RockVets E-Newsletter: April 2016 Mid-Month Edition
Veterans Service Agency of Rockland County, New York 
Jerry Donnellan, Director      Telephone: 845-638-5244 
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RockVets Newsletter

April 2016         845-638-5244
Volume 7
Issue 4.1
 Mid-Month April 2016


Veterans Clinic - 20 Year Anniversary

We have just celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the VA Clinic, now located at 345 North Main Street in New City.  Many people may not know the whole history of the clinic.

The beginnings of the Clinic were in the early 1990’s when then-County Executive John Grant, allowed us to negotiate with the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) and we opened what was then called an Agent Orange Clinic, at the Health Center in Pomona.  

Basically, they simply gave a fairly standard physical to those of us who served in Vietnam to see if, and to what degree, we were affected by Agent Orange and add their names to the registry.  Still under the Grant administration we opened it up to veterans of all eras so all veterans were able to get a good physical.

Then, in early 1996, a full-service Clinic was opened under the Vanderhoef administration.  This was the first of its kind anywhere to combine the County resources, a.k.a., the Pomona Health Complex, and the VA staff and expertise in one place.  This Clinic became, almost overnight, a phenomenal success.  

Prior to the Clinic opening, there were roughly 250 veterans in Rockland County who used the out-patient services of the VA – the reason being that they would have had to travel to Montrose, Castle Point, or the Bronx in order to get services, and many of our veterans then, as now, were aging and not inclined to do that.

During the first year of the Clinic’s operation that number went from 250 veterans to over 6,000 veterans being seen – and that’s not an exaggeration.  The success was such that the VA opted to get its own commercial real estate in the County.  It was then that the Clinic moved to 20 Squadron Boulevard where our offices are now.

The Clinic continued to grow to the point where they needed to relocate yet again, to 345 North Main Street in New City.  Our Clinic was used as the blueprint for Clinics across the country.  The first one being part of our Health Complex here in Pomona, then Squadron Boulevard.  

Now there are roughly 1000 of these VA Clinics across the country, commonly known as CBOCs.

I think we can all be very proud of the fact that the first one came to be right here with our County government and the DVA working together to make life better for our veterans.  I’m happy to say that the spirit continues today with County Executive Ed Day, making sure we can do what we can for our veterans.  The Clinic is forever expanding and now among other specialties they are offering physical therapies – and it continues to grow. 

So, thanks to everyone who has had anything to do with this success and I think we’ve got a little bit of bragging rights right here.


For  further information or to make an appointment at the Veterans Clinic, call 845-634-8942 or visit their website:

New City Veterans Medical Clinic 
345 North Main Street, New City, New York
Telephone:  845-634-8942

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

Carry The Load  -  May 3rd, 2016

Carry The Load Event:  On Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. the Carry the Load team are honoring all of our Vietnam Veterans with a Lapel Pinning Ceremony at Congers Station Park. If you know any Vietnam Veterans, whether they served "In Country" or not, that served between November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, please let them know about this. 

Further details about the Lapel Pin for the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War are in the flyer below.  In order to be eligible for the pin, we need to have your DD214.  The Veterans Service Agency is coordinating with Sean Magee of Carry the Load, to determine the number of eligible veterans to receive lapel pins and verify their DD214.  Please send a copy of your DD214 to Jerry Donnellan at the Veterans Service Agency of Rockland, 20 Squadron Blvd., Suite 480, New City, New York 10956 or call the office at 845-638-5244 to verify your DD214 is already on file in Jerry's office, and be added to the list of those who will receive the lapel pin at the ceremony on May 3rd in Congers.  For further information, contact Sean Magee via e-mail at

RC 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.
It is being designed by cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point and, with the support of the County of Rockland, will be located in Haverstraw Bay County Park nearby to the Rockland County 9/11 Memorial.  It is currently scheduled to be completed by Memorial Day 2017.
The content, design, and visuals of the memorial and monument is guided by, and will be approved by, a committee made up of local veterans of these conflicts.
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 visit our website at: 

Rare Photos - World War II

Some rare photos sent to us from one of our veterans:

Warrior Games at West Point - Volunteers Needed
Calling all VOLUNTEERS! Registration is officially live, sign up to support our wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans from June 15th to June 21st, 2016 at West Point!
For further details on the event, please view this link:

For each volunteer, please use a personal email address accessible via your cell phone during the Warrior Games for the latest information via our customized mobile!  Follow the DoD Warrior Games Facebook Page for up-to-date information at Please send your inquiries about group and minor volunteer requirements to We look forward to working with you throughout this event. For further information, please contact: Crystal Arriaga, Volunteer Coordinator - Outreach - Joint Task Force, 2016 DoD Warrior Games XCorp Solutions Contractor
Mobile: 571-239-4063

Pearl River Memorial Day Parade 

American Legion Post 329 is hosting a Pearl River Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 30th, 2016.
Formation will start at 9:45 AM with the Parade beginning at 10:15 a.m. sharp from the former
HSBC Bank, now Niagra First Bank, across from the bowling alley on North Middletown Road. 
Members that desire to participate in the parade will march South to East Central Avenue and then down East Central Avenue to Braunsdorf Park in the heart of Pearl River.

