RockVets E-Newsletter: March 2017 Edition
Veterans Service Agency of Rockland County, New York 
Jerry Donnellan, Director      Telephone: 845-638-5244 
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RockVets Newsletter

March 2017       845-638-5244
Volume 9
Issue 3


VVA #333 - 30th Anniversary 

Thirty years ago this month, March 5th to be exact, we had our first meeting of the Rockland County Vietnam Veterans Chapter 333.  Actually, it was the first meeting of this group of Vietnam veterans -- not yet the VVA or Chapter 333 – that would come later.  

How we got to this point is a story that not many people know.  More than a year before, when I was still working for Frank Sinatra, at 3 in the morning I needed to put together a letter, and I met Pat McGlade.  Sounds a little more racy than it was, but then, it was Valentine’s Day.  Pat had a company called Cassette Communications, and the way it worked was if someone needed to have something typed, they would call in to this number, dictate the letter, and it would be typed, and arrangements would be made for you to pick it up, or have it delivered or mailed.  

Well, that works fine on your typical 9 to 5 working day, but not in the wee small hours of the morning.  So I figured I would leave a message and hopefully someone would get back to me the next business day, because I had to catch a plane that morning, so I figured it wouldn’t happen.

Pat got my message and got right back to me.  I should have known she had this planned, this veteran’s group, and all she needed was a veteran to serve as the front man.  I say that half-jokingly because in the next few weeks and months Pat and I became friends and talked an awful lot about Vietnam veterans and the difficulties they were having.  I knew on some level I hadn’t come home from Vietnam, yet it had been nearly 20 years.  I also knew that there were a lot of other people like me out there.

Then I came upon the statement that by 1979 more Vietnam veterans had died by their own hands than had been killed in combat.  I knew something had to be done.  I didn’t understand why nobody was doing anything about it.  Then one day when I was bitching about that, a friend of mine from my hospital days looked me dead in the eye and said, “Well, you’re a veteran - what are you doing about it?”  He had made his point.  Somehow I still think Pat put him up to it.  

I knew in order to help Vietnam veterans you first had to get them together.  Further, you couldn’t offer help because everyone knows combat veterans don’t have mental health issues and don’t need help!  However, if you ask them to help another vet, they’ll be there in a New York minute.  

My way of reaching out was to write a book, the working title of which was, “The Lighter Side of Vietnam.” As anyone who’s been to war knows, there are a lot of funny things that happen.  The fact that it’s during a war makes it even funnier.  It’s like when you’re a little kid in church and your buddy tells you a joke – it’s twice as funny because you can’t laugh, three times as funny if you’re sitting behind the nun!  At least that’s the way it was in my neighborhood.

I’ll give you hundreds of good reasons why this book idea had potential.  Pat let me go on deluding myself, figured I would get tired soon enough, then we could form the veteran’s group that she wanted.  Of course she was right.  Doing the research for the book took me to the West Point Library where I met Charles Ralston.  Chuck had served in Vietnam with the 82nd Airborne – get that, an Airborne librarian!  Not to sound paranoid -- that’s another thing that combat veterans are not -- I figured Pat had paid him off too, because when a librarian tells you your book idea sucks, it has some weight -- Airborne or not.

So the three of us thought that since the movie Platoon had just opened, we would hang out in the movie parking lots handing out flyers as the movie ended.  These flyers announced the first meeting of this Vietnam Veteran’s group for March 5, 1987 at the New City American Legion Hall.  We picked up some volunteers to help us pass out the flyers – family members and a couple of other veterans.  I was pretty sure we’d get at least 10 people out to this meeting counting ourselves, because of bribes and threats.  

The big night came and, not counting ourselves, we had 63 Vietnam veterans and Congressman Ben Gilman, who was also a veteran but not from Vietnam.  

I knew from my old NCO days I had to get something for these people to do or they would wander off.  So I came up with the idea of the Watchfires -- not knowing how, where, or if these fires were even possible. 

But I had sold the idea -- now I was stuck with carrying it off.  Anyway, we needed something for Memorial Day and we knew a parade wasn’t going to work.  So two months later, there were large fires at the top of Bear Mountain, Hi-Tor, the base of Hook Mountain, on top of Clausland Mountain, and at the east end of the Piermont Pier.  Every year since then these fires have been lit on the traditional Memorial Day, plus some others at times when circumstances required a Watchfire.

