New York Vets/RockVets E-Newsletter: July 2015 Edition Veterans Service Agency of Rockland County, New York Jerry Donnellan, Director Telephone: 845-638-5244 Website: www:
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RockVets Newsletter

July 2015
Volume 6
Issue 7


It's 4:21 a.m. on July 1st and an unusually heavy thunderstorm spooked my dog.  So Ducks decided to spook me and now we're all up because, at 150 pounds, you don't ignore the dog.  As I am waiting for the storm to pass I begin to think how funny it is that this driving rain brings me back to the Central Highlands of Vietnam long ago.  Once the monsoons came in everything came pretty much to a stop.  In the triple canopy jungle, that pouring rain made everything so noisy that it was a good idea not to move because you couldn't hear.  Believe it or not, you couldn't smell and sense of smell is very important because it's one of the 3 senses that really work for you in combat, and they're usually heightened.  Your ability to see, even on a good day in that heavy jungle is very limited.  Even something a few yards away could be invisible.  So if your sense isn't working, moving is not a good idea because God knows what you could run into.

Strange now almost half a century has gone by since we sat cold and wet with no way to get warm.  You only had the clothes on your back.  Your poncho was pretty much useless because after a few days in the jungle it had more holes than a colander.  So you sat deaf and blind hoping the enemy was also stalled in their position and just as miserable as you were.  Funny how we had more in common with the NVA (North Vietnamese Army) than we did with our commanding officers who were sitting safe and warm in a barracks with hot chow somewhere in the rear - probably asleep at this time of day.  We had far more in common with the bad guys than with our leaders back in Washington - even though back then a greater number of them were veterans.  In those days it was almost a pre-requisite to elected office to have worn the uniform.

It makes me wonder how much less concern there is in Washington today with so few veterans, and our Congress.  But still they feel they know best for our troops and what they're doing in Iraq and Afghanistan. I know the War is over but tell that to the young Americans that are still there.  

One of the things that would help to keep you going back then, was knowing that troops in the past had gone through just as much, if not more, of this kind of misery.  You could compare yourself to those who froze in Bastogne in the winter of '44 under General Anthony Mcauliffe, or farther back at Valley Forge in that awful cold.  There's some solace on your part that you're part of a long line of Americans who stood up when needed and won the War and Freedom - but we didn't.  Hell, we didn't even fight in a war.

The last war this country fought ended before I was born.  Yet we keep sending troops to fight for some believable myth about saving the world.  So here we are at the Fourth of July celebrating independence, and our friends in D.C. have a new phrase called "boots on the ground" - yet they have no concept of what those words mean.  And when and if this is all done, will any Mother be able to say, "This that we have won, was worth my son?"

Jerry Donnellan, Director, Veterans Service Agency of Rockland - 845-638-5244 or 

Spring Valley Rotary Club and Schools To End Poverty BBQ

Spring Valley Rotary Club and Schools To End Poverty (S.T.E.P.) will host their 8th Annual County-wide Rotary BBQ on August 12th, 2015.  The barbecue will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Stony Point Bay Marina, 36 Hudson Drive, Stony Point, New York 10980.  If you pre-pay for the event, Adults $25.00; Children $13.00.  Paying at the door:  Adults $30.00, Children $15.00.  There is no charge for children under 7 years of age.  

Please R.S.V.P. by August 3rd, 2015 to: or call:  845-371-7605.  You can also contact us by mail:  Post Office Box 953, Tallman, New  York 10982.  The event will benefit those less fortunate and support Rotary and S.T.E.P. projects around the world. The public is invited.


Rockland County Department of Health

Sign Up For Free and Low-Cost Workshops:

A Matter of Balance Fall Prevention Program: Learn to improve your balance and reduce falls. The next free 8-session workshop series begin September 21 in Pomona and September 29 in Nyack. Call 364-2501 for more information and to register.

Better Choices, Better Health: Learn ways to manage your ongoing health conditions. The next free 6-session workshop series begin July 15 in New City and September 30 in Garnerville. Call 364-2501 for more information and to register. 

