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RockVets Newsletter
August  2022
Volume XIV Issue 8

                                          Website:  NewYorkVets.org
Korean War Wall of Remembrance Dedication

Lives Lost in Korean War Recognized with Wall Of Remembrance Dedication

The Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall of Remembrance Dedication Ceremony

Wednesday, July 27, 2022.   Here is a video of the ceremony:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Awr-Ukr-o14&t=425s

The Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall of Remembrance is a long-planned addition to the existing Korean War Veterans Memorial and displays the names of the U.S. military and Korean Augmentation to the United States Army (KATUSA) personnel who gave their lives defending South Korea’s people from aggression and ensuring their freedom.  Freedom is indeed not free.

As reported July 27, 2022 by Shifra Dayak for Stars and Stripes, hundreds of veterans, servicemembers, families and others gathered Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at the Korean War Veterans Memorial for a ceremony to dedicate the Wall of Remembrance, a newly added portion of the memorial that commemorates each person who died in the Korean War. Called the “forgotten war,” the Korean War lasted from 1950 to 1953 but was largely overshadowed by World War II, which preceded it, and the Vietnam War, which came after.

At Wednesday's ceremony, retired Gen. John H. Tilelli Jr., who chairs the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation, emphasized that the Wall of Remembrance is an effort to change that narrative. "With this dedication ceremony, I hope that it is no longer the forgotten war, but the remembered victory that was caused by the veterans,” Tilelli said.

Take A Vet Fishing Tournament on September 18, 2022


From Hampton Watercraft & Marine in Hampton Bays and Eastport, Long Island:

Please join us as we host our 5th Annual Take A Vet Fishing Tournament on Sunday, September 18th, 2022 at Hampton Watercraft and Marine in Hampton Bays and Eastport!  As a
thank you to our well-deserving Vets, come enjoy a fun filled day of fishing!




Schedule of Events:

  • 7:30 a.m.: Registration
  • 8:00 a.m.: Pledge of Allegiance
  • 8:30 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m.: Fishing
  • 12:30 p.m. -- 1:30 p.m.: Fish Weigh-in*
  • 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: BBQ Lunch and Awards Ceremony.

Veterans families welcome!



*Note:  Fish Weigh-in, BBQ and Awards Ceremony to be held at Newtown Road, Hampton Bays location and Eastport location.


First place prizes will be awarded to the one heaviest fish in each category:

  • Striped Bass
  • Porgy
  • Fluke
  • Black Sea Bass
  • Weakfish
  • Bluefish
  • Sea Robin

Boats will be leaving with veterans out of both Hampton Bays locations and Eastport location:

On the Shinnecock Canal -- 44 Newtown Road, Hampton Bays, New York 11946

On Moriches Bay -- 50 S. Bay Avenue, Eastport, New York 11941

On Smith Creek -- 124 Springville Road, Hampton Bays ,New York  11946

To sign up, please contact Ronnie at 631-728-8200 or by email at:
Ronnie.kelly@hamptonwatercraft.com

Adaptive Sports Workshop for VA Veterans

Adaptive Sports Workshop for VA Veterans.  Equipment and instruction provided.  

Are you interested in learning archery?  Do you want to practice your archery skills?  Come by the Montrose VA Gym on Thursday, August 11th, 2022 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  All levels are welcome.

For workshop information, contact Pedro Gonzales -- Recreational Therapy Supervisor -- Adaptive Sports Coordinator at 914-737-4400 Ext. 203726.  

Program sponsored by BRAVE of White Plains, New York 914-597-2468.

Rockland Veteran Peer Support Program Activities

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





Dwyer VettoVet:  Summer Concert Socials

J
oin us on Thursday evenings from July - August 25th from 7:30 to 9:00 pm for our SUMMER CONCERT SOCIALS at Bowline Park. We suggest you arrive between 6-6:30 pm so we can sit together. Bring a chair or blanket to place on the park lawn in front of the stage. Don’t forget your dancing shoes if you want to get your groove on with Vet to Vet. There is a concession stand on premise but you can bring your own food & drinks. Located at 1 Bowline Plant Road, Haverstraw NY 10927. A local band “Kick Start Charlie”, a Classic 8 piece Rock band with a blast of brass performed on July 7th. The following bands will be performing subsequently: Ladies and Gentleman Band, The Jon Bates Band, Jersey Sound, HillBilly Parade Band, The Ronald Regans Big 80's Show, History of Rock & Roll Band and Epic Soul Band.

