Additional Resources

PTSD and Restorative Yoga

Event Date: October 20, 2020 - December 31, 2021

The Rockland county PFC Joseph P.Dwyer veteran peer support program would like to invite you to attend: Yoga free to all veterans, gold star Mothers & their Families

Vet-2-Vet Mindfulness Program

Event Date: October 26, 2020 - December 31, 2021

AA Meeting for Veterans and Their Families

Event Date: November 11, 2020 - December 31, 2021

A new Alcoholics Anonymous meeting for Veterans and their family members; the group is called SPLAT, Service Personnel Leaving Alcohol Together. This meeting is open to the beginner, as well as the individual interested in learning more about alcoholism or thinking that they or a family member may have a problem with alcohol. This meeting is every Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm - reading from the 12 Steps & 12 Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous.  You do not need a book to attend this meeting. The meeting will meet on Zoom for the time being, with future meetings being in-person at the Hudson Valley Center for Veteran Reintegration. Zoom meeting log-in information: Meeting ID: 936 421 8971 Meeting Password: veterans (lower case) ***Any assistance with joining this new group is welcomed - chairing, leading and other positions are available. Please reach out to Jessica Bugbee for more information at

Veterans, Gold Star Families Get Free Entrance to National Parks, Refuges, Other Public Lands

Event Date: November 11, 2020 - December 31, 2025

Veterans and Gold Star Families will be granted free access to national parks, wildlife refuges and other Federal lands managed by the Department of the Interior starting on Veterans Day this year and every day onward. “With the utmost respect and gratitude, we are granting Veterans and Gold Star Families free access to the iconic and treasured lands they fought to protect starting this Veterans Day and every single day thereafter,” said Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt. Entrance fees for the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and standard amenity recreation fees for the Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Reclamation sites will be waived for Veterans and Gold Star Families. They will have free access to approximately 2,000 public locations spread out across more than 400 million acres of public lands, which host activities to fit any lifestyle, from serene to high octane, including hiking, fishing, paddling, biking, hunting, stargazing and climbing. Many Department managed lands have direct connections to the American military, such as frontier forts, Cold War sites, battlefields, national cemeteries, and memorials. These special places pay tribute to our veterans and serve as reminders of their courage and sacrifice throughout the history of our nation, from Minuteman National Historic Park where colonists stood in defense of their rights, to Yellowstone National Park, which was protected from vandalism and poaching by the 1st U.S. Cavalry before the National Park Service was established, to Mount Rushmore where modern warriors attend reenlistment ceremonies. Details on program For purposes of this program, a Veteran is identified as an individual who has served in the United States Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Reserves, and is able to present one of the following forms of identification: Gold Star Families are next of kin of a member of the United States Armed Forces who lost his or her life in a “qualifying situation,” such as a war, an international terrorist attack, or a military operation outside of the United States while serving with the United States Armed Forces. The Interagency America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Program already includes a free annual pass for active duty members of the U.S. Military and their dependents. Other free or discounted passes are available for persons with permanent disabilities, fourth grade students, volunteers, and senior citizens age 62 years or older. The Department also offers free entrance days for everyone throughout the year to mark days of celebration and commemoration including the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., National Public Lands Day, Veterans Day, and the signing of the Great American Outdoors Act.  

Information Technology (IT) Training and Certification

Event Date: November 12, 2020 - December 31, 2021


You may have never considered a career in tech, but the right training can turn your in-demand soft skills into a high-growth, high-wage career. Depending on your transition timeline, there are several options for participating in SkillStorm's training programs:

·        Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program (CFP) - SkillStorm is a fellowship program host company. Transitioning service members whose transition timeline aligns with one of the upcoming CFP cohorts can apply to the CFP and complete a fellowship with SkillStorm.

·        SkillStorm Advanced Technology Immersion and Certification Program - Veterans and transitioning service members whose transition timeline does not align with one of the upcoming CFP cohorts can apply to SkillStorm's certification program here.

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AARP’s Free Job Board Lists Employers Hiring Veterans

Event Date: November 12, 2020 - December 31, 2021

At the onset of the pandemic in March, when businesses across the nation abruptly closed their doors and laid off countless workers, unemployment among Veterans surged. By April, the jobless rate for all Veterans jumped to 11.7%, up from 4.1% the previous month, according to the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University. For the oldest Veterans from the World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War eras, the rate shot up to a staggering 17%, up from 4.1%. The coronavirus has been equally hard on the nation’s 21.2 million Veteran-owned small businesses, which continue to struggle with the sharp economic downturn. But the Veteran owners we spoke with said the skills they developed during their service have taught them how to handle the unexpected – even a pandemic. “When you’re in combat or deployed, you’re constantly fighting to turn assumptions into facts. That has been a real advantage, to know how to do that,” said retired Army Maj. Gen. Allen Batschelet, principal and cofounder of Horizon Strategies, located in Omaha, Nebraska. “We don’t want to make emotional decisions based on things we don’t know.” Whether you are a Veteran looking for a job or a business owner looking to hire Veterans, the place to start is the AARP Job Board. Check the filter for “Veterans Wanted Jobs” to find employers seeking applicants with military experience. The AARP Job Board and other employment resources listed here are free to all Veterans, military personnel and their families regardless if they are AARP members.   AARP Resume Advisor: Get a free expert résumé review of how well your skills are communicated and obtain personalized recommendations on how to make your résumé stand out. Discounted writing packages are also available to rewrite your résumé, cover letter or LinkedIn profile.   AARP Work Reimagined Guide for Veterans & Military Families: Download this guide to help you navigate the many free resources AARP offers to aid in your job search.   Aaron Kassraie is an associate writer and editor for AARP. 

