RockVets Newsletter
March 2024
Volume XVI  Issue 3

   Website:                  Veterans Crisis Line: Dial 988, then Press 1
Burn Pits - Today’s Agent Orange

Burn Pits - Today's Agent Orange
[Editorial written by Jerry Donnellan
February 2017]

You know -- I would have thought today’s troops could have found their own poison, and not have to borrow one from our war in Vietnam!

You remember Agent Orange.  Our friends at the Pentagon told us dumb vets it was just a weed killer when they first started spraying it in ‘Nam in ’61 or ’62. After testing it here in the States on military bases or on railroad tracks and high tension wires - ever wonder why nothing grew under the high tension wires?

A number of years ago, people who lived near these clearings began developing cancer. They looked up at the wire and talked about electromagnetic fields, when perhaps they should have been looking under their feet. That stuff has a half-life of 7 years.

Veterans of my war began developing illnesses that were unexplained. The VA coined the term, “Vietnam Syndrome.” They did this to explain this hodgepodge of illnesses and cancers. They even commissioned studies by the Health and Medicine Division, previously known as the Institute of Medicine at the National Academies of Medicine (HMD). This “independent, objective analysis” was to show that Agent Orange wasn’t responsible for these illnesses. The HMD shaped the methodology and data to influence the outcome of the study to be what the VA wanted it to be.

At the time, we didn’t care. We were just happy to have gotten out of ‘Nam in one piece. Some of our fellow Vietnam vets began to do some research and encouraged others more experienced in the field, and found the dioxin in Agent Orange caused cancer.

This data was taken to Uncle Sam who didn’t want to hear it. So as a group we felt the only way to get attention was to sue. Since we couldn’t sue Uncle Sam, the decision was made to sue the manufacturers of Agent Orange. Primarily, Dow, Monsanto, and Diamond Shamrock. In the final analysis in 1984, we won 480 million dollars, which if nothing else called Uncle Sam’s bluff, and the VA then had to agree to begin compensating those exposed to Agent Orange. At first only one illness was connected. Over the years, it’s grown.

Veterans began submitting claims to the VA in 1977. Even though the suit was settled in ’84, by 1993, only 486 claims had been settled in the veterans’ favor – that is of 39,419 submitted. God knows how many veterans passed in the interim.

Now a number of diseases and cancers have been rated presumptive by the DVA. In English that means if you had say, Diabetes or Prostate Cancer, and you served in Vietnam, the connection was accepted and you would be granted compensation. Understand this took a very long time and a lot of people. Not only the Vietnam veterans, but we also had the backing of the Korean War veterans as well as the WWII veterans.

When I came back from Vietnam in 1969 I was in my early 20’s. Korean War veterans were in their 30’s, and WWII veterans were in their 40’s. That gave us an awful lot of people. An awful lot of votes.

Burn pits. They sound innocent – kind of like a bonfire, when actually most were the size of your backyard. One in Balad was 10 acres and burned 200 tons of garbage a day. What was burned? Everything. Dogs, body parts, chemicals, batteries, fuel, medical waste, vehicle parts, jet fuel. These burn pits were to have been temporary. However, the contractor, Kellogg, Brown, and Root, operated the burn pits as part of their 35 billion dollar logistics contract in Iraq and Afghanistan. They went on burning in open air pits for years, even after Uncle Sam had dispatched cleaner burning incinerators.

Back to the point. In these pits they also burned plastic bottles, styrofoam cups, and styrofoam. Why that’s important is when those things are burned, they release, you got it – dioxin. So here we are half a century later exposing our troops to the same thing, exposing them to something we knew would make them sick and could kill them.

When Iraq and Afghan vets began to question this hodgepodge of illnesses that they were coming down with, they commissioned a study in 2011. Two years after the study, HMD – yes the same group that tried to debunk Agent Orange, was back to debunking burn pits. Close to 20 years before they were debunking what had come to be known as Gulf War Syndrome.

