RockVets E-Newsletter: October 2017 Edition
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RockVets Newsletter

October 2017              
Volume 9
Issue 10


Blue Water Navy

Blue Water Navy — this term from Vietnam refers to our Navy ships that sat off-shore in the South China Sea. Many received food, water, and supplies from the mainland.  However, these American Sailors and Marines cannot apply for disability compensation for contracting the cancers that have been proven to be a result of Agent Orange. 

But, if you flew into Vietnam, stepped off the plane onto the tarmac, turned around and got back on your plane — you would be qualified as having had boots on the ground. 

The average age of the Vietnam vet is now 70.  Many have already passed from these cancers, many from suicide — not wanting their families to bear the cost of care. 

If I were cynical I might suggest the reason Congress has been dragging its feet on this Bill is that, the more vets that die, the more money Uncle Sam will save. I watched the same scenario play out with World War II and Korean War veterans who were exposed to radiation from A&H-bomb tests. 

Further, I can see a time when the veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan will be in the same position — dealing with the cancers from the burn pits used in those wars. They burn garbage, the plastic water bottles that are ubiquitous in-country, as well as the plastic packaging — when burned, it gives off dioxin. Dioxin is the same killer used in Agent Orange.  

The Bill coming before the House is HR 299.  The Bill in the Senate is: S – 422.
If you know anyone who can help push these Bills through, please get in touch with them, or if you would like to send them this note, feel free to pass it along.  Let’s not allow the bean counters to wait for this problem to go away.I'm an old soldier from the last century. Then, from the distance of Vietnam, it hurt to see my flag burned in the street. 

Jerry Donnellan / email: 

VA Spending on Postage

Approval rating for the House of Representatives is in the teens, so I guess a House Sub-Committee rating would be lower? I’ve heard it said that Congress couldn't find its gluteus maximus with both hands, but the VA makes mistakes so big, even Congress can't miss them. 

Here's one:  in 2016 the VA spent $355 million on postage, according to Stars & Stripes. The VA Medical Center in Atlanta spent $11,257.00 dollars to send one package (got to be a lot of stamps!) 

Back to the $355 million — I don't know why these costs continue to rise while the veteran population continues to drop here in Rockland.  We are at a third of the veterans that were here in the 1980s.  What could they possibly be mailing?  VA compensation and pension checks are now direct deposit, benefit claims are done online. 

The VA claims its costs are rising because of having to mail prescriptions to veterans. Surely they can make a deal with CVS or Rite Aid to allow veterans to pick up their prescriptions locally, then re-supply the drugs. Or did I forget to mention in that $355 million, the VA didn't count the mailing cost of their 1100 community-based clinics.  There are 300 Vet centers and there are 147 Cemeteries.  Comforting to know these are the same folks that are overseeing our veterans being cut open. Silly me, they have to keep those 147 Cemeteries busy one way or another!

Treated Like Dogs?

Some say they were treated like dogs by the VA. Well, that's not true because the VA ultimately kills dogs. According to USA Today — September 26, 2017 edition, nationwide three VA facilities are experimenting with some 300 dogs including six-month-old beagle puppies. Surgery is being done to their brains, hearts, and spines, and all these dogs ultimately die. 

VA claims it's necessary research that will translate to aiding veterans. Others say those examples are decades-old.  The VA is relying on outdated models that don't take advantage of scientific advances that provide alternatives to dogs as research subjects. 

Lawrence Hanson University of California at San Diego says scientist can always find a reason to justify what they're doing, if it weren't for people from the outside who have managed to limit these practices at all. 

My question is:  why are they doing this gruesome testing, or are they just defending funding by using the pain and suffering of these poor animals?  Further, what is the real cost here in staffing, equipment, laboratories, operating room.  Remember these are the same folks who spent $$$$ to send a package from Atlanta to wherever. Why if, as they claim, they don't have enough money to treat veterans in a timely way, why are they spending millions killing dogs for apparently no reason?