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

Following that first meeting Chapter 333 continued to grow -- reaching over 400 members.  Here are some familiar names from our mailing list of June 1989:

John Agor, Robert Arietta, Michael Arone, Walter Baker, James Bala, Joseph Barbier, John Barker, H. Baumann, John Becker, Fredrick Bender, Michael Bendig, E. Benjamin, Rosemary Benjamin, C. Bennett, Jr., F. Bergstol, D. Berman, Al Bevilacque, Hannah Beyrich, Donna Bigi, Brad Bobb, J. Bongiovanni, R. Bonomolo, J. Borucinski, W. Boyd, J. Branath, Donald Branson, Jr., R. Brantner, R. Braun, J. Brennan, Paul Brief, Jerry Brock, D. Trophy, Joseph Brown, Ralph D. Brown, R. Bryant, Robert Callanan, G. Cantiello, G. Carter, J. Carter, H. Castro, R. Cecchetti, Ronald Cirillo, Robert Citrolo, Vic Ciullo, J. Clune, Butch Coatti, Richie Colwell, D. Cordon, R. Corsa, T. Coulter, Vincent Coyne, P. Cronin, Bart Crowe, P. Crowe, Jack Cuff, F. Cupaiuolo, P. Daggett, Al Dagistino, John P. Dailey, P. D'Amato, A. Danielson, W. Danowski, N. Davidson, Rick Davidson, G. DeGroat, Nick Del Pizzo, Patrice Del Vecchio, C. DeMaio, R. Dertinger, L. Desmond, R. Devlin, A. Diana, R. DiPadova, Pat Dizzine, Patrick Dizzine, Sr., Robert Dizzine, Jerry Donnellan, B. Donnelly, Martin Dragos, Roy Drake, George Drescher, D. Durham, A. Edelson, G. Elkins, B. Engle, F. Farrelly, John T. Fay, Terry Fearon, K. Feeney, D. Ferguson, D. Fisher, Barry Fixler, Gerry Fleming, Sr., Gerry Fleming Jr., William Fleming, M. Formichelli, Juan Fortes, F. Pete Franco, Tony Franco, Gerard Freitas, M. Freitas, John C. Fritz, Steven Furnari, Bob Gaglione, D. Galitzine, Joe Gallick, J. Garber, Glen Gardiner, K. Garvey, B. Geloso, R. Geraci, L. Gerencser, R. Giarrantano, Jay Gilpatrick, J. Ginder, J. Gobinski, Paul Goldberg, Howie Goldin, Isaac Goodfriend, Bill Goswick, P. Gozza, J. Grasso, J. Grinvalds, Alex Gromack, Terry Grosselfinger, B. Hackett, A. Haimowitz, J. Haines, Thomas Hamilton, Donny Hardy, Kevin Harvey, Mike Hatala, Eugene Head, Norm Heima, Bill Hentnik, Gil Himes, Mike Hirsch, Joe Hoban, R. Hobencamp, R. Hooper, B. Howell, Bob Hunter, Bill Ikin, R. Ivey, Robert Jeanett, J. Johnson, Harrison Jones, Louis Jones, Brian Joyce, B. Karben, E. Kearon, Milton Katcher, Richie Keiser, Peter Kelly, Ryall Kerner, Kevin Kilduff, J. Kiley, J. Killian, Larry Kolman, F. Koppel, John Kovencz, J. Krummack, J. Lanzone, G. Lawrence, R. Lazar, Donald Lee, James Lethbridge, Robert Lemoulle, Jim Lethbridge, J. Levine, Raymond Litwitz, Tony Lombardi, George Long, Nick Longo, R. Longo, Fred Lotzkar, K. Lubey, Sam Lucas, Gary Lutz, J. Lynch, Michael Lynch, Wayne Mackey, Jamie Maher, K. Malloy, Patricia Maloney, R. Manasier, Ralph Mandia, Joe Mandile, Stan Mardula, C. Mariano, D. Mariano, Q. Mariano, Pete Marino, Thomas Markham, Bob Martin, Francis Martino, R. Marzolla, Mike Massillio, Charlie Maushardt, G. McCarthy, R. McDermott, C. McEnroe, Elihue McGee, Jim McGlade, John McGlade, Pat McGlade, P. McKernan, C. McMahon, B. Merrihue, H. Miller, S. Miller, Philip Moccio, T. Moran, D. Murphy, J. Murphy, R. Murphy, Bill Nelson, C. Nenner, V. Neri, L. Norfleet, R. Nyselius, Thomas O'Brien, Sam O'Donoghue, Sean O'Keeffe, Dennis O'Leary, Kevin O'Malley, R. O'Malley, Joseph Crapello, Aurelio Orlandini, Howard Ornstein, T. Packer, L. Pagliaroli, Lee Pelton, D. Perry, L. Perry, R. Perry, W. Peterson, Rich Petix, Paul Philley, Dave Pirell, R. Plesak, Dan Price, John Potter, K. Powell, T. Quinn, Chuck Ralston, John Ramundo, Vinnie Reda, R. Remien, M. Renzi, J. Reynolds, J. Riccaldo, A. Ritter, J. Rivera, W. Rock, Roman Rodriguez, J. Romaine, Raymond Roland, R. Roswell, C. Rowe, Gerald J. Ryan, Joel Sabat, Michael Sabella, Luis Salcedo, M. Sanders, John Sayers, Gerard Scanlan, Mike Scanlan, J. Scheller, R. Schrag, R. Secor, Joe Segelbacher, Peter Senesi, Al Seward, Vinny Sheridan, J. Silverio, Al Singerman, Chris Sinnott, John Sirgant, D. Sirr, S. Sladoff, Dave Smith, Marty Smith, R. Smith, Edward Sobieraj, Ron Soviel, J. Speeches, J. Spencer, Milton Steinberg, Bruce Stokes, M. Stuart, J. Suessman, B. Surfern, S. Sutherland, T. Swift, Leo Sylvester, Greg Tavarone, Thomas Tierney, J. Tobin, M. Trussel, T. Turner, P. Ufret, Daniel Van Cott, R. Van Slyke, Alex Vatsinaris, R. Vido, Richie Viohl, W. Volvió, Joe Wallace, Harry Wanamaker, Jr., Richard Wanamaker, J. Warholak, N. Weber, Rich Weinberg, Lynn Westbrook, J. Whitt, Bruce Wichtendahn, P. Wilkins, M. Will, R. Wilson, Robert Winzinger, T. Wolf, D. Wolff, John Woods, T. Youngs, Ken Zebrowski.