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


For further information, contact Ismael (Izzy) Quintana
Veteran Outreach Coordinator, PFC Joseph P. Dwyer |Veteran Peer Support Program
Rockland County (Vet to Vet) |Email: iquintana@vettovetrc.org| Cell: (845) 587-6497

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 at 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
Purple Heart Appreciation Day, Sunday, August 7th, 2022

Sunday August 7th, 2022 2:00 p.m.
Purple Heart Appreciation Day
374 Temple Hill Road, New Windsor, New York  845-561-1765

Join the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor on Sunday, August 7, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. to commemorate the 240th anniversary of General Washington’s order creating the Badge of Military Merit, predecessor for the modern Purple Heart. The program will be held indoors in our Presentation Room.


The focus for this year’s program will also commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal. This battle was a major turning point during World War II as it ended Japanese expansion and showed America’s ability to come back after Pearl Harbor. The program presentation will include quotes from Guadalcanal survivors on their recollections of this battle. This will be an audience participation event and volunteers from the audience will be asked to read a quote from a survivor.

Seating is limited and reservations are strongly suggested.  Please call 845-561-1765 for reservations. The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor is located at 374 Temple Hill Road (Route 300) New Windsor NY 12553. For additional information, please call 845-561-1765.

The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor is part of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission. The Palisades Interstate Park Commission administers 29 parks, parkways and historic sites for the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in New York as well as the Palisades Interstate Park and parkway in New Jersey. For more information about The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor visit our website http://www.thepurpleheart.com or call 845-561-1765. The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor is located at 374 Temple Hill Road (Route 300) in the town of New Windsor, three miles south of I-84 exit 36B and I-87 exit 17. Parking, gift shop, and picnic grounds are located on site. Gallery exhibits are open 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Tuesday - Saturday and from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Sunday.

Expansion of VA Caregiver Program


Expansion of VA caregiver program to all eras of service remains set for October

By Leo Shane III -- Monday, July 25, 2022


A planned expansion of the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers is still scheduled to happen this fall (Army photo).


With about two months left until a congressional deadline, Veterans Affairs officials said plans to expand the caregiver support program to veterans of all eras remain on schedule, even if fixes to other aspects of the program are still in limbo.

Currently, the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers — which provides a monthly stipend to qualified full-time caregivers of seriously ill or injured veterans — is open only to veterans who served before 1975 or after 2001. But per a mandate from Congress, the program must be opened to all families by Oct. 1 of this year.

In comments to reporters on Wednesday, VA Secretary Denis McDonough said department leaders are on track to do that.  “We’re going to expand in October,” he said. “We’re committed to that. It should have already been done by now, but we’ll get it done by October.”  About 33,000 families are enrolled in the 11-year-old program. Doubts about VA’s ability to expand it have surfaced in recent months amid other caregiver program turmoil.

Plan to drop thousands of caregivers from Veterans Affairs program put on hold
The move is a stunning turnaround for the department, which for months has maintained the moves are necessary.

Read more: https://www.militarytimes.com/veterans/2022/07/25/expansion-of-va-caregiver-program-to-all-eras-of-service-remains-set-for-october/

Additional Veterans Crisis Phone Number is Available



Additional Veterans Crisis Line Phone Number Available

WASHINGTON — Effective July 16, 2022 Veterans have the option to Dial 988 then Press 1 to connect with caring, qualified responders for 24/7 crisis support.  This number is in addition to the usual Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255.

In response to the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act designating the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, the Department of Veterans Affairs has made it more user friendly to access the Veterans Crisis Line. “During a crisis, every second counts,” said VA Secretary Denis McDonough. “This new, shorter number makes it easier for Veterans and those who care about them to reach lifesaving support without having to be enrolled in VA benefits or health care.”