 Jerry Donnellan / e-mail:

49,000 Jobs at the Department of Veterans Affairs

From what I'm reading the Department of Veterans Affairs nationally has 49,000 positions that aren't filled. So two things come to mind:  if you want to job you might want to check on the VA website, and B, this goes to the VA's mismanagement again. How could you possibly have 49,000 open jobs in a country that's job-starved?
Gotta love it — they just keep giving me material!  If you'd like to check out some VA jobs, view this link:

Senator David Carlucci - Veterans' Breakfast 

On Friday, November 3, 2017 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am, State Senator David Carlucci will hold a breakfast honoring Rockland County Veterans.  The breakfast will be held at the Nyack Seaport, 21 Burd St, Nyack, New York 10960. For further information or to sign up for Senator Carlucci's Veterans' Breakfast, please contact: 
Oscar Dunham, Director of Operations, The Office of New York State Senator David Carlucci (SD-38)
(Rockland Office) 845-623-3627  (Albany Office) 518-455-2991.

Freedom Day USA - October 12th, 2017

Freedom Day USA is America's Largest Military Thank You Event!  One day each year, businesses say "Thank You" by providing a token of appreciation (Free Services, Free Gifts, Special Offers and More) to Active Military and their Immediate Family and to Veterans who visit their business on event day.    This is our way of showing you how grateful we are for your service and for the sacrifices you have made for our freedom.   In fact, Freedom Day USA is a "DAY OF FREE, FOR A LIFETIME OF FREEDOM!"  For further information and participating businesses in your area, please visit their website: or contact Cheryl Berk via e-mail at: 

RockVets Radio Show on WRCR

The RockVets Radio Show with host Jerry Donnellan, has returned to the airwaves.  The next show will air on Thursday, October 26th, 2017. The show is broadcast live on the last Thursday of each month - right after the 9:00 a.m. newscast - so it will air from 9:10 a.m. to 9:40 a.m.  Tune in to 1700 on the AM dial.  You can also listen to the show online at  This is a good opportunity for you to call in and ask questions about veterans or military issues, or to let the listening public know about events some local organizations are planning that would be of interest to veterans.  To speak with Jerry on-air during the show, please call WRCR at 845-362-0013. 

VVA #333 Celebrating 30 Year Anniversary

From Al Dagistino, President, Rockland County VVA Chapter #333: 

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the formation of Vietnam Veterans of America, Rockland County Chapter 333.  To celebrate our journey and accomplishments, we will be hosting an anniversary dinner October 28th, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Casa Mia Manor in Blauvelt, New York.  We will be honoring our Founder, Jerry Donnellan, during this dinner.  The date is set, the price is set at $65.00 per person.  We hope you can join us.  

The Dinner tickets are just about SOLD OUT!  If you plan to attend, please respond promptly.  For further information, contact Howard Goldin ( or call Howard at 845-352-6797. 

We will publish a 30th Anniversary Journal.  Prices for journal ads are as follows: Outside Back Cover 7.5" wide by 10" high....$750.00;  Inside Front and Back Covers....$500.00 each;  Centerfold Platinum Pages... $400.00; Gold Page....$250.00;  Full Page...$125.00; Half-Page....$75.00;  Quarter Page...$50.00; Business card.....$30.00; "In Honor Of" Listing (name only)....$15.00; "In Memoriam" name only....$15.00.

If you'd like to purchase a journal ad, please send camera-ready JPEG or PDF format photograph or text to Marcus Arroyo at (845) 709-2559, or Jim Hennessy at (201) 512-0679.  Send ads no later than the September 20th, 2017 deadline. 

Make checks payable to Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 333 and mail to VVA #333, P.O. Box 243, New City, New York 10956.  For further information on the journal ads, please call or e-mail Marcus or Jim.  We look forward to seeing you on October 28th, 2017. 

Salute To Women Veterans 

Please join the Barbara Giordano Foundation, Inc. at their Salute to Women Veterans.  They will be honoring Allison Jaslow, Executive Director, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.  The event will be held on Friday, October 20th, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. at The Doral Arrowwood Resort, 975 Anderson Hill Road, Rye Brook, New York 10573.  $125.00 per person / $200.00 per couple.  Hors d'oeuvres, Dinner Show, Silent Auction, (cash bar).  Proceeds help underwrite programs and services for women veterans.  To purchase tickets online, pease visit or send a check to:  455 Tarrytown Road, Suite 1581, White Plains, New York 10607.