VVA #333 - "Memories, Stories Left At The Wall"

This year's program of "Memories, Stories Left At the Wall" series will be held from March 6th, 2017 to March 16th, 2017 from 7:15 a.m. to 2:05 p.m. at  Suffern High School, 49 Viola Road, Suffern, New York 10901.  School phone number is 845-357-3800.  Starting on March 7th and going to March 16th, there will be six full days of training sessions when the students visit with the veterans in the Library.  There will be no school on March 9th or 10th.  

In April, the veterans will be doing this program at Felix Festa Middle School, 30 Parrott Road in West Nyack, New York 10994 from April 6th to April 21st, 2017.  Due to Spring break, the school will be closed and the program will re-start with Library Presentations on April 17th, 2017 and ending on April 21st, 2017. 
For further information, contact Howard Goldin via e-mail at:

RockVets Radio Show Back on WRCR

The RockVets Radio Show with host Jerry Donnellan, will return to the airwaves starting on Thursday, March 30th, 2017.  The show 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 about events some local organizations are planning that would be of interest to veterans.  To speak with Jerry during the show, please call WRCR at 845-362-0013.  

Dr. Arnold "Arnie" Rist

Dr. Arnold "Arnie" Thomas Rist died February 6, 2017. Born September 2, 1924 in his Adirondack hometown of Newcomb, NY to Ernest and Iva Rist, he began his college education at sixteen at Cortland State College. His education was interrupted in 1943 when he was inducted into the armed forces. Having served in the 65th Armored Infantry Battalion, 20th Armored Division, Sergeant Rist and his Division liberated the Nazi concentration camp at Dachau, Germany, on April 29, 1945. After the war, Arnold returned to Cortland State and graduated in 1947 with a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education. It was at Cortland that he met his late wife, Roberta Catherine (Drake) Rist. They wed on August 24, 1947.

