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RockVets Newsletter
October  2022
Volume XIV Issue 10

    NewYorkVets.org                                    Veterans Crisis Line: Dial 988, then Press 1
Only the Dead Have Seen the End of War

Editorial by Jerry Donnellan, May of 2015

Only The Dead Have Seen The End of War

They too, are the only ones who come home from war without wounds. None come home with their soul intact.

Don't know just when my soul and I parted ways. I think it was that night in the rain near Hill 370, Central Highlands, Vietnam. Walking the perimeter, I had stopped and nudged a young soldier with my boot to quietly make sure he was awake and stayed that way. However, when I stopped, I had a feeling some part of me kept going out past the claymores and trip flares, into the jungle.

It was October 1969. The next month my son was to be born 10,000 miles away. Past the hazy jungle and across the inky black Pacific....had to wonder if I would still be in this world to greet him. If not, would I need a soul to meet him on the other side in some other world? And what of the people I was sent here to kill? Were they parents? Surely they were someone's child. And when the time came, could I do it?

We all go to war alone, despite the size of our Unit. In spite of all the training, you still never know how you will act when that first round cracks over your head. The first reaction is shock, disbelief, maybe a bit of indignance that they had the nerve to shoot at me. Then, if you're lucky, rage kicks in....and that's where the training takes over. If you're quick and decisive, you walk away and he doesn't. Maybe my soul knew this day was coming and bailed out so I wouldn't be bothered with all those pesky, moral questions that might have slowed me down....

Operation Greenlight Initiative - R.C. Vet-to-Vet Program

THE ROCKLAND COUNTY PFC JOSEPH P. DWYER VETERAN PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM

Operation Greenlight Initiative


This coming Veterans Day, The Rockland County Joseph P. Dwyer Veteran Support Program invites everyone to join “Operation Green Light,"  Let’s show support for our veterans by lighting our homes and buildings green from November 7th to November 13th, 2022. By shining a green light, towns, local governments, businesses, and residents, will let veterans know that they are seen, appreciated and supported.

Green lightbulbs are available free of charge at BRIDGES located at the Palisades Mall 2nd floor (above Best Buy). Stop by BRIDGES to get your lightbulb, learn more about the Joseph P. Dwyer "Vet to Vet" program and other Veteran services available in Rockland County.

For further information or to learn more about Veterans' benefits, please contact Mark Woods, Jr., Director of Veteran Peer Services --
Joseph P. Dwyer Peer Support Program "Vet to Vet"
mwoods@vettovetrc.org or mwoods@bridgesrc.org
845-624-1366 Ext 104 (Office) or 845-521-9440 (Cell)
Suffern High School 11th Graders Learn About Vietnam

Last week, Vietnam Veterans Roy Tschudy and Howard Goldin were invited to speak with Mr. Casarella's English classes at Suffern High School.   You can see the enthusiasm that both of these former VVA #333 Presidents feel, as they answer questions from one of the 11th grade students!  And the kids really took in what these two Vietnam vets had to say.  
What a great learning experience!



Eleventh graders in Mr. Casarella's English classes at SHS are reading "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien, a real life account of the author's time as a soldier during The Vietnam War. As an addendum to their lesson, two local Vietnam Veterans, Roy Tschudy and Howard Goldin, visited students this morning and discussed details of their experiences in Vietnam, including surviving The Tet Offensive, one of the deadliest battles of the war.

Tschudy (a former security guard at SHS) and Goldin shared moving photographs and stories with the students, who asked questions about what basic training was like, whether they had any regrets about their time as soldiers, and if they were drafted (Tschudy enlisted in the army and Goldin volunteered for the draft.) Several students also told the veterans about their own relatives who fought in the war.

While Tschudy and Goldin's time in Vietnam has had repercussions throughout their lives (both men have health issues because of their exposure to Agent Orange) their message to students was an uplifting one. "The Vietnam War taught us to be better people," says Goldin, who along with Tschudy, has returned to Vietnam several times to try to understand what the war was about and to help those who are still living with the devastation caused by it. "We're humanitarians now."