At that point, Congress commissioned the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) to conduct an independent study. RAC reviewed the evidence from nearly 2,000 scientific studies and government reports including both human and animal studies. RAC came back to Congress and said the previous studies were “irreparably flawed” and that the illness was “real.”

So, if you served in Iraq or Afghanistan and you were around burn pits, which many of you were probably billeted next to and exposed 24/7, if your lungs are doing their job they serve as a filter for the smoke and ash that was being taken in. Ever look at the back of an air conditioner? Kind of like that.

So, you were exposed in all likelihood to dioxin. I’m not trying to scare you, but understand I am still filing claims for my buddies from Vietnam whose exposure was nearly half a century ago. Please understand another thing: that is, Vietnam vets are on average 70 years old. So, in the not too distant future we’ll be gone – and the number of vets and votes will dwindle.
So, learn from us. If you feel you have symptoms, file a claim ASAP!    Jerry Donnellan

For updated information on the Pact Act and Toxic Exposure to Burn Pits and Agent Orange, please view this VA link:

The PACT Act and your VA benefits
The PACT Act is a law that expands VA health care and benefits for Veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic substances. This law helps us provide generations of Veterans—and their survivors—with the care and benefits they’ve earned and deserve.

And starting March 5, 2024, we’re expanding VA health care to millions of Veterans—years earlier than called for by the PACT Act. This page will help answer your questions about what the PACT Act means for you or your loved ones. You can also call us at 800-698-2411 (TTY: 711). And you can file a claim for PACT Act-related disability compensation or apply for VA health care now.  See additional details further down in RockVets newsletter about this.

To file a Claim you can also contact the veterans' counselors at Rockland County Veterans Service Agency, 20 Squadron Blvd., Suite 480, New City, New York 10956. Telephone: 845-638-5244. Please call to set up an appointment.

March 23rd will mark the 6 year anniversary of Jerry’s passing.  I imagine Jerry is still busy helping someone - even in Heaven!  

When American Legion Post 310 in Nyack, placed a bronze memorial plaque at Veterans Memorial Park in Nyack in Jerry’s honor a few years ago, I was asked to write a tribute to Jerry.  If you’d like to read some of Jerry’s story and his great accomplishments for veterans and the Rockland Community, you can find that article on our website at:

Some Upcoming Events

Sunday, March 17th, 2024: The members of Vietnam Veterans Chapter #333 will march in the Pearl River St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 17th, 2024.  Ray Furlong, President of Chapter 333 welcomes all Vietnam veterans to march with the VVA membership, even if you’re not a member of the Chapter.  The parade kicks off at 1:30 p.m. and Vietnam veteran participants will meet at 12:45 p.m. on Pfizer Way by East Crooked Hill Road, off Middletown Road in Pearl River, New York 10965.  You may need to leave extra time to find a parking spot.  Please contact Ray Furlong via email at:

Saturday, March 23rd, 2024: Camp Shanks Museum will be open on March 23rd, 2024 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Camp Shanks Museum commemorates the largest World War II embarkation camp on America’s East Coast. Camp Shanks is located at 20 Greenbush Road in Orangeburg (behind the Orangetown Building Department).  For further information contact John Gray, Museum Director 845-304-6809 or  Read an article about Camp Shanks by David Levine:

Monday, March 25th, 2024 and every 4th Monday of each month:  From 9:30 to 10:30 am "Thank You For Your Service" Radio Live : Mark Woods Jr., Director of Veteran Peer Services Joseph P. Dwyer Peer Support Program, is on the airwaves hosting a radio show on WRCR 1700 AM. The show will air once a month on the 4th Monday at 9:30 a.m. Veterans can call in and ask questions about Veterans issues. The call-in number is: 845-429-1700. Mark will discuss Veteran issues and events in and around Rockland County. Please tune in to the show on 4th Monday of each month at 9:30 a.m. on WRCR 1700 AM radio or access the show live on WRCR's website:
You can also access previously recorded episodes/podcasts on the following link: or .
For further information, get in touch with Mark Woods, Jr., Director of Veteran Peer Services, Joseph P. Dwyer Peer Support Program, “Vet to Vet”   Email: / (Office) (845) 624-1366 ext 104 / Cell (845) 521-9440

