RockVets E-Newsletter: January 2019 Edition
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RockVets Newsletter


January 2019                       www.rockvets.com
Volume 11
Issue 1
 

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Dateline - December 22nd, 2016

[Editorial written by Jerry Donnellan....January 2016]

The Winter Solstice - Yesterday at 13:30 Hours local time in Bagram, Afghanistan, six Americans were killed.  Sad to say that on this morning's network news this ran as the 5th or 6th item, behind Star Wars, Hillary vs. Donald, and the Miss Universe debacle.  

Sad, not much has changed.  People are simply tired of war.  Back in my War by the late '60's we were averaging 200 KIA's (Killed in Action) a week.  That became acceptable as news of the War found its way further and further back in the newspapers - to the point where reporters began referring to casualties as "light" or "moderate" or "heavy."  It seemed it wasn't even worth taking the time to figure out what the actual body count was.

Part of the problem is that the public is, and was, more concerned with the latest movie than a dead soldier. During Vietnam you could understand to some degree, because of the unpopularity of the War, and since we, the soldiers of that War, became unpopular too.  The public couldn't separate the War from the Warrior.

But now we hold our military in high regard.  You must love the spots on TV where the Dad in camouflage shows up unannounced at his daughter's dance recital, or the Mom in her Class A's makes it to show and tell.  These are the same networks that charge for time to do a Salute to the Troops before the kickoff. 

Now everyone says:  "Thank you for your service." It's gotten to be almost as meaningful as "Have a nice day."  I guess it's better than being spit on.  But at least we truly knew then how the people felt.  Now we seem to be cursed by some politically correct, aging, wanna-be hippies who are working through their collective guilt of their actions of the 1960's - when they claimed to just be against the War.  No one is more anti-war than a soldier.  Most of them were simply afraid of being inconvenienced or hurt, or thought they were somehow better than us.  Anyone notice that the protests ended the same time as the Draft did?  Have we seen any anti-war protests at any college campuses lately?

For all the protests, the ones that finally got Washington's attention were those made by the Veterans of Vietnam.  It was hard for us to come to that point because of the cost of what we had left on the battlefield - our friends, our youth, our souls, our blood.  Blood which, like that of warriors of past centuries, would be washed away by the next monsoons - down through the highlands and the rice paddy dykes and out to the sea.  The jungle would stand as a mute witness as it reclaimed our fire bases and LZs (Landing Zones.)

Those things about war don't change.  Nor do the people who disrespected the warriors and their sacrifices. They're still more concerned with their comfort level.  However, now they're PC and maybe worried about their chances of getting into heaven or appearing unpatriotic.  

If we are not willing to go to war as a country then maybe it's not worth going.  If we are not willing to give our full attention, why is it worth sending kids to die?  Or is it that it IS somebody else's kid?  

Buffalo Soldier Award Ceremony - February 6th

The Annual Buffalo Soldier Award Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. - at the Rockland Community College Ellipse Center....145 College Road, Suffern, New York 10901 (Snow date: Wednesday, February 13th 10:30 a.m.)  The pubic is welcome to attend.

Buffalo soldiers were African American soldiers who mainly served on the Western frontier following the American Civil War. In 1866, six all-black cavalry and infantry regiments were created after Congress passed the Army Organization Act. Their main tasks were to help control the Native Americans of the Plains, capture cattle rustlers and thieves and protect settlers, stagecoaches, wagon trains and railroad crews along the Western front. No one knows for certain why, but the soldiers of the all-black 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments were dubbed “buffalo soldiers” by the Native Americans they encountered.

One theory claims the nickname arose because the soldiers’ dark, curly hair resembled the fur of a buffalo. Another assumption is the soldiers fought so valiantly and fiercely that the Indians revered them as they did the mighty buffalo.