In 1948, Arnold returned to his hometown of Newcomb as a physical education teacher and coach. He later earned two Master's Degrees in Health Education and Guidance from Syracuse University and a Doctorate in Education from New York University, investigating the positive results of community college opportunity for studentspreviously dismissed from four-year colleges. Arnold dedicated his career to the education of young people. He founded and directed Rockland Educational Services, Inc., which offered PSAT preparation programs for grades eight through twelve. He established scholarship incentive programs for minority students in Rockland County. Throughout his career, Arnold maintained a special emphasis on ensuring underprivileged and minority students had access to education.

Dedicated to his hometown, Arnold established Newcomb Day in 1973. The event continues to draw present and former Newcomb and Tahawus residents to Lake Harris for music and festivities during the first weekend in August. Devoted to his fellow infantrymen and committed to ensuring that young people today never forget the atrocities he witnessed during the war, Arnold launched a lecture series speaking to high school and college students about the Holocaust. Never far from his trumpet, Arnold sounded "taps" over 1,300 times at veterans' funerals and various holidays and commemorative events.
Arnold is survived by his wife, Denise; his son, Randy (Patricia) Rist; his son, Kevin (Mary) Rist; his grandchildren, Lindsay (Brad), Cassidy, Erika, Rebecca, and Ethan; and his great-granddaughter, Kennedy. He was predeceased by his wife, Roberta; and his brothers, Harold, Leslie, and DeVerne Rist. 

Published in the The Journal News on Feb. 12, 2017

Iwo Jima Commemoration Luncheon

On Friday, February 24th, 2017, The Rockland County Detachment of the Marine Corps League held its annual Iwo Jima Commemoration luncheon at Kruckers Catering and Picnic Grove in Pomona.  Here are a couple of photos of the event:


Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Program for Vets

For Veterans and Families:  Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Program for Veterans and their Families - Offering group, family and individual sessions We are offering an alternative or adjunct approach to traditional of psychotherapy that is FREE for any serviceman or woman and their family members. Equine assisted psychotherapy is an interactive, movement based therapy, utilizing horses, that allows for new solutions to arise and healing to begin. Through the interaction with the horses, veterans are assisted in learning healthy coping skills, effective communication, self awareness and emotional regulation. All veterans are welcome regardless of diagnosis and whether or not issues are related to military service or combat. Our program provides assistance with PTSD, depression, anxiety, impulse control, anger, addiction, military sexual trauma, and family and marital issues.

For further information contact:  Christine Bruckner, LCSW  (845) 742-8706  -  1994 State Route 17K, Montogmery, NY 12549            

N0-Cost Flu Shots for VA Enrolled Patient

The Department of Veterans Affairs has once again teamed up with Walgreens Pharmacies nationwide to allow all veterans who are currently enrolled in the VA healthcare system to be able walk into any of the over 8000 Walgreens nationally (and the Duane Reade pharmacies in the New York metropolitan area) to receive a vaccination at no cost.  Vaccinations will be available through March 31, 2017.  

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend the high dose (HD) vaccine for people over 65 and so this no-cost vaccination through Walgreens is of Trivalent at the standard dosage. If you wish to receive an HD vaccination please visit your nearest VA Medical Center or Community Based Outpatient Clinic for that vaccination.  

Veterans wishing to receive the no cost vaccination at Walgreens simply need to present a Veterans Identification Card and a photo ID, at any participating Walgreens to receive the vaccination.

