RockVets Newsletter
June 2021
Volume XIII, Issue 6


MEMORIAL DAY, May 31, 2021
On Monday, May 31, 2021, American Legion Post 310 in Nyack, dedicated a bronze plaque in honor of Jerry Donnellan at Nyack Memorial Park.  Thank you to the members of American Legion Post 310 for putting together this well-deserved honor in recognition of Jerry's many years of service to Rockland's veterans.  

Farmingdale, L.I. Armed Forces Reserve Center Renamed

From General John Hussey:
On Monday, May 31st, 2021, the Farmingdale Armed Forces Reserve Center was renamed in honor of PFC Thomas Minogue, a local hero who died in Vietnam on March 21, 1967.  PFC Minogue
was put in for the Medal of Honor for saving the life of his Company Commander and perhaps his entire company.  He was a native New Yorker who grew up in the Inwood section of Manhattan. His Dad is a retired NYPD Officer.  
PFC Minogue was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross but his brother is pursuing getting the Medal of Honor awarded.

Here is PFC Minogue's Award Citation:
"The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Private First Class Thomas Francis Minogue (ASN: 51608891), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam on 21 March 1967, while serving as Platoon Medic for the Third Platoon, Company C, 2d Battalion, 35th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. His unit was conducting a search and destroy operation in Kontum Province, Republic of Vietnam, and engaged a numerically superior enemy force. When the company commander was seriously wounded, Private Minogue ran through thirty meters of intense enemy fire to shield his commander with his body and treat his wounds. As the enemy charged the position, he ignored the intrinsic peril and threw himself across his leader and consequently received multiple gunshot wounds. His selfless actions also provided protection for the radiotelephone operator, who used his rifle and hand grenades to repulse the enemy and communicated with the platoons and battalion headquarters. Private Minogue continued to shield his commander as he and the radiotelephone operator moved him to a safer position. When the enemy assaulted their new position, he again covered the commander's body with his own and protected the radiotelephone operator. The company commander occasionally regained consciousness long enough to encourage his men and adjust air and artillery support. Private Minogue continued to treat him until overcome by his own mortal wounds. His extraordinary heroism not only saved the lives of the radio operator and company commander, but also made it possible for them to continue to operate the command post. The tactical and valorous significance of his heroism is highlighted by the fact that, without the operation of the command post, the company would not have survived until a relief force arrived to force the enemy to break contact. Private Minogue's supreme effort and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the Armed Forces of his country."  For further information, contact General John Hussey via email at

Bowline Park Watchfire May 30, 2021

VVA #333 Annual Watchfire Vigil, May 30, 2021

Watchfires are built every year at midnight on May 30th, the traditional Memorial Day, at four permanent locations in Rockland County, New York. The locations are: Clausland Mountain in Orangeburg, Piermont Pier in Piermont, Bowline Park in Haverstraw, and Gene Levy Park in Spring Valley.

In spite of the rainy, windy, chilly weather this year, the veterans still kept vigil for those who never made it home from Vietnam, and those who still have not fully come home. Here is a photo from the Bowline Park Watchfire in Haverstraw. See what you think, but it looks to me as if a soldier stopped by and knelt by the fire, perhaps for warmth, on his long journey home.  

Hudson Valley Virtual Career Fair - June 17, 2021
New York State Department of Labor
Contact:  Ismael Quintana -
On June 17th, a job fair will be held by the Hudson Valley Virtual Career for job seekers. The link below will connect you to the registration page for the job fair and further information.  Please pass this information along to any veteran, caretaker, family members, students and friends that are seeking employment. Thank you for your help in spreading the word about the event.  
For further information, please contact Ismael (Izzy) Quintana, Veteran Outreach Coordinator, PFC Joseph P. Dwyer, Veteran Peer Support Program
Rockland County (Vet to Vet), Cell: (845) 587-6497, Email:  
Link to sign up for Job Fair:
VA To Readjudicate Veteran and Survivor Claims

VA to readjudicate Veteran and survivor claims for possible herbicide exposure

WASHINGTON — Veterans who were previously denied service connection for an herbicide related presumptive condition
due to lack of in-country Vietnam service will have their claims automatically readjudicated by VA.
The department began readjudicating claims in April for Veterans who served in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War but were denied for one or more herbicide related conditions, on the basis that military service was not performed on the landmass of the Republic of Vietnam or on its inland waterways.

“Readjudication means VA will review the evidence of record and provide replacement decisions in the cases of Veterans who were previously denied service connection benefits,” said Acting VA Under Secretary for Benefits Thomas Murphy. “We have the proper resources in place to meet the needs of our Veteran community and will ensure all eligible Veterans’ and their survivors’ claims are examined thoroughly and fairly.”

The review also applies to eligible survivors of deceased Vietnam-era Veterans and is part of the Veterans Benefits Administration’s implementation of the Nov. 5, 2020, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California order in Nehmer vs. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, requiring VA to readjudicate previously denied claims.

VA will determine if benefits for qualifying disabilities can now be paid retroactively to the date of previously denied claims. The court’s decision requires automatic readjudication in such cases without requiring a new claim, and potentially paying benefits to the survivors or estates of deceased beneficiaries.

