NY Vets/RockVets E-Newsletter:  May 2015 Edition
Veterans Service Agency of Rockland County, New York
Jerry Donnellan, Director       845-638-5244
www:  rockvets.com
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RockVets Newsletter

May 2015
Volume 6
Issue 5


Mine Detecting - Finally, Someone Gives a Rat's Ass

Mine detecting has come a long way since my days in Vietnam. However, it's still a slow, tedious process, even with today's metal detection devices and body armor. Even with new technology, hours can be spent just finding an old can or an AK 47 shell casing.

Further, a person can only clear about 20 square meters a day. A rat can do 20 times that and work for peanuts, literally. In Angola they have large gambian pouched rats. They measure 3 feet teeth to tail and weigh in around two and a half pounds. The folks there have trained these rats to sniff out explosives so they are not fooled by stray metal objects. Even better because they only weigh 2 pounds they are not heavy enough to set off the mines. The handlers keep them on leashes (long leashes). Still they do need people to clear the mines. I wonder if the Pentagon has heard about this. I'm sure they already have rats. Some,  from what I understand, are even bigger! But, that's for another day...

World War II Veterans Ceremony

Friday, May 8th, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.

At 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 8th, 2015, we will honor our World War II veterans with presentation of the Rockland County World War II Veteran Medal. The public is welcome to join us. The ceremony will be held at North Rockland High School, Hammond Road, Thiells, New York 10984. Please send Jerry Donnellan a copy of your discharge and proof of residency as soon as possible, so we can order the necessary World War II medals. Jerry Donnellan, Director, Veterans Service Agency, 20 Squadron Blvd., Suite 480, New City, New York 10956. For further information, contact Jerry at the Rockland Veterans Service Agency - 845-638-5244 or send a note to Jerry@rockvets.com .

Model for Rockwell's Rosie the Riveter dies at age 92

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Mary Doyle Keefe, the model for Norman Rockwell's iconic 1943 Rosie the Riveter painting that symbolized the millions of American women who went to work on the home front during World War II, has died. She was 92.

To read the story, see this link:


Pain Killers

Heroin overdoses have tripled in the United States to better than 8,000 annually in the past couple of years. At the same time, the annual death rate from prescription pain killers, chiefly opiates, exceeds 16,000. Combine those numbers and you have more deaths to drugs with basically the same molecular setup than to car accidents in the US.

The reason we aren't hearing about this epidemic is that nobody's getting murdered. The victims are white, well-off, and young, living in places like Columbus, Ohio rather than the South Bronx.

Heroin is cheap. It's coming in from Mexico's west coast - chiefly from Xalisco County. Another plus is this Heroin can be smoked rather than injected, and its delivery is more like pizza. That is, you can call in. There is no need to go to some seedy, crime-ridden area to score. They practically have an App for it and one fix can hold you for a day.

So what does this have to do with veterans?

Here again, veterans represent a disproportionately high percentage of these numbers. Veterans who are wounded or injured while on active duty are given pain killer meds by the military or the VA. They become addictive when these meds are cut off from legitimate sources. Sometimes for medical reasons. Sometimes for clerical screw-ups. With the current control of pain medication, you're on a 30 day basis. That is, a prescription can't be renewed until the prescription is exhausted. One day out and you're going through withdrawal. If the 30th day is a Sunday or a holiday, the VA Pharmacy is closed.

Younger folks are turning to the street where Oxycontin can be more than 50 dollars a pill and Heroin is 10 bucks a fix. Do the math. Although it isn't intentional, the VA and the military are setting these folks up for a new style of pusher who comes off more like the Amway man than the gangster. They do this because it's in their best interest to stay non-violent and under the radar.

This is also mirrored in the civilian world. In many cases, in treating High School or College athletes who blew out a knee or shoulder, the local family doctor gives them pain killers that become killers. We aren't hearing about this mostly because the parents of these young soldiers, star quarterbacks, and cheerleaders don't want to admit that their kid was hooked on dope - "not their kid." So as counter-intuitive as it sounds, the victim's family in many ways are unwittingly helping the pusher maintain their anonymity.

It was in the late 90's this new syndicate started. It started on the fringes of the West Coast drug trade purposefully avoiding places like LA or NY City where old school drug dealers were already established - now the Xalisco Boys are well established across the country in this new, kinder, gentler, marketing of drugs following the playbook of major drug companies, even to the point of giving out samples.

