RockVets E-Newsletter: December 2019 Edition
Editor: Pat McGlade, Email:
New York Vets, P.O. Box 387, Tomkins Cove, NY 10986
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RockVets Newsletter

December 2019             

Volume 11
Issue 12 

Happy Holidays to our veterans, troops and families!

Marine Corps League Donations for vets and troops 

The Rockland County Marine Corps League, together with a group of Hudson Valley Veterans known as The Bob Hope Division, will conduct their 9th annual Christmas Collection for the Troops and disabled hospitalized Veterans this season. In order for the Troops and Patients to receive their gifts before Christmas, all items must be collected by December 10, 2019.  Drop-off locations are listed below.

The Christmas present should contain any of the following items:  AA & AAA Batteries - Pens - Pencils - Writiing Paper - Game Book -- Crossword Puzzle Books - Word Find Books - Sudoko Puzzle Books -- Pocket Books - Amazon Cards - Playing Cards - Card Games (Uno) -- DVD Movies Old/New - Hair Brushes - Theater Boxes of Candy -- Christmas Candy - Hot Cocoa Packets - Non-perishable Cookies

We need your help collecting these items to fill the presents. Any donation of these items will be gratefully appreciated by the Troops and Disabled Veterans as they need these items to maintain their quality of life. The collection point for these items will be: 

--  Veterans Clinic in New City, 345 N Main Street, New City, NY

-- Garnerville Post Office, Route 202, Garnerville, NY

-- American Legion Post 1600, 20 Station Road, Pomona, NY

-- Dr. Louis Maisel's Office, 20 Squadron Blvd. New City, NY

or we will pick up the items anywhere you like, just call us at 845-429-8860.

This is a great way for you to support the Troops and Disabled Veterans. If you work in a store, office or building we would appreciate your posting this notice for all to see and help us collect the needed items or if possible forward this notice to your e-mail contacts.

Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program

The Rockland Detachment of the Marine Corps League has started their  annual "Toys For Tots" collection at the Palisades Center Mall outside the Disney Store.  Volunteers from the Detachment will be at the mall every Saturday and Sunday from November 30th through December 22nd from 9 :00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Donations of unwrapped, new toys and/or money can be made at that location.  You can also send Check donations to the Rockland County Marine Corps League, 20 Station Road, Pomona, New York 10970

For further information, please contact: Rocky at 845-406-2465 or Dale via email at:  Thank you for your support.

Upcoming Events for December

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019:   North Rockland High School is holding their annual Evening of Honoring and Celebrating our veterans, for all their have given and all they continue to give to the community.  Veterans and a guest are welcome to attend a holiday dinner, starting at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 at North Rockland High School, 106 Hammond Road, Thiells, New York 10984.  The dinner will be followed by a Winter Concert. Please call Patty O'Sullivan at 845-942-3321 or Kathleen Sangen at 845-942-3304.

Sunday, December 8th, 2019:  The Annual Pearl Harbor Ceremony will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Suffern Village Hall (61 Washington Avenue). All are invited to attend. For more information, please contact Cathy Mills, Recreation Director, the Village of Suffern Recreation Department at 845-357-7943 or email:  Special Guest attending again this year is Armando "Chick" Galella.

Saturday, December 21st, 2019:  From Chip Hayes -- Bob Hope Live Christmas Show at the Veteran’s Nursing Home -- Starring The American Bombshells.  We will muster (meet) in the lobby at 1200hrs (12:00 P.M. for you civilians). All Volunteers will report to Tom Carroll, Officer of The Day, for assignments.
We will need a lot of help bringing the wheelchair patients to the show. This is a great way for you to help disabled Veterans. Without us helping them, many would be unable to attend the show.  Montrose VA Nursing Home is located at 2090 Albany Post Road, (Route 9) Montrose, NY 10548.