New Guide Series Provides GI Bill Benefits Information

Event Date: November 12, 2020 - December 31, 2021

Veterans can learn more about GI Bill benefits they’ve earned through a new three-part series just released. The series, “Building Your Future with the GI Bill,” coincides with the third anniversary of the Colmery Act, signed into law Aug. 17, 2017. VA’s education benefits programs, particularly the Forever GI Bill, support Veterans and their families by providing them the benefits and resources for education goals. The new three-part series serves as a roadmap to support the journey from education to employment. This series helps eligible service members, Veterans and their families. The series helps people navigate education pathways, finding the right benefits program for them.   The guides Part One“A Guide to Choosing Your Education Pathway,” helps GI Bill beneficiaries navigate the education pathways to lead to a fulfilling career. Earning a degree or certification allows beneficiaries to be more competitive in the workforce. This also helps them attain a higher salary and job stability, and boost employer-provided benefits. This guide provides details on education options from undergraduate, entrepreneurship, on-the-job training, and other non-traditional education options.   Part Two“A Guide to Understanding Your Benefits”, helps future GI Bill beneficiaries navigate VA education benefits to find the best program fit for themselves. Understanding the variety of education benefits available helps Veterans and their families determine the appropriate VA benefit based on eligibility and goals. This guide provides Veterans details on supplemental programs and offer a way to compare options. It also encompasses information on additional grants, scholarships, state benefits and student loans,. This helps give a holistic view of resources available.   Part Three“A Guide to Furthering Your Career,” helps GI Bill beneficiaries transition from education to a fulfilling career. Education is the first step. This guide outlines the process of job searching, building a network, and growth during a career. As students finish their education or training, VA can help them find the right career path.   Potential GI Bill beneficiaries should use these guides as a starting point to research the education and training options available. These guides provide help with navigating the variety of education pathways, understanding education benefits options, and building a fulfilling career. More information Learn more about the GI Bill and education benefits available at  

Veterans Yoga Project Offers Daily Resources to Support Recovery and Well-being

Event Date: November 12, 2020 - December 31, 2021

Every day, Veterans Yoga Project offers over three hours of free, live practices on Facebook and Zoom. With the onset of COVID-19, Veterans Yoga Project swiftly shifted their in-session classes to an online platform. Classes include yoga, guided rest, and breath work. Veterans Yoga Project students were recently surveyed to determine the change in levels of physical pain and distress before and after classes. Data from 28 participants demonstrated significant reductions in both pain and distress as a result of their home yoga practice.

New Yorkers Can Now Take Free Online Courses Through Coursera

Event Date: November 21, 2020 - December 31, 2021

New Yorkers can now take free online courses through Coursera. In partnership with Coursera, NYS launched a free online platform for New Yorkers to learn new job skills, earn certificates and advance their careers. At a time when unemployment has risen due to the pandemic, we hope these online courses will help New Yorkers get back on their feet. So, whether you're unemployed, underemployed, or are simply interested in learning new skills, check it out and sign up.

Find NYS Services and Benefits

Event Date: November 21, 2020 - December 31, 2021

NYS launched a new web application to help New Yorkers find state services and benefits. The "Find Services" web application was developed in partnership with, to assist New Yorkers in locating appropriate services with one streamlined web application. Due to the pandemic, unfortunately, we're seeing an unprecedented demand for social services and this application provides an easy-to-use starting point for first-time program users.