The narrative was taken from Suffern Central School District  Facebook Page.   
Suffern Central School District Facebook Page

PFC Joseph Dwyer Vet-to-Vet Events and Activities

Dwyer VettoVet: Special Events THE ROCKLAND COUNTY JOSEPH P. DWYER
VETERAN PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM
WEEKLY ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS



Veteran’s Game Day Social Luncheon: On October 28th (Friday) from 11:00am to 2:00pm at the Community Center Town of Clarkstown - Auditorium located at 31 Zukor Road, New City, New York 10956.  All Veterans, Caregivers and Gold Star families are welcome to join us to play games including BINGO and TRIVIA for prizes, socialize and have fun! Bring your spouse or significant other. This event is provided free of charge by the Rockland County PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Veteran Peer Support Program (Vet to Vet). There is plenty of parking available and the auditorium is very large with plenty of room for folks to spread out and maintain social distance if they choose to do so. Doors open at 10:45 am. Games will be played from 11 to 12, followed by lunch break followed by small game breakouts. You can come and go when you please.

RSVP: Required for Lunch! Call and reserve your seat early as we need a proper head count to order the catered meal. Please contact Izzy Quintana at email iquintana@vettovetrc.org or call 845-587-6497 to reserve a seat or if you have further questions

THE ROCKLAND COUNTY JOSEPH P. DWYER VETERAN PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM
WEEKLY ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS


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: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/98384040455?pwd=djE3VGhUTDJzRU1HMEJ6bnJxa3E2QT09

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 iquintana@vettovetrc.org. 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 iquintana@vettovetrc.org

If interested in attending or if you have questions, contact Izzy Quintana via email: iquintana@vettovetrc.org, Ismael (Izzy) Quintana, Veteran Outreach Coordinator
Joseph P. Dwyer Veteran Peer Support Program   Rockland County (Vet to Vet)
Cell: (845) 587-6497

The PACT Act Information Session on October 6th, 2022

What’s the PACT Act and how will it affect your VA benefits and care?  Information Session on Thursday, October 6th, 2022.

In August, Congress passed what is being called the most sweeping changes to veteran benefits ever passed, known as the PACT Act. These changes include identifying toxically exposed veterans, expanding healthcare coverage and benefits for those toxically exposed, expanding presumptive conditions for those veterans, expanding areas of toxic exposures, research by the VA, how the VA system will identify and treat future exposure issues, changing regulations that affect those exposed to the Camp Lejeune water contamination, as well as other issues.

This legislation is extensive, but also very complex. It is not easy to understand. We will attempt to make it as concise and understandable as possible.

If you or someone you know has served, please join us at one of our info sessions on Thursday, October 6th.  As veterans, we need to be advocates not just for ourselves but also for our brothers and sisters in Arms. Please help get the word out to attend.   

There will be two information sessions available on Thursday, October 6th....one from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and another from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  They will be held at the Robert Yaeger Center, 50 Sanatorium Road, Building A, 3rd Floor Auditorium, Pomona, New York 10970.  For further information, contact Susan Branam, Director, Rockland County Veterans Service Agency at (845) 638-5244.

Veterans' Breakfast on November 15th, 2022

Veterans' Breakfast on November 15th, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  

New York State Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick is hosting a Veterans' Breakfast at Dominican University, Granito Center, 495 Western Highway, Orangeburg, New York 10962.  The event is free for veterans.  Capacity is limited to 120 people, so please R.S.V.P. before November 7th, 2022 by calling 845-623-3627 or email:  gilles@nysenate.gov.

VA Welcome Kit and Many Other Useful VA Guides
Print out your VA Welcome Kit and Other Guides

Whether you’re just getting out of the service or you’ve been a civilian for years now, the VA Welcome Kit can help guide you to the benefits and services you’ve earned.

Based on where you are in life, your VA benefits and services can support you in different ways. Keep your welcome kit handy so you can turn to it throughout your life—like when it’s time to go to school, get a job, buy a house, get health care, retire, or make plans for your care as you age.  View this link for information on all of these topics:  Links to VA Welcome Kit and Guides

Feel free to share this guide with friends or family members who need help with their benefits too. You can print out copies for yourself and others:
  • Your VA Welcome Kit in black and white (PDF)
  • Your VA Welcome Kit in color (PDF)
  • Download our guides to VA benefits and services

