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Federal, State & Local Veterans News

November 15, 2007 | Other News

Written By: Joe Bello (LaGuardia Community College, Veterans Affairs Office)

For your information– Mid-month (Federal, State and Local) Veteran’s news. As one of the NY Times article states below, we are losing more and more veterans here in New York City, NY State and the Northeast every day. I’m really concerned when reports say that 1 in 4 of the homeless are veterans and in New York City fully half the veterans are older than 65! This is more reason why we really need to come together, be a strong voice towards our elected officials and educate them (and the general public) that veterans issues are NOT a just a federal issue but a local issue as well. To quote a former NYS VA Director, ‘the influence of the military and veterans in general has been diminished by a great degree.’ When that happens, there are those who believe they can take advantage of us. We also need to our older veterans to start working with and grooming younger veterans to assume leadership roles and not hold on to them till its too late. This is the 5th year in a row where there have been articles around Veterans Day about how we in NYC and NYS are losing our numbers.

I will be on WBAI-99.5 FM tomorrow (Friday, Nov 16 at 3:30 PM) talking about veteran issues. Lastly, on NYMetroVets, we have some pictures of the NYC Veterans Day parade that took place on Sunday. We even have a couple of Mayor Bloomberg asleep on the podium! To see the pictures, log on to NYMetroVets and either click on New Photos on top or Photos on the left hand menu. Please pass on to others, take care and Happy Thanksgiving!

Joe Bello

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Veteran’s News
(1) Veterans’ Rolls Decline Here as Fewer Enlist and More Move

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/11/nyregion/11vets.html

(2) Report Ranks Homeless Vets up in Conn., NY, steady in NJ

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/newyork/ny-bc-ny–homelessveterans1108nov08,0,806219.story

(3) Report: More than 6,000 city veterans left homeless (Joe’s Note: You can link to the National Alliance to End Homelessness Veterans Report)

http://nydailynews.com/news/2007/11/13/2007-11-13_report_more_than_6000_city_veterans_left-1.html

(4) Dealing with the Corps Issues – Monserrate positions his committee on the municipal frontlines for veterans

http://cityhallnews.com/news/128/ARTICLE/1328/2007-11-13.html

(5) A Soldier home from War, and a Mother Fighting Hard

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/13/nyregion/13nyc.html

(6) Albany News 9 Interview with new NYS VA Director (Joe’s Note: The video is about 7-8 stories down and about 4 minutes long)

http://www.capitalnews9.com/content/capital_tonight/

(7) NY Reservists can get small-business loans

http://www.navytimes.com/news/2007/11/military_businessloans_071113w/

(8) Reservists: More problems returning to Work

http://www.armytimes.com/news/2007/11/ap_returntowork_071108/

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VETERAN EVENTS IN NYC: The following is a list of events that are taking place during the half of November. This list is not all inclusive and other events may be taking place throughout the city. Please share with others.

November 16, 2007 – Welcome Home Job and Career Day for returning (OIF/OEF) Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans at Bronx/James J. Peters VA Medical Center, 130 W. Kingsbridge Rd., Bronx, NY. This event will run from 9 AM to 3 PM and will include seminars on entrepreneurship and employment in government. In addition, private and public employers will be on site to highlight job opportunities and to accept job applications. We will also be providing assistance with resume writing with access to PC’s throughout the day. Refreshments will be served. For more information and to register go to: http://www1.va.gov/visns/visn03/oifoefcareerday.asp.

November 16, 2007 – The US Army Band ‘Pershing’s Own’ will perform various works at Manhattan’s Historic Trinity Church, which is located at Broadway and Wall Street. The Concert will start at 1 PM and is FREE and open to the public. For more information, call the Trinity Church Wall Street concert hotline at (212) 602-0747.

November 16, 2007 – NYMAS Talk: The German Naval Mutiny and Revolution: November 1918 with Speaker Edmund Clingan, Queens Community College. NYMAS talks are free and open to the public. They are held at the City University of New York Graduate Center, at 365 Fifth Avenue between 34th and 35th Streets from 7 PM to 9 PM. These lectures are held on the 6th floor, Room 6-495, but confirmation of the room should be obtained from the guard at the street-level entrance. Topics and speakers may be subject to change without notice. A current updated schedule is always available at this website (www.nymas.org).

November 17, 2007 – The US Army Band ‘Pershing’s Own’ is having a second concert entitled ‘Liberty for All’ that will take place at 2 PM at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. The concert is free but tickets are required and are on a first come, first serve basis. Only four (4) tickets per family are permitted. Tickets are currently sold out but you may call the Army Public Affairs Office to have your name placed on the waiting list. Tickets NOT picked up after 1:45 PM will be turned over to patrons in the stand-by waiting line. For more information, please call the Army Public Affairs Office at (212) 784-0115.

November 17, 2007 – GEM Music Records Presents: Thanksgiving Party at Kenny’s Castaways (157 Bleeker Street, between Sullivan and Thompson in NYC). This music event will take place at 11 PM with performances by Jing Ra, Matt Crafton of BNZ, Kissing Drummer Girl and Sam Serra. There is a 50% discount for active military, veterans, and NYU students (with DoD, VA and NYU ID). Age 21 and over to enter. For more information please visit: www.gemmusicrecords.com.

November 18, 2007 – The United Veterans Day Parade Committee is holding its 23rd Annual Veterans Day Parade at 12 PM at the corner of East Tremont and Lafayette Avenue in the Bronx. The parade will proceed east and end at Bicentennial Veterans’ Memorial Park where a ceremony will be held to honor all Veterans. The committee is looking for donations to help defray the cost of this year’s parade. If you can help them, please send donations to: The United Veterans Day Parade Committee of Greater New York, Inc., 728 Wilcox Avenue, Bronx, NY 10465. If you’re interested in more information, volunteering or want to participate, call Pat Devine at (718) 823-1981.

November 28, 2007 – The Greater New York – NYC Chapter Association of the United States Army (AUSA) is having its Annual Corporate Member Appreciation and Recognition Reception at the Mutual of America Building, 320 Park Avenue, 35th Floor (between 50th & 51st Street) New York City. Cocktails & Reception start at 6 PM. Dress in Business Attire/Military Dress Green or Blue. For more information, please contact Diane Dady via e-mail: daddy@vai.net or call (800) 824-7776 ext. 236. You can also visit the AUSA website at: www.ausanyc.org. RSVP by no later than November 21.

November 29, 2007 – The New York City Comptroller, William B. Thompson is having his annual Veterans Recognition Ceremony in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. The ceremony will run from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. All are invited to attend.

November 30, 2007 – NYMAS Talk: Was the Nineteenth-Century Army Isolated from American Society? The Speaker will be Samuel Watson from the United States Military Academy. NYMAS talks are free and open to the public. They are held at the City University of New York Graduate Center at 365 Fifth Avenue between 34th and 35th Streets from 7 PM to 9 PM. These lectures are held on the 6th floor, Room 6-495, but confirmation of the room should be obtained from the guard at the street-level entrance. Topics and speakers may be subject to change without notice. A current updated schedule is always available at this website (www.nymas.org).

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