Monday, March 25th, 2024: The Rockland County Detachment of the Marine Corps League will hold its annual Iwo Jima Commemoration luncheon at Kruckers Catering and Picnic Grove, 8I Call Hollow Road Pomona, New York 10970  (845) 354-9832
All Are Welcome, Bring A Friend
Monday, March 25, 2024
Cash Bar 1130 Hours
Luncheon 1230 Hours

Advance payment of $50.00 (includes door prize eligibility) must be received no later than March 16, 2023 or pay $55.00 at the door. Please try to respond early so we can give an accurate count to the caterer. Send your check or money order payable to
Rockland MCL with the reservation information and mail to:
Rockland County Detachment Marine Corps League
20 Station Road, Pomona, New York 10970
Re:  Iwo Jima Commemoration Luncheon
***World War II and Korean Era Vets Are Invited To The Event As Guests Of The
Detachment At No Charge But Must Return The Reservation Form ***
Please include this information:

Additional Guests
Please select your choice of:  (  ) Roast Prime Rib (  ) Lemon Salmon (  ) Chicken Marsala
Are you a World War II veteran:   Yes  / No
Are you a KOREAN veteran:    Yes  /  No
Your Email Address:
We are also resuming the TAKE A MARINE TO LUNCH program. If you would like to donate $30 to partially defray the cost of lunch for active duty Marines to attend, please check this box and include payment with your lunch fee.  [  ]

Friday, March 29th, 2024:  Upcoming Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Events - Friday, March 29th, Hospice of Orange and Sullivan is having their event at the Cornwall Yacht Club from 10-11:30am. All information on how to RSVP is below.  On Friday, March 29, Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, with support from The Cornwall Yacht Club, stands with the entire nation in commemorating Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.  See further details further down in RockVets newsletter.

Thursday, April 4th, 2024:   Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter #333, monthly meeting. Board meets at 6:30 p.m. General membership meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at the Kearsing-Edwards American Legion, Post #1600, 20 Station Road, Pomona, New York 10970.
Meeting is also available through Zoom link --
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Vets Exposed to Toxins Eligible for VA Health Care
Veterans exposed to toxins and other hazards during service now eligible for VA health care

“We want you to come to us for the health care you deserve.”
March 5, 2024

Hans Petersen
Air Force Veteran and VHA Digital Media Editor

In one of the largest-ever expansions of Veteran health care, all Veterans exposed to toxins and other hazards during military service—at home or abroad—are now eligible for VA health care.

At the direction of President Biden, VA is expanding health care eligibility to millions of Veterans, including all Veterans who served in the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan or any other combat zone after 9/11, years earlier than called for by the PACT Act. These Veterans will be eligible to enroll directly in VA health care without first applying for VA benefits.

Additionally, Veterans who never deployed but were exposed to toxins or hazards while training or on active duty in the United States will also be eligible to enroll.

This expansion of VA health care eliminates the phased-in approach called for by the PACT Act, meaning that millions of Veterans are becoming eligible for VA health care up to eight years earlier than written into law.

VA encourages all eligible Veterans to visit the Pact Act website or, or call 1-800-MYVA411 to learn more and apply for VA health care, beginning March 5. Since President Biden signed the PACT Act into law on Aug. 10, 2022, more than 500,000 Veterans have enrolled in VA health care.

To read more, view this link:

VVA Memorial Service for Vietnam Veteran, Jay Fink
Passing of Jay Fink, Vietnam Veteran on Monday, January 29th, 2024.   The memorial was held on Friday, March 1st, 2024

Photo:  Honor Guard at Farewell Memorial for Jay Fink, Vietnam Veteran and Member of VVA Chapter #333.