The March to Valley Forge - 242 Years Ago 

by Sheilah Vance from "Journal of the American Revolution" December 2019

William Trego’s painting "The March to Valley Forge" is iconic. Where the Continental Army marched from has been largely overlooked. That march was from The Conshohocken or Gulph Hills, in Upper Merion Township, about seven miles from Valley Forge, where the army encamped from December 13 to 19, 1777. As one historian noted, “These grounds were the threshold to Valley Forge, and the story of that winter—a story of endurance, forbearance, and patriotism which will never grow old—had its beginnings here, at the six days encampment by the old Gulph Mill.”[1]

Those six days were a microcosm of the Revolutionary War.

Day 1. December 13, 1777: The March In
Late in the evening of December 12, in a blinding snowstorm, Washington and his hungry, tired, and barely-clothed army marched over the Schuylkill River at Swedes Ford, in present day Norristown, and down to Gulph Mills. Dr. Albigence Waldo, Surgeon General to the Continental Army and a member of the Connecticut Brigade, wrote, “We are ordered to march over the river. It snows–I’m sick–eat nothing–no whiskey–no baggage–Lord-Lord-Lord–. Till sunrise crossing the river cold and uncomfortable.”[2]Another wrote, “at 3 a.m. encamped near the Gulph where we remained without tents or blankets in the midst of a severe snow storm.”[3]

Because of its elevation, the highest hill in Gulph Mills allowed the army to see the British advancing from Philadelphia to the east.[4] General Washington had to get his army, which had no tents, settled. 

To read further, view this link:

Scam Targeting U.S. Veterans

There is a new widespread scam targeting U.S. veterans. The scam uses sophisticated technology that generates VA operating signatures, thus, giving the impression via caller ID that the veteran is receiving a telephone call from the VA. Most veterans will see the following on their call ID system: "Department of Veterans Affairs, 1-800-827-1000." The scammers claim to be VA personnel. The scammers use scripted material to mimic the culture of VA personnel by implementing processes that would be used when a veteran contacts the VA. The scammer then proceeds to request that the Veteran verify personal information. Do not provide/verify personal information over the phone.  You can also find more information on this at the following link:

Easier Way to Apply for Compensation Benefits

VA is transforming the way Veterans learn about and apply for compensation benefits through a new video tutorial highlighting the digital Disability Compensation Benefits Claims tool, released earlier this year.

Built with Veterans, for Veterans, the Disability Compensation Benefits Claims tool is a development process that incorporates user testing and human-centered design principles. The tool gives Veterans more control over claims submission and represents an innovative leap forward in VA services.

“The Disability Compensation Benefits Claim tool lessens the administrative and paperwork burden for Veterans, and shortens the processing timeline for benefits claims,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “This innovative tool, along with the companion tutorial video series, represents VA’s commitment to providing Veterans quality service through digital transformation.”

The accompanying five-part video tutorial series is accessible on VA’s Office of Information and Technology (OIT) YouTube page. The tutorials describe steps Veterans can follow to complete disability compensation claims applications online using the new digital tool. The videos feature:

-- An overview of the online tool’s user-friendly platform, and its efficient functionality that streamlines the claims submission process.  

-- Log-in instructions for starting the process of filing a disability benefits claim, and how Veterans can track existing disability compensation claims.

-- Instructions on how the tool automatically checks the Veteran’s record to find out if there is an active intent to file date already pending.

Visit the full tutorial series for instructions at the youtube link:

Click here for more information about disability compensation:

Dept. of Defense Commissary Expansion Program

The Department of Defense is proud to expand commissary, exchange and morale, welfare and recreation program retail eligibility to:

• Purple Heart recipients

• Former prisoners of war

• All veterans with service-connected disabilities

• Individuals approved and designated as the primary family caregivers of eligible veterans enrolled under the Department of Veterans Affairs Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers

The DoD, VA and the Department of Homeland Security are collaborating to implement the Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act of 2018 for those who will be eligible for this benefit on Jan. 1, 2020.

Facilities like these will be open to the newly eligible patrons starting Jan. 1, 2020:
• Commissaries*
• Military service exchanges
• Golf courses
• Bowling centers
• Recreational lodging • RV campgrounds
• Movie theaters
• And more!

*DoD is required to charge a small fee to new users who are eligible solely under the Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act of 2018, to cover any increase in costs to the U.S. Treasury for processing commercial credit and debit cards.