Reducing Veteran suicide is the top clinical priority for the Department of Veterans Affairs and a top priority for the Biden-Harris administration. Enhancing suicide prevention crisis services is a key component of the White House strategy on reducing Veteran suicide as well as President Biden’s comprehensive strategy to address the country’s national mental health crisis.

VA operates the Veterans Crisis Line through the 988 Lifeline’s national network and thus collaborated to accomplish the successful transition. During two years of preparation, the department has added hundreds of crisis line employees and responder staff, with still more hiring underway, and has strengthened call center infrastructure.

The Veterans Crisis Line is a critical component of the nation’s largest integrated suicide prevention network. It links to more than 500 suicide prevention coordinators across the VA health care system, ensuring coordination into follow-up services as part of a full continuum of care.

Individuals who call the Veterans Crisis Line are five times more likely to have less distress and less suicidal ideation from the beginning to end of the call.

While Dial 988 then Press 1 is a new option for contacting the Veterans Crisis Line, the original number: 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, remains available, and Veterans can continue to reach out via chat at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat or by text to 838255.

Camp Shanks Museum is Open Only for the Summer

The Camp Shanks Museum is open for the summer on weekends from Noon to 4:00 p.m.  

80 Years Ago Camp Shanks Came To Be
The Camp Shanks Story...



In the autumn of 1942, Western Highway in Orangeburg looked like it had for many years past. Dotted with aging farmhouses, the old road made its way through corn and tomato fields. At night, people whose families had lived there for generations were lulled to sleep by the incessant chirping of crickets. Only the radio told of world-wide war elsewhere.  And then Camp Shanks was created.

Camp Shanks served as a point of embarkation for troops departing overseas during World War II. Dubbed “Last Stop USA”, the camp housed about 50,000 troops spread over 2,040 acres and was the largest World War II Army embarkation camp, processing 1.3 million service personnel including 75% of those participating in the D-Day invasion. In 1945 Camp Shanks housed German and Italian prisoners of war.

After the war, Camp Shanks was converted into housing for veterans with families attending colleges and universities in the New York City area under the GI Bill; the settlement, then known as Shanks Village, closed in 1954. A small museum opened near the site in June 1994 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion.

The Camp Shanks Museum is open on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. from June through August.  These summer weekends are a great time to visit our own tribute to those who went through Camp Shanks on their way to the European Theatre during World War II, many to never return to America.

If you can volunteer to staff the museum on weekends from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., please call John Gray at 845-304-6809.


To view the Camp Shanks Museum webpage for the Town of Orangetown:  https://www.orangetown.com/document/camp-shanks-museum/
Be The One To Change The Narrative...To Save One Veteran


Let's change the narrative. Instead of talking about the staggering number of daily suicides, BE THE ONE to save ONE veteran.




We can end the stigma surrounding mental health with your help!      https://www.legion.org/betheone

  • TO ASK VETERANS IN YOUR LIFE HOW THEY ARE DOING.
  • TO LISTEN WHEN A VETERAN NEEDS TO TALK.
  • TO REACH OUT WHEN A VETERAN IS STRUGGLING.

Legion, Ganassi leading effort to reduce veteran suicides through 'Be the One'
https://www.legion.org/48/255590/legion-ganassi-leading-effort-reduce-veteran-suicides-through-‘be-one’


Special podcast series, Part 1: Idaho American Legion's One More Day program saves lives.   https://tangoalphalima.fireside.fm/83

Special podcast series, Part 2: The American Legion saved my life.

https://tangoalphalima.fireside.fm/84


Special podcast series, Part 3: NYPD program is a template to follow.
https://tangoalphalima.fireside.fm/85


Special podcast series, Part 4: A servicemember's guide to overcoming PTSD.
https://tangoalphalima.fireside.fm/86

Easier to Take Charge of Benefits and Health Care

Are You Enrolled with the VA?  The VA Hudson Valley Health Care System's mission is to provide high quality health care to America's heroes.

