RockVets E-Newsletter: April 2016 Edition
Veterans Service Agency of Rockland County, New York 
Jerry Donnellan, Director      Telephone: 845-638-5244 
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RockVets Newsletter

April 2016         845-638-5244
Volume 7
Issue 4

WWP Editorial from Jerry

In May of 2006 with the help of a bunch of folks from Rockland, we put on one of the Wounded Warrior Project's (WWP) first fundraisers.  I knew one of the people with WWP putting it together, so we organized a Striped Bass Fishing Contest from my place on the Hudson River in Nyack.  We arranged to bring young wounded veterans from Walter Reed and Bethesda Hospitals to participate.

Initially, this seemed like a great idea - helping newly wounded veterans get back on their feet, both literally and figuratively.  I had been wounded in Vietnam and spent a year in an Army Hospital.  I know how long those days can be.

The new organization grew rapidly.  However, in recent years a number of questions have been raised.  I spoke to the folks at the WWP several years back about unending TV spots exhibiting poor, crippled veterans and their grieving families, and how for $19.00 a month you could save the veteran and get a tacky blanket.  I'm sure it was made in America! They of course didn't want to hear it.  They were making money.

Then the War in Iraq ended in 2011.  I figured this would slow down but just the opposite happened.  When Afghanistan closed down in January of 2015 it seemed that the TV blitz was amped up - but the focus shifted from physically wounded to PTSD. 

On a network news program recently, Anthony Odierno, Chairman of the Board of the WWP, said that they had already been aware of the problem for some time but didn't act.  They finally acted after one of the networks had done an investigative piece on it that was brought on by interviews with some of their former employees.  

The Board seems to think that firing two people is going to change things.  Yet they are still claiming that 80% of what they collect goes to the veteran.  When questioned more closely as to "what goes to the veteran" means, Odierno said it also goes to promotion, mailings, and therefore, I assume, these TV spots I love so well.

Let's face it folks.  The War is over - and as few times you hear me say good things about the VA, the VA is there and does take care of people, and there are many other veterans organizations out there who advocate for veterans.  Unfortunately, I think now it's about peoples' jobs in the WWP more than it is about the wounded warriors. 

I know Odierno is an amputee from Iraq and God bless him for that.  But I am an amputee from Vietnam and I think it’s long since time this aggressive fundraising ended. It's only causing other veterans' groups to compete on a higher level of funding that they don't have the capacity for.  Losing a limb in combat gets you a Purple Heart -- not a halo!  

Over the years I've seen many good people in Rockland collect and contribute to this organization.  I imagine that is hundreds of thousands of dollars by now and realistically, I haven't seen any of it come back to this County. Perhaps a forensic audit by an independent source might be a good idea if they wish to continue selling blankets and using wounded veterans as objects of pity just to pay salaries or a product.  

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

Members of the Marine Corps League - Rockland County Detachment - 
participating in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Pearl River, on March 20, 2016

In case you missed the parade, here is footage from it, provided by Optimum. 

R.C. 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 visit our website at: 

Vietnam Veterans - Handcycle Program

Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter #333 in Rockland County has been raising funds on behalf of their hand cycle program to benefit wounded veterans.  These veterans, some with spinal cord injuries or leg amputation, or other injuries, can make good use of these hand cycles, or perhaps even a kayak if they'd like.  There are veterans in the community who are eligible for the program and the Vietnam Vets are asking for help in reaching out to the wounded veterans.  If you are a wounded veteran who might be eligible to receive a hand cycle or kayak, or a family member or friend of a wounded veteran, please contact Roy Tschudy via e-mail at:  

Chapter 333 held a highly successful HAND CYCLE fundraiser in the month of March. THE HUNTING & FISHING EXPO held its annual event at R.C.C. with thousands of outdoorsmen in attendance. Volunteers from the chapter spent their personal time dedicated to assist our combat wounded brothers and sisters who wish to own a cycle for rehabilitation and or recreation. Inclusive, any sports adaptive equipment that any of these veterans would like to own which is not provided by the V.A. is also always a consideration for the chapter. A total in the amount of $1,530.00 was raised over the four day period.  Many thanks to the chapter members who were able to find a few hours in keeping with their motto: NEVER AGAIN WILL ONE GENERATION OF VETERANS ABANDON ANOTHER."

 New APP For Veterans

There is a new app for veterans. It is by the NYS Division of Veterans Affairs. It shows the nearest VA facility and County Veterans Service Agency. The app is still a work in progress.  We'll keep you posted as we hear more about it.