For further information, please view this fact sheets here:


You can view the Department of Defense press release here:

Free Flu Shots Available for Veterans at Walgreens

VA and Walgreens are national partners, providing no-cost quadrivalent flu shots to enrolled Veterans of the VA health care system. Now through March 31, 2020, enrolled Veteran patients nationwide have the option of getting their flu shot at any of Walgreens’ 9,600 locations, in addition to their local VA health care facilities. Long Description

How do I get my flu shot for free at Walgreens?

No appointment is required. Simply go to any Walgreens, tell the pharmacist you receive care at a VA facility, and show your Veterans Health Identification Card and another form of photo ID. (Patients will also be asked to complete a vaccine consent form at the time of service.)

Walgreens has the capability to electronically send vaccination information to the VA and your immunization record will be updated in your VA electronic health record.

The VA-Walgreens national partnership is part of VA’s eHealth Exchange project. This national program ensures that many Veterans get their no-cost flu shot at their local Walgreens, satisfying their wellness reminder because they either found it more convenient or did not have a scheduled appointment at a local VA health care facility.

Can I get my flu shot at no cost at the VA?

Yes! If you are enrolled with VA you may receive a no-cost flu shot during any scheduled VA appointment or at one of the convenient walk-in flu stations. For more information on locations and hours contact your local VA health care facility.

Need to apply for VA health care? Visit:

Read further:

VA Renews Partnership with Y-USA

VA renews partnership with Y-USA to expand whole-health services to Veteran communities
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently renewed a nationwide partnership with Y-USA that focuses on whole health to enhance services available that promote the health and well-being of Veterans, their families and caregivers.
In the next phase of the partnership, renewed Oct. 1, VA and YMCA of the USA — the national entity that oversees YMCA facilities across the country — will share ideas and success stories to expand the program at the local level.

“This partnership will bring together local YMCAs’ expertise in strengthening the community through healthy living and social responsibility with VA’s highest health care standards for Veterans,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “Partnerships provide opportunities for physical fitness, social integration and community service that address what Veterans are seeking.”

VA, Vet Centers and local YMCAs are working together to increase awareness about YMCA programs — including community events, whole-health groups, Veterans benefits and services clinics, and youth activities — by creating a toolkit of best practices and resources for local YMCAs

The partners will also develop a pilot collaboration program between local YMCAs and Mobile Vet Centers and community-based counseling centers that provide a wide range of social and mental health services. VA will support and encourage its local and national offices and medical facilities to enter into agreements with YMCAs to provide programming and services targeting the Veteran population.

Y-USA will share information, resources and spaces such as meeting rooms with VA to facilitate Veteran outreach events and services outside of VA facilities. Y-USA will also work to integrate Veterans and their families into social, volunteer and mentorship programs.  To view on VA website:

VA Uses Innovative Means to Reduce Limb Loss
VA uses innovative means to help reduce diabetic limb loss

WASHINGTON – November is National Diabetes Month and as part of broader efforts by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to confront diabetes, Dec. 1, VA will begin regional implementation of the Podimetrics Mat, a new medical device that has the potential to prevent limb loss in Veterans with diabetes.  The technology, now in use at 15 VA medical centers, uses thermographic monitoring of a patient’s feet to identify early onset of diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs), which can lead to limb loss if not detected early. Known as thermal imaging, the non-invasive test involves no radiation and uses a special camera to measure skin temperature. This allows clinicians to develop plans for preventing added deterioration of a patient’s health.

“VA’s early adoption of cutting edge, innovative solutions to combat a disease that impacts so many Veterans is another example of how VA is aiming to be a leader in health care innovation,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “VA is uniquely positioned in its ability to test and quickly scale new solutions throughout its health care system, which can drastically change Veteran lives.”

