New York Vets/RockVets E-Newsletter: August 2015 Edition-Veterans Service Agency of Rockland County, New York Jerry Donnellan, Director
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RockVets Newsletter

August 2015                          845-638-5244
Volume 6
Issue 8


Closing VA Hospitals

Eric Shinseki, a Retired Four-Star General, West Point Graduate, and former Army Chief of Staff, is truly a remarkable man.  Last year he stepped down from his position as Secretary of Veterans Affairs.  Simply put, he failed to be able to manage the Department of Veterans Affairs. He was replaced by Robert McDonald, also a West Point graduate, with excellent credentials--not the least of which was as CEO of Proctor and Gamble, who took the P&G giant from 51.10 a share to 78.80 a share.  Now there are calls for his resignation for being billions of dollars over budget and stating that VA Hospitals may have to close.

If people of this caliber can't manage the VA, who can?  I mean, I would, but I'm busy! Seriously though, since I've worked with the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) beginning in the 1980s, the number of veterans has gone from roughly 30 million to roughly 20 million -- and will continue to drop even more quickly in the coming years when those who were subject to the Draft will pass.

In the same time period, the VA Budget has continued to increase.  Now, that Budget is roughly 20 times what it was 30 years ago.  For example, if I told you I was willing to pay you 20 times what you are now getting for doing the same job, and further, I would cut your responsibilities by one-third, wouldn't you think you could handle it?

I can't wait to see the new guy's resume!  All I can say is he'd better be able to walk on water or at least, to have been born in Bethlehem!                     Jerry Donnellan

S P C  - Selective Political Correctness

Ceremony to mark V-J Day - Sunday, August 30th, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.
Rockland County Court House on Main Street in New City, New York

August 6th comes again and with it 70 years of debate as to whether or not we should have dropped the Bomb on Hiroshima.  Reality is, the second after the bombardier on the Enola Gay yelled "Bombs Away" that discussion was moot.  

However, a kind of collective guilt is carried by this country to the point that in 1995 our President suggested that celebrating V-J (Victory in Japan) Day was somehow wrong.  We should call it Victory in the Pacific - as if we were fighting someone other than the Japanese?  This guilt tends to show itself in small ways as if the Japanese military wasn't all that bad.  One of these ways is the Japanese Battle Flag being used to promote a popular drink today called the Kamikaze.  The average person 70 years later doesn't see any harm in that decoration.  However, to the Marine who served on Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Tarawa, or the Sailor who watched the actual kamikaze tear through the deck of his carrier, it's a different story.  That Flag of the Rising Sun is every bit as hateful as the swastika of the Nazis or the Confederate Battle Flag.  Under that symbol, tens of millions of people died.  This seems to point out just how much has been forgotten.  Those World War II GIs wrote this country a blank check made out to the USA, for an amount up to and including their lives, for the duration.  I'm afraid many people no longer understand that kind of sacrifice.  

I'll bet a lot of folks don't know that a World War II military base once displaced much of Orangeburg.  In late September 1942, the Army Corps of Engineers came into Orangeburg, New York, gathered the residents in the small schoolhouse on Greenbush Road, and told them, in no uncertain terms, that they had two weeks to get out of town.  

I'm sure the Corps of Engineers phrased it better, but the bottom line was the residents had to move -- bag and baggage.  Their property was being taken from Blauvelt Road down to the New Jersey border, and from east to west from what we now know as Western Highway to what was then known as Rockland State Hospital.  In a couple of weeks those people were gone, and ground was broken for Camp Shanks.  

Camp Shanks opened in January of  '43 and started out-processing GIs to Europe and North Africa.  One of the truly astounding things is that in that short time of three months, 2,500 buildings were erected.  Today you couldn't put a deck on your house in three months! 

It is my understanding that three-quarters of the troops involved in the D-Day Invasion came out of Orangeburg, New York.  Equally as amazing is as quickly as it came together -- it went away -- and today, other than a few markers, Camp Shanks is gone.  

Let's hope its history isn't gone too.  Also, 500,000 Nazi and Italian POWs were processed through Camp Shanks and sent back to Europe towards the end of the War and then after the War.