Code Platoon Offers Software Development Training for Veterans and Spouses

Event Date: November 26, 2020 - December 31, 2021

Code Platoon offers software development training for Veterans and spouses Guided and self-paced programs available Veterans and their spouses can train to become professional, certified software developers with Code Platoon’s Coding Bootcamp, an immersive, hands-on training program with opportunities for paid internships (in Chicago only) and job placements as a web developer upon graduation. What does Coding Bootcamp training cover? The Code Platoon Coding Bootcamp covers everything needed to work as a “full-stack developer,” which means Veterans and spouses can get hands-on experience in building front-facing websites and behind-the-scenes databases. Over the 14-week full-time training course, students will learn about today’s web development tools, programming languages, industry best practices, and even some soft skills to help them become well-rounded professionals prepared for finding a job. There are also evening and weekend courses available, which run for 28 weeks and cover the same curriculum as the 14-week course. And there is a self-paced coding program that is free to Veterans, active duty service members, and military spouses. For students new to coding, Code Platoon offers Intro to Coding and Bootcamp prep classes. Currently, Coding Bootcamp classes are all online for safety reasons. Who is eligible? Anyone who has served at least one day in the military (or is married to someone who has) is eligible to apply to Code Platoon, including National Guard and Reserve. The Code Platoon team works individually with each incoming student, providing a personal connection right from the start. What does it cost? Code Platoon accepts the GI Bill for in-person students, VET TEC, VR&E, and Skillbridge. For students who do not want to use VA benefits or have exhausted their benefits, Code Platoon offers scholarships, including full scholarships for women, Transgender, and Black and Hispanic students. Contact Code Platoon for more information on program costs. “Code Platoon has a long-standing partnership with the Department of Veteran Affairs. Our team works tirelessly to ensure Veterans and spouses can utilize their educational benefits to participate in our programs. We are grateful VA recognizes the importance and impact of coding boot camps in helping fill the increasing need for technical talent in our country.” Rod Levy, Code Platoon Executive Director and Founder How to Apply Check out Code Platoon’s program site to learn more about the program, eligibility, training curriculum, costs, and other important information. When you’re ready to apply, click here to start your application. For more information on the program, eligibility, and application process, Contact Code Platoon at “As a recent graduate of this program, I can honestly say this is the experience of a lifetime. All members of the program respect you as an individual with varying life experiences and see you as a human. If you want respect and validation, this is the place for you.” Stephen, 2020 graduate


Event Date: November 26, 2020 - December 31, 2021

Women are the fastest growing subset of the Veteran population. They serve in every branch of the military, in multiple military occupational specialties and roles. In fact, women Veterans are a quite diverse population – in 2020, 43% of women who used VHA healthcare belonged to a minority group. Hudson Valley VA is grateful for the opportunity to serve this, and the next generation of diverse women Veterans. Join us in honoring these incredible women. VA Hudson Valley offers a wide array of women health care services Women’s Health Primary Care Providers We have designated Women’s Health Primary Care Providers (WH PCP’s) that are trained to provide comprehensive women’s health care at our two main campuses and seven Community Clinics (CBOCs). If you are unsure if your provider is a designated WH PCP and are interested in switching, please contact me or your health care team. VA Hudson Valley offers a wide variety of health care services
  • Comprehensive Women's Health Primary Care
  • Gynecology consults
  • Services every Wednesday at Castle Point
  • Community Care consults including:
  • Maternity Care
  • Mammography
  • Breast MRI
  • Mental Health Wellness including:
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Military Sexual Trauma (MST)
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Substance Abuse (SA)
  • Pharmacy
  • Smoking Cessation | Weight Management
If you have not already done so, please make your first appointment with us
  • Call the Appointment Line at (845) 831-2000, ext. 7666
  • During your first appointment, your VA health care team will make sure you are up to date with preventive health and wellness guidelines.
Preventative Screenings include: Cervical Cancer Screening Ages 21-64 Mammogram Ages 45-74 Osteoporosis Screening Ages after age 60 Colorectal Screening (CRS) Ages 51-75 VA Community Care Network and Flu Season During flu season, protecting your health with a flu shot is easier than ever — and as close as your local VA or neighborhood in-network community care provider! Visit to find the community pharmacy or urgent care closest to you.  


Event Date: December 3, 2020 - December 31, 2021

THE ROCKLAND COUNTY PFC JOSEPH P. DWYER VETERAN PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM INVITES ALL VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES TO A WEEKLY VIRTUAL CLASS IN THE ANCIENT CHINESE EXERCISE OF QIGONG   Thursday Mornings, From 9am to 10am   First class will be December 3, 2020 INSTRUCTOR: Norman Galinsky , MFA Over 36 years of study, practice, and teaching of Chinese healing and martial arts. Norman will be sending out the Zoom invitations on a weekly basis. If interested in attending or have further questions, contact Veteran Outreach Coordinator Izzy Quintana at


Event Date: December 4, 2020 - December 31, 2021

THE ROCKLAND COUNTY PFC JOSEPH P. DWYER VETERAN PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM WOULD LIKE TO INVITE YOU TO A SESSION OF : TAPPING EFT (EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUES) Commonly referred to as ‘Tapping,’ EFT uses a unique combination of ancient Eastern and Western medicine to bring together an efficient mix of mindfulness, brief exposure, neural re-consolidation and simultaneously uses the somatic, to down-regulate the nervous system by using the body’s meridian energy (Qi) system. It’s a fast way to feel better and we’ll teach you to simply use your own fingertips to Tap upon just a few of the body’s acupressure points, while focusing upon an issue you’d like to change for the better. What Kinds of Things Can it Be Used For?
  • Stress reduction
  • Pain, such as headaches, injuries, emotional overwhelmingness
  • Fear, such as performance anxiety or worries
  • Negative moods and emotional states that hamper your enjoyment of Life
In Deeper Use:
  • To resolve old memories, hurts and wounds
  • To release traumatic events, including PTSD
  • To create more rapid healing of health conditions and bothersome symptoms
  • For phobias and bothersome behaviors
  • Old habits or coping behaviors that affect your health, such as smoking and cravings
Vet to Vet Outreach Coordinators trained by EFT Master Trainer Jondi Whitis will lead these sessions that will take place weekly on Fridays at 10 am. Starts: December 4th, 2020 virtually online via Zoom. Meeting ID: 841 3981 8795 ; Passcode: 338649 Contact Sharon Bailey, Veteran Outreach Administrator at email: if you would like to join us or have any questions regarding the Tapping sessions.