With the military downsizing to the point we were before Pearl Harbor, more troops will be leaving the military and therefore leaving military healthcare. Many are reluctant to turn to the VA because of the poor publicity the VA is getting and they will need someplace to ease their pain, both physical and psychological. I'm afraid the numbers are going to grow and add to that the 22 per day suicide rate and the continuing down-turn in morale in the military, despite a nearly 300 million dollar campaign to encourage optimism and the poor job market. These new veterans are coming home from war to another war.



Memorial Day Ceremonies

Sunday, May 24th, 2015:  At 12:00 noon, the Rockland County Memorial Day Program will be held at Fred Loescher Veterans Cemetery on Brick Church Road in New Hempstead, New York.

Sunday, May 24th, 2015:  At approximately 1:00 p.m., there will be a ceremony at the Korean War Memorial at RCC in Suffern, New York.

Monday, May 25th, 2015:  Piermont Memorial Day Ceremony - parade steps off at 10:00 a.m., Memorial Day ceremony at 11:00 a.m. at Memorial in the center of town.

Monday, May 25th, 2015:  Pearl River Memorial Day - parade steps off at 9:45 a.m. on Middletown Road, near the bowling alley and bank. The parade ends at Brausdorf Park.    For further information, call 845-709-4104.

Monday, May 25th, 2015:  Orangeburg Memorial Day Ceremony will take place at the Camp Shanks Memorial on Lester Drive.  Ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m.

Memorial Day Watchfires

May 30th is the traditional Memorial Day.  The Vietnam Veterans will burn the annual Watchfires at four sites, to remember those who never returned home.

The Watchfires will be lit at midnight on May 30th (Friday night - midnight) at these sites:

Bowline Park in Haverstraw, New York
Clausland Mountain, Orangeburg, New York
Gene Levy Park on Route 45, Pomona, New York
Piermont Pier - Piermont, New York

Friday Night Dinners at American Legion Post

Kearsing-Edwards American Legion, Post 1600, will be serving Friday night dinners. These are open to the public. Some upcoming menu items include: 

May 1st: steak or fish $15.00. 

On May 8th: chicken cordon bleu - $13.00. 

And on May 15th: TBA - this is delicious if done rare! 

The Legion Post is located at 20 Station Road in Pomona, New York, next to Boulder Stadium. 

For further information, call 845-354-9785.

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

Upcoming Events for May

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015:  Nam Knights will host their 10th Annual Pasta Dinner from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to benefit Make-A-Wish of Hudson Valley, and will grant a wish to a child from Rockland County.  This year's dinner will be held at the Hillcrest Fire Company #1, 16 Thiells-Mt. Ivy Road, Pomona, New York 10970.
Donation is $25.00 for adults, $10.00 for children aged 8-12 years, and there is no charge for children under 8 years of age.  Make checks payable to Nam Knights MC, and mail to:  Nam Knights America MC, One Western Highway, Tappan, New York 10983.  For further information, contact Charlie Maushardt at 845-359-4005.

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015:  Spring Valley Rotary presents its 3rd Annual Motorcycle Run...rain date is May 3rd.  Registration is at 8:30 a.m. at Boulder Stadium in Pomona, New York.  Registration fee is $25.00 for Rider and $15.00 for passenger.  There is an after-event party at American Legion Post 1600 20 Station Road in Pomona, with music, great food, vendors, and the bar will be open as well.  For further information, please contact Chris Bailey at 914-906-6373 or via e-mail:  cbailey@vistaelectric.com or Dave Gouldner at 845-709-1425 or via e-mail at:  helpingcounsel@gmail.com.

Monday, May 4th, 2015 :  Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter #333 will present Vietnam Memories Left  At the Wall at Felix Festa Middle School starting on May 4th.  The presentation thereafter will be in either a classroom or in the library from May 5th through May 8th and then from May 11th through May 13th, 2015 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:33 p.m.  Felix Festa Middle School is located at 30 Parrott Road in West Nyack New York  10994.  

Saturday, May 9th, 2015 :  Habitat for Humanity will be holding a grand-opening ceremony at Camp Shanks for Homes for Heroes.  This will be a newly renovated community center for the resident vets on that property and for further vets as they continue to build.  The ceremony is scheduled to start at 1100 hrs.