This year’s guest speaker will be Jerry Donnellan, Director, Rockland County Veteran Services Agency. Jerry is a Vietnam Veterans and a resident of Rockland County. Please join us this day to solemnly remember and honor those individuals who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our great nation. If you do plan to participate, please RSVP by 10 MAY 2016 to e-mail: (preferred) or call Scott Rutter, Parade Committee Chairman, American Legion Post 329, at 845-709-4104.

Rockland Rowing Association 

The Rockland Rowing Association, formerly the River Rowing Association invites you to learn to row with them at Rockland Lake!  RRA is pleased to announce they are offering free rowing classes through the end of April, weather permitting.  Classes will be held lakeside on the rowing machines on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:15 p.m. -  7:15 p.m. and Saturday 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Please dress in layers as spring temperatures can be inclement.  Athletes will have the opportunity to transition to the water in May.   They are located at Rockland Lake, in parking lot #6.  This is a free learn to row opportunity for veterans at Rockland Lake State Park.  It requires signing a swimming competency form and a liability release.

To read more about rowing for veterans, click here:

To read more about adaptive rowing, click here:

For more information about rowing at Rockland, email 

Melissa Boyd, Director of Rowing, River Rowing Association, Inc.
PO Box 7, Nyack, New York 10960, mobile phone #: 
917.407.8293, website:


For a long time I had heard the rumor about Marines playing with dolls!  I thought it was just an urban legend until one of our Marines dropped these guys off at the office for me. 

I wouldn't want to tell you who it was --- that wouldn't be right --- but he has the same name as a middle-weight boxer from the 1940s and '50s who had 67 wins, 52 by knock-out, 10 losses, 6 draws, and his most famous fight was with a fellow by the name of Tony Zale.  

But I really can't give you this Marine's name --- even if you torture me!

Spring Valley Rotary - 4th Annual Motorcycle Run

Saturday, May 21st, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Join the Spring Valley Rotary Club for their Fourth Annual Motorcycle Run to benefit local veterans and The Headstrong Project 

Breakfast will be provided by their sponsor Locomotion Powersports. Registration from 8:30-9:30, KSU at 10 a.m. at 79 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, NJ 07430.  We'll take a beautiful ride through the Lower Hudson Valley and return to our starting point for some great food provided by Locomotion Powersports, and some raffles, a 50/50 and rockin' live music by Eighth Grade Science! $30 per Rider. $20 per passenger.  $20 non-riders, be at Locomotion Powersports by 1pm to welcome back the motorcycles, have some lunch and listen to some great live music performed by Eighth Grade Science.  For further information, contact Ron Hyman via e-mail at:

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 28th, 2016:  There will be a Special Purple Hearts Reunited Ceremony on Thursday, April 28th at 12:00 Noon at the Town of Ramapo – posthumously honoring SSG Stanley H. Boorman of Spring Valley, NY, who is buried in Brick Church Cemetery in Spring Valley.  SSG Boorman has no family remaining, and his medals will be on display in perpetuity at Ramapo Town Hall.

Saturday, April 30th, 2016:  The Nam Knights of the Hudson Valley will sponsor their Make-A-Wish Foundation fundraiser on Saturday, April 30th, 2016.  The event will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Hillcrest Fire Company, Thiells-Mt. Ivy Road, Pomona, New York 10970.  The $25.00 fee includes food and beverage.  To register for the event or for further information, contact Charlie Maushardt at 845-359-4005.

Saturday, April 30th, 2016:  The Bob Hope Division will visit the VA Nursing Home in Montrose.  Muster times 12:00 p.m. in the lobby. The VA Nursing Home is located at 2090 Albany Post Road, (Route 9) Montrose, NY 10548. For further information contact Chip via e-mail:

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016:  Carry the Load Event - honoring Vietnam Veterans.  Vietnam Veterans will receive a lapel pin at this event, but we need to have your DD214 on file so we can add you to the list of those eligible to receive the Vietnam Lapel Pin.  Send your DD214 to the Veterans Service Agency or call the office at 845-638-5244 to verify your DD214 is already on file in the Veterans' Office, and add your name to the list of those receiving the lapel pin on May 3rd at the Carry The Load event.

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016:  The Rockland County Marine Corps League is sponsoring a one day bus trip to Quantico.  The bus leaves Kearsing and Edward American Legion Post 1600 at 20 Station Road in Pomona, New York 10970 at 4:00 a.m., will visit the Museum and returns home by 8:30 p.m.  For further information, contact Dale Robinson at

Friday, May 6th, 2016:  Jerry Donnellan will host the RockVets radio show at WRCR 1700 AM dial after the 10:00 a.m. news break. Listen to the live show - you can call in, ask questions, get information, and let the community know about events of interest to our veterans and their families.  The show is also available live at  The call-in number is 845-362-0013.