VA’s use of the Podimetrics Mat builds on a 2017 VA-led study at the Phoenix VA and the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare Systems. The study showed the in-home foot-temperature monitoring device was able to detect 97% of DFUs as early as five weeks before the onset of symptoms, with 86% of participants using the mat an average of three days per week. With more medical centers offering use of the mat, VA has continued to observe similar outcomes. One VA facility found 84% of Veterans are using the mat almost daily, allowing preventative clinical interventions to take place.

The mat will be available to all Veterans across the country through their local Prevention of Amputations for Veterans Everywhere clinic providers. In addition, VA’s Veterans Health Administration Innovation Ecosystem is implementing a pilot program of the mats at VA facilities in the southeast, where some of the highest DFU rates exist.  Through the effort, VA will be able to further evaluate best practices and optimize care models, ultimately improving the effectiveness of the technology in the VA health care system. Last year, VA treated more than 75,000 DFU cases across the country.  To view article on VA website, use this link:

Tribute to Navy Gunner Loyce Edward Deen

A tribute to Navy gunner Loyce Edward Deen, a Navy gunner that was killed in action in late 1944. 

This 2-minute video is quite moving and worth taking the time to watch. What actually made this country great is ordinary guys like this doing extraordinary things.

VVA Chapter #333 - Handcycle Program Helps Vets

Here is an update on the HANDCYCLE PROGRAM from Roy Tsudy of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter #333 and Rockland County's Veteran of the Year:

Chapter 333 members have completed a two day HAND CYCLE FUND RAISER at the Palisades Mall courtesy of Ms. Catherine Horvath (Mall P.R. Director) beginning Friday 11/29/2019 thru Saturday 11/30/2019.  A total amount of $776.00 was raised and added to our HAND CYCLE PROGRAM which is a VVA chapter #333 program to assist military personnel, both men and women, who have injuries inclusive of leg amputation(s) and / or spinal cord injury.

As has become our tradition since the inception of the program, we have a small "Thank you" packet containing the name of a fallen soldier from Rockland County during the Vietnam War, whether or not a donation is made.  The response from the general public about this token of our thanks, is that they greatly appreciate receiving it.  This is often accompanied by a tear or two along the way.

Thank you to our members who gave freely of their time over the Holiday weekend to keep our program moving forward.  Special thanks also to our "adopted" chapter member Gabriella D'Amico who ALWAYS manages to find time to join in and help with the CHAPTER 333 HAND CYCLE PROGRAM! Roy Tschudy

Roy Tschudy, Vietnam veteran and Co-Chair of the Handcycle Program, has written a book about Vietnam titled:  "ENDLESS."  All proceeds of the sale of Roy's book will be donated to the Hand-Cycle Program.  

"ENDLESS" is available in paperback or e-book form and can be purchased on at this link: 
or simply type in BOOKS and then enter the name: ROY TSCHUDY. "ENDLESS" will appear and the purchase can then be made. 

SEC:  Information and Resources on Investing

Article submitted to VA blog by Lori Schock. Director of the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy.  To read full article, visit this link: 
As a Veteran, you have served to protect America’s liberties and freedoms. At the SEC, we want to serve you and help you protect your own financial freedom by providing you with valuable information and resources on investing for your future.

Whether you’re a recent Veteran, a long-time Veteran or somewhere in-between, there are important saving and investing decisions to be made. The SEC’s website can help you through the various stages of the saving and investing journey.

Start Early! Set Goals and Create a Plan: 

First things first. Before you invest, check out the free tools and resources on Here’s a sample of our resources:

Investor Preparedness Checklist – A quick and easy tip sheet on how to prepare for your financial future.

-- Search tool to check the background of an investment professional – Learn about employment history, registration status and more.

-- Financial Planning Tools and Calculators – Help you determine how much money you need to save each month to meet your goals and plan for retirement.

-- Setting goals, creating a financial plan, and saving and investing over a long-period-of-time will help put you on a path toward building a strong financial future. Think about what you want to save for in life−a house, college, an emergency fund, vacation. Then decide your priorities and plan accordingly. Use the SEC’s Savings Goal Calculator to calculate what you should set aside to achieve your goals. Keep in mind that when you start early, your money grows through compounding. Check out the power of compounding.