Smart phones are a big part of many Veterans lives and help them in many ways. As much as the smart phone itself matters, so do the apps that bring it to life, and VA has leaned forward in this arena for some time. VA hosts its own app store for Veterans with dozens of smart, easy-to-use apps to help Veterans, and recently, it launched two apps specifically directed at women Veterans.

“Preconception Care” and “Caring4Women Veterans” bring a new facet to the care offered by VA. If you are a VA or non-VA care team member, the “Preconception Care” App will provide users with information to support the integration of preconception care into comprehensive primary care, thereby optimizing the health of women Veterans of reproductive age. The app provides a single, easy access point for provider-centered resources that address a variety of factors, including birth control usage, reproductive history, health status, family and genetic history and risks, vaccinations received and lifestyle factors.

The VA describes the “Caring4Women Veterans” app like this: “Whether you are a VA or non-VA care team member, the Caring4WomenVeterans App has useful information to help you serve the unique physical and mental health needs of women Veterans. Women Veterans often have health needs that are different from both those of male Veterans and the general female population. Whether you are a VA or non-VA care team member, the Caring4WomenVeterans App offers comprehensive information targeting the specific health care needs of women Veterans. You will find facts and statistics about women Veterans’ health, an overview of common issues they face, questions to guide conversations with your patients and links to additional resources.”

You can find many more apps available from VA in its app store, which is located here:

Veterans Open House at RCC - April 19, 2016

A special "Meet and Greet" designed especially for veterans interested in attending classes at Rockland Community College will be held at the college on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.  This special session, sponsored by the Community Involvement Committee, will be staffed by faculty from various academic areas who will be available to answer any questions you may have.  The session will be held in the Nursing Suite, 2nd Floor, Technology Center. We hope you can find the time to attend! Light refreshments will be served. If you have any questions, please call or email Dr. Kathy Hopkins at or 845-574-4540.

Events in the Town of Ramapo

The Town of Ramapo is sponsoring a bus trip to the Marine Museum, Quantico, Virginia on Tuesday, May 3rd.  For information call:  (845) 357-5558.

Special Purple Hearts Reunited Ceremony on Thursday, April 28th at 12:00 Noon at the Town of Ramapo – posthumously honoring SSG Stanley H. Boorman of Spring Valley, NY, who is buried in Brick Church Cemetery in Spring Valley.  SSG Boorman has no family remaining, and his medals will be on display in perpetuity at Ramapo Town Hall.

Free Food Distribution for Veterans on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at Sloatsburg Village Hall – 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Call (845) 357-5100 ext. 201 for further information.

DD214 Available On-Line and World War II Posters
You can now request your DD214 on line at this link:

Here are a couple of World War II Posters we came across:

Battle of Okinawa - Begun on April 1st, 1945

Considered the largest land-sea-air battle in world history, it began April 1st, 1945, with the most massive amphibious attack by the U.S. in the Pacific war.  60,000 U.S. troops landed on the Island of Okinawa in the last major battle of World War II. Fighting continued for 82 days. Imperial Japanese kamikaze suicide pilots caused the greatest loss of American ships in U.S. naval history with the sinking of 38 and the damaging of another 368. There were over 72,000 American casualties. Imperial Japan lost over 110,000 men, in addition to nearly 150,000 Okinawan civilian casualties.

On April 18, 1945, Pulitzer Prize winning war correspondent Ernie Pyle was killed by Japanese machine-gun fire on an island northwest of Okinawa Island.  Ernie Pyle had been embedded with Army infantry soldiers in Europe, North Africa and the Pacific. His newspaper columns were turned into the 1945 movie, The Story of G.I. Joe.

Ernie Pyle wrote in 1943: "I love the infantry because they are the underdogs. They are the mud-rain-frost-and-wind boys. They have no comforts, and they even learn to live without the necessities. And in the end they are the guys that wars can't be won without."    
(American Minute with Bill Federer)

Ernie Pyle, third from left, shares his cigarettes with Marines of the 1st Division at a rest stop along an Okinawa roadside. This photo was taken April 8, 1945, just days before Pyle was shot and killed. 
Photo courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps.

Student Loans Information  

If you have certain federal student loans (Ford Direct, Federal Family Education, Perkins, and TEACH Grant) and are either 100% rated by the VA or have VA IU so you are 100%, your federal student loans can be extinguished.
You need to fill out an application found here:  
and send in your VA rating sheet showing 100%.