In addition, after the Walgreens pharmacist administers the vaccine Walgreens will transmit that information securely to VA where it becomes part of the patient’s electronic medical record.
VA is committed to keeping Veteran patients healthy, and during this flu season, vaccination is the best way to prevent the spread of flu.  No matter where you live, visit your local VA clinic or Walgreens to get a free flu shot.  
To find your local VA, visit
To locate a Walgreens store near you, call 800-WALGREENs (800-925-4733), or go to com/findastoreBelow is a list of Services provided for registered veterans at New City VA Clinic.  The VA Clinic is located at 345 North Main Street in New City, New York 10956.  Telephone:  845-634-8942.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Research Study                                              
This is a great chance for Post 9/11 veterans to both help other veterans as well as helpful compensation for their time and effort.
The Cohen Veterans Center at NYU Langone Medical Center is seeking Iraq and Afghanistan veterans for participation in a confidential research study. Participation can be done from home. Participation involves:
1) A phone interview from the privacy of your home.
2) Saliva sample done at home and mailed back to NYU.
3) An on-line survey.
Participating in this study takes approximately 4 to 5 hours in total, and compensation is up to $165 for the time and effort involved.
Some participants may be invited to travel to New York City. Deciding to travel is optional, and is not required to participate. Those who do make the trip to New York City will complete a blood draw and an MRI brain scan, with further compensation of up to $350, and hotel and transportation arrangements provided.
The goal of this study is to increase understanding of biological factors associated with mental health challenges and resilience, with the long term goal of helping future veterans and civilians with depression, posttraumatic stress and related conditions.
•No treatment or drugs are given.
•All personal information provided is 100% confidential and protected by federal HIPAA
Laws. Your privacy is ensured.
We request proof of military service, such as a military ID or DD214.
To participate, please call our Research Associate at: 877-698-3299.
To sign up online, please fill out our online submission form and someone will contact you shortly:

EZ-Pass Is Going Cashless

EZ-Pass is going cashless. As a result  the overhead scanners will read either your EZ-Pass and your license plate. If your current license plate is not registered with EZ-Pass you may be double billed.
Please go on line , or call 1-800-333-8655, or visit you local EZ-pass office to check. Note you may have changed license plates or bought a new car and didn’t bother to register with EZ-pass.

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:

Valentines For Veterans 
Despite having to work through a blizzard that week, members of The Rockland County Highway Department, joined in to help collect Valentines for Vets from St. Anthony’s School in Nanuet, New York. 

On their own time, these folks at highway (and some Marines) still found time to pick up a large load of Valentine’s Day cards and move them along on their journey to the veterans in the VA Hospitals. 

Pictured in the photo below are: (Left to right) John Munroe, Sam Lucas, and Dale Robinson. 

Hockey For Heroes at Naval Academy Annapolis MD

On March 10, 2017, The Army West Point Junior Black Knights hockey program is participating in Hockey for Heroes to benefit our wounded and disabled veterans. It's a 24 hour marathon of hockey, culminating in Army vs Navy youth hockey programs playing each other. Our goal is to raise $1000 for each of the 4 teams going down from Army. The goal for the tournament is $75,000 this year. Hockey for Heroes has raised over $300,000 over the past 3 years. Below is a link that for anyone that wants to donate. 

For further information, contact Thomas A Colavito DC ATC(NYS)
Athletic Trainer and Strength Coach AWP Junior Black Knights

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.

Bataan Death March Commemoration

A symbolic March to Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Bataan  will take place on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 at Bataan Rd., Orangeburg, New York 10962 - starting at 1:00 p.m.  At 2:00 p.m.  all attending World War II veterans will be honored.

Help honor the brave Filipino-American USAFFE troops of Bataan, Corregidor, Mindanao and all the Guerrillas and US troops that helped liberate the Philippines, and all who suffered under the Japanese occupation during World War II.  This is endorsed by Rockland Veterans Coordinating Council.

For further information, please contact Jerry Kleiman at 845-641-4217 or e-mail:

Military Order of the Purple Heart Dinner

On Saturday, May 6, 2017, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Department of New York, c/o 17 Jones Drive, Garnerville, New York 10923 will host its 2017 Annual Convention Dinner. The dinner will be held at the Ramada Inn’s Café Internationale, 1289 Route 300, Newburgh, NY 12550 at 6:00 PM. This event is co-sponsored by MOPH Chapters 120 (Rockland County) and 1782 (Orange/Dutchess County.)

Proceeds from this event will support the efforts of the local chapters of the MOPH to assist veterans and active duty personnel. The public is invited and tickets are priced at $60.00 each and $45.00 for active duty personnel. Reservations are required. A table of 10 seats is discounted to $550.00

This is also an opportunity for the community to say “thank you for your service” in a commemorative journal. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this journal will go towards building a Memorial and monument in Rockland County NY dedicated to the men and women of Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan.