-- When creating your financial plan, you should also consider paying off any high-interest debt. For example, the interest rate on credit cards is often far higher than the returns you can expect from your investments. No investment strategy pays off as well as, or with less risk than, eliminating high interest debt.

-- Start investing 

-- Before you Invest, Check Out Your Investment Professional.  If you plan to use an investment professional, a great first step to protecting your money is to go to to make sure the person you’re working with is licensed and registered.

-- Take Advantage of Employer-Sponsored Plans and Free Money. Another key aspect of planning for a sound financial future is building your retirement nest egg. Workplace retirement plans, like the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) or a 401(k), are one of your best options for retirement savings since they offer diversified investments, low fees and tax advantages. Employers often match contributions you make to the plans. Don’t leave money on the table; take advantage of any “free money” in your employer’s plan.

-- Stay Alert to Fraud Targeting the Military.  Protecting your money is another important part of your investment plan. Fraudsters often try to gain the trust of a group of people with common backgrounds and interests. As a Veteran, you may be a potential target for fraud. Some fraudsters may even be a Veteran or at least pretend to be. Even if you know the person offering an investment opportunity, make sure you check their background at and conduct your own independent research on the investment. If a “so-called” investment professional tries to pressure you to invest in something right away, promises guaranteed high returns or doesn’t provide you with any documentation, it’s a sure warning sign of fraud. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  Through investor alerts and bulletins, the SEC provides valuable information on ways to help you spot fraud and steer clear of con artists and their investment scams.

Information Just For You -- Our dedicated military page provides service members, Veterans and their families with information on how to make informed saving and investing decisions, as well as information on how to avoid fraud. We have an investor bulletin on Saving and Investing for Veterans.

Director’s Take Articles Geared to Helping You and Your Family

Director’s Take articles are intended to provide tips and information on a variety of investment topics, including several that are geared specifically to military service members, Veterans and their families. Check out the various articles:

Veterans: Protect Yourself From Becoming a Target for Investment Fraud
Military Service Members “Immediate Actions” for Financial Success
Basic Training Tips to Help Service Members Invest Wisely
Military Spouses: Ensuring Financial Readiness on the Homefront
We’re Here For You

You have always been there for us, let us be there for you. Throughout the year, we conduct investor education presentations at military bases, VA installations and Veterans organizations. If you know of an organization interested in receiving one of our in-person presentations, please let us know by contacting us at If you have any questions about investing or want to report a complaint, call the SEC’s toll-free investor assistance line 800-732-0330 (dial 1-202-551-6551 if calling from outside of the United States) or email You can submit tips, complaints and referrals about possible investment scams and securities frauds at

Thank you for your service to our country.

The Securities and Exchange Commission disclaims responsibility for any private publication or statement of any SEC employee or Commissioner. This article expresses the author’s views. It does not necessarily reflect those of the Commission, the Commissioners, or other members of the staff.

Bugs of War:  How Insects Have Been Weaponized

Bugs of War: How Insects Have Been Weaponized Throughout History. For millennia, six-legged soldiers have been conscripted to torment enemies.  To view story on, please use this link:    Bugs of War

Beehive catapults. Scorpion bombs. Bug pit prisons. For thousands of years, military strategists have used insects as weapons of war—not only to inflict debilitating pain on enemies, but also to deliver deadly pathogens and destroy agriculture, with the intent of causing widespread misery, sickness and hunger.

Delivering disease via insect vectors has been wickedly effective. During WWII, Japanese biological warfare units dropped plague-infected fleas and cholera-coated flies on Chinese cities—killing some 440,000 people. The Japanese military also developed plans to spread plague-carrying fleas over San Diego in 1945, but never followed through.

In 1989, domestic bioterrorists told authorities they were breeding and releasing medflies in California—and the eco-radicals would continue doing so until the government halted insecticide spraying. Had this devastating pest become established (the infestation was suppressed), the resulting quarantine on California fruits would have destroyed crops in one of America’s vital agricultural regions, costing tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars.