Veteran Owned Businesses in Rockland

As we mentioned in the January 2016 newsletter, 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.  You can e-mail the photos and details to:

This month we feature Crystals on the Rocks
Retired Navy Chief Machinist Mate Charles O'Leary and his wife Kim O'Leary are the owners of Crystals on the Rocks located at 11 South Broadway, Nyack, New York 10960.  The shop specializes in semi-precious Gems and Minerals for Metaphysical purposes as well as beginner to advanced collectors. They have alarge selection of beads, beading supplies and vintage Swarovski crystals. Along with her consultation on metaphysical properties of crystals Kim does custom jewelry design and repairs.  They also carry aroma therapy oils, incense, sage reference books, and offer classes in jewelry design, as well as gems and minerals. All veterans will receive a 10% discount on purchases. For further information, contact Charles and Kim via e-mail at:

Another small business of note for this month is:  

Doctor Robert Petersen, Chiropractor - Family Practice

Dr. Robert Petersen Chiropractic Services at 548 West Nyack Road in West Nyack, New York 10994 and also at 12 Strawtown Road, West Nyack, New York 10994.  To make an appointment or for further information, contact Dr. Petersen at 845-358-5400.

Lynch's Restaurant - Stony Point, NY

To honor all Veterans, Lynch's Restaurant on Route 9W in Stony Point, is offering a free meal in the month of May to all active and retired military personnel. Go to Lynch's for their fresh fish, delicious steaks, and other dishes and your meal will be given to you for free. It's Lynch's way of honoring those who gave their all so we may enjoy all we have. For more information call Lynch's at 845 553 9300.  You can view Lynch's website here:

Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day

On March 29th, 2016, Louis Navarro, Director of the Department of Veterans Services along with Mayor Mike Spano and City Council President Liam J. McLaughlin, held a Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day to honor our 'Nam veterans.

Vietnam Memories, Stories Left At The Wall

Starting on Monday April 11th, 2016, the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter #333, will hold their Vietnam Memories, Stories Left At The Wall Program at Tappan Zee High School at 15 Dutch Hill Road, Orangeburg, New York 10983.  Additionally, the veterans will set up their Exhibit in the School Library. The Library program starts on Tuesday April 12th, and ends on Friday April 15, 2016.  

The tentative schedule for the class presentations is as follows:
Monday April 11th, 2016, Auditorium presentation starting at 1:05 p.m. and 2:05 p.m. There will be two assemblies, approximately 600 students per assembly.   

Class schedules:
Period 1 7:35-8:16, Period 2 8:20-9:01, Period 3 9:05-10:31,
Period 4 9:50-10:31, Period 5 10:39-11:20, Period 6 11:24-12:05,
Period 7 12:09-12:50, Period 8 12:54-1:35, Period 9 1:39-2:20

Upcoming Events

Friday, April 1st, 2016:  Jerry Donnellan will host the monthly RockVets radio show on WRCR 1700 on the AM dial.  It is just after the 10:00 a.m. news break. You can call in and ask Jerry questions or share information about issues concerning veterans or our military community. The show also airs live online at: It is also a great opportunity to tell the community about upcoming events your organization may be hosting.  The call-in phone number is 845-362-0013.

Friday, April 1st, 2016:  Save The Date! The Hi Tor Animal Shelter will be holding their 2nd Annual Black Tails Gala on Friday, April 1, 2016, at the New York Country Club,103 Brick Church Road, New Hempstead, New York, from 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 pm. This year's Honorees are NYS Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski and Mr. John Murphy and Homes for Heros.  There will be dinner, dancing, raffles and a silent auction. All funds raised will support Hi Tor's general daily operations. Mistress of Ceremonies is Maria Milito of Q104.3 FM. For further information and to order tickets please go to and click on Events.  Hi-Tor Animal Care Center Inc. - Rockland County animal shelter and pet adoptions. 