A note from Roy Tschudy
The loss of a loved one whether it be a family member or good friend touches the heart and leaves us wounded. Thankfully time is the great healer for loss, the pain felt is replaced with memories of a life that brings a smile.

On Friday, March 1st, VVA Chapter 333 and its members, led by our president Ray Furlong, provided a heartfelt, respectful and deserving "Farewell" to a brother veteran, Jay Fink.

Attended by many chapter members along with Jay's immediate family, Ray provided an eloquent and emotional memorial for Jay. Delivering a eulogy filled with respect and compassion there is no doubt Jay would be proud of Ray and his "brothers" for this memorial. Lastly, capped off with the solumn playing of TAPS by 1st V.P. Donnie Piller and a 21-gun salute from our honor guard inclusive of the Marine Corps, with all standing at attention, Jay Fink received his proper, well-deserved farewell.

Chapter 333 continues to remain the outstanding group of Vietnam veterans that it is, always at the ready to aid and assist those in need, veterans or otherwise.   We remain true to our core value, "NEVER AGAIN WILL ONE GENERATION OF VETERANS ABANDON ANOTHER."     God speed Jay!
To contact Roy Tschudy, email him at:

Vietnam Veterans Chapter #333 Monthly Meeting

Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter #333 -- monthly meeting is held on the first Thursday of each month, at Kearsing-Edwards American Legion Post #1600, 20 Station Road, Pomona, New York 10970. The Board will meet at their usual time of 6:30 p.m. with full membership meeting to start promptly at 7:30 p.m.  Veterans from all eras are welcome.

VVA 333 will hold their usual monthly meeting on Thursday, April 4th, 2024.  The Chapter welcomes current, former and prospective VVA members to attend.  
The meetings are held at the Kearsing-Edwards American Legion Post #1600, 20 Station Road, Pomona, New York starting at 7:30 p.m.  For further information, contact VVA #333 President, Ray Furlong via email:


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And check out VVA #333 website created and maintained by Debby Frank.  Here is a link to lots of great information such as:  V.A. Info, Officers and Past Presidents, Fallen Heroes, Our Members Then, Members in Action, Veteran of The Year, RockVets Newsletters, Watchfires, Pig Roast. Then, under the Column "MORE" on the upper far right side, Momentos at The Wall, Handcycles Program, 529 Educational Program, Merchandise, Jerry Donnellan -- Founder of Chapter 333, Scholarships, Applications, Gene Sullivan Service Award, VVA National Convention, 30th Anniversary of Chapter 333, Street dedication ceremony for one of Rockland's KIAs, James Margro, and so on.   Much thanks to Debby Frank for maintaining the website.  

Also, for those who have not done so yet, please send a picture of yourself in uniform so Debby can add it to the VVA website.  Send photos to
The VVA #333 website address is:

Joseph P. Dwyer Vet-to-Vet Events and Activities

Vet-to-Vet:   Special Events

Dwyer Vet-to-Vet Events and Activities

MEDITATION - Weekly - (M, W & F) - 9-9:30 am. Class elicits deep relaxation and helps reduce stress and anxiety with experienced Instructor Brett Cotter (Stress is Gone Founder and Author of 3 Keys To Managing PTSD). Online virtual event you can experience via Zoom. Meeting ID 983 8404 0455; Passcode: join or Click here for link:

VETERANS WALKING CLUB - Weekly - (Wednesdays) - 9:30 am at PALISADES CENTER. Meet in front of BRIDGES, 2nd Floor, next door to Autobahn Indoor Speedway. We will walk between 45 minutes to an hour. Join a fast pace group, slow pace group or walk at your own pace for however long you want. The mall offers us a comfortable indoor venue regardless of the weather outdoors where we can gather together in camaraderie and get some fitness and exercise while we get walking!   

GENTLE YOGA - Weekly - (Wednesdays & Fridays) - 7-8 pm & again on (Sundays) 10-11:15 am. Virtual session via Zoom. Yoga is extremely beneficial for your physical and mental health. Instructor Mira Stangl is a 500 hour Yoga-Alliance Certified Teacher With Extensive Training in PTSD and Restorative Yoga. If interested in attending email Then you'll be registered to get invitations to each session.