Diabetes Prevention Program:  Learn how you can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes if you are at risk for diabetes or have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Call 364-2502 to find out when the next free 16-session Diabetes Prevention Program will begin.

Living Well With Diabetes: Learn how to manage your type 2 diabetes and prevent complications. Call 364-2501 to find out when the next free 6-session workshop series will begin.

Lose to Win Weight Loss Program: Ready to lose weight?  Our next eight-week workshop series begins September 10 in Garnerville.  There is a $10 fee due at the time of registration.  Call 786-3800 Ext.18 or 19 to register.

Put It Out Rockland Quit Smoking Program: 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 NYS Smokers’ Quitline at 1-866-697-8487 for help with quitting.         
Experience the Great Outdoors Right Here in Rockland!  Join us for a series of guided walks, led by experienced Rockland County Trail Guide Docents, at a variety of local parks throughout the year. Explore the natural beauty of  Rockland County while enjoying fresh air and exercise. Call 708-7307 for more info or visit 
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Upcoming Events

Friday, July 3rd, 2015:  RockVets Radio Show, hosted by Jerry Donnellan, will air just after the 10:00 a.m. news-break.  Please listen and call-in with any information you have to share with our veterans and the military community.  The show airs live on 1300 AM radio dial or on the internet at  The call-in number is 845-362-0013. 

Friday, July 10th, 2015:  The Nam Knights will host a Veterans Appreciation Night on Friday, July 10th at Boulder Stadium in Pomona, New York 10970.  This event will be free for all veterans.  There will be an Honor Guard from Leo Laders American Legion, and a veterans' tribute by the Nam Knights.  The public is invited to attend.  Get to the ball-park around 5:00 p.m. so you can enjoy the veterans' appreciation ceremony, which begins around 6:00 p.m.

Friday, July 10th, 2015:  Kearsing & Edwards American Legion Post #1600 will have a Picnic At The Bar on July 10th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Dinner is $10.00 and the menu includes hot dogs, hamburgers, potato and macaroni salads, baked beans and fries.  The Post is located at 20 Station Road in Pomona, New York.  For further information, call 845-354-9785.

Saturday, July 11th, 2015:  The next Peer-to-Peer Class is scheduled on Saturday, July 11th, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  The location is the Rockland Independent Living Center, 873 Route 45, Suite 108, New City, NY  Anyone can come and observe the first class if they don’t want to sign up .  For further information, contact John Leighton via e-mail:

Thursday, July 16th, 2015:  The Honor Flight organization has announced the 3rd flight from White Plains in the fall.  They also invited one and all to an upcoming fundraiser to be held on Thursday July 16th, 2015 in Yorktown Heights from 6:00 p.m.  – 8:00 p.m. Cost is $35.00 for military and veterans and $50.00 for all others.  It will be held at Murphy's, 355 Kear Street, Yorktown Heights, New York 10598

Saturday, July 25th, 2015:  A group of veterans known as the "Bob Hope Division" will visit the New York State Veterans' Nursing Home on Saturday, July 25th, 2015 at 12:00 noon.  The nursing home is located at 2090 Albany Road (Route 9) in Montrose, New York  10548.  For further information, contact Chip Hayes via e-mail at:

Saturday, July 25th, 2014:  Hudson Valley Honor Flight is having a night at the Ball Park, on Saturday, July 25th at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 each. Boulders Stadium in Pomona, New York 10970.

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015:  Spring Valley Rotary Club and Schools To End Poverty (S.T.E.P.) will host their 8th Annual County-wide Rotary BBQ on August 12th, 2015.  The barbecue will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Stony Point Bay Marina, 36 Hudson Drive, Stony Point, New York 10980. If you pre-pay for the event, it will be:  Adults $25.00; Children $13.00.  If you pay at the door:  Adults $30.00, Children $15.00 and there is no fee for children under 7 years of age.  Please R.S.V.P. by August 3rd, 2015 to: or call:  845-371-7605; or write to Post Office Box 953, Tallman, New  York 10982.  The event will benefit those less fortunate and support Rotary and S.T.E.P. projects around the world.