Twenty-Sixth Annual R.C. Marine Corps Birthday Party

Friday November 10, 2017 from 1130-1230 Cocktail and Sea Story Hour (CASH BAR) Lunch at 12:30
Krucker’s Catering and Picnic Grove -- 81 Call Hollow Road, Pomona, NY (845) 354-9832
Prime Rib of Beef, Lemon Salmon, or Chicken Marsala, Wine for Toast, Beer on Tables at Luncheon, Birthday Cake and Coffee.  Checks must be received by October 31, 2017 for eligibility -- $39.00 per person in advance. 
Make checks payable to: Rockland County Marine Corps League   ($45.00 AT THE DOOR)
Very Special Guest Speaker SgtMaj Michael Mack
Spouses, Companions and Friends Welcome
Please enter the entree preference of each person on the Door Prize ticket below, so that we can properly plan,
Please send your CHECK and DOOR PRIZE ticket to:
Rockland County Marine Corps League 20 Station Road
Pomona, New York 10970
 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>CUT OFF AND MAIL WITH YOUR CHECK<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
NAME:___________________________________________ # OF GUESTS__________________ ADDRESS:________________________________________________________________________ 
TELEPHONE #:_________________________ DOB (For Cake Cutting Ceremony)__________
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SPONSOR A MARINE AT THIS YEAR’S LUNCHEON? These Funds Allow Us to Invite Marines From MAG 49 At No Cost
Yes, I would like to sponsor _______ Marine(s) at $30.00 each

American Legion -- Department Commanders Visitation

Rockland County American Legion -- Commander Dominic Filippone
20 Station Road -- Pomona, NY 10970 -- 845-507-2848
e-mail Dominic Filippone, RCAL Commander at:
County Commanders, Auxiliary Presidents, and SAL:  Invitation to our Department Commanders of New York Visitation for November 4th, 2017.The main event will revolve around Commander Rena Nessler. First Woman Commander in Department of New York.  The event will be held at Kruckers Catering and Picnic Grove.
Address: 77-81 Call Hollow Rd, Pomona, NY 10970 . Phone: (845) 354-9832.
The festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. with one hour of open bar. Followed by introductions, and ceremonies.
Dinner menu is as follows: Assortment of appetizers during cocktail hour...Choice of: Chicken Marsala, or Prime rib a jus...( Please order with your Acceptance reply )
Tickets are at $55.00 per person purchased before October 25th. $60.00 at door.
Send checks to Rockland County American Legion at address above

NY State Constitutional Convention on November Ballot 

There is a lot of information that goes viral on the internet, and it's important to check the validity of it.  There will be a vote on Election Day, November 7th, 2017, to determine if New York State should hold a Constitutional Convention.  
Here is a link to to some information about it and how the process works.  It would be a good idea to educate yourself on the process and be prepared for how the outcome might affect you.

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 now 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 new 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.
Employment Opportunities

Salvation Army, West Nyack, New York: 
The Salvation Army is hiring and looking for veterans to fill key positions. They have two on-call facilities/security positions which are linked here: 

Part-Time On-Call Facilities/Security/IT & AV Support:

Part-time On-Call Facilities/Security:

Please also see The Salvation Army's general careers page to view all of the positions they currently have (or in the
future).   The Salvation Army Eastern Territory Careers Page:

For further information, please contact: Melanie Stokes, PHR - Human Resources Recruiter
The Salvation Army - Eastern Territory Headquarters
440 West Nyack Road West Nyack, NY 10994
office: (845) 620-7483
cell: (845) 274-4287

Sierra Trading Post in Nanuet, New York: Thoms Belle is an Army veteran who is currently interviewing veterans for key positions with Sienna Trading Post which will be opening soon in Nanuet, New York 10954.  The company's goal is to hire outdoor minded people that would be able to help those new to the outdoors to ensure they have a great experience and continue to take part in it, as well as help the more experienced make sure they have what they need for their expedition they have planned. For further information, contact: Thomas Belle via e-mail:
Department of Homeland Security: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking veterans for hundreds of job opportunities in mission critical and mission support occupations across the Department. DHS has an immediate need to fill these critical vacancies, and is the ideal employer to maximize the skills and training you acquired while serving your country.
Available career opportunities include: Law Enforcement (e.g., Physical Security, Police Officer, Sector Enforcement, Investigations)  Business Operations (e.g., Human Resources, Management and Program Analyst, Contracting, Public Affairs, Budget/Finance/Accounting)  Information Technology (Cybersecurity/Network)
Are you interested in continuing your service to America through a career with DHS?