QIGONG - Weekly - (Thursdays) from 9-10 am. (Ancient Chinese Exercise). Gentle meditative exercises based on the cultivation and refinement of Universal Life Energy known as Qi. Practicing this exercise reduces pain, stress and anxiety, improves physical fitness and improves immune function and vitality. Instructor Norman Galinsky, MFA has over 36 years experience in the art.

If interested in attending or have questions, contact Izzy Quintana at email:

VVA Developing Birth Defects Registry

The Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is looking to develop a birth defects "registry" of Vietnam veterans’ children who may have had medical issues that may have been related to their parent who served in Vietnam.  

For further information, please go to this link:
Please pass this along to other Vietnam veterans you may know.

Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Event
Upcoming  Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Events - Friday, March 29th Hospice of Orange and Sullivan is having their event at the Cornwall Yacht Club from 10-11:30am.  All information on how to RSVP is below.

On Friday, March 29, Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, with support from The Cornwall Yacht Club, stands with the entire nation in commemorating Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.

This day is an opportunity to recognize and give thanks for all who served during the Vietnam War, including those who were wounded, gave their lives, or went missing. National Vietnam War Veterans Day is the hero’s welcome they never received. It underscores the need to heal their painful wounds and allows us the occasion to pause and give respect, admiration, and thanks to the patriotic men and women who sacrificed so much in service to their nation.

We invite you to join us for a Thank You and Memorial Ceremony to our Nation’s Vietnam Veterans at The Cornwall Yacht Club on March 29 from 10:00am to 11:30am. Light refreshments will be provided.

If you are interested in partnering with Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties and The Cornwall Yacht Club, please contact Maggie Sutter, Director of Development, at for more information.

Click here for information about the event.

Please note, we are asking for RSVPs, to get a headcount for the venue. Please email to let us know if you are planning to attend.
Women’s History Month — VA Benefits
Women’s History Month: Did you serve or do you know of a woman Veteran who served?  Learn more about what earned benefits and services are available to you!

View this VA link for services specifically for women veterans:

VA offers benefits, services, and programs such as:
Benefits, including:

Health care, including:

Apply now for benefits and health care. Do you still have questions? Contact us at, call or text the Women Veterans Call Center at 1-855-829-6636 or contact a local Veteran Service Officer.

Did you know: if you need mental health services related to PTSD or other mental health conditions linked to your service (including conditions related to an experience of military sexual harassment, assault or rape) you may qualify for VA health benefits right away, even without a VA Character of Discharge review or a discharge upgrade.

If you have a less than honorable discharge you may be eligible for a discharge upgrade.
Learn more
Bill Urges Due Process Before VA Removes Gun Rights
Veterans and advocates urge due process before VA removes gun rights
STARS AND STRIPES • March 8, 2024

Photo:  Patrick Murray, the VFW’s national legislative director, greets a fellow Veterans of Foreign Wars member Monday, March 4, 2024, at the group’s conference in Crystal City, Va. (Brittany Dymond/VFW)

Read full story or listen to 5 minute audio with this link:

Source - Stars and Stripes
WASHINGTON — A veteran’s need for help managing disability payments and other benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs should not trigger the loss of his or her right to own a gun, said Monte Twilley, an Army veteran from Texas. “The way I see it, a veteran may be appointed a fiduciary for a number of reasons, if they’re having trouble with finances. And veterans appreciate the VA’s help with that. But it’s a separate issue from someone’s mental competence to bear arms, and it needs to be scrutinized as such,” he said. Twilley, a retired Army sergeant who served from 1977-1986 and had a second tour of duty from 1995-1996, is among veterans weighing in on legislation that would stop the VA from taking away the gun rights of veterans who require fiduciaries to handle their monthly disability checks, pensions and other VA benefits. Under the current law, a determination by the VA that a veteran is unable to manage his or her finances also disqualifies that individual from possessing, owning or receiving firearms. But the Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act is included in the $467.5 billion consolidated spending bill that the House passed Wednesday. The bill covers funding for roughly 30% of the federal government, including the VA. The Senate has until midnight Friday to approve the funding bill to avert a government shutdown. In the proposed legislation, veterans would only lose their right to own or possess firearms after a court determined they were mentally incapacitated and posed a danger to themselves or others, according to Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., who pushed for its inclusion in the overall spending bill.