More information is available regarding VA disability benefits based on Agent Orange exposure.
Disabled Veterans Property Tax Exemptions by State

Disabled Veterans Property Tax Exemptions by State

Disabled veterans have many tax breaks and discounts offered to them; in most states these service members also have the option of using some form of property tax break offered on the basis of having a service-connected disability.  Not all states offer the same tax breaks, and the qualifying criteria for such tax relief will also vary, but it pays to look into your options where state property taxes are concerned since qualifying veterans and their spouses (where applicable) can save literally thousands of dollars at tax time.

Certain property tax exemptions may focus on the disability rather than the applicant’s status as a veteran; other exemptions may be dependent on having a VA-rated disability. Some states may require the veteran to register once for a certain tax benefit, others may require annual re-certification.  Not all tax exemptions or tax relief applies to all veterans or to all veterans with a disability. The qualifying criteria will vary depending on the state.

It’s important to remember that tax laws are always subject to change; discuss your state’s tax exemptions for the current tax year with a professional to make sure the past year’s exemptions or other tax benefit will apply in the current tax year.

For information on Tax Exemptions by State, visit this link:

There are many other benefits for veterans at this website:

PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Veteran Peer Support Program

The Rockland County PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Veteran Peer Support Program "Vet to Vet" would like to invite military veterans of every era and their families which include their spouses and immediate families to participate in a variety of wellness activities and events occuring every week that will enhance their mental wellbeing and physical health. Many of these activities are social in nature, but all bring veterans together to bond and support each other. These activities include:


  • MEDITATION (M, W & F) from 9am to 9:30 am. Online
  • GENTLE YOGA (Monday) from 11am to12:00 pm and (Tuesday) 5:00pm to 6:00pm. Online
  • VETERANS WALKING CLUB at PALISADES CENTER (Wednesday) at 9:30 am. In Person
  • QIGONG (Ancient Chinese Exercise) (Thursday) from 9-10 am. Online
  • TAPPING aka Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) (Thursday) from 4 – 5pm. Online'
  • VETERANS WRITING WORKSHOP (Monday) from 6:30 - 8pm. Online
  • CREATIVE WRITING GROUP Every other Friday from 2 – 3:30 pm. Online
  • COOKING WITH THE CORPS Every other Wednesday from 5 pm to 6:30 pm. Online

  • WELLNESS & RECOVERY VETERAN & FIRST RESPONDERS SUPPORT GROUP – Every Monday from 2 pm to 4 pm via conference call (caller can stay anonymous)
  • VETERAN & MENTOR SUPPORT GROUP – Every Tuesday from 10 am to 11:30 am via telephone conference call.
  • WOMEN VETERANS SUPPORT GROUP - Every 3rd (Thursday) of the Month from 8 to 9:30 pm. Online
  • VET TO VET ROUNDTABLE: LET'S TALK ABOUT SUICIDE (With Special Guest Speakers) - Held on the 22nd day of every month ( 22 veteran suicides per day )

We will soon be adding some outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, outdoor socials and more.   If anyone is interested in attending or have any questions regarding any of these activities or the Vet to Vet Peer Support Program in general, please contact Veteran Outreach Coordinator Ismael (Izzy) Quintana at
Ismael (Izzy) Quintana, Veteran Outreach Coordinator, PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Veteran Peer Support Program Rockland County (Vet to Vet), Cell: (845) 587-6497
Bill O'Reilly's Quiz on U.S. Citizenship

Here are 25 questions on American Citizenship from Bill O'Reilly's show.  Test your knowledge of U.S. History.  Here is the link:

Hope you have as much fun with it as I did.

Flag Day -- June 14th

U.S. Flag honoring Flag Day, June 14th, 1917
In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The Flag Resolution, passed on June 14, 1777, stated: "Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation."

The United States Army also celebrates the U.S. Army birthday on this date; Congress adopted "the American continental army" after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775.  Information from

Employment Opportunities and Information
Manhattan Beer Distributors -- Offices in the New York Metro area with available positions in Suffern, New York and the Hudson Valley.  Over the past 39 years, Manhattan Beer Distributors has strived to become the premier full-service beverage company in Metro New York. We believe that each employee contributes directly to Manhattan Beer Distributors' growth and success.  We provide all employees with training and development as part of their career at Manhattan Beer Distributors.  We believe that it’s our commitment to our employees that has enabled us to remain one of the most respected beverage distribution companies in the country. Manhattan Beer Distributors offers its employees a highly competitive compensation package excellent employee benefits. Our goal is to provide our employees with a wide variety of benefits to assist employees in meeting individual and family needs. For further information, view this link:

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:

  • Handicap-Accessible van
  • 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:
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:

We are not affiliated with Rockland County Government nor the Veterans Service Agency of Rockland.

Each month, our newsletter reaches more than 1500 local veterans or who care about veterans' interests.  Please use this forum to let veterans know of any information, resources, links or events they might enjoy. Please send information to and feel free to pass this newsletter along to others who may be interested.

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