It is imperative that we do not forget the sacrifices of our best and brightest stars that have and are currently protecting our safety and freedoms. We currently have over 58,000 men and women who have been killed or wounded and are eligible for the Purple Heart award from the current War on Terror.

We would also request that you inform your Veterans community that we will be honoring three Gold Star families by remembering their loved ones. Our keynote speaker will be BG John F. Hussey. Our guest speaker’s Vietnam Combat Nurse Lt. Edie Meeks and Purple Heart recipient, Cpl. Megan Leavey. Reservations are required and space is limited.
Sr. Vice Commander Richard Drago Chapter 1782
Commander Howard Goldin Chapter 120
For information, journal advertising & reservations, contact Patriot Bob Schreiner at 845-947-1954 or
Employment Opportunities

Travis Monuments is looking to hire a veteran for a monument position.  If you are interested, please call 845-358-0567 and ask for Anthony.

Fuji Film:   You may not know this but Fujifilm serves a broad spectrum of industries across the U.S., including medical imaging systems, biologic contract manufacturing, graphic arts, optics, enterprise storage and of course photography and digital imaging. And we offer career opportunities across our companies that serve these industries. It is important to us that our employees contribute to our high quality standards and our drive for innovation. And you thought we were just the world’s largest film and imaging company.
To learn more about Fujifilm opportunities go to: Fujifilm Holdings America Corporation, 200 Summit Lake Drive, Valhalla, NY 10595 or contact Steve Scharlat at 914-789-8104 or via e-mail:

New York-New Jersey Trail Conference Conservation Corps:
A veteran himself, Geoff Hamilton is actively recruiting veterans to fill some service positions with the New York New Jersey Trail Conference Conservation Corps for the 2017 season.  They offer housing and a living stipend.  If you are interested, please contact Geoff Hamilton via e-mail at: or visit their website: for further information.
Geoff Hamilton, Program Assistant, New York-New Jersey Trail Conference
600 Ramapo Valley Road | Mahwah, NJ 07430
T 201.512.9348 x 819| M 914.839.0409 | F201.512.9012 |
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.

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:

Recruit Military:  On Thursday, March 9, 2017, Recruit Military is hosting the DAV RecruitMilitary New York Veterans Job Fair, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase & Co.  View their event flyer here:

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Chronic Pain Management at NYU Langone

The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at NYU Langone Medical Center offers FREE short-term Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain (CBT-CP) to our veterans and their families.

Have you been living with intractable pain for more than three months? Has this pain, regardless of its origin, persisted despite all your efforts to make it go away? Is it interfering with your life? If the answer is yes, you may be experiencing Chronic Pain. Among veterans, pain is one of the most frequently reported symptoms. In a recent study, more than 40% of OEF/OIF veterans reported experiencing some form of pain after their return from military service (Gironda, Clark, Massengale, & Walker, 2006). A study of Persian Gulf era veterans showed similar results (Kang, Mahan, Lee, Magee, & Murphy, 2000). Chronic Pain can impact everyday functioning and well-being. The good news: Chronic Pain is treatable.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain (CBT-CP) is a short-term treatment (typically 6-12 sessions) that has been successfully applied to manage chronic pain. It focuses on the relationships among our thoughts, behaviors and emotions. The approach has shown to improve individuals’ quality of life and overall well-being.
For more information on services for veterans and their families at MFC, please contact Dr. Tara Emrani at (646) 754-4814 or

Tips for Veterans Returning Home

Vet Center #0123 at 300 Hamilton Avenue, White Plains, New York 10601 offers these suggestions:
Tips for Veterans Returning Home: 

-- Be patient, go slow in all that you do.  Some things may be different.  Take time to readjust slowly.
-- Exercise and eat right.  Avoid alcohol.  Get plenty of rest.
-- Talk about what you experienced.  Let others reassure you.  Reassure others.  Communicate with your partner, family and friends.
-- Don't focus on the uncontrollable.  Use self-care.
-- Establish a normal routine.  Let others share in decisions.  Get help if you feel overwhelmed by daily activity.
-- Relationships may be different.  Take time for yourself and others to relax:  Take time to readjust to home life.  Don't assume old roles too quickly.  Give children time to adjust to having two parents again.
-- Reality may not be the same as your fantasies.  Communicate with others.  Share your thoughts.
-- Uncontrollable anxiety, sleeplessness or nightmares, and medical symptoms may require professional help.
-- Vet Centers offer free, confidential, community based counseling services for veterans and families.  Our counselors, men and women, understand military service and many are veterans themselves.