Whatever the reason, the name stuck, and African American regiments formed in 1866, including the 24th and 25th Infantry (which were consolidated from four regiments) became known as buffalo soldiers.  For further information, view this link:  https://www.history.com/topics/westward-expansion/buffalo-soldiers

Four Chaplain's Memorial Service - February 3rd

The annual Four Chaplain's Memorial Service will be held this year on Sunday, February 3rd, 2019.  Line up is at 0815 hours for all units posting their Colors.  The service will be at Saint Boniface Church, 5 Willowtree  Road in Wesley Hills, New York.  All units who are posting their Colors are asked to please bring their flag stands.  Units that do not bring flag stands will not participate in the opening ceremony. Posting of Colors is at 0830 hrs.  Roman Catholic Mass is at 0900 hrs.  After the Mass, the memorial service will begin. Those that attend the service are invited to Kruckers at 91 Call Hollow Road in Pomona, New York after the service.    

Here is the story of the Four Chaplains:  It was the evening of Feb. 2, 1943, and the U.S.A.T. Dorchester was crowded to capacity, carrying 902 service men, merchant seamen and civilian workers.  Once a luxury coastal liner, the 5,649-ton vessel had been converted into an Army transport ship. The Dorchester, one of three ships in the SG-19 convoy, was moving steadily across the icy waters from Newfoundland toward an American base in Greenland. SG-19 was escorted by Coast Guard Cutters Tampa, Escanaba and Comanche.

To read further:  http://www.fourchaplains.org/the-saga-of-the-four-chaplains/

VA Adult Day Health Care Update

VA Adult Day Health Care Update 03 ► How To Apply. [RAO Bulletin January 1st, 2019]
Adult Day Health Care is a program Veterans can go to during the day for social activities, peer support, companionship, and recreation. The program is for Veterans who need skilled services, case management and help with activities of daily living. Examples include help with bathing, dressing, fixing meals or taking medicines. This program is also for Veterans who are isolated or their caregiver is experiencing burden. Adult Day Health Care can be used in combination with other Home and Community Based Services.
 
Health services such as care from nurses, therapists, social workers, and others may also be available. Adult Day Health Care can provide respite care for a family caregiver and can also help Veterans and their caregiver gain skills to manage the Veteran's care at home. The program may be provided at VA medical centers, State Veterans Homes, or community organizations. For a list of State Veterans Homes locations, visit the National Association of State Veterans Homes at http://www.nasvh.org/state-homes/statedir.cfm. 

You can also use the Locate Services page: https://www.va.gov/geriatrics/Guide/LongTermCare/Adult_Day_Health_Care.asp#  navigation menu found on the top left to enter you zip code to help you find Adult Day Health Care programs.

Since Adult Day Health Care is part of the VHA Standard Medical Benefits Package, all enrolled Veterans are eligible IF they meet the clinical need for the service and it is available. A copay for Adult Day Health Care may be charged based on your VA service-connected disability status and financial information. Contact your VA social worker/case manager to complete the Application for Extended Care Benefits (VA Form 10-10EC) to learn the amount of your copay. You can find out about paying for long term care, if needed, at this link:  https://www.va.gov/geriatrics/Guide/LongTermCare/Paying_for_Long_Term_Care.asp.

Adult Day Health Care can be a half-day or full-day program. Usually, you would go to an Adult Day Health Care center 2 to 3 times per week, but you may be able to go up to 5 times a week. Based on availability and need, you can create a regular schedule that works for you and your family caregiver. You may be able to get assistance with transportation to and from an Adult Day Health Care center. 

[Source: https://www.va.gov/geriatrics/Guide/LongTermCare/Adult_Day_Health_Care.asp | December 2018 ++] 

VA Benefits Eligibility Update

VA Benefits Eligibility Update 09 ► Common Vet Barriers [RAO Bulletin January 1st, 2019]
Obtaining your VA Benefits can sometimes be a slow and arduous process. There are more than 12 million Veterans over the age of 65. These Veterans, who have served in WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, and to Iraq and Afghanistan, are often battling for the benefits they deserve and many times have to fight to get. While we can all agree that Veterans shouldn’t have to fight for the benefits they rightfully deserve, understanding their struggles can better help to solve this ongoing issue.
 