For more information and to register with VA call:
845-831-2000.  Extension 215100 or 217721

Hudson Valley Health Care Provider -- Our local outreach coordinator is Lenox Okall.
Lenox.Okall@va.gov
MPA, USMC (Ret.)
Outreach Coordinator
VA Hudson Valley HCS
845 831 2000 ext. 217721
Cell: 845 597 3305
VA Claim Exam (C&P Exam) Questions Answered


VA Claim Exam (C&P exam): VA recently added information about how the process of C&P Exams to its benefits website.




After you file your disability benefits claim, we may ask you to have a claim exam (also known as a compensation and pension, or C&P, exam).

Get answers to commonly asked questions about the VA claim exam.

More info here:   https://www.va.gov/disability/va-claim-exam/


Why might I need a VA claim exam?
This exam will help us rate your disability. Your rating will be based on how severe your disability is—and will affect how much disability compensation you’ll receive. Compensation may include things like monthly payments and enrollment in the VA health care program.

Does everyone who files a claim need to have a VA claim exam?
No. We’ll ask you to have a claim exam only if we need more information to decide your claim.

If you have enough medical evidence in your file to support your claim, we won’t ask you to have a claim exam. Medical evidence may include doctor and hospital reports, test results, and other documents.

Here are some other questions that will be answered by viewing the VA link:
https://www.va.gov/disability/va-claim-exam/

  • How we schedule and confirm your claim exam
  • How will you contact me to tell me when you’ve scheduled my exam?
  • What should I do when I receive my exam letter or phone call?
  • What if I need to change the day or time of my scheduled exam?
  • What to expect at your claim exam

  • What should I bring to my VA claim exam?
  • What else do I need to do to prepare for my exam?
  • What happens at a VA claim exam?
  • How long will the exam take?
  • Who will examine me?
  • Will I get my exam results at the VA claim exam?
  • What should I do if I miss my VA claim exam?

After your claim exam
  • What happens after my exam?
  • Can I get a copy of the report from my VA claim exam?
  • What information will the VA claims processors have when making a decision?
  • Will I ever need to have another claim exam?
  • What if I have more questions about my exam?

Download helpful PDFs
  • VA claim exam fact sheet
  • A quick guide on the claim exam process, and what you can expect during and after your exam

VA claim exam tips
  • Tips to help make the claim exam process easier and less stressful

VA claim exam FAQs
  • Answers to frequently asked questions about the claim exam process

Step-by-step VA claim process
  • A quick, step-by-step overview of the claim process and exam

Mental health exam fact sheet
  • Information about how we evaluate mental health claims for compensation, and why it’s important to go to your exam

Review exams fact sheet
Information about why and when we request review exams, what will happen at the exam, and why it’s important to go to your exam

Play informational videos
You can also play our VA claim exams video series. This series offers videos on how to prepare for your VA claim exam, how to use disability benefits questionnaires (DBQs), and what to expect at claim exams for the most common disability claims.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrrh23QvVVYhAJ6t3vr81YvDypkezZ2yI

  • More information about what happens after you file your claim
  • How VA assigns disability ratings
  • Learn how we assign severity ratings and how they affect your disability payments.
  • Check claim and appeal status
  • Track the status of your disability claims and appeals.
  • Appeals process
  • Find out what to do if you disagree with your disability rating decision.

VVA Chapter 333 General Membership Meeting
VVA 333 General Membership Meeting, August 4th, 2022

The next VVA Chapter #333 General Membership Meeting is Thursday, August 4th, 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: Aug 4, 2022 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


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

Meeting ID: 630 567 5618
Passcode: 980722
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Meeting ID: 630 567 5618
Passcode: 980722
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcercBuit4

If you have any problems connecting, call Tom Carroll on 845-269-8909.
Make the Connection -- Veterans Tell Their Stories


Make the Connection

After losing her roommate while serving in the Army, Catrina had a difficult time adjusting to civilian life. She began isolating herself from others and feeling stressed. When the flashbacks started, she knew it was time to get help.