Faces of Freedom -- Those Who Defend Our Country

Faces of Freedom -- Oral Histories and Portraits of the Men and Women that Defend Our Country

I never served in the military, and I never had to make the sacrifices US military veterans have made. I decided I wanted to do something to show my gratitude to our veterans and I began my project which I call Faces of Freedom.

The project consists of interviews and photographs. I meet with veterans, record their personal history, and take their photo. I print the photo in black and white, frame it and present it to each veteran at no charge. The interview covers each veteran’s life before, during and after their time in the service. Each veteran has the opportunity to make any changes to their bio before it is finalized. I make no money from this project and the photos are free to each veteran.

Currently these photos and bios appear on my website They also appear on my Facebook page and the photos and stories of the WWII veterans have been sent to the National WWII Museum for their archives. There are currently 80 interviews and photos on the website. I hope to make this into an exhibit for universities, high schools, community centers, libraries, etc. to help increase awareness of the 3% of the population who is doing the heavy lifting so the rest of us can enjoy all that this country has to offer.

Every veteran has a story. Some stories are about combat, some are about funny memories, some stories are sad, and some are about things accomplished after their military service.   All are about service to country and making sacrifices.

You have a story and I want to tell it to the rest of the people in the United States. Let’s pick a date and get together to record your history and tell it to our fellow citizens.

Walter Schuppe
Avon, CT
Phone:  (860) 558-1072

Book Proceeds Benefit Disabled Veterans
Please check out Vietnam veteran Roy Tschudy's book, "Endless." Roy is a past President of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #333, and writes about a variety of experiences that our Vietnam vets encountered.  As with all good books, be prepared to experience a lot of emotions with this: you will be intrigued, angry, surprised, maybe shed a tear or two, and laugh out loud at some of the shenanigans in this enjoyable tale of fact, fiction and myth. All proceeds of "Endless" go to help veterans. The book is available in paperback or Kindle edition from Amazon:
"Endless" is the second book authored by Roy Tschudy. His first book also had great reviews.
"Up Close and Personal" is available through Amazon as well.  
Employment Opportunities

Seasonal Workers
The Town of Clarkstown
, Department of Engineering and Facilities Management is hiring seasonal employees (April to October 2024). Must be 18 years old and willing to work days, nights, weekends if necessary. Job duties include: grounds keeping and general maintenance. If interested email Ron Gaglione at:

BRIDGES of Rockland County
BRIDGES is looking for Per Diem drivers to support local veterans.  Job requirements include maintaining a valid license, be flexible for the days/times may vary, and be respectful to our Veterans/individuals with disabilities they will be transporting. The job could be 5-25 hours per week. Interested candidates may submit resumes to Sue Cibirka at or call at 624-1366 ex 101.

CHORE helps people maintain the independence of living at home by providing free minor household repairs and home improvements that make living at home safe. CHORE is always looking for volunteers that have experience in minor home repairs/improvements and electric work. Interested volunteers may submit resumes to Sue Cibirka at or call at 624-1366 ex 101.

Furniture Medic
Furniture Medic is a nation-wide company specializing in wood furniture and cabinet repair and finish restoration. Visit to get a better idea of the services we provide. Our Chestnut Ridge location covers the greater NY and NJ area, serving the commercial, residential, and insurance markets. We currently have an opening for a Cabinet Maker with strong prior experience. See the attached Cabinet Maker & Installer flyer for more information.