For Veterans
  • Apply for VA health care (PDF)
  • Get started with mental health services (PDF)
  • Get started with health services for women Veterans (PDF)
  • Understanding community care (PDF)
  • Accessing urgent care (PDF)
  • Apply for a disability rating (PDF)
  • Apply for education benefits (PDF)
  • Apply for burial in a VA national cemetery and for memorial products (PDF)
  • Understanding the modernized decision review process (PDF)
  • Get started with services for aging Veterans (PDF)
  • Get started with Veteran state benefits and services (PDF)
  • Get started with Vet Center services (PDF)
  • Get started with food and nutrition services (PDF)
  • Get started with Whole Health services (PDF)
  • Get started with Veteran-Owned Small Business support (PDF)
  • Get started with services for LGBTQ+ Veterans (PDF)

For family members
  • Get started with caregiver benefits (PDF)
  • Apply for survivor benefits (PDF)
Stony Point P.B.A. Hosts Annual Veterans Picnic on Sunday

Stony Point P.B.A. is hosting their Annual Veterans Picnic on Sunday, October 9th, 2022 from Noon to 4:00 p.m.  The picnic will be held at Clark Park, 30 Beach Road in Stony Point, New York.  Come and enjoy the food, drinks, and music.
VVA Chapter 333 General Membership Meeting
VVA 333 General Membership Meeting, October 6, 2022

The next VVA Chapter #333 General Membership Meeting is Thursday, October 6th, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. at Kearsing-Edwards American Legion Post 1600, 20 Station Road, Pomona, New York 10970. You can attend in person or via Zoom using the link below.


Ray Furlong is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Ray Furlong's Zoom Meeting
Time: Oct 6, 2022 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6305675618?pwd=UVUzSXR0V2JkelJSeUtHZ3R3N2p0dz09

Meeting ID: 630 567 5618
Passcode: 980722
One tap mobile
+16465588656,,6305675618#,,,,*980722# US (New York)
+16469313860,,6305675618#,,,,*980722# US

If you have any problems connecting, call Tom Carroll on 845-269-8909.
And check out the VVA #333 Website:  https://www.vva333.com
Street Fairs and Palisades Mall Fundraisers

For the second consecutive Sunday, Vietnam Veterans Chapter #333 held a fundraiser.

On Sunday (9/11/2022) our Chapter was present in the Village of Nyack.  Then the following Sunday, (9/18/2022) we did the same in the Village of Suffern. This time the "Rain God's" took a break as we were blessed with a beautiful day.

As usual, the chapter tent was set up between 6:30 a.m. and 7:00 a.m., the first to do so out of many. Throughout the day many Chapter members arrived and spent time helping out in this venture, so many in fact I would need a sign in sheet to name them. So, without further ado, thank you to all who did take the time to help our Chapter!  In that you decided to take said time away from other activities you would or could have instead chosen to do, only proves the adage: "WHEN WE GIVE CHEERFULLY AND ACCEPT GRATEFULLY, EVERYONE IS BLESSED."  And thank you to the many people who stopped by our tent to say hello, or donate, or buy some products we had for sale.  We appreciate all of you.

Chapter #333 is now set up for the months of November (25th & 26th) and December (16th & 17th) respectively for our last two fundraisers of the year...both will be held at the Palisades Center Mall. Times will be 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (0800-1730) for said dates.  We will be located on Level One - Center Court (near the Cheesecake Factory).

As always is the case, each and every Chapter member is welcome to join in and spend as much or as little time as they wish on our Chapter fundraising.   Thank you, Roy

Women Veterans' Mental Health Training Initiative

NYS Veterans Mental Health Training Initiative/NASW NYS Chapter Program Registration - Women Veterans’ Definitions of Peer Support: Importance for Mental Health & Well-being

Please see below for information on our upcoming program presented by Amanda Matteson!

Please share with your networks. For the full registration page, go to:
https://naswnys.org/civicrm/event/info/?reset=1&id=572

  • Where:  Online Webinar
  • When:   Thursday, October 20, 2022
  • What:    Free Webinar Presentation Workshop
  • Time:     6:00 p.m.  to 7:00 p.m. EST

Presented by: Amanda Matteson, PhD, MSW, NYS Army National Guard, OIIF Veteran


Workshop Description
This continuing education training presents findings from a qualitative research study examining peer support among women who have served in the military. The presenter will describe characteristics of the study and provide a background on women veterans. The training will explain the results of the study including how women veterans define peer support as well as methods of engagement and the impact of this intervention. Finally, the presenter will discuss the implications for social work practice with women veterans.