NY Bar Association Restoration of Honor 

Event Date: December 8, 2020 - December 31, 2021

NY Bar Association Restoration of Honor    New York State Bar Association will assist veterans through the Restoration of Honor process. The Restoration of Honor Act authorizes the New York State Division of Veterans’ Services (NYS DVS) to restore access to State Veterans Benefits to Veterans who have an Other-Than-Honorable Discharge (OTH) or a General Under Honorable Conditions Discharge due to any of the following: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Military Sexual Trauma (MST) Sexual Orientation Gender Identity Veterans who are interested may complete the following form and the NY Bar Association will start working to match them with a volunteer lawyer. If upon review, the attorney finds that the applicant does not meet the eligibility requirement, they can make recommendations about how to receive help. Contact Eunice Bencke, New York State Bar Association, for additional information (518-463-3200 or

Yoga “Sleep” Guided Meditation Class Available from Home

Event Date: December 10, 2020 - December 30, 2021

U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Others Partner for “Operation Protect Veterans”

Event Date: December 13, 2020 - December 31, 2021

U.S. Postal Inspection Service, others partner for “Operation Protect Veterans”   “Nearly every day we read about Veterans who have been swindled out of their savings,” claimed an Iowa newspaper. Within the span of a single year, scams aimed at military Veterans were exposed across North America. Authorities uncovered Veteran-centered schemes from California to Indiana and to the East Coast. These scams even spilled over international lines, reaching victims like Elmer Lloyd — a 30-year-old Canadian Veteran — who was approached by a self-proclaimed representative of a Boston law firm with the news he had inherited $100,000. Fortunately for Mr. Lloyd (and his savings account), by the time he decided to pursue this inheritance, the “lawyer” had left town. And unfortunately, this tactic of targeting Veterans is far from new. Everything mentioned in the paragraph above did not occur in 2018. Or even 2008. The year was 1946. The target of the scammers was the savings and discharge pay of thousands of WWII Veterans returning home from Europe and the Pacific. Veteran scams today Swindlers and con-artists have a long history of targeting soldiers, often leveraging the Veteran’s sense of duty and loyalty to fellow Veterans. But while preying on Veterans is not a new development, the frequency we’re seeing in America today is perhaps unprecedented. One source in 1946 claimed Veterans were responsible for one in five complaints of fraud to authorities.[v] Today, according to a survey conducted by the National Opinion Research Center Veterans are victimized by scam artists twice as often as the rest of the public. Further, the Fraud Watch Network’s recent survey showed 16 percent of U.S. Veterans have lost money to fraudsters, compared to 8 percent of no-Veterans. And 80 percent of Veterans surveyed said they have encountered scams directed specifically to Veterans. “Unfortunately, the men and women who bravely served our country have become a prime target of telephone and online thieves,” said AARP chief executive officer Jo Ann Jenkins. “While Veterans are bombarded by the same scam pitches we all receive, our research found that they’re also under special attack by a number of additional scams tailored just for them.” One obvious advantage the scammer of 2018 has over the swindler of 1946 is the technology that allows cons to operate remotely and anonymously to reach a much larger range of targets. Our advancements in communication have added countless opportunities to the scammer’s malicious motives. These are criminals who, opposite the military Veteran, have no sense of honor. They are ruthless, and they do not hesitate to steal from our national heroes and rob their families of the financial security they fought so hard to secure. But we can defeat them by arming Veterans with knowledge of the scammers’ tactics and spreading the word about new scams. Our response: the best offense In the current Internet age, where scammers are increasingly difficult to locate and arrest, consumer awareness and prevention is the best weapon we have to combat these schemes. For that purpose, the AARP Fraud Watch Network and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service have partnered in the launch of Operation Protect Veterans — a national campaign to warn those who have served in the military about scams and fraud schemes that target Veterans. Together, we aim to expose these frauds and counter the increasing assault on our Veterans. “The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is committed to protecting our Veterans from scammers who continuously prey upon them for their own illicit gains,” said Guy Cottrell, chief postal inspector. “We will continue in our fraud prevention efforts to inform Veterans about scam artists who fraudulently utilize advances in technology and tailor their pitches towards them.” The Postal Inspection Service and AARP are warning all Americans who have served in the military to look out for the following Veteran-tailored scams:  
  • The benefits buyout offer. Scammers take advantage of Veterans in need by offering a quick upfront buyout, usually at a fraction of the value, of future disability or pension payments.
  • The fake charitable giving request. Scammers make fraudulent claims about charitable giving that benefits Veterans or wounded service members.
  • Fraudulent records offer. Scammers try to charge Veterans a fee to access military records or government forms, information that is actually available for free through the National Archives (for military records) and or local VA offices (for forms)
  • The VA phishing scam. Scammers posing as VA employees call Veterans to “phish” for Social Security numbers and personal financial information, which they use to access bank accounts and/or open fake credit card accounts.
  • The bogus employment scam. Scammers post fake job descriptions to collect personal information from a Veteran’s job application, or they charge an employment fee.
  • These scammers are a devious, diabolical enemy. They know which heart strings to pull in order to get what they want, which is always the same thing: your money, or your personal information. Veterans, and all Americans, should be suspicious of any phone call or email requesting you send or transfer money or asking for personal information of any kind (e.g., Social Security number, address, etc.).
Don’t give it to them. Research and verify all offers and claims. And if they persist or make financial threats, just remember: in the battle against this kind of criminal, the surest tactic for victory may be to simply hang up or press “delete.” If you or a loved one has encountered a financial scam in the last 12 months, please help us keep fighting for our Veterans by calling 877-908-3360.