For further information, contact:
Roger G. Paulmeno, B.S. Director
Department of Veterans Affairs
Readjustment Counseling Service
Vet Center (10RCS-1A-0123)
300 Hamilton Avenue Suite C 1st Fl
White Plains, NY 10601
(914) 682-6250
Fax (914) 682-6263

The AFYA Veteran Volunteer Program

AFYA’s Vision:
Afya aims to provide an environmentally responsible solution to the dire shortage of healthcare supplies in underserved communities globally.

How it works?Afya collects and delivers critically needed medical supplies, hospital equipment, and humanitarian provisions for acute and ongoing health crisis worldwide. Volunteers at the Afya warehouse have the option to help in various ways, including restoring medical equipment and/or sorting, stocking, and packaging medical supplies to be shipped out.

The Program

* The Afya Veteran Volunteer Program empowers global health volunteerism by allowing those who served our country the chance to resume selfless endeavors!

* The process includes sorting, counting, and packaging life saving medical supplies to meet humanitarian needs in countries beyond the warehouse

* Volunteers will have the opportunity to restore medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, or package and stock supplies

* A typical session will last 60-90 minutes


* Volunteerism has been shown to enhance physical and mental health, mood regulation, and social and community relations

* Altruism is strongly linked to happiness, health and well-being among all individuals

* The Afya Veteran Volunteer Program offers the opportunity for veterans of all ages to engage in meaningful and profoundly selfless endeavors

Facility’s Responsibility

* Identify key staff members to set up items to be sorted, restored, stocked, and to assist the volunteers

* Ensure a safe and welcoming environment to provide a holistic and client centered program

Contact:   Mary Buckley

Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 9, 2017: Recruit Military is hosting the DAV RecruitMilitary New York Veterans Job Fair, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase & Co.  View their event flyer here:

Friday, March 10th, 2017: On March 10, 2017, The Army West Point Junior Black Knights hockey program is participating in Hockey for Heroes to benefit our wounded and disabled veterans. It's a 24 hour marathon of hockey, culminating in Army vs Navy youth hockey programs playing each other. Our goal is to raise $1000 for each of the 4 teams going down from Army. The goal for the tournament is $75,000 this year. Hockey for Heroes has raised over $300,000 over the past 3 years. Below is a link that for anyone that wants to donate. To donate:
For further information, contact Thomas A Colavito DC ATC(NYS)
Athletic Trainer and Strength Coach AWP Junior Black Knights

Saturday, March 25th, 2017:  The Bob Hope Division will be going to Montrose VA nursing home to help the vets. Volunteers are welcome.  Montrose VA is located at: 2090 Albany Road, (Route 9) Montrose, NY 10548.  Saturday, March 25th, 2017 will be Puzzle Day.  For further information, contact Chip via email:
Saturday, April 8th, 2017:  A symbolic March to Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Bataan will take place on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 at Bataan Rd., Orangeburg, New York starting at 1:00 p.m.  At 2:00 p.m.  all attending World War II veterans will be honored. This is endorsed by Rockland Veterans Coordinating Council. For further information, please contact Jerry Kleiman at 845-641-4217 or via e-mail:

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017:    Second Passover Seder Invite - The Fred Hecht Post 425 Jewish War Veterans invites Jewish veterans who find it difficult to attend a Passover Seder this year to be guests at the Second Seder.  The Seder will take place at, and be co-hosted by, Congregation Sharrey Israel 18 Montebello Road, Montebello NY on Tuesday evening April 11.  This invitation is extended to Jewish veterans, widows of such veterans, as well as their immediate families.  As space is limited, please contact Bill Farber at 845 357-2990 ASAP before April 1st for more details and to make arrangements.

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 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:

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

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 return to the airwaves starting on Thursday, March 30th, 2017.  The show 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.  

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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