But for millennia, six-legged soldiers have been most consistently deployed to torment and disperse enemies. From Old Testament accounts (“I sent the hornet before you, which drove them out...”—Joshua 24:12) to the Vietnam War and beyond, insects have been effectively weaponized. 

A scorpion blitz:  At the end of the 2nd century, the Roman emperor Septimius Severus was on his way to wresting control of Mesopotamia from the local monarchs—that is, before a shower of scorpions helped waylay his plans, according to an account by ancient historian Herodian. 

As the Roman legions advanced on the desert stronghold of Hatra—desirable for its control of Silk Road caravan routes—King Barsamia and his citizens holed up behind its 40-foot high perimeter walls. The defenders crafted earthenware bombshells loaded with scorpions—which were so prevalent in the region, and so dangerous, that Persian kings regularly ordered scorpion hunts and offered bounties to assure safe passage for the caravans. The locals knew first-hand that scorpions inflicted intensely painful stings and that their venom can induce irregular breathing, slowed pulse, convulsions—and occasionally death.

As Severus’s men reached the walls of Hatra, scorpion bombs rained down, inflicting agonizing punishment on the Romans wherever they had exposed skin—legs, arms and, worst of all, their faces and eyes. With arachnids deployed among the Hatreni defenses, Severus was held at bay for 20 days, until his troops finally broke off the battle and retreated.

Operation fling and sting:  Weaponized Insects: Wasp Nest Catapult
Wasp nests and beehives were used as weapons by catapulting them towards enemies.

A major breakthrough in military pain delivery came with the development of machinery capable of launching insect-heavy payloads. What the slingshot did for the humble rock, the catapult did for bees—and shifted the balance of entomological power in favor of the attacking forces.

European history is replete with accounts of beehives and wasp nests being used as warheads—including on the high seas as a highly effective way to clear the decks of an enemy ship. The technological high point in hive-heaving machinery emerged in the 14th century with the development of the entomological predecessor of the Gatling gun—a windmill-like device that propelled straw hives from the ends of the rapidly rotating arms.

But attacking forces weren’t the only ones employing stinging insects. European nobles assured that their bees were ready for producing honey or havoc, as the situation demanded. The interior walls of medieval castles were often equipped with recesses, termed bee boles, as homes for the six-legged troops.

Read more:  Bugs of War

Employment Opportunities 

Resources for Disabled Veterans:   View this link:  Resources for Disabled Veterans

Careers for People with Disabilities:  401 Columbus Ave., Valhalla, NY 10595 (914) 741-JOBS (5627).  Helps individuals with learning, intellectual, developmental, psychiatric, and/or physical disabilities find jobs. Provides extensive on-the-job training and ongoing support services.  For further information:

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:  If interested in any of these positions, please send an updated resume to: Anjelica Pagnozzi -    (845) 353-9248.    Please submit resumes and questions to Anjelica Pagnozzi:

Montefiore-Nyack Hospital, Nyack, New York 10960
See link for full listing and information about career opportunities at Nyack Hospital, Nyack, New York.

Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern, New York.  Good Samaritan Hospital is affiliated with Westchester Medical Center.  See this link for available employment -

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:

Rockland County Employment Information:
Here is a link to current job openings available in Rockland County

Rockland County Veterans' Credits:

New York City Civil Service Jobs, Tests, and Results as listed in The Chief:

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

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 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


Rockland County Sheriff’s Office


Veterans Peer-to-Peer (Counseling)


People to People (Food)


Montrose VA Hospital


New City VA Clinic


Housing Unit


Rape Crisis Services (Main)


Rape Crisis Services (24/7)


Home Health Care


Good Samaritan Hospital Emergency 


Nyack Hospital Emergency


Domestic Violence


Suicide Hotline


Mental Health Association of Rockland County


Mobile Mental Health


West Point (nearest military base)


New York National Guard (Orangeburg, NY)


Army Reserve (Orangeburg, NY)


Military Recruiter


Rockland County Housing Action Coalition


Alcoholics Anonymous


Emergency Shelter


Meals on Wheels


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:

RockVets Newsletter - A Project of New York Vets  

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

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Tomkins Cove, New York 10986


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