One of the biggest barriers to receiving benefits is the lack of necessary proof for the Veteran. A Veteran must provide proof of their current disability and demonstrate the medical link between their disability and their service time. For some, this link is easier to prove than others. Combat injuries that are well documented within a soldier’s service record are easy to prove. However, for service-members who face a disability years after they have served, the causal link is much more difficult to prove.  In addition to proving the link between the current disability and the decades-old injury that caused it, Veterans need detailed statements as to how the disability has negatively impacted their lives. Private medical records, VA medical records, and statements from family, friends and any other medical and social work providers can help.

Proving the severity of the disability can be a long process with many necessary and frustrating steps along the way. For many veterans, the struggle begins with actually obtaining service records. In 1973, a fire at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) destroyed most of the records collected prior to that point. The VA is required to assist Veterans in finding and obtaining their service records, but Veterans might be able to speed up the process if they are able to ensure that all locations have been notified of the need.
 
In addition to the NPRC, Veterans can also contact The United States Army and Joint Services Records Research Center (JSRC), the National Archives and Record Administration (NARA), and the Naval Historical Center. JSRRC specializes in supporting Veterans who need to prove PTSD and Agent Orange claims. NARA stores the official records to all those who were discharged from the Navy, Army, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. The Naval Historical Center houses deck logs and ship histories, which might prove critical when attempting to substantiate an Agent Orange claim. When all else fails, buddy statements can serve as evidence of service time and injury. However, even this is not without difficulty. Elderly servicemembers might not be able to connect with their service buddies for a variety of reasons.
 
Once a Veteran has obtained the necessary proof, there is still an incredible backlog to actually obtain benefits. In many cases, the backlog is more than two years. Additionally, the Board of Veterans Appeals has a three-year backlog. Unfortunately, in many of these cases, time is not a luxury. These veterans are sick and aging. It is estimated that around 3,000 Veterans die each year while waiting for their disability benefits.   [Source: The Military Connection | Blog | December 17, 2018 ++]

They Shall Not Grow Old

By KEN-YON HARDY | Stars and Stripes | Published: December 19, 2018

The Oscar-winning director best known for the "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" films turned his attention to modernizing World War I footage. Using advanced techniques, Peter Jackson created an intensely gripping, immersive look at the Great War. View the video and read further:  

https://www.stripes.com/they-shall-not-grow-old-brings-color-to-war-largely-seen-only-in-shades-of-gray-1.561335?utm_medium=email&utm_source=Stars+and+Stripes+Emails&utm_campaign=Weekly+Update

Burn Pit Lawsuit Update

Burn Pit Lawsuit Update 03 ► KBR Files Brief to Dismiss [RAO Bulletin 1/1/2019]
Military contractor Kellogg, Brown, and Root has filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking it to throw out multiple lawsuits filed by veterans who say they were made sick by burn pits the company used for waste disposal on bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. In a brief filed last week, officials for KBR and its former parent company Halliburton urged the court not to restore dozens of the lawsuits filed against the companies, who handled daily operations for many of the bases starting in 2001. They claim that the lawsuits were already dismissed properly because the courts have no jurisdiction over military strategy. “The separation-of-powers principles underlying the political question doctrine preclude courts from second-guessing professional military judgments that are within the exclusive province of the political branches,” reads a line from the filing obtained by Fox News.  During the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan, the burn pit method was adopted originally as a temporary measure to get rid of waste and garbage generated on bases. Everything was incinerated in the pits, say soldiers and contract workers, including plastics, batteries, appliances, medicine, dead animals and even human waste. The items were often set ablaze with jet fuel as the accelerant.

In a statement provided to Fox News, KBR officials maintain the court's original decision on these cases was just. “The Fourth Circuit unanimously affirmed the dismissal of this case based on extensive evidence and long-established legal principals, confirming that the U.S. military made all of the decisions regarding the use and operation of the burn pits,” reads the statement. “As KBR has consistently stated, the limited number of burn pits operated by KBR were operated at the direction and under the control of the U.S. military. The Fourth Circuit’s decision was correct and does not warrant review by the Supreme Court.”
Last June a three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a federal judge in Maryland, who last year threw out the lawsuits brought against KBR. The panel found that the military had unrestricted control over KBR, rendering company decisions on waste management and water services "de facto military decisions" not appropriate for judicial review. It was a crushing blow to those who filed the original class-action lawsuits, who maintain they were made ill by the use of open-air burn pits. More than 60 lawsuits allege that KBR's practice of dumping tires, batteries, medical waste, and other materials into open burn pits created harmful smoke that caused neurological problems, cancers, and other health issues in more than 800 service members. Attorneys for the plaintiffs maintain in a motion that the evidence against KBR, about improper waste disposal methods at military bases during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, is hard to ignore and a new review should be considered because the original panel’s decision was problematic. [Source: Fox News | Perry Chiaramonte | December 24, 2018 ++]

