RockVets Newsletter
June  2023
Volume XV  Issue 6                                    Veterans Crisis Line: Dial 988, then Press 1
Vietnam Memories, Stories Left at the Wall
Veterans group honors students for Vietnam projects
Steve Lieberman
Rockland/Westchester Journal News

[Photo taken at Nanuet High School, March 2023]

Educating people about the Vietnam War through the experiences and recollections of veterans is the goal of Vietnam Memories, Stories Left at the Wall. Their memories aren’t always pleasant, but the camaraderie and bonds forged live on.

One of the group’s focuses is providing students with accounts of the Vietnam War. Seven eighth-graders at Felix Fest Middle School received awards for their work depicting the war through their own research. They will be honored on June 1.

'This program was started to explain what the war was all about and it has also been a learning experience for the veterans,' said Howard Goldin, the Rockland chair for Vietnam Memories, Stories Left at the Wall and a past president of Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 333 in Rockland.

The veterans talk to students about their experiences and about the much-contested war, which ranged from the first installation of troops on Nov. 1, 1955, to the U.S. withdrawal of combat forces on April 30, 1975. The war in Southeast Asia caused division across the country, leading to protests, violence and support for the anti-Communist policy and for the men and women who served and fought.

Goldin said the group only uses presenters who served in Vietnam. The volunteers served with the Army, Marines, Navy Seals and Air Force, and offer different points of view based on what they were required to do during the war, Goldin said.

Since the spring of 2000 — except for the COVID years — the veterans have provided middle school and high school students with interactive presentations. They set up a museum in the school where each history class gets a lesson on the beginning, middle, and end of the war with the pros, cons and aftermath, Goldin said.
'We established a long time ago, we are not here to glorify war but to discuss everyday life,' Goldin said. 'The students are told by the teachers not to ask us how many people we have killed because that is not our purpose. It has been a healing therapy for many veterans and a true learning experience for all connected. We peel back our onion and let the student see into how the war has left its mark on us.'

As part of the program, the students research aspects of the war. Vietnam Memories, Stories Left at the Wall reviews dozens of projects and presents its American Patriotism awards. The group increased the number of recipients to seven this year from the usual three. More than 100 projects were submitted.

The awards ceremony is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. June 1 at the American Legion Post 1600, located at 20 Station Road, Pomona next to the Ramapo baseball stadium.
The group announced the following recipients, who will receive cash prizes:
  • The Vietnam Wall, as painted by Laura Bramblik.
  • The War Box & Pop-up War Book with poems by Oliver Cirlin.
  • Art & Poem & Then & Now; by Cooper Polakoff.
  • The NAM helmet by Julian Heaney and Tommy Mavrommatis, along with a letter of explanation of their project.
  • A letter by Isabella Higgins
  • A letter by Lauryn Hylton
  • A letter by Lilly Tang

Since 1987, the Rockland Chapter 333 has advocated for veterans’ rights, as well as compensation and health reforms in New York state. The chapter — with a website of programs honoring those who served and died — supported the Rockland County Veterans Clinic and the Memorial Day Watchfires.  []

Vietnam Memories, Stories Left at the Wall was introduced in Rockland by Suffern Central teacher, the late Phil Tissi at Suffern Middle School; Jerry Donnellan, the late Rockland Veterans Services director; and Goldin, a retired Spring Valley police chief.  Those three asked permission to keep the program in Rockland from its creators, Gary Patnosh of Jersey City University and Americorps and Gregg Molara, an art designer. Gary Patnosh received permission from the National Parks Service and was given permission to use artifacts left at the Vietnam Wall.
The veterans also made a presentation at Nanuet Senior High School.

Drew Breyfogle, the school’s Social Studies Department coordinator, said the veterans had an impact on the students. The program included photos and links to veterans like Goldin returning to Vietnam as civilians. 'The students were hooked and walked out of both the assembly and museum having learned something, whether about the war, stories of heroes, or about empathy and understanding others,' Breyfogle said.