Event Date: January 12, 2021 - January 1, 2022

THE ROCKLAND COUNTY PFC JOSEPH P. DWYER VETERAN PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM INVITES ALL VETERANS & THEIR FAMILIES TO TRI-WEEKLY VIRTUAL CLASSES IN MEDITATION This 20-minute guided meditation class elicits deep relaxation and helps reduce stress and anxiety. Participants can sit or lay down in a comfortable position for the experience. All are welcome to share thoughts or questions at the end during a short Q & A session. Brett Cotter is an author and meditation teacher with 20 years experience. He is a member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, the National Center for Crises Management, and his entire program is certified by the American Institute of Stress. Brett is currently focused on helping first responders, military veterans, and their families reduce stress and anxiety. Classes will be held every Monday, Wednesday & Friday @ 9:00 am. To participate download “Ring Central Meetings” app to your cell phone or meeting program onto your PC or laptop computer by clicking on: It's free and works very similar to Zoom, then use meeting ID: 582 811 3947 Or Join from any browser: If interested in attending or have further questions, contact Veteran Outreach Coordinator Izzy Quintana at


Event Date: January 14, 2021 - December 31, 2021

American Corporate Partners offers Veterans mentorship opportunities with Fortune 500 industry experts

The average starting salary for ACP proteges is $82,000

In 2020, a record number of Veterans sought mentorship from American Corporate Partners. In response, ACP continued to add new corporate partners like ADT, Cisco, Nike and UnitedHealth Group to its roster of more than 90 Fortune 500 businesses who are engaged in the effort to mentor Veterans into rewarding civilian careers. Available mentors right now include the Chief People Officer at Major League Baseball, the COO of the New York Jets, the SVP Military Affairs at USAA, and a VP of Diversity for Bank of America. New mentors sign up every day, so now is a great time to sign up to jump start your civilian career in 2021.
Mentorship doesn’t end with a new job
Stephanie learned about ACP through a June VA Newsletter featuring ACP. She served as an NCO in the U.S. Navy as an Operational Supervisor. With guidance from her ACP mentor, she recently landed a job as a project manager at General Dynamics. “Josh and I had a great virtual meeting. In our next meeting, we’ll touch base on my LSAT preparation progress and follow up on possible ways I can build relevant experience now,” she said. But mentorship doesn’t end once a Veteran finds a new job. The conversation continues, ensuring that Veterans always have an advocate for them every step of the way. U.S. Army veteran Armando obtained his dream job just a few months into his yearlong ACP mentorship with his Nike mentor, Ken. “When I first applied to ACP, I already held a position at a company and wanted to explore growth opportunities with a corporate mentor. After being paired with Ken, I realized that I wanted to take a risk and bet on myself by taking on a position in a Veteran-owned start up company. However, everyone around me was advising me not to take this risk – they simply could not understand why I wanted to take this chance.” Thanks to Ken, Armando felt encouraged to take the chance that changed his life. “My ACP Mentor heard me for what I wanted to do, encouraged me to follow my dreams and truly addressed what I was passionate about. Together, we have been working on my goals and done some serious career planning.” Are you ready to take the next step? ACP has openings for both Veterans and mentors. Getting started is easy. Visit and fill out an application, which generally takes about 10 minutes. Answer questions that include background, interests, military experience, and mentoring preferences such as gender or former service preferences.
What to expect after applying?
ACP will reach out within 24 hours and schedule a 15-minute phone call to ask a few more clarifying questions to match the applicant with the right mentor. Over the past 10 years, more than 18,000 Veterans have completed the mentorship program. For those Veterans who obtained jobs in 2018, 86% of those hired during the program were still with the company in 2019. In 2019, nearly 2,000 Veterans were hired while enrolled in the mentorship program, with an average salary of $80,000. All post-9/11 Veterans who have served at least 180 days of active duty since 9/11 are eligible. APPLY HERE:  American Corporate Partners | American Corporate Partners (