Some Vets Still Eligible for Loan Forgiveness

GI Bill Update 274 ► Over 34,000 Vets Still Eligible for Loan Forgiveness [RAO Bulletin 1/1/2019]
Nearly 42,000 disabled veterans are eligible to have their federal student loan debt dismissed. But only about 18 percent of them have gotten their loans dismissed, according to the Department of Education. And making matters worse, around 25,000 disabled veterans have already defaulted on their student loans. Veterans who have a total and permanent service-connected disability or receive disability benefits at the 100-percent level are eligible for the loan forgiveness program, called Total and Permanent Disability Discharge, or TPD (www.disabilitydischarge.com). This loan forgiveness can also apply to federal student loans that disabled veterans take out for their children.
Last spring, the Education and Veterans Affairs Departments launched a data sharing initiative to cross-check the VA’s records of veterans with a total and permanent service-connected disability against the Education Department’s database of student loan borrowers. When there’s a match, the Education Department mails the veteran a simplified TPD application. As of October, about 42,000 veterans had been contacted, and 7,700 had their loans discharged, according to information provided by the Education Department this week. That leads advocates to wonder whether there’s more the federal government can do to expand the benefit’s reach. “These people can’t work. They’re 100 percent disabled. Of course they’re going to have problems paying back student loans,” said Mike Saunders, director of military and consumer policy at the nonprofit Veterans Education Success. “It’s up to the administration to take proactive action to go out and help these people. To that end, we believe that automatic forgiveness should be something that the administration should be considering.”

Veterans service organizations, including VES, Vietnam Veterans of America and four others, sent a letter to Education Sec. Betsy DeVos asking as much in November, writing, “It is not fair to ask severely disabled veterans to have to complete paperwork, especially given that some catastrophic disabilities will interfere with their ability to complete the paperwork.” But department officials said it’s not quite that simple. “The Department recognizes the sacrifices veterans and their families have made for our country, which is why we’ve streamlined the TPD discharge process through the data matching process with the VA,” Liz Hill, a spokeswoman for the Education Department, said in an email. “The last thing we want to do is cause unintended consequences — like impact future federal student aid or create a state or local tax liability — for men and women who have given so much.”

Another department official told Military Times some veterans eligible for TPD discharge are able to work and go to school, even though they have a VA service-connected disability rating of 100 percent. Getting their loans discharged under this program could make it more difficult for them to qualify for federal student loans in the future. What’s more, the official said, a handful of states tax borrowers who have loans discharged, and the Department is not in the business of tracking these laws, or of taking away people’s ability to choose whether getting their loans discharged is worth the potential ripple effects.
Currently, veterans who are flagged in the Education Department’s system as eligible for loan forgiveness under TPD are contacted by federal loan servicer Nelnet. The company sends them the application, explains the program and gives them 120 days to respond. In the meantime, veterans don’t have to continue payments on their student loans. After the waiting period, Nelnet sends the veteran a reminder, but if the veteran still does not respond, the government can start collecting on the loans once more. Any disabled veteran who thinks they may be eligible for the TPD loan discharge program should contact their federal loan service provider, which will then direct them to Nelnet, department officials said. Alternatively, veterans can apply online at https://secure.disabilitydischarge.com/registration and, if they’re in VA’s database of veterans who meet the initial discharge qualifications, the Education Department will fast- track their applications.