Video Details:

  • U.S. ARMY
  • AIR FORCE RESERVE / NATIONAL GUARD
  • POST-9/11 ERA
  • COMBAT VETERAN

https://www.maketheconnection.net/stories/844?utm_source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=july_monthly__7.28&utm_term=button_text_page&utm_content=whatsnew_visits_all_null

Resources for Veterans.  View this link for more stories told by Veterans:
https://www.maketheconnection.net/veterans/

Podcasts -- Stories told by Veterans
https://www.maketheconnection.net/podcasts/

Innovation Revolutionary:  Prosthetic Socks

Innovation revolutionary:

A solution to prosthetic socks management
News Sections: Health

Published On: July 27th, 2022.  

Author Kalyn Essex is a communications officer at the VA Innovation Ecosystem and an Air Force Veteran

Link to article: https://blogs.va.gov/VAntage/105705/innovation-revolutionary-a-solution-to-prosthetic-socks-management/


Veterans with prostheses often experience fluctuations in residual limb volume. They adjust for the resulting changes in fit and comfort of their prosthetic sockets throughout the day using prosthetic socks of varying thickness. However, this can be difficult for a recent amputee to manage.

Too few or too many socks can create increased pressure on the end of the limb. That makes it difficult to determine when to add or remove socks. Incorrect use of socks can lead to skin damage and serious complications, such as non-healing wounds.

To address this issue, Billie Savvas Slater developed the Prosthetic Sock Management Tool (PSMT). Slater is a Research Health Science specialist and Innovation specialist at the Minneapolis VA.  Slater is also the Senior Research Study Coordinator for the Minneapolis Adaptive Design and Engineering (MADE) Program. As a first-generation American, she has a history of Veterans in her family. Her father received his citizenship after serving in the Army. Seeing Veterans struggle with prosthetic socks, she knew there had to be a better way.

“As a non-clinician, I thought about how I could work to make a better VA and serve those who have borne the battle,” she said.

With hobbies in crafting, Slater realized she had a way to solve the problem. After making a few prototypes at home, she met with clinicians to get feedback as a basis to apply for support through the Innovators Network (iNET) Spark-Seed-Spread Innovation Investment Program in 2018.

Innovating a new tool
The PSMT consists of several different components, including a multi-zippered bag with three pouches for storage of socks of different thicknesses. It also includes an infographic on both proper sock usage and care, instructional videos and reminders for fit checks.

Because there was no existing education protocol like it, Slater’s infographic poster is displayed in clinic rooms to assist amputee patients. All 26 VA amputation clinics with Amputation Rehabilitation Coordinators are receiving the full toolkit. Locations with no coordinators receive the mountable infographic upon request.

Making an impact
Already, Slater has seen the impact with both Veterans and clinicians. One Veteran noted he was able to explain his amputation to his grandchildren for the first time using the provided infographic, empowering him to more fully be himself.

The spouse of a Veteran appreciates how the Prosthetic Sock Management Tool helps her be a more effective caregiver. A clinician reported to Slater that they, “Want to give this tool to all my patients. It allows me to do my job better.”

Sustaining hope
“Being introduced to iNET taught me how to fail smart and pivot, to not be afraid to try something new. It thrills me to tell others what may be possible. iNET continues to teach me to be innovative,” Slater said.

When asked what knowledge she passes on to her team at Minneapolis VA, Slater has a simple mantra: “If you believe in this change that you can make, don’t give up and don’t get impatient. Hope can keep it going.”
NYC Civil Service 101 Information Session


New York City Civil Service 101 Information Session
Presented by Center for Women’s Veterans




When:  Tuesday, August 9th, 2022, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm ET
Where:  This is an online event.  
Cost:  Free

Register here:
https://dcas-nycgov.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUuce2qqz8pG9BWn0qTiWHQ8vCOj6bvsqHI

Are you looking for more than a job?  Serve New Yorkers at one of 80+ city agencies. Build a fulfilling career and go to work with purpose every day. Let DCAS help you find your calling—in education, health & social services, law enforcement, IT, engineering, and more!

Calculate Your Percent of Disability


Good information!
#Vet Resources is a weekly newsletter for Veterans, their Families, Caregivers, and Survivors.  