For further information or to register for the program, view this link:
https://naswnys.org/civicrm/event/info/?reset=1&id=572

Homeowner Tax Rebate Credit: Sen Elijah Reichlin-Melnick

Helping Save You Money - Homeowner Tax Rebate Credit (from Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick's Newsletter)

Have you received your Homeowner Tax Rebate Credit? My Constituent Services team has been busy helping folks find out if they qualify.

Earlier this year, I proudly voted to set aside $2.2 billion to provide middle class homeowners with some tax relief this year, since inflation is hitting everyone hard. If you have not yet received your check, or if you are unsure if you qualify, can contact my office by calling 845-623-3627 or by emailing reichlin@nysenate.gov or clicking here.

You may be eligible if you: qualify for STAR, had an income less than or equal to $250,000 in the 2020 tax year, or you have a school tax liability for the 2022-2023 school year that is more than your 2022 STAR benefit.   For further information and to see if you are eligible use this link:  Homeowner Tax Rebate Program


Albany Office:
188 State Street
617 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
518-455-2991
Email:
reichlin@nysenate.gov

Rockland District Office:
163 Airport Executive Park
Nanuet, NY 10954
Phone: 845-623-3627

Fundraiser for Mike Lawler on October 17, 2022

Hopefully, many of our veterans were able to attend the Veterans Roundtable and Appreciation Barbecue at American Legion Post 859 in Suffern on September 30th, provided by Assemblyman Mike Lawler to once again hear concerns of the veteran community.

While not a veterans' event specifically, all are invited to an upcoming fundraiser in support of Mike Lawler for Congress. This is sponsored by the Rockland and Bergen Health Freedom Alliance, the Hudson Valley Freedom Conference and Paul Bailey, proprietor of the Nanuet Restaurant. There will be a buffet dinner at the Nanuet Restaurant, 211 Main Street in Nanuet, New York, on Monday, October 17th, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. to  8:00 p.m.  

Fees for the evening will be $60.00 per person / $40.00 per person for Students and Seniors.

Guest Speakers will include Mary Holland of the Rockland and Bergen Health Freedom Alliance, along with Bobbie Anne Cox. Recording Artist Ava Aston will provide entertainment.  
For further information and to RSVP, email:  Nicole@nicoledavidman.com or call
908-447-0358.

Make the Connection -- Real Veterans -- Real Stories

Veterans Crisis Line:  Dial 988, then Press 1

Make the Connection

Listen to Podcasts:   Hear inspiring stories of mental health recovery directly from Veterans like you.  Video Gallery
Choose from the Video Gallery options to find the stories most relevant to you.  Sort videos on as many or as few options as you prefer.  See link below.


The Make the Connection: Real Veterans. Real Stories.  The podcast is powered by the voices of Veterans sharing their stories. Whether you are a Veteran or you love someone who has served, our podcast shines a light on the mental health challenges that some Veterans face — and the various paths they can take toward a healthier life.

Listen to some of the stories here: Stories of Connection

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:

https://www.amazon.com/Endless-Roy-Tschudy/dp/1524668516/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Roy+Tschudy+Endless&qid=1638898608&sr=8-1#customerReviews
"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
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.
https://www.benefits.gov/benefit/4624

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: https://www.va.gov/jobs/
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:   
https://www.va.gov/oalc/career.asp

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

Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern, New York.  Good Samaritan Hospital is affiliated with Westchester Medical Center.  See this link for available employment - https://wmchealthjobs.org/search-jobs/

Rockland County Employment Information:
Here is a link to current job openings available in Rockland County
http://rocklandgov.com/departments/personnel/job-opportunities/

Rockland County Veterans' Credits:
http://rocklandgov.com/files/8115/1120/9567/Veterans_Credit_Info.pdf

New York City Civil Service Jobs, Tests, and Results as listed in The Chief:
http://thechiefleader.com/news/civil_service/

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

NYC Green Book Online: The Green Book is the official directory of the City of New York.  An indispensable reference guide for anyone living or working in New York City. Includes detailed listings of agencies. Website: http://a856-gbol.nyc.gov/GBOLWebsite/
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 or via e-mail: drobin137@icloud.com.
RockVets Monthly Newsletter

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