Employment Opportunities

McDonald's Sloatsburg, New York:  Sloatsburg (Ramapo Travel Plaza 10974) McDonald's, Pizza Uno/Lavazza Espresso Shop and Carvel are actively seeking the best Management Trainees and/or experienced managers they can hire in the coming weeks to help us do just that. They hope to hire veterans.  They need some key individuals who will take the keys to the store and help to drive us to success - learn the McDonald's System, set a blazing fast pace, being friendly and accurate all the while. If you think you can do this, apply today!  Apply Online at:
They also operate stores in Middletown, Wallkill, Ellenville and Chester (NeXXt Enterprises)
Please see this link to one of their full ads:

Salca Trucking, Inc.  There is an immediate need for two delivery truck drivers, for Salca Trucking, located in Blauvelt, New York.  This is a privately owned, local trucking company, in business for 60 years.  Their deliveries include delivering products (medical gases) to all four boroughs, as well as Rockland and Westchester.  Their trucks are Mitsubishi Fuso - Box Trucks.  Hours would be Monday - Friday.  There are medical/life insurance benefits, paid vacation, sick time, personal time, and a competitive salary.  For further information or to apply for the job, contact Olivia Coop via e-mail at: or Erica Gadler, Human Resources Manager, or phone:  845-398-1370.

Auto Mechanic - Letizia Brothers of Rockland:  Experienced Auto Mechanic wanted for Letizia Brothers of Rockland, located at 150 Route 304, Bardonia, New York 10954.  This is a local business for 30 years.
Foreign, Domestic and Classic Automobiles
- Mechanic should be able to perform all aspects of diagnostic and repairs.
- NYS Inspections, Tune ups, Brakes, Shocks and Struts, Exhaust systems,
- Wheel Alignments, A/C Service, Welding, Electrical Diagnostics
Looking for Mechanic with a passion for Automobiles, Salary based on experience and knowledge. 
Range of $18.00 to $25.00 per hour, Hours Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m.
For further information or to apply, call Tom Letizia 845 623-0019.

Homegrown For Good is a company located in New Rochelle, New York who are committed to hiring veterans.  Tim and Tommy Gibb own the company.  For further information you can contact Tim at: or Brad McNiff via email

Smooth Ride Limousine Service in New City, are hiring chauffeurs and are interested in veterans to contact them. For further information, contact Nathan Zisser at Smooth Ride Limousine Service New City, New York 845-638-9110 or via e-mail:

Plumbing and Heating Company:  This local plumbing and heating company is looking for service technicians.  Candidates must have clear driver's license, and be able to work full-time, as well as overtime; must be in good physical condition as heavy lifting is required at times.  Salary is based on experience.  For further information, contact Joey via email:

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.

Freedom Isn't Free

How soon countries and people forget what America has done for them and how many Americans have died to save them from tyranny. Once upon a time when our politicians did not tend to apologize for our country's prior actions, here's a refresher on how some of our former patriots handled negative comments about our great country. 

JFK'S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60's when DeGaulle decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaulle said he wanted all US military out of France as soon as possible.  Rusk responded,
"Does that include those who are buried here?"

DeGaulle did not respond.
You could have heard a pin drop.
When in England, at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury
if our plans for Iraq were just an example of "empire building" by George Bush. He answered by saying,
"Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return."

You could have heard a pin drop.
There was a conference in France where a number of international engineers were taking part,
including French and American. During a break, one of the French engineers came back into
the room saying, "Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he intend to do, bomb them?"

A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: "Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck. We have eleven such ships;how many does France have?" 

You could have heard a pin drop.
A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of officers that included personnel from most of those countries. Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks, but a French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked, "Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?"

Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied, "Maybe it's because the Brit's, Canadians, Aussie's and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak German."

You could have heard a pin drop.

Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane.
At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in
his carry on.

"You have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked sarcastically.

Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously.

"Then you should know enough to have your passport ready."

The American said, "The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it."

"Impossible.. Americans always have to show their passports on arrival in France!"

The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look.

Then, he quietly explained, 

''Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find a single Frenchman to show a passport to."

You could have heard a pin drop.

If you can read this...thank a teacher.
If you can read this in English...thank a veteran.

Local Veterans' Organizations

For your information, here are the addresses for 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
  • Air Force Association, Chapter 251, 207 Treetop Circle, Nanuet, New York 10954

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:
  • 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:

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


RockVets Newsletter  

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 1700 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. Please note, WRCR is now on 1700 AM dial.   
The show is also live on the internet at: 

At the discretion of the editor, we'd be happy to add your upcoming events to our newsletter.  Please submit the details to us as soon as possible, but no later than the 20th of each month so we can get the information in the following issue. Send information to

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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