VA Hudson Valley is hiring and enrolling!  
Our Veterans deserve the best and we need your help to deliver that care for them. Please share with your networks!
Hiring:  We currently have 100+ job vacancies posted on our USAJOBS page, available USAJOBS - Search
These include clinical and non-clinical roles at our campuses in Montrose and Castle Point, as well many of our 7 clinics throughout the Hudson Valley. Applicants can review the great VA benefits we offer, to include, compensation, leave flexibilities, student loan forgiveness, health care benefits and retirement benefits.

Some of the jobs we need filled urgently are:
  • Nurse, including all Specialties – Montrose Campus
  • Medical Support Assistant - Montrose and Castle Point locations
  • AC Mechanic – Castle Point Campus

Always accepting applications for Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurse and Certified Nurse Assistant.   VA wants to hear from you! If you have questions about any of the above positions, please contact or call 503-307-0193.  
For further information, contact Timothy J McGuigan, MS
, HR Senior Consultant, VA Hudson Valley HCS -- (503) 307 0193.

The Department of Civil Service:  The following examination announcements have been updated and added to our public website.  When filing your online application, please be advised that technical assistance is available Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Please be advised that you will need a personal ID to apply for Department of Civil Service examinations. If you do not have a personal ID, please create an account.  Here are some of the employment opportunity examinations coming up -- please view this link for further description of each position:

Continuous Recruitment Examinations
The Department also accepts applications for most continuous recruitment examinations on an ongoing basis, with no application deadline.
  • Continuous Recruitment Examinations -

HELP Program – No Examinations Required
The Hiring for Emergency Limited Placement (HELP) Program temporarily removes the civil service exam requirement for more than 100 direct care, health and human services titles across State agencies for a 12-month period. To be eligible for jobs in the HELP program, candidates must meet the jobs’ minimum qualifications and any other conditions of employment. Candidates should visit the HELP Jobs Portal and use the candidate portal to apply for jobs in the HELP program.  
Check out HELP Jobs Portal here:

Veterans Employment and Training Services (VETS) Resources for Veterans
The Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) is committed to helping America's veterans and separating service members by preparing them for meaningful careers, providing employment resources and expertise, and protecting their employment rights.

FedEx Independent Service Provider
FedEx is looking to hire full time and part time drivers to deliver and pickup packages from Blauvelt, NY. Full time schedule is Monday – Friday and part time schedule has weekend positions available. Must be over 21 years old, have a clean drivers license, and be able to pass physical and drug tests. Background checks are also required. Salary for full time starts at $700 per week. Please contact 201-724-7781 to see if you qualify.

Office of Acquisition, Logistics, and Construction of the Veterans Administration:
The link below lists current positions have been announced for the Office of Acquisition, Logistics and Construction (OALC). This is not a complete listing of all Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) vacancies and may not include all positions announced for OALC. You may access VA recruitment information on the VA Jobs site at this link:
If you wish copies of announcements listed below, please contact the individual identified in the specific announcement.  Here is the link to the OALC Job Listings:

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 -

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:

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 in New York City. Includes detailed listings of agencies. Website:
Rockland County Marine Corps League

Rockland County Marine Corps League regularly receives donations of handicap assistance equipment for disabled veterans from people who want to help. The donated equipment is available for free to military veterans and their families. The items include the following:

  • 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.
RockVets Monthly E-Newsletter

RockVets is an Outreach program of New York Vets, Inc.,  a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization established in 1992, to advocate for those who have worn the uniform of the U.S. Military, no matter where or when they served.

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

We are not affiliated with any government agency such as the Veterans Administration, Rockland County Government, nor the Veterans Service Agency of Rockland.

Each month, our newsletter reaches more than 1800 local veterans or those who care about veterans' interests.  Please use this forum to let veterans know of any information, resources, links or events they might enjoy. Send information to or send us a note through our website:  Thank you for passing this newsletter along to other veterans or those who care.

Our Mailing Address
New York Vets, Inc. / RockVets
P.O. Box 387
Tomkins Cove, New York 10986                                                           

Pat McGlade
Co-Founder / Director
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