Event Date: January 14, 2021 - December 31, 2021

New Year, Same Scams: Tips and tricks from AARP to fight fraud in 2021

The pandemic has ushered in swindles involving everything from stimulus checks to fake coronavirus cures. Those are in addition to the familiar ruses that employ a Veteran-focused twist on identity theftphishingcharity scamsinvestment schemes and loan deceptions. The crooks’ goal is often to manipulate or gain access to government benefits provided to those who served our nation. “Younger Veterans may be looking at people that might be trying to rip them off on things related to education, finding a job, starting a business,” says Carol Kando-Pineda, an attorney for the FTC’s Division of Consumer and Business Education. Older Veterans may face similar pitches and solicitations for work-at-home schemes, which lure potential victims with the promise of fast cash but may charge a large up-front fee or seek credit card information. Military families may be particularly vulnerable to fraud because they relocate frequently and because younger families may be living on their own or earning a paycheck for the first time, the FTC warns. “Folks in the military are taught to depend [on] and take care of each other,” Kando-Pineda says. “Unfortunately, scammers will try to take advantage of them and claim some sort of [military] affiliation to gain their trust.”
AARP provides free resources to all Veterans, military personnel and their families, regardless of whether they are association members
Whether you or a loved one may be the target of a scam, or you want to learn more about scam prevention, visit the AARP Fraud Watch Network online or call its toll-free helpline at 877-908-3360. Here are more steps that Veterans can take to combat fraud. These are critical given that former service members and military families are twice as likely as civilians to be targeted for scams, according to research by AARP’s free Fraud Watch Network. Download or print the AARP Watchdog Alert Handbook: 10 Ways Con Artists Target Veterans. Learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones from scammers. Get to know Operation Protect Veterans. AARP teamed up with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service to expose swindles that focus on Veterans. Report suspicious emails, texts, phone calls or printed materials by emailing or calling 877-908-3360. Learn from the costly experience of one Veteran, awarded a Purple Heart for combat injuries in Vietnam, who fell victim to two con artists promising COVID-19 grants. Review the do’s and don’ts Veterans should follow after recognizing the warning signs that a scammer has made contact. Bookmark the Veterans, Military and Their Families page on — — to stay up to date with the latest news and information affecting older veterans. AARP resources for veterans are free and available to nonmembers. (Online Event) Five Ways to Protect Veterans & Military Families from Fraud & Scams in 2021: Join AARP, the USPIS, and the FTC for a free “Operation Protect Veterans” webinar. You’ll hear from fraud fighting experts about the top scams and frauds targeting Veterans and Military Families in 2021, get your questions answered live, and learn more about stopping scammers in their tracks. The webcast will be streamed live Jan. 26, 2021 at 7:00 pm EST or on-demand at your convenience.


Event Date: January 22, 2021 - December 31, 2021

At Easterseals, we understand the unique challenges Veterans face as they transition from service to civilian life. We are proud to serve those who sacrificed so much to keep us safe. Knowing every Veteran is different, we offer a variety of services for Veterans and military families at many of our 67 Affiliates nationwide. What are the resources? Employment Programs and Job Training: Our employment programs can help Veterans find meaningful, skills-based work and a steady income that builds off of Veterans’ military experience. We offer resume oversight, skills training and job search assistance. We also work with Freddie Mac to lend financial guidance toward home ownership. Military and Veterans Caregiver Services: When military families transition to civilian life, their caregivers often take on new roles and need individualized support. We have a variety of resources, including educational webinars where we teach caregivers how to navigate mental illness, childcare, intimacy, and various disabilities Veterans may face. We also have respite and childcare, so families avoid caregiver burnout. Health and Wellness Programs: After returning home, many Veterans struggle both mentally and physically. To aid these individuals, Easterseals offers mental health counseling, center-based adult day services, in-home services, and physical and occupational therapies. Community Support: We understand that Veterans also need support from other Veterans, to know they are not alone and can thrive through shared experiences. Through Easterseals, Veterans can access RallyPoint, the premiere digital platform for the military community to come together and build relationships with each other. From job tips to sharing stories and pictures, RallyPoint is the best way to connect digitally. Many Easterseals Affiliates offer Veterans support groups as well. Advocacy: Beyond our direct services for Veterans, our Washington, D.C.-based government relations team works to influence federal and state legislation affecting Veterans and military families, actively engaging with Congressional staff to address issues impacting Veterans and military families. Who is eligible? Easterseals serves people with disabilities, seniors, Veterans and their families. Any Veteran, regardless of age or whether or not they have a disability, is eligible for services through Easterseals. How can you apply? Easterseals has affiliates across the United States, offering a variety of services that Veterans and military families can access. Find your closest Easterseals location. Once you find your local Easterseals, simply call or email them directly to see how they are supporting Veterans. What can you expect after applying? Your local affiliate will contact you to discuss your needs. Easterseals will be there with you every step of the way to answer any questions you may have, and to ensure the services you receive are appropriate. Veterans and their families are an important part of the community served by Easterseals. We are committed to providing our nation’s Veterans and their families with what they need to successfully transition to civilian life, and we’re grateful for their service and sacrifice. Should we not offer the services needed, we will provide a referral and introduction to another community-based organization for assistance. Click here to learn more about the Easterseals Veterans Staffing Network.