Still, VES thinks the government can do more to boost the number of disabled veterans who are getting their loans discharged, maybe even by concentrating efforts in the majority of states where there is no associated tax penalty, Saunders said. “We want them to do more to get that information out there,” he said. “People who are in poor financial situations, a lot of times they move, a lot of times they’re going through a bunch of different things in their life that makes it hard to (respond) if the government reaches out at one point and sends a letter. It has to be a sustained effort.” [Source: MilitaryTimes | Natalie Gross | December 27, 2918 ++]

VVA Chapter #333 - Handcycle Program - Ongoing 

Here is some information on the HANDCYCLE PROGRAM from Roy Tsudy of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter #333: Since 2013, VVA Chapter 333 has created their Handcycle Program.  Roy, along with fellow chapter Vietnam veteran Marcus Arroyo (via fund raising along with donations) have purchased and donated 13 of these cycles to military veterans with leg amputations and / or spinal cord injuries. Unfortunately, due to strict adherence to HIPPA law, they cannot easily locate veterans who can benefit from having one of the hand cycles. They find the candidates via extensive research or word of mouth. 

With that in mind, if you know of any veteran with combat related injuries who would like to own a Handcycle free of charge, please contact Roy Tschudy  via e-mail at: ldtrt16@aol.com so a proper vetting process can begin by both Marcus and Roy. Thank you.  Roy Tschudy V.P. Chapter 333 V.V.A.

Employment Opportunities 

 USIS-US Information Systems, Pearl River, New York has numerous jobs available and we appreciate their reaching out to our veterans.  USIS is located at 35 West Jefferson Avenue, Pearl River, NY10965.  Their website is:  http://www.usis.net/.  If interested in any of these positions, please send an updated resume to: Anjelica Pagnozzi - Recruitment@usis.net    (845) 353-9248

USIS is now hiring for the following positions:
* Accounts Payable Administrator (Entry Level 1-3 years’ experience, Pearl River, NY)
* Audio Visual Customer Service Support Engineer (3 years’ experience, Metro NY Area)
* Audio Visual Field Engineer (5 years’ experience, Metro NY Area)
* Audio Visual Project Engineer (5 years’ experience, Metro NY Area)
* Audio Visual Project Manager (5 years’ experience, Pearl River, NY)
* BICSI Instructor (5 years’ experience, Pearl River, NY)
* BIM Operator (3 years’ experience, Pearl River, NY)
* Craft (Electrical) Instructor- (Pearl River, NY)
* Data Center Technician, Night Shift (3 years’ experience, Metro NY Area)
* Data Center Technician (3 years’ experience Piscataway, NJ)
* Data & Voice Technician (5 years’ experience, Metro NY Area)
* Electrical Apprentice (Entry Level, Orangeburg & Metro NY Area)
* IT Help Desk Technician (3 years’ experience, Orangeburg, NY)
* Journeyman Electrician (5 years’ experience, Metro NY Area)
* Security Technician (3 years’ experience, Metro NY Area)
* Security Project Manager (5 years’ experience, Metro NY Area)
* Tele Comm. Designer (5 years’ experience, Pearl River, NY)
Please submit resumes and questions to Anjelica Pagnozzi: recruitment@usis.net

Pearl River Hilton Hotel
The Pearl River Hilton Hotel currently has numerous job openings and would like to employ qualified veterans. Please see the attached list job opportunities and qualifications.  http://rocklandgov.com/files/8315/3970/0377/Hilton_Hotel_Jobs.pdf
Please contact Maria Marcolini at the Pearl River Hilton Human Resources Department via phone or email for additional details and resume submission:
Maria Marcolini 845-735-9000 ex 7172 or Maria.marcolini@hilton.com

Caribbean Food Delights
Caribbean Food Delights is now taking applications for Production Supervisor
Frozen food manufacturer located in Tappan, Rockland County, NY, seeks immediately, a Production Supervisor with 3-5 years related work experience in food production, to assist in the day to day efficient management and supervision of the plant's production processes and employees.
Please see the attached flyer for additional details, requirements, and contact information. 

Gessel's Service Station
A part-time job opportunity for a veteran at Gessel's service center in New City, NY.
Seeking a part time mechanic. The hours are flexible and there is an opportunity to go full time. Basic auto mechanic skills and an interest in fixing cars is required. 
Please contact Lis Gessel at 845-549-3960 or contact the shop directly at (845) 634-2372.
221 N Main St, New City, NY 10956.