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American Patriotism Contest
[from Felix Festa Middle School]
Felix Festa Middle School Celebrates Seven Student Winners of the American Patriotism Contest, Sponsored by Vietnam Chapter 333

[Painting by Laura Bramblik]

West Nyack, New York - May 2023 - Felix Festa Middle School is proud to announce that seven students have been honored as winners of the American Patriotism contest for 2023. The contest, sponsored by Vietnam Chapter 333, received over 100 submissions and gave students the opportunity to research and create visual, audio, or physical representations of American Patriotism and the Vietnam War, including letters and poems. We are grateful to Vietnam Chapter 333 for their generous sponsorship of the American Patriotism contest and their long-standing partnership with Felix Festa Middle School. The contest allows our students to reflect on the significance of the Vietnam War and the role of American patriotism in the conflict. The following students were selected as winners for their outstanding contributions:
❖ Laura Bramblik, a student of Mrs. Buttigieg, for her outstanding wall hanging quality painting of the Vietnam Wall.
❖ Oliver Cirlin, a student of Mrs. Morris, for his War Box & Pop up War Book with poems.
❖ Cooper Polakoff, a student of Mrs. Morris, for his Art & Poem "Then & Now."
❖ Julian Heaney and Tommy Mavrommatis, students of Mrs. Morris, for their joint project, The NAM helmet, along with a letter of explanation.
❖ Isabella Higgins, Lauryn Hylton, and Lilly Tang, students of Mrs. Morris, for their heartfelt letters.

On June 1st, at 7:30 pm, Vietnam Chapter 333 will present each of the winners with a certificate of appreciation and a generous award during a ceremony at their meeting. We would like to express our gratitude to all students, parents, and teachers who supported the contest. Felix Festa Middle School is honored to have had the opportunity to participate in the American Patriotism contest and we are proud of our students for their exceptional creativity and research skills. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Vietnam Chapter 333 and providing our students with similar opportunities in the years to come.
Upcoming Events

Here are some upcoming events:

Tuesday, May 30th, 2023: Registration opens May 30th, 9:00 a.m. for SUMMER workshops! Veterans Writing Workshop (V W W) SUMMER 2023 semester hosted by Fordham University will begin June 6th IN PERSON (Tuesday night group) and June 8th VIA ZOOM (Thursday night group), and will meet once a week for a total of 10 sessions each.  
Free of charge to all U.S. Veterans.

  • Tuesdays at Fordham Westchester from 5:30-7:30pm
  • Thursdays via ZOOM from 6:30-8:30pm
Participants’ writing will be eligible for publication in our annual print anthology, Afterwords.
(Tuesday night group will meet at Fordham’s Westchester campus at 400 Westchester Avenue in West Harrison, New York. Proof of vaccination, booster, photo ID are required per Fordham's COVID protocols. Thursday night group will continue online.)
Free of charge to all U.S. Veterans. REGISTRATION OPENS TUESDAY, May 30th, 2023
To register, click the link below for the appropriate workshop; an email to VWW will open. Please put the following info in the body of the email: full name, phone number, branch of service. Send this email and you receive a confirmation email by Sunday, 6/4. Please email us only once.
Julia Rust and David Surface. -- Veterans Writing Workshop
Email:   info@veteranswritingworkshop
If you have any questions about the workshops or about VWW, please feel free to call (917) 803-2391, or email
This workshop is made possible by the Fordham Veterans Initiative

Thursday, June 1st, 2023: 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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Saturday, June 3rd, 2023: VVA Chapter #333 Hosts their Annual Pig Roast -- a tradition started in 1987 our "Stand-down" after the first Watchfire was lit.  The Pig Roast will be held at the Kearsing Edwards American Legion Post1600 -- 20 Station Road, Pomona, New York 10970, starting at 12:00 noon and going until 5:00 p.m.  Bring the whole family and Join us for a fun-filled day with great food, beverages, and music by rock band, "Beauty and the Grease."  $25.00 per person for tickets purchased before June1st, 2023 and $30.00 per person if purchased at the picnic. Children under 5 years of age attend free.  Make checks payable and mail to:  V V A #333, Post Office Box 243, New City, New York 10956.  Tell us the number of people you have attending, note your check number and the amount enclosed.  For further information, contact Ray Furlong, President of VVA Chapter #333 via email:

Sunday, June 4th, 2023: Nanuet Chamber of Commerce -- Street Fair on Sunday, June 4th, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Main Street Nanuet, New York 10954

Monday, June 5th, 2023:  Join us for the next edition of Sergeant's Time. These monthly virtual presentations are open to all eras of Veterans and caregivers.
Description:  "Monthly Virtual Presentations on Topics of Interest" Hosted by the Bronx Vet Center.  
Come to learn and ask questions!  The Bronx Vet Center will host its next Sergeant’s Time online presentation on June 5th, 2023 from noon - 1:00 p.m.  
To Register, please use this link:   Sergeant's Time Webinar Registration

For further information, contact Marco A. Bongioanni, MSEd.
Readjustment Counseling Therapist, U.S. Army Veteran, Bronx Vet Center
Office phone (718) 367-3500.....E-mail:

Wednesday, June 7th, 2023:  On June 7th at 11:00 a.m. the Joseph P. Dwyer "Vet to Vet" program will be hosting a screening of "Gettysburg" at the AMC Theater located at the Palisades Mall.  Admission is free and popcorn will be provided. The movie is four and a half hours and there will be an intermission.  So come join us....just walk in, get your popcorn and enjoy the movie!