Saturday, September 12th, 2015:  Moscarella American Legion Post 199 is hosting a Past Commander's Luncheon for Past Commander Maureen Morgan.  The event will be held at Krucker's Restaurant and Grove, 81 Call Hollow Road, Pomona New York, from 12:00 noon until 5:45 p.m.  Donations of $55.00 in advance for adults; children to age 12 - $20.00.  Menu items include burgers, franks, clam chowder, sausage, corn on the cob, french fries, mussels marinara, as well as limited time for clams and peel and eat shrimp. Keg beer, soft drinks, water and coffee will be offered, and a cash bar is available for other drink items.  For further information, please contact County Commander Maureen Morgan at 845-729-5471; PCC Peter Medina at 845-641-6899, or PCC Robert Young SR at 910-372-2722.

Monday, September 21st, 2015:  Vincent Linguanti Lodge #2212 is having their Annual Frank Longabucco Golf Outing. This will be held, rain or shine, at the Spook Rock Golf Course.  Registration begins at 10:00 a.m., lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.  Tee time is 1:00 p.m.  Dinner is at 6:00 p.m. Proceeds of the event will benefit Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter #33, for their hand-cycle program.  For further information, contact John Leighton via e-mail:



Human Statue of Liberty

Human Statue of Liberty (Goddess of Liberty), Camp Dodge, Iowa

Eighteen thousand soldiers of the Camp Dodge, 163rd Depot Brigade formed the silhouette of the Statue of Liberty for the renowned photograph shot by Chicago, Illinois, photographers Mole and Thomas on August 22, 1918 at 2:30 p.m. 

“COL. William Newman, commander of the 163rd Depot Brigade selected the statue of liberty as the formation for the brigade picture.” “COL. Rush S. Wells, Regimental Commander, had charge of the formation.” COL Newman was an 1892 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy. 

“Beginning at 1:00 p.m. companies were assembled and by 2:30 the proper formation was completed and the photograph taken. The ground was marked out by blocks, in the shape of the statue, which facilitated getting the soldiers into correct formation. From the goddess’ feet to the tip of the torch the symbolical statue measured 400 yards. The picture was taken from a tower forty feet high, constructed for the occasion. On account of the mass formation and the heat twelve men fainted and were carried from the field.” The high temperature reported for the day was 92 degrees. 

The photograph was taken with an 11" x 14" view camera following several day’s worth of work by the photographers to set up the image on the ground using thousands of yards of white tape. In addition, substantial coordination was required between the photographers and COL. Newman’s staff to ensure the various folds of the gown, the bible, the left hand, and the crown was properly outlined by soldiers wearing white shirts. The design for the living picture was laid out on the drill ground at Camp Dodge, west of current building S 34 and Maintenance Road. “The large photographs were on sale for $1 at all the exchanges in the camp. Many soldiers sent the photo home to their families. 

The layout at the reported 400 yards was nearly 4 times the length of the actual Statue of Liberty and the viewer will note that the correct perspective is maintained. The number of men in the various parts include: Flame of Torch – 12,000 men, Torch – 2,800, Right Arm – 1,200 men, Body, Head and balance of figure – 2,000 men.  Excerpt taken from Iowa National Guard website.  Iowa National Guard

Employment Opportunities

Walgreen's of Spring Valley - They are looking to hire veterans and have immediate openings for two positions.  For further information, contact either Mike Perez or Andrew Carroll at 845-352-7865.

Pfizer Corporation -  Pfizer Corporation is reaching out to help veterans with job referrals.  For further information, contact Nels Hanson, Recruiter, North America Talent Acquisition, 860-715-1860 or view their available job possibilities through their website:  You may also reach Nels through LinkedIn at:

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.



Local Veterans' Organizations

If anyone would like to make donations that benefit veterans in our community, here are 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




RockVets - A Project of New York Vets  

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 1300 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. 

The show is also live on the internet at:

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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