Event Date: January 22, 2021 - December 31, 2021

There’s a saying often attributed to former President Franklin D. Roosevelt: “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” In a year that found so many people reaching the end of their ropes, a program run by the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers (RCI) helped nearly 400 military caregivers tie a knot in their ropes.
OFC supports the “unsung heroes behind our heroes” – the friends and families of those injured as a result of military service.

OFC supports the “unsung heroes behind our heroes” – the friends and families of those injured as a result of military service.

Operation Family Caregiver (OFC) is RCI’s signature military caregiving program. Founded by former First Lady Rosalynn Carter in 1987, RCI provides coaching and support to caregivers of all types. In 2012, RCI launched OFC to support the “unsung heroes behind our heroes” – the friends and families of those injured as a result of military service. Specially-trained coaches deliver a one-on-one, personalized program by phone or video to help military families find their way back to strong.
The program is proven to work
Caregivers who have completed the eight-session program report fewer health complaints, less depression, and reduced anxiety for their children. They feel more prepared to take care of their families, and they develop new skills that make the difficult decisions they face feel more manageable and achievable, leading to improvements in their own lives. These outcomes are critical, as the number of caregivers in the United States continue to rise. According to AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving, there are an estimated 53 million caregivers in the United States, and a 2014 RAND study estimated 5.5 million military caregivers in the United States – a number that has surely risen as the Global War on Terror continues. Caregiver health and well-being is a public health challenge as extensive as tobacco use, obesity, and cancer – but it rarely receives the attention or investment it deserves. A report from RCI this fall laid bare the long-term repercussions. Without robust strategies and systems to support America’s already-vulnerable informal caregiver community, the report states, the nation’s health, economy, and stability are at risk. Programs like Operation Family Caregiver are a start, but they need to be part of a broad and strategic effort to support caregivers.
“Just having that cheering squad behind me going, ‘You go girl, you got this, and let’s help try and strategize and problem solve,’ it really made me feel like I was on the right track and I wasn’t alone,” said Gina, who went through Operation Family Caregiver after her husband was medically retired from the Army in 2015 with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Registering for Operation Family Caregiver takes only a few minutes, and a coach will contact you within two business days, or you can visit the website to learn more about all of RCI’s programs.


Event Date: January 22, 2021 - December 22, 2021

Dear Fellow Veterans and Extended Family,

The Rockland County PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Veteran Peer Support Program (Vet to Vet) invites you to our monthly Veteran Roundtable Discussion: Let’s Talk About Suicide

Conducted on the 22nd of Each Month

TOPIC: Suicide In The Veteran Population

WHEN: Friday, January 22, 2021 from 12 to 2 pm

WHO:  Facilitated by Sharon Bailey, LCSW ( Veteran Administrator )

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Marianne Goodman, Psychiatrist at Bronx VA

HOW: Online virtual event you can watch & participate in via Zoom Meeting ID: 853 7243 5437 Passcode: 204526 or join by clicking on:


Event Date: January 22, 2021 - December 31, 2021

The Elizabeth Dole Foundation (EDF), in partnership with VA, has announced the expansion of the Respite Relief for Military and Veterans Caregivers program. First launched in August, this program grants Veteran Family caregivers access to no-cost, short-term aid to help those caring for wounded, ill, or injured Veterans or service members in their homes during the coronavirus pandemic. Following a successful launch in select regions of California, Florida and Texas, the program is now available to Caregivers nationwide. Under the Respite Relief for Military and Veteran Caregivers program, caregivers of Veterans can apply to receive approximately 24-hours of respite care from a CareLinx professional to help with companionship, cooking, exercising, grooming, light housekeeping, medical and medication reminders, mobility assistance, transportation and other activities. These services come at no cost to Veterans or their caregivers. Since August, over 3,132 hours of respite care have been delivered to Veteran and military caregivers, granting them the important opportunity to take a break from their work and have time for themselves. “We’re excited to support the Elizabeth Dole Foundation in the expansion of this incredible respite relief program for family caregivers of Veterans nationwide. Especially now, family caregivers need support, and this program is here to provide it,” said Suzanne Shirley, Director of Community Engagement for VHA Innovation Ecosystem (VHA IE). VA’s efforts to support Veterans and their caregivers will not stop here, though. Through VHA IE, VA will use this program as a basis to launch a new partnership model for how public and private sectors can work together during times of crisis to support military and Veteran families. With the program now available nationwide, qualified caregivers interested in applying to the Respite Relief for Military and Veteran Caregivers program can begin the process by applying here:


Event Date: January 26, 2021 - December 28, 2021

VETERAN & MENTOR SUPPORT GROUP - Every Tuesday from 10 am to 11:30 am via conference call. Session is led by Veteran Outreach Coordinator Flore Raphael. Geared for Veterans of every war era and MBHT trained Mentors. Dial in # 701-802-5101, Passcode 486179 #.