Friday, June 9th, 2023:  There will be a Veterans' Picnic on June 9th, 2023 (Friday) 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Location is the Rockland Farm Alliance at 220 South Little Tor Road, New City, New York 10956. All veterans and their spouses, Caregivers and Gold Star families are welcome to join us to play lawn games, socialize, eat lunch and have fun! This event is provided free of charge by Vet to Vet. There is plenty of parking available and the farm is very large with plenty of room for folks to spread out. We have seating available but you can bring your own lawn/beach chair if you’d like, as well as additional snacks and/or soft drinks. A boxed lunch and water will be provided.  RSVP is required no later than June 6!  We need an accurate headcount to order lunch. For further questions or to RSVP, please contact Izzy Quintana at email address or you can call Izzy's cell phone number 845-587-6497.
Ismael (Izzy) Quintana -- Veteran Outreach Coordinator
Joseph P. Dwyer Veteran Peer Support Program -- Rockland County (Vet to Vet)
Cell: (845) 587-6497

Sunday, June 11th, 2023: New City Chamber of Commerce Street Fair, Sunday, June 11th, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Main Street in New City, New York 10956

Sunday, June 11th through Friday, June 16th, 2023: Trauma Recovery Retreat for Veterans.  There are a limited number of scholarships available to Veterans that would like to attend this 5 Day Retreat.  This is on a first come first serve basis.  June 11 through June 16 at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York.  You will need to COMMUTE Daily to this Retreat and provide your own transportation.  Please direct your interest, questions, and RSVP to Alyssa Carrion at 845-473-2500 ext 1306

Monday, June 12th, 2023: Women Veterans Recognition Days.  June 12th is recognized in New York State as Women Veterans’ Recognition Day, a date chosen to mark the anniversary of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act of 1948. To commemorate this day in history, the NYS Department of Veterans’ Services is hosting a 3 day event in Albany at the Empire State Plaza.  The registration page can be accessed by following this link:
There is still space available for tabling for organizations that provide veteran outreach services. If you are interested in having a table during the resources fair please register at the link above and respond with your name and the name of your organization.

Wednesday, June 14th, 2023: Veterans Appreciation Reception will be held at The Nyack Seaport, 21 Burd Street, Nyack, New York 10960 on Wednesday, June 14th, 2023 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Food and Beverages  will be provided courtesy of New York State Senator Bill Weber.   Reservations are required so please RSVP by calling:  845-623-3627 or email Senator Weber:

Thursday, June 22nd, 2023:  Hope For Heroes Fishing Trip at Mountain Hollow Farms Heroes Weekend.  A day of fishing and sporting activities.  Thursday, June 22nd, 2023  (rain date Friday, June 23rd, 2023).  Registration includes meals, transportation, and all equipment for fishing.   Sign up at:
Location:  Mountain Hollow Farm -- 500 Farnham Road -- Windsor New York 13860.    For further information, contact:  

Monday, June 26th, 2023:   Mark Woods, Jr., Director of Veteran Peer Services
Joseph P. Dwyer Peer Support Program, is on the air!  Mark hosts a radio show on WRCR 1700 AM. The show:  Thank You For Your Service, will air once a month on the 4th Monday of the month, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 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 -- 4th Monday of each month -- 9:30 a.m. on WRCR 1700 AM radio.  

You can also hear the show live on WRCR's website:  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 phone:  (845) 624-1366 ext 104  /  Cell phone: (845) 521-9440

You can access previously recorded episodes/podcasts at the following link:  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.

Camp Shanks Museum Now Open on Weekends
Camp Shanks, NY (1942–46)
Art Gunther, Author

The sun now rises and sets on suburban tract houses and the only reveille sounds are those of mothers rousting the young from their beds for school. Long gone are the rectangular wooden barracks placed on stretches of macadam with the precision of an Army Corps of Engineers site plan.  No longer heard are the footsteps of soldiers drilling or card-playing in the bunkhouse. Never to be felt again are the initials carved by soldiers in the recreation and orientation area benches in this "Last-Stop, U.S.A.," as Camp Shanks was called, especially by those who never returned from the European Theatre in World War II.