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016:  Hudson Valley Honor Flight has announced two upcoming flights.  They are looking for veterans who would want to go to Washington, D.C. to see the Memorials.  The first one is out of Stewart Airport on April 2nd, 2016 and the second flight will be on May 14th, 2016 from Westchester Airport.  For further information, contact Executive Director Beth Vought at 845-391-0076.  Hudson Valley Honor Flight (HVHF) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization which “Honors American Veterans” for all their sacrifices. They transport these heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit their memorials at no cost to them. They are a local hub of the National Honor Flight Network (which consists of over 100 independent non-profit “hubs” across America). Hudson Valley Honor Flight flies multiple times a year out of Stewart International Airport & Westchester County Airport. HVHF serves veterans from the following counties: Orange (NY), Ulster (NY), Dutchess (NY), Westchester (NY), Rockland (NY), Sullivan (NY), Putnam (NY), Pike (PA), Bergen (NJ), and Fairfield (CT). Veterans from other surrounding counties will be considered as well. Top priority is given to those of the Greatest Generation, that of World War II, and terminally ill veterans from other wars. They plan to take ALL veterans from other wars on future flights. Applications will be kept on file.

Friday, April 8th and Saturday, April 9th, 2016:    Our American Gold Star Mothers, Department of New York, is having their 80th Annual Convention at the Suffolk Theatre in Riverhead, Long Island this year on April 8th and 9th. Their Memorial Service for their members and the banquet are special events. The Memorial Service is free while the banquet is $125.00 per person.  For further information view their Facebook page to contact President, Gold Star Mothers Michele McNaughton.
Wednesday, April 14th, 2016:  Rockland Community College, in partnership with State Senator David Carlucci, are inviting you to attend RCC's 18th Annual Job Fair on Wednesday, April 14th, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Eugene Levy Field House, RCC, Suffern, New York 10901.  For further information, contact Stephanie Siddi via e-mail: or telephone: 845-574-4369. The event is open to the public. 

Saturday, April 16th, 2016:  The Kearsing-Edwards American Legion Post 1600 will conduct a Bus Trip to Atlantic City. The cost is $35.00 with a $15 credit, from the Taj Mahal Casino. First come, first served. The bus will leave Post 1600 at 7:30 a.m.  For further information, or to make reservations for the trip, send an e-mail to:

Saturday, April 16th, 2016:  Spring Valley Rotary Club honors Edward J. Frank at Casa Mia Manor House, 577 Route 303, Blauvelt, New York 10913.  Reception starts at 6:00 p.m. - cocktails, dinner, entertainment follows.  Fee is $65.00 per person.  Please RSVP by March 21st, 2016.  Send reply to Spring Valley Rotary, P.O. Box 59, Spring Valley, New York 10977.  For further information, contact Howard Goldin at 845-352-6797 or Bob Rosenzweig at 845-357-5902 or send an e-mail to:  Journal ads are also available.

Thursday, April 28th, 2016:  There will be a Special Purple Hearts Reunited Ceremony on Thursday, April 28th at 12:00 Noon at the Town of Ramapo – posthumously honoring SSG Stanley H. Boorman of Spring Valley, NY, who is buried in Brick Church Cemetery in Spring Valley.  SSG Boorman has no family remaining, and his medals will be on display in perpetuity at Ramapo Town Hall.

Saturday, April 30th, 2016:  The Nam Knights of the Hudson Valley will sponsor their Make-A-Wish Foundation fundraiser on Saturday, April 30th, 2016.  The event will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Hillcrest Fire Company, Thiells-Mt. Ivy Road, Pomona, New York 10970.  The $25.00 fee includes food and beverage.  To register for the event or for further information, contact Charlie Maushardt at 845-359-4005.

Saturday, April 30th, 2016:  The Bob Hope Division will visit the VA Nursing Home in Montrose.  Muster times 12:00 p.m. in the lobby. The VA Nursing Home is located at 2090 Albany Post Road, (Route 9) Montrose, NY 10548. For further information contact Chip via e-mail:

Rockland County Career Center Opens 2nd Location

County and local officials attended a ribbon-cutting for the new Rockland County Career Center location in Haverstraw.  County Executive Ed Day was joined by Rockland Community College President Dr. Cliff Wood and other local officials. With its new spot in Haverstraw and a second location on the Suffern campus of Rockland Community College, the Rockland County Career Center offers job search and career development services for residents.

"As a community, we can never lose sight of the fact that, for someone who is unemployed or underemployed, one is the only statistic that matters," said Day in a prepared statement. "That's why we've partnered with RCC and Rockland BOCES to establish a one-stop employment and training resource center, offering free services."

The Rockland County Career Center is a collaborative endeavor that works to bring together employers and job seekers, providing a comprehensive, all-in-one approach to career exploration, job training and employment searching. It provides job seekers with tools for a self-directed or staff-assisted job search and provides employers with facilities, training and workforce support.