Equestrian Center in Cold Spring, New York
Veteran for Hire - FULL TIME w/ housing
Local equestrian center is looking for a live-in horse/farm caretaker
“Since 2010, Topfield Equestrian Center has been the leader in equine-assisted activities in the
Hudson Valley. Located in Cold Spring, New York. Topfield offers an environment where children, teens, adults, and Veterans with physical, psychological, and behavioral challenges are overcoming obstacles through nationally accredited and globally recognized equine-assisted interactions.”
Top-field is looking for a Veteran full-time to work and live on the farm w/ competitive salary.
Job duties include, but not limited to:
- Turning horses out, feeding, grooming, mucking
- Driving tractor, mowing, snow plow
- Mechanical experience (in case equipment breaks down) - General Farm maintenance
*Work experience required: Ideal candidate would have a background with horses, be able to lift 50+ lbs, work in a group or independently. Able to get jobs done in a timely manner.
Topfield is a registered 501c3 non-profit, By providing Equine-assisted interactions in the Hudson Valley, Topfield prides it self on raising quality animals and they need people who feel as passionately as they do about their horses and farm. Other benefits will be discussed during the application process. Veterans who are interested need to contact
Heroic Food program manager, Ryan O’Sullivan, ryan@heroicfood.org.
*Applicants will have to apply through the Heroic Food application and vetting process. This position is for immediate hire.

Montefiore-Nyack Hospital, Nyack, New York 10960
See link for full listing and information about career opportunities at Nyack Hospital, Nyack, New York.
https://montefiorenyackcareers.org.  Recent Positions Available: 
ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES AIDE (PART-TIME NIGHTS) - Nyack, NY  Part Time
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSOCIATE – 5 DOCTORS - Nyack, NY  Part Time
REGISTERED NURSE-RADIOLOGY - Nyack, NY  Part Time
PATIENT CARE ASSOCIATE (PART-TIME DAYS) - Nyack, NY  Part Time
PATIENT ACCOUNTING REPRESENTATIVE - Nyack Hospital - Blue Hill  Full Time
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSOCIATE, OBSTETRICS - Nyack, NY  Part Time
CENTRAL STERILE TECHNICIAN - Nyack, NY  Full Time

NYC Green Book Online: The Green Book is the official directory of the City of New York. An indispensable reference guide for anyone living or working with New York City. Includes detailed listings of agencies. Website: http://a856-gbol.nyc.gov/GBOLWebsite/

Rockland County Employment Information:
Here is a link to current job openings available in Rockland County
http://rocklandgov.com/departments/personnel/job-opportunities/

Rockland County Veterans' Credits:
http://rocklandgov.com/files/8115/1120/9567/Veterans_Credit_Info.pdf

New York City Civil Service Jobs, Tests, and Results as listed in The Chief:
http://thechiefleader.com/news/civil_service/

MTA Metro-North Railroad has ongoing employment opportunities:
To apply for current jobs with the MTA, please go to the MTA Employment Portal at:  http://web.mta.info/mta/employment/

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 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.
                                                                                                                                                                                              
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




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
  • Oxygen Generator
  • 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 - A Project of New York Vets  

RockVets is an Outreach project of New York Vets, Inc. - a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization established in 1992, to advocate for those who have worn the uniform of the U.S. Military, no matter where or when they served. 


You can find information, useful links, and view our website at: http://www.rockvets.com/

Previous copies of our newsletters are also available on our website at 

The volunteers at New York Vets / RockVets publish this monthly e-newsletter.  We welcome your thoughts, questions, and feedback. E-mail:  pat@rockvets.com.

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 pat@rockvets.com. 

Please pass this newsletter along to others who may be interested. You can sign up to receive the newsletters through our website:  http://www.rockvets.com/Contact-Us

Please let us know if you hear of any events for veterans so we can publish them in our monthly e-newsletter.

RockVets website:  http://www.rockvets.com/

RockVets newsletters: http://www.rockvets.com/newsletters

New York Vets, Inc. / RockVets mailing address is:
P.O. Box 413, Congers, New York 10920








   
  



               
                                                                                                                                 
     
     
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