NY Metro Vets- October 2007 Newsletter

November 12, 2007 | Things to Do


– Postal Service Announces Holiday Deadlines for Military
– Spiritual Care Workshops for Returning Military Personnel
– TBI Medicaid Waiver
– Little Known Honor for Veterans
– Message from Jim Strickland (PTSD Survey)
– Message from Bill Waterhouse


Postal Service Announces Holiday Deadlines for Military

In order to get holiday gifts to deployed service members by Dec. 25, mailers should heed the U.S. Postal Service’s suggested deadlines. Parcel post packages to deployed troops and those living on overseas installations should be sent by Nov. 13. Customers missing the parcel post deadline have the following options:

Space-Available Mail (SAM) — Nov. 27; Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL) — Dec. 4 (except for ZIP codes starting with 093, which is Dec. 1);
Priority Mail and first-class letters and cards — Dec. 11 (093 ZIP codes: Dec. 4); Express Mail Military Services — Dec. 18 (not available to 093 ZIP codes).

Parcel post packages sent to arrive by the start of Hanukkah at sundown Dec. 4 should be mailed by Oct. 23. For other Hanukkah mailings, subtract 21 days from the deadlines listed above. To check mailing costs, visit http://www.usps.com, click on “calculate postage,” then “calculate domestic postage.”


They’re Coming Home!

Help us Help Our Returning Military Personnel

The NY Harbor Healthcare System Chaplain Service
Invites ALL Clergy and Spiritual Leaders to attend:

“Spiritual Care Workshop for Returning Military Personnel”
(Topics will include combat readjustment issues, benefits and services for spiritual care.)

Tuesday, October 30th, 8:30 AM – 12 PM
2 North Conference Room
Manhattan VA Medical Center
423 East 23rd Street, New York, NY

Wednesday, October 31st, 1 pm – 4:30 PM
Main Chapel
Saint Albans VA Hospital
179-00 Linden Blvd, Jamaica, NY

Monday, November 5th, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
2nd Floor Assembly Room
Brooklyn VA Medical Center
800 Poly Place, Brooklyn, NY

To RSVP or for more information, please contact Loretta Matthews at either: (212) 686-7500, ext. 6478 or (718) 836-6600, ext. 3396 or e-mail: Loretta.Matthews@va.gov. Please pass this to all clergy in your neighborhood.


TBI Medicaid Waiver

Any veteran who is eligible for Medicaid and has a traumatic brain injury may be eligible for services under the Medicaid TBI Waiver. Services are home based, this is a Home and Community Based Services Waiver with the goal to prevent nursing home placement or to get people out of nursing homes. Services include:

– Monthly case management

– Independent Living Skills

– Community Integration Counseling

– Intensive Behavioral Programming and personal care assistance which can be as much as 24/7.

We have the ability to provide environmental modifications as well as have a housing subsidy program for eligible persons. Please feel free to email or contact me for more information.

Also, we are collecting stories from returning Vets who have difficulty accessing services. We have provided testimony to both Council Member Monserrate and Committee on Vet Affairs and to Council Member Koppel Committee on Mental Health Substance Abuse, Alcoholism and Disability. Thanks and we look forward to hearing from you.

Stuart Kaufer, MSW LMSW
Regional Resource Development Specialist
TBI Medicaid Waiver & Nursing Home Transition & Diversion Waiver
Center for Independence of Disabled of NY
Under contract with NYS Dept. of Health
841 Broadway #301
NYC 10003
e-mail: skaufer@CIDNY.org
fax 212.254.5953


Little known honor for Veterans

From Navy Times – October 15, 2007

About 90 percent of deceased veterans are buried in private cemeteries. As a result, their families may not have been notified that they’re entitled to presidential recognition of their loved ones’ service, if they were honorably discharged. Awareness of the engraved Presidential Memorial Certificate isn’t a problem for the families of vets buried in national cemeteries, which routinely pass out information about the certificates.

But some private cemeteries admit they do not, said Bob Manning, who works at Wood National Cemetery in Milwaukee and is part of a team trying to get the word out on behalf of the National Cemetery Administration.

Families of deceased vets who would like a Presidential Memorial Certificate — more than one can be provided to next of kin and loved ones — can call the closest national cemetery for more information. An online locator is at: http://www1.va.gov/directory

A request form that can be downloaded and printed is online at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/va/pdf/VA40-0247.pdf

Veteran Service Officers and private funeral homes can contact the agency at e-mail: pmc@va.gov and you can visit the VA’s website at:


Message from Jim Strickland of VA Watchdog.org:

PTSD is a major issue in the Veteran community today. I support
efforts to further recognize and treat this condition.

A university research program is conducting a brief survey. The
graduate student overseeing the survey and her university shall remain
anonymous as will the identity of any veteran who completes the

If you know of a Vet who is or may be diagnosed with PTSD, please pass
along the link below. This shouldn’t take more than a very few minutes
to complete.


Again, this is totally anonymous, no names or emails are required and
there is no follow up. This is only for basic research purposes, not
for treatment or identification.


Jim Strickland


Message From Mr. Bill Waterhouse:

I am a member of a small group of veterans that were stationed at Ft. Slocum in New Rochelle during the 1960’s. We are looking for any vets that were there or have any information about the fort. Could you put a message on your website about our search?

We did have quite a few from the metro NYC area. You can also check out our yahoogroup at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Fort_Slocum_Friends/

Thanks in advance,

Bill Waterhouse
Fort Slocum Historical Association
e-mail: xwaterhouse@yahoo.com