The Career Center recently assumed the employment services previously managed by Tomorrow's Workplace Career Center.  Services are provided free of charge.

Rockland Community College was selected through an RFP process to administer Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA) grant funds from the Labor Department. The Youth Services component is operated by Rockland BOCES. Adult services are overseen by the newly-formed Workforce Development Board of Rockland County.  For further information, visit their website at: 

The two locations are: Rockland Community CollegeHaverstraw Center,  37 West Broad Street, First Floor
Haverstraw, New York and Rockland Community College, Main Campus, 145 College Road, Brucker Hall
First Floor, Suffern, New York

Employment Opportunities

McDonald's Sloatsburg, New York:  Sloatsburg (Ramapo Travel Plaza 10974) McDonald's, Pizza Uno/Lavazza Espresso Shop and Carvel are actively seeking the best Management Trainees and/or experienced managers they can hire in the coming weeks to help us do just that. They hope to hire veterans.  They need some key individuals who will take the keys to the store and help to drive us to success - learn the McDonald's System, set a blazing fast pace, being friendly and accurate all the while. If you think you can do this, apply today!  Apply Online at:
They also operate stores in Middletown, Wallkill, Ellenville and Chester (NeXXt Enterprises)
Please see this link to one of their full ads:

Salca Trucking, Inc.  There is an immediate need for two delivery truck drivers, for Salca Trucking, located in Blauvelt, New York.  This is a privately owned, local trucking company, in business for 60 years.  Their deliveries include delivering products (medical gases) to all four boroughs, as well as Rockland and Westchester.  Their trucks are Mitsubishi Fuso - Box Trucks.  Hours would be Monday - Friday.  There are medical/life insurance benefits, paid vacation, sick time, personal time, and a competitive salary.  For further information or to apply for the job, contact Olivia Coop via e-mail at: or Erica Gadler, Human Resources Manager, or phone:  845-398-1370.

Auto Mechanic - Letizia Brothers of Rockland:  Experienced Auto Mechanic wanted for Letizia Brothers of Rockland, located at 150 Route 304, Bardonia, New York 10954.  This is a local business for 30 years.
Foreign, Domestic and Classic Automobiles
- Mechanic should be able to perform all aspects of diagnostic and repairs.
- NYS Inspections, Tune ups, Brakes, Shocks and Struts, Exhaust systems,
- Wheel Alignments, A/C Service, Welding, Electrical Diagnostics
Looking for Mechanic with a passion for Automobiles, Salary based on experience and knowledge. 
Range of $18.00 to $25.00 per hour, Hours Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m.
For further information or to apply, call Tom Letizia 845 623-0019.

Homegrown For Good is a company located in New Rochelle, New York who are committed to hiring veterans.  Tim and Tommy Gibb own the company.  For further information you can contact Tim at: or Brad McNiff via email

Smooth Ride Limousine Service in New City, are hiring chauffeurs and are interested in veterans to contact them. For further information, contact Nathan Zisser at Smooth Ride Limousine Service New City, New York 845-638-9110 or via e-mail:

Plumbing and Heating Company:  This local plumbing and heating company is looking for service technicians.  Candidates must have clear driver's license, and be able to work full-time, as well as overtime; must be in good physical condition as heavy lifting is required at times.  Salary is based on experience.  For further information, contact Joey via email:

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.

Military Order of the Purple Heart

During the month of May 2016 the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) and the Wounded Warriors Family Support (WWFS) will jointly sponsor a trip across America by a specially adapted Ford F-150 truck, driven by MOPH and WWFS members, to raise awareness of the costs of war. 

They are seeking a deserving Purple Heart recipient to receive and take ownership of this mobility-equipped, 2015 Ford F-150 super crew truck, adapted to suit combat-wounded veterans who are paralyzed or have lost legs or arms. Our belief is that, given the right vehicle for mobility, a combat-wounded veteran will have the freedom to live a productive and quality life with his or her family.

Each Region Commander is requested to nominate one Purple Heart recipient not later than 1 April 2016. From the list of eligible nominees, MOPH will select one veteran who will be presented the keys to the truck in Washington, DC on Memorial Day, May 30, at the end of the Purple Heart Run, free of charge.

For additional information, please contact:  John Bircher, MOPH National PR Director at 352-753-5535  or e-mail: or Ernesto "E" Hernandez III, National Adjutant at 703-642-5360 or via e-mail: Mailing address: Military Order Of the Purple Heart, 
5413-B Backlick Road, Springfield, VA 22151.