How to Calculate Your % Disability
Ever wonder how VA calculates a Veteran’s percentage of disability?
Watch this explanation with a step-by-step breakdown that’s easy to follow.

Watch video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyB1YdKfhSk

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. His first book also had great reviews.
"Up Close and Personal" is available through Amazon as well.  
Employment Opportunities
PDI -- 2 Nice-Pak Park, Orangeburg, New York 10962
For updated career opportunities at PDI, visit this website:
https://recruiting.ultipro.com/NIC1003/JobBoard/d93555cb-6498-e637-8827-342b0f2a5a29/?q=&o=postedDateDesc
PDI is an infection prevention company dedicated to Be The Difference®
Our three divisions, PDI Healthcare, Sani Professional® and PDI Contract Manufacturing, are always striving to do more to reduce the spread of infection and preserve the well-being of those touched by our products.  We are currently hiring Full-time Production Employees! These are Temp-to-Hire positions for our Union Associates.
We have tons of great job opportunities at the above link but here are some others:
+ Packers
+ Machine Operators
+ Material Handlers
+ Winder Operators
+ Forklift Operators
Shifts and pay rates:
+ 1st shift 7:00am - 3:05pm - 2nd shift 3:00pm-11:05pm - 3rd shift 11:00pm-7:05am.
+ Competitive wages.
Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S.*
All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO quidelines.
Vaccinated only will be considered.

Company:  Johnson Controls
Please find below a series of Web Site addresses concerning job openings from Johnson Controls.  Johnson Controls is a large company doing business with the U.S. Government, Military, Industrial, and Commercial companies throughout the U.S.
Please see list of job openings in the New York State area.  Johnson Controls would like to hire veterans where possible.  If any of your members are interested, I can put the veteran in contact with my friend who can help with applying for the below positions.  For further information, contact:  
John H.Leighton
Cell phone: 845-521-5361
Email:   jhleighton@att.net
Email John Leighton with Name, Town in NY, Email address and phone number.
Here are some available positions:
http://k.rfer.us/JOHNSONCTRLEAhv5Q  Fire Suppression Technician
http://k.rfer.us/JOHNSONCTRLYXGv5S   Control systems Technician
http://k.rfer.us/JOHNSONCTRLHI7v5T    Security Installer
http://k.rfer.us/JOHNSONCTRL4r7v5U    HVAC TB Controls Technician
http://k.rfer.us/JOHNSONCTRL0E.v5V     Security Installer
http://k.rfer.us/JOHNSONCTRL0JWv5W  Customer Operations Associate
http://k.rfer.us/JOHNSONCTRLER8v5X   Security Installer
http://k.rfer.us/JOHNSONCTRLKg5v5Y     Chiller Apprentice
Note: Each position has its own unique location.

Con Edison Careers:
View this link for available job opportunities:  http://careers.coned.com/jobs/search
Be advised Con Ed is always looking for Veterans for General Utility Worker and Customer Service Representatives. 
Please check out the link above for updated positions and detailed job descriptions.  For further information, contact  James E. Christman, MBA, MEM, SHRM-CP |Project Specialist
Veterans and Disabilities Recruiter. | Con Edison | 4 Irving Place, NY, NY 10003
christmanja@coned.com  |  Office: 212-460-3110

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.
Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) Resources and Other Information

Grants and Opportunities  VETS provides critical resources, expertise, and training to assist veterans in locating and obtaining meaningful careers.
Grant Opportunities   Jobs For Veterans State Grants program provides federal funding to hire dedicated staff and assist employers fill their workforce needs with job-seeking veterans.
VA Employment Resources. VA Employment Resources allows veterans, service members, and their families to research, find, access, and manage their benefits and personal information.
Updates and Reports. Find the latest VETS updates and congressional reports.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Find answers to general and federal contractor questions.

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

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: NewYorkVets@gmail.com.

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 1600 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 NewYorkVets@gmail.com or send us a note through our website:  https://newyorkvets.org.  Thank you for passing this newsletter along to other veterans.  

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

Pat McGlade
Co-Founder / Director
Website: newyorkvets.org
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Email: NewYorkVets@gmail.com