Sunday, May 17th, 2015:  Rockland County Marine Corps League picnic will be held at 1100 hrs until whenever.... Kearsing & Edwards American legion Post 1600, 20 Station Road in Pomona, New York.  This picnic is free to members of the League and their families, and $15.00 for guests.  For further information, contact Dale Robinson, Commandant, via e-mail at:  DRobin137@icloud.com.

Saturday, May 30th, 2015:  The  Bob Hope Division will be at Montrose VA Nursing Home.  We will muster (meet) in the lobby at 1230 hrs.  The nursing home is located at: 2090 Albany Road, (Route 9) Montrose, New York 10548. 

Friday, June 5th, 2015:     RockVets Radio Show, hosted by Jerry Donnellan, will air just after the 10:00 a.m. news break. Please listen in and call with any information you have to share with veterans and military community. The show air lives on 1300 AM radio dial or on the internet at http://www.wrcr.com. The call-in number is 845-362-0013.  

Saturday, June 6th, 2015:  Vietnam Veterans Chapter #333 Annual Pig Roast from Noon to 5:00 p.m.
The Pig Roast will be held at Kearsing-Edwards American Legion Post 1600, 20 Station Road, Pomona.   Cost is: Adults $25 each, Kids 6-14, $15 each, no charge for children 5 and under.

Life and Remembrance Memorial Day Concert

Complimentary Tickets are being offered to Veterans and Active Servicemen and Women of New York, to attend this Memorial Day Concert at Lincoln Center.  A valid ID may be required.   Performance Details:

Monday, May 25th, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. - Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center
10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York City, New York 10023.  

For further information contact Kayla Perconti via e-mail:   kayla@dciny.org

Employment Opportunities

Ascape Landscape and Construction

This is a landscape construction company with a fleet of 40+ trucks.   They have jobs available in these  areas.  If you are interested in any of these, please contact Jennifer Chaitin at 845-353-6500 or send an      e-mail to:   adam@ascapelandscape.com.  Visit their website at http://www.ascapelandscape.com

  • Repairs are needed on a daily basis on the trucks, as well as on other heavy equipment. 
  •  There is also a need for a diesel mechanic.
  • Drivers with experience driving a roll-off truck and have a CDL license.

Pfizer Corporation
Here are some of the positions currently open in New York: 

  • Marketing Manager
  • Professional Healthcare Representative
  • Senior Scientist, Protein Chemistry (Pearl River)
  • Senior Auditor
  • Finance and Business Operations
  • Clinician:  Global Medical Monitor, Vaccine Research (Pearl River)
  • Manager, Quality Assurance
  • Investigator-Initiated Research Program Manager
  • Senior Associate Compliance
  • Manager of Supplier Diversity
  • Internal Consulting and Execution Manager
  • Quality Control Sampler
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship - Cancer Biologist (Pearl River)
  • Manager, Digital Strategy and Content
  • Senior Associate, Consolidations
Job descriptions can be found on their website at:  www.pfizercareers.com.  For further information, contact Nels Hanson via e-mail at:  nels.hasnpfizer.com


We would like to keep you up-to- date on events and matters of interest to veterans and will be sending these newsletters regularly. If at any time you no longer wish to receive them, please send a note to info@rockvets.com. Your e-mail address will immediately be deleted from our newsletter mailing list. If you find any of this information useful, please pass it along to others.


You can find information, useful links, and view our webpage at www.rockvets.com. Previous copies of our newsletters are also available on our website at: www.rockvets.com/newsletters. You can e-mail us at: info@rockvets.com or visit our facebook page: www.facebook.com/rockvets.

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, 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:
http://www.wrcr.com.  So please listen in, and call if you have questions or information to share with our veteran and military community.

The next radio broadcast will be on Friday, May 1st, is right after the 10:00 a.m. newsbreak. Once again we appreciate the support of the Marine Corps League – Rockland County Detachment.

If you have information that can benefit the military and veteran community, or would like the community to know about an event your group is hosting, please send it to us so we can publish it in the next newsletter: info@rockvets.com.


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, 20 Squadron Blvd., Suite 480, New City, NY 10956 - Phone: 845.638.5244 - E-mail: jerry@rockvets.com

We hope you find some useful information in this month's newsletter. If we can be of help, please be in touch.
Jerry Donnellan, Director
Veterans Service Agency of Rockland
20 Squadron Blvd., Suite 480
New City, New York 10956
Telephone: 845-638-5244

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