On Sunday - August 30th at 1:00 p.m. on the old Rockland County Courthouse steps, we will have a brief ceremony to remember and mark the formal surrender of Japan, which actually took place on September 2, 1945 on the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.  Chester Lubick will speak to us that day.  Chet is a World War II veteran who was held prisoner by the Nazis and wounded by our own B-17s while a prisoner, but I'll let him tell that story.

Please join us to pay tribute to the generation who allowed us to be here and be as politically correct as we are - and thank God they weren't.

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

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
Don't wait around for the VA.  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:

Chiropractic Services Offered

Out of a desire to serve, and to fill a vitally important health care gap, chiropractors around the nation have extended an offer of care for one full year, for any United States military veteran returning from overseas deployment in Afghanistan and/or Iraq, at no charge. This is a new initiative aimed at supporting America's returning veterans with immediate access to chiropractic care, in addition to limited programs available through the Department of Defense. Dr. Craig T. Nugent, a Rockland County resident and grandson of a World War II veteran, is participating in this program and offering this care to our returning Afghanistan or Iraq veterans.  His Chiropractic Office  is located at 132 Park Avenue in New City, New York 10956.  For further information, contact Dr. Nugent at 845-517-0520, via e-mail:, or visit his website:

Saint Paul's School Summer Camp

St. Paul's Camp is offering a discounted rate for children of veterans to attend their Sports and Recreation Camp in Rockland County.  The usual fee for one week of camp is $200.00 but if a child of a veteran is interested, the rate would be reduced to $125.00 for the week. There are still a couple of weeks remaining.  For further information contact Carlos Fidalgo via e-mail at: or call the camp at 914-772-6426.  

Training Opportunities - Rockland BOCES

Rockland BOCES offers a variety of vocational training classes that are approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Use your GI Bill® and enroll now for fall classes.  
Contact Jennifer Zuppe, Job Training Specialist, at 845-348-3500 (extension 3583) or via e-mail: for further information. 

Some of the programs offered include:  
  • Administration Medical Office Skills 
  • Introduction to Automotive Technology,
  • Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Steering and Suspension 
  • Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Brakes 
  • Construction Trades 
  • Certified Welding 
  • Teacher Assisting 
  • Bookkeeping 
  • Nurse Assisting 
  • Culinary Arts Evening
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomy
  • Medical Assistant Skills 
  • Automotive Technology 
  • Automotive Collision Repair
  • Culinary Arts
  • Digital Design and Marketing 
  • Electricity Trades 
  • Carpentry 
  • Practical Nursing
  • Cosmetology  

Upcoming Events

Friday, August 7th, 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. 

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, August 29th, 2015:  A group of veterans known as the Bob Hope Division will visit the Montrose VA Nursing Home on Saturday, August 29th, 2015.  The nursing home is located at 2090 Albany Road (Route 9A) in Montrose, New York 10548.  They will meet at 12:30 p.m. in the lobby of Montrose VA Nursing Home. For further information, please contact Commandant of the Bob Hope Division, Chip Hayes - via e-mail:

Sunday, August 30th, 2015:  On Sunday - August 30th at 1:00 p.m. on the old Rockland County Courthouse steps, we will have a brief ceremony to remember and mark the formal surrender of Japan, which actually took place on September 2, 1945 on the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.  Chester Lubick will speak to us that day.  Chet is a WWII Veteran who was held prisoner by the Nazis and wounded by our own B-17s while a prisoner. 
Please join us to pay tribute to the generation who allowed us to be here and be as politically correct as we are - and thank God they weren't.

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.

Saturday Sept 19th, 2015: POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony; hosted by the Jewish War Veterans at the Rockland Community College, Field House -- 145 College Rd, Suffern New York.. Start time 7:35 p.m.

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:

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 

The R.C. Health Department also has advice for reducing your risk of West Nile Virus from mosquitoes.  For information about this, call 845-364-3173 or visit: West Nile Virus.
Want to stay up-to-date on important information from the Health Department? Follow them on Facebook and Twitter For further information, check out their website:  For further information, visit:  

Employment Opportunities

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.

Vera Bradley - Shops at Nanuet:  Part-time position available -- Retail Store Associate.
Job Description:  Support and maintain the integrity of the Vera Bradley "experience" through exceptional customer service, upholding store image standards, maximizing sales and assisting in store operational needs.  For further information, contact Peggy Stewart, Store Manager at 845-623-4869.


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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