For further information, check out the website link for the Department of Homeland Security:

JPMChase:  Please check out this link to current job openings at JPMorgan Chase in various locations: JPMC%20Current%20Openings_1%20MAY%202017.xlsx
They are looking for qualified veterans in careers in Accounting/Finance, Branch Banking, Customer Service, Compliance/Risk, Cyber/Technology, Operations, Project Management, Relationship Management/Sales and many other job categories. They have a dedicated team of Veteran Recruiters who are ready to assist with any questions on these opportunities. 
Please reach out to them at
Jim O’Donnell, Executive Director, Military & Veteran Recruiting, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has embarked on a new journey of growth. We are building – in some cases – rebuilding – some of our most critical transportation assets. To meet this growth, we are recruiting new, highly motivated and diverse talent. Now is the time to join the Port Authority Police Department! The Port Authority Police Department will be conducting an on-going recruitment for Police Officers, the open application period runs from May 22, 2017 to June 26, 2017. We encourage you to join our Police Recruit Network to stay informed on the different steps of the selection process, click the link for further information or to join now -

Peter Brega, Inc., is a family owned and operated school bus company located in Valley Cottage. The company is looking to provide some assistance to those veterans who are seeking employment.  They are offering a great part-time opportunity, retirees welcome!
- Must have a clean driving record
- CDL with Passenger & School bus endorsements 
- Starting pay $19/hr. - higher pay with prior driving experience!
- Guaranteed hours
- AM and/or PM runs available
- All positions are part time, if desired, additional work may be available
- Great work environment
- Matching 401K for eligible employees
- Off when schools are off (Holidays, Snow Days, Summers!)
- Unemployment Benefits
Applicants can apply in person at 500 Kings Highway, Valley Cottage, NY 10989, online at or contact Nick Brega by phone at: 845-268-6107.
FEMA: When disaster strikes, America looks to The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
FEMA has announced an Emergency Management Specialist vacancy in New York, New York.   
In this position, you would serve as a Lessons Learned Advisor in an incident support role during disaster activation.  Typical assignments include: Deploying to disaster field locations to plan and execute data collection plans during declared disasters.Validating observations and identifying cross-cutting themes related to the efficiency/effectiveness of programs. Developing common methodologies, tools, and processes to translate operational experience into institutional knowledge and foster continuous improvement. Facilitating periodic reviews (“hot-washes”)
To access additional information and to apply for the Emergency Management Specialist position, please visit:

Civil Service Exams:  Scheduled Examinations Open to All Qualified Individuals
These examinations are open to anyone who meets the minimum qualifications specified on an examination announcement. See the announcement(s) for details. You may apply for most examinations on-line or by using our paper application (form NYS-APP). See How to Apply on the respective announcement(s).  For further information, visit their website:

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


Here are useful links from Army Echoes June - September 2017 issue - check out page 22:

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.
The Memorial and Monument will be located in Haverstraw Bay County Park near the Rockland County 9/11 Memorial.  It is currently scheduled to be completed by Veterans Day 2017.
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 call 845-371-7605 or visit our website at: 

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
  • 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:

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The RockVets Radio Show with host Jerry Donnellan, will air on the last Thursday of each month - right after the 9:00 a.m. newscast - so it will air from 9:10 a.m. to 9:40 a.m.  Tune in to 1700 on the AM dial. You can also listen to the show online at  This is a good opportunity for you to call in and ask questions about veterans or military issues, or to let the listening public know what some local organizations are doing in the community of interest to veterans.  To speak with Jerry during the show, please call WRCR at 845-362-0013.  

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