful completion of the program, apprentices are eligible for Forestry Technician “Firefighter Type 1” positions and will be eligible for permanent, full-time positions. Multiple duty locations are available for the permanent jobs.
Typical duties of an apprentice firefighter consist of wildland fire suppression and fuel management in harsh conditions of heat, terrain and fuels. Basic fire operations are performed to include the use of hand and power tools, fire line construction, fuel burning or removal and mop-up. Fire apparatus operation duties will also be required.  Such duties involve meeting licensing requirements, driving over adverse terrain, operating fire pumps and valves to regulate water pressures, working with fire hoses and water additives. 
Requirements
Must be age 18 -37 years
Must be a US Citizen with valid state identification
High School Graduate or G.E.D.
Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Services
Application Process
Applicants must apply on www.usajobs.gov, beginning December 5 and ending December 12
Establish a profile and build or upload a resume at the USAJobs site
For assistance, go to: http://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Main_Page 
For more detailed requirement and duty location information, visit http://www.fs.fed.us/workfornature

 
FEMA is seeking talented men and women who are eager to assist disaster survivors as Reservist employees.  In this role, you will have the opportunity to travel, receive training and build your professional network.  Are you or someone you know looking for a rewarding intermittent work opportunity to assist disaster survivors when they are most in need?  Then send your resume to fema-reservist-hiring-initiative@fema.dhs.gov. 
 
FEMA Reservists are on-call employees who deploy, when activated, to support disaster operations. Each Reservist is hired to a position within a Cadre based on his or her skills or experience. 
FEMA has the following Reservist job opportunities available:
·        Logistics Specialist (Warehouse Manager)
·        Systems Specialist (Database Manager)
·        Insurance Specialist
·        Information Technology Specialist
·        Floodplain Specialist
·        Media Relations
·        Intergovernmental Affairs
If you are interested in intermittent work and have experience in customer service, data entry, insurance processing, warehouse management, communications, or information technology, send your resume to fema-reservist-hiring-initiative@fema.dhs.gov. For additional information, please visit the FEMA Reservist Program page.  For further information, contact Hattie L. Mukombe, Talent Acquisition Specialist
Office of the Chief Component Human Capital Officer (OCCHCO)
Federal Emergency Management Agency/Department of Homeland Security
500 C Street, S.W.
Washington, DC 20024
Email| Hattie.Mukombe@fema.dhs.gov


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: jenniferd@rjstaffing.com or call Jennifer at 845-624-0400.

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:

Law Enforcement Careers: NY Schedules Tests for Corrections Officer Jobs
The New York State Department of Civil Service has announced new exams for Correction Officer Trainee and Correction Officer Trainee (Spanish Language).

The exams aren't scheduled to be held until Feb. 11, 2017 — but you must apply by Dec. 20, 2016.

Trainee positions are available in Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) correctional facilities statewide, officials said.

“The Civil Service examination for the position of Correction Officer offers a tremendous opportunity for those New Yorkers who meet the qualifications to pursue a valuable career and join a growing family of diverse state residents who safeguard their State,” said Acting DOCCS Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci in the announcement. “The distinction of holding the title of Correction Officer is a time honored and noble one that comes with a sense of pride and satisfaction in knowing that the citizens of New York State have entrusted you to serve and protect their families and the community.”

Individuals appointed to a Correction Officer Trainee position will be required to participate and complete all requirements of a year-long traineeship program.

As a Correction Officer, you will be responsible for the custody and security, as well as the safety and well-being, of criminal offenders in New York State Correctional Facilities. Duties include supervising the movement and activities of inmates, maintaining order within the facility, and advising inmates of the rules and regulations governing the operation of the facility, among other security related activities.

The hiring rate for a Correction Officer Trainee is $40,590, with an increase to $42,695 after six months. Upon successful completion of the training program and a one-year probationary period, the annual salary will increase to $48,889.

At the time of the appointment, candidates must be a United States citizen and a New York State resident at least 21 years of age. In addition, the candidate must be a high school graduate or have a high school equivalency diploma, and have no previous felony convictions.

Interested? complete and submit an exam application by Dec. 20, 2016. To view the exam announcement and apply online, click here:  

Military Family Clinic at NYU Langone 

The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at NYU Langone Medical Center and the services that we can provide veterans and military personnel, as well as their family members, free of charge.  Our clinic has no wait list and can provide Metro Cards to those who require assistance covering the cost of transportation.  The MFC offers evening appointments for patients who have scheduling concerns.  Our location is discreet and easily accessible by subway (closest to the 6 train).
              
We provide treatment for a number of different concerns, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, military sexual trauma (MST), and readjustment difficulties.  We can also assist family members who may be struggling with the above mentioned difficulties in addition to relationship and family conflict, grief and loss, parenting concerns, as well as children’s behavioral or academic problems.  Here at the Military Family Clinic, we proudly define the term family broadly.  We can see spouses, significant others, same-sex partners, children, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents - anyone in the family who is affected by the veteran’s military service.  We also have support groups, perform advocacy, and provide community education.  If you have any questions regarding our services, please do not hesitate to contact us at 855-NYU-4677 or militaryfamilyclinic@nyumc.org.
 
http://nyulangone.org/locations/steven-a-cohen-military-family-clinic
                                              

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


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 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:
  • 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: drobin127@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.

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.

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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