The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, located in New Windsor, New York, is the only facility in the nation dedicated to collecting, preserving and sharing the stories of our nation's service men and women who have been killed or wounded by enemy action while serving in the United States military.  They rely on family, friends, and Purple Heart recipients to share their stories.  They need our help to build the Roll of Honor database containing these stories.  The Hall of Honor is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The museum is a great tribute to those who have served. The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, 374 Temple Hill Road (Route 300) - Town of New Windsor, New York.  

To learn more about the Hall of Honor, sharing your story, and free enrollment, please visit their website at: or call the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor at 845-561-1765.  

R.C. Department of Health Programs

Be A Healthier You!  Sign up for free and low-cost programs offered by the Rockland County Department of Health – call 364-2500 for more information and to register

A Matter of Balance (free 8-session workshop): Learn to improve your balance and reduce falls. The next workshop series begin April 4 from 10 AM to 12 PM in Valley Cottage, and April 19 from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM in New City. 

Better Choices, Better Health (free 6-session workshop): Learn ways to manage your ongoing health conditions. The next workshop series begin March 9 from 9:30 AM to 12 PM in New City, and May 4 from 10 AM to 12:30 PM in Nanuet.

Diabetes Prevention Program (free 16-session workshop): Learn how you can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes if you are at risk for diabetes or have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes. The next workshop series begin June 15 from 5:15 PM to 6:15 PM in Pomona.

Living Well With Diabetes (free 6-session workshop):  Learn how to better self-manage your type 2 diabetes and reduce the risk of complications. The next workshop series begins April 5 from 9:30 AM to 12 PM in Spring Valley. 

Put It Out Rockland: Get help to successfully quit smoking. Call the Health Department’s Put It Out Rockland Quit Smoking Program at 364-2651 for one-on-one, or group, help with quitting and low-cost nicotine patches that can double your chances of being successful, or call the New York State Smokers’ Quitline at 1-866- NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487) for help with quitting. 

If you are 50 or older, you are at risk for colorectal cancer, and should be tested even if you have no symptoms and no family history of the disease. About nine out of ten people diagnosed with colorectal cancer are at least 50 years old. Both men and women are at risk. Colorectal cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum. It usually starts from polyps (small growths) on the lining of the colon or rectum. Polyps and colorectal cancer may not cause symptoms, especially at first. It can take many years for a polyp to develop into colorectal cancer.

Screening is the process of looking for cancer or pre-cancer in people who don't have any symptoms of the disease. Regular colorectal cancer screening tests can help prevent cancer by finding (and removing) polyps before they turn into cancer, and can also help find cancer early. When colorectal cancer is found early, it can be more easily and successfully treated.

Some people are at greater risk than others of developing colorectal cancer. Your doctor may recommend that you begin being tested earlier than age 50, or more often than other people if you have certain risk factors, such as a personal or family history of colorectal cancer or polyps, a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease (which includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease), or a known family history of a hereditary colorectal cancer syndrome.

It is important to talk to your doctor about your colorectal cancer risk, which screening tests are right for you, and when you should get them.  The Cancer Services Program of the Hudson Valley Region offers FREE colorectal cancer screening tests and follow-up services if you are uninsured (or under-insured) and meet eligibility requirements. For more information call (855) 277-4482.  Most health insurance plans cover colorectal cancer screening tests. Check your health plan for details on your specific coverage. To learn more about colorectal cancer, call the American Cancer Society at (800) 227-2345 or visit

Local Veterans' Organizations

For your information, here are the addresses for some of our local veterans' organizations:
  • Rockland County Marine Corps League, P.O. Box 191, Haverstraw, New York 10927
  • 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 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:

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


RockVets Newsletter  

You can find information, useful links, and view our webpage at Previous copies of our newsletters are also available on our website.  

On the first Friday of each month, just after the 10:00 a.m. news-break, RockVets has a live call-in talk show on Rockland County's local radio station - WRCR 1700 AM dial.  This live show is hosted by Jerry Donnellan.  We encourage you to call-in and ask any questions you  may have relating to veterans or the military.  This is also a good opportunity to promote any upcoming events for your organization that would be of interest to the veteran/military community.  
The call-in number is 845-362-0013. Please note, WRCR is now on 1700 AM dial.   
The show is also live on the internet 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 20th of each month so we can get the information in the following issue. Send information to

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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