Event Date: January 26, 2021 - December 31, 2021


Event Date: January 26, 2021 - December 31, 2021


Event Date: February 1, 2021 - December 27, 2021

WELLNESS & RECOVERY -- VETERANS & FIRST RESPONDERS SUPPORT GROUP - Every Monday from 2 pm to 4 pm via conference call. Session is led by Sharon Bailey. LCSW. You can call in with your name or stay anonymous. Dial in # 425-436-6393, Passcode 114029 #.  


Event Date: February 18, 2021 - December 31, 2021

How Can ATTRA Help You? Farmers and ranchers are looking for reliable information on sustainable and organic agriculture, on how to get started in farming, on how to qualify for government programs that reward land stewardship and resource conservation, and on how to pursue such profitable niche markets as organic meats and grains or agriculture tourism. The answers to these and many other similar questions are available free from ATTRA - Sustainable Agriculture, a program of the nonprofit National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). Publications ATTRA publications cover a wide range of topics, including: • Horticultural crops • Field crops • Soils and composts • Pest management • Irrigation, water conservation, and water quality issues • Livestock production • Grass farming • Marketing and business strategies • Market gardening • Risk management • Agricultural energy • Organic certification, production, and marketing Visit to view a complete list of our publications. Most are available to download in PDF format. Tutorials ATTRA offers free, online courses that include a variety of educational tools such as worksheets, narrated PowerPoint presentations, videos, and tip sheets. Titles include: • Produce Safety • Soil Health • Managed Grazing • Farm Energy Efficiency • Scaling Up for Regional Markets • Sustainable Irrigation • Ecological Pest Management • Farm Business Planning & Marketing for Beginners • Getting Started in Farming: An Introduction to Farm Business Planning Technical Assistance ATTRA’s friendly staff members are knowledgeable about livestock, horticulture, agronomy, organic farming, marketing, farm energy, and many other sustainable agriculture topics, and are available to provide free assistance. ATTRA offers several ways producers can contact an agriculture specialist, who will research questions and send the client a report, including sources of more information. • Call ATTRA at 1-800-346-9140 (English) or 1-800-411-3222 (Spanish) • Use our online Ask A Sustainable Agriculture Expert form at • Text or email your questions to Website In addition to more than 450 publications, ATTRA’s website contains webinars, videos, searchable databases, podcasts, and narrated PowerPoint presentations, plus tools to keep you up-to-date on what’s happening in sustainable agriculture: • Calendar of events • Funding opportunities • Weekly Harvest e-news • 1-800-346-9140 • Veteran Resources Sustainable Agriculture A program of the National Center for Appropriate Technology • 1-800-346-9140 • NCAT has been involved in targeted veteran outreach and assistance since 2010. NCAT agriculture specialists have provided training and technical assistance to more than 2,400 military veterans interested in farming. NCAT has partnered with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, Farmer Veteran Coalition, University of Arkansas, Growing Warriors, and other sustainable agriculture organizations to train veterans interested in sustainable agriculture careers. The goals of Armed to Farm are: • To train veterans and their partners to operate sustainable crop and livestock enterprises • To create a network of veterans and their families who are starting careers in sustainable agriculture • To provide technical assistance to participants as they start and improve their farming operations Trainings range in length from conference presentations, two-day workshops, and week-long training events. The multi-day programs include a mix of educational classes—covering topics such as risk management, business planning, and marketing— and hands-on activities at successful livestock, crop, and agritourism operations. Funding for Armed to Farm has come from NCAT’s ATTRA - Sustainable Agriculture program, USDA Rural Business Cooperative Services, USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, USDA Risk Management Agency and Swords to Plowshares. Armed to Farm: Sustainable Agriculture Training for Military Veterans What participants say about Armed to Farm training: “This was one of the best workshops, if not the best, in any field I have been involved in. It was a great mix of hands-on and classroom instruction. The instructors were very experienced and knowledgeable.” “Armed to Farm gave me the tools to take my farm dream seriously and make it happen. I can’t say if I would have had the confidence to get it going without Armed to Farm.” “Invaluable. I have hope of having a life again thanks to ATF.” Armed to Farm attendees get plenty of hands-on experience, from building hoophouses to feeding pastured poultry. Contact Robyn Metzger at 479-442-9824 or for more information about Armed to Farm trainings and other veteran