Camp Shanks, NY was the largest U.S. Army port of embarkation for the European Theatre of War from 1942 until the end of hostilities. Overnight, 2,040 country acres – mostly farmland – in Orangetown, Rockland County, (18 miles north of New York City) were transformed by 17,000 workers into a city for 50,000
No longer heard are the footsteps of soldiers drilling or card-playing in the bunkhouse. Never to be felt again are the initials carved by soldiers in the recreation and orientation area benches in this "Last-Stop, U.S.A.," as Camp Shanks was called, especially by service people.    

Camp Shanks Museum
Camp Shanks Museum was opened in June of 1994 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of D-Day. Our Wall of Honor lists the names of almost 1000 World War II veterans from across the country. Many of the names listed were sent in by family members of those whose last steps on American soil were as they boarded the ships that would take them on their final journey.  The Museum is located in Orangeburg, NY at the intersection of Routes 303 and 340. It is open to the public from Memorial Day to Veterans Day, between 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on most Saturdays and Sundays.  Admission is free.  

The Camp Shanks Museum is looking for volunteers to work this summer. The hours are 11:00 am to 3:00 pm most Saturdays and Sundays in June, July and August. You do not need to be a World War II history buff to volunteer and Commander John Gray will be happy to help those who want to learn. You can contact him at (845) 304-6809 or email:
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.

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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:

Women Veterans and Health Care

Women Veterans and Health Care Information
Health care is an inevitable need for all. Women Veterans have unique physical, mental and spiritual needs that can be met through VA health care. Yet only 44% of women Veterans are currently enrolled in VA health care.  

Health care decisions can be overwhelming, and women Veterans might ask themselves "Where do I start?" The following guide gives useful tips on how to be informed about VA health care as a woman Veteran.

Attend the VA Women’s Health Reengagement Training (heaRT)
The VA Women’s Health Reengagement Training (heaRT) teaches women Veterans about their health services available at VA. In a single training session, women Veterans learn how to apply for and use the VA health services they earned and deserve. The trainings are offered virtually and in person on a variety of dates and times to accommodate various time zones and personal schedules. All women Veterans, whether or not they are enrolled in VA health care, are welcome to attend a VA Women’s heaRT session. Visit the VA Women’s heaRT website to register for a training session.

If you have any questions related to VA Women’s heaRT, please reach out to the training team via email:

Download the VA Women’s heaRT Handbook
The VA Women’s heaRT team offers this handbook containing extensive information about VA health care services for women Veterans. The handbook gives women Veterans in-depth details about:

  • Women Veterans and VA health care
  • Understanding VA
  • VA health care services
  • Enrolling in VA health care
The handbook is a great resource for women Veterans who have questions about a specific VA health care service or want to learn about what services are available to them. Using the training handbook, as well as attending one of the VA Women’s heaRT sessions, provides women Veterans with the optimal knowledge to confidently navigate the VA health care system. To download the digital training handbook, as well as other supplemental information for women veterans, visit the VA Women’s heaRT website here:

For further information regarding Women Veterans and VA health care:

Local VA Medical Center for Veterans

Local Medical Care for Veterans
New City VA Clinic located at:
345 North Main Street -- Upper Level
New City, New York 10956

Our outpatient clinic provides primary care and specialty health services, including laboratory and pathology services, skin care (dermatology), foot care (podiatry), vision care (optometry), nutrition services, and more. Below, you’ll find our address and hours, parking and transportation information, and the other health services we offer at our New City VA Clinic.  For further information, give them a call:

  • Main phone: 845-634-8942   
  • VA health connect: 800-877-6976
  • Mental health care: 914-737-4400 x2330

Dog Tags: Identifying our Deceased Military Veterans
Dog Tags: Identifying our Deceased Military Veterans
May 1, 2023 by Michael Strauss. Fold 3

Thanks to special guest contributor Michael Strauss, an Accredited Genealogist from AncestryProGenealogists® for this informative article on military research using dog tags.

Behind the imposing gates of Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia rests the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Around the clock, active-duty personnel stand as sentinels remembering our fallen veterans. Many cemeteries have remains of soldiers from past wars marked with a single haunting word, "Unknown." To properly identify each man and woman who have paid the ultimate price for their country, the military created identification tags. Here is a look at how those tags have changed over the years.

Civil War
The Civil War changed how military officials recorded battlefield deaths. On April 3, 1862, the Adjutant General Office (AGO) of the War Department issued General Order No. 33, which in effect read: "To secure as far as possible the decent internment of those who have fallen or may fall in battle…lay off lots of ground in a suitable spot near every battlefield and… register of each burial and will be preserved".

Edwin M. Stanton
During the Civil War, large numbers of casualties on both sides prompted soldiers and civilians to consider other ways to identify fallen soldiers. In 1862, New York City resident John Kennedy wrote to the Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. He proposed that the US Army provide a medal identification badge for all officers and enlisted men that soldiers could wear under the clothing. The War Department rejected Kennedy’s proposal.

Civil War soldiers could purchase (at their own expense) identification badges or tags manufactured by military camp suppliers called sutlers. Sutlers were civilian contractors who traveled with the armies selling commonly needed items from photographs to wares. Some of these identification badges and tags were ornate in design.

Read more:  Dog Tags
VA Podcast Network
Welcome to the VA Podcast Network
Learning new things while staying entertained has never been easier for America’s Veterans. The VA Podcasts Network offers a diverse selection of top-quality podcasts made with a Veteran community in mind.

Each podcast specializes on a different topic and covers gripping content that no Veteran should want to miss out on. Just click on the podcasts and listen to the wealth of knowledge that awaits to be heard.  
Listen to this week's podcast on Borne the Battle #283: How 800-MYVA411 simplifies VA access:

For more Borne the Battle episodes, as well as a variety of other Veteran-related Podcasts, view this link:

And don't forget Dwyer Vet-to-Vet Podcasts:   Thank You for Your Service
Thank You for Your Service is a monthly podcast focusing on Veteran issues in and around Rockland County NY and beyond. Each episode will focus on different veteran issues, have special guests, and call-in questions. The show airs live on the 4th Monday of every month at 9:30 EST on 1700 AM WRCR radio. It is also available live via the WRCR website and Spotify.  To access previous and current podcasts, view this link:
Free Yoga, Fitness, and Meditation Programs for Veterans
Free Yoga, Fitness, and Meditation Programs for Veterans. Online, any time, any place, any device. Welcome to YFM. We're committed to fostering mind/body health through workouts that combine strength and cardio training with yoga and meditation. With hundreds of classes to choose from, and new classes launching every week, we have something for people at every fitness level.  Now, all veterans have access to our programming for free. We hope you'll join us. And we thank you for your service. Join YFM for Veterans. As mentioned in earlier conversation, pls see the link to the Yoga, Fitness, Mindfulness workshop.
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.  
New Book by Johnny Joey Jones - USMC Sgt. - Afghanistan

This book by Johnny Joey Jones will be available on June 27th, 2023.  You can pre-order it now at the link here:
Unbroken Bonds of Battle

From book page on Amazon:
Life only really starts when we start serving others.  For many people, military service isn’t simply a job. It’s a ticket out of a lonely society and into a family of enduring bonds.

In over a decade of working with veterans, Johnny Joey Jones has discovered the power of battle-forged friendships. Suffering a life-changing injury while deployed in Afghanistan, he faced a daunting recovery. But coming home would have been much harder without the support of his brothers and sisters in arms.

In Unbroken Bonds of Battle, Joey tells the stories of those very warriors, who for years have supported and inspired him on the battlefield and off. Through unfiltered and authentic conversations with American heroes in every branch of service, Joey tackles the big questions about life, loss, and, of course, hunting.

Powerful life lessons are woven throughout these personal oral histories. Also included is a scrapbook of beautiful candid photographs from the lives of these modern warriors.

A gorgeous patriotic keepsake, Unbroken Bonds of Battle reminds us of the costs paid by those who defend our freedom through unvarnished, inspiring tales of friendship.
Employment Opportunities
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.

Wounded Warrior -- Green and Gold Congressional Aide Program
Positions available in Pearl River, New York and in Mahopac, New York

The Wounded Warrior Program (aka Green & Gold Congressional Aide Program) was established to create employment opportunities for veterans within the House of Representatives. These two-year positions provide veterans with experience and exposure to broaden career opportunities. Positions are available in congressional Member District Offices nationwide.
Duties will vary depending upon the specific requirements of each Member Office. Said duties may include, but are not limited to: working as a constituent services representative helping local constituents resolve issues with federal agencies; serving as a liaison to local Veterans Service Organizations (VSO); attending local events and meetings on behalf of your Member of Congress; and performing legislative work. SPECIFIC DUTIES FOR EACH MEMBER OFFICE WILL BE DISCUSSED DURING THE INTERVIEW PROCESS
Click here for link to more information:[0]=USAJobs?c=house&source[1]=USAJobs

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:

Open-Competitive Examination Announcements for:

Promotion Examination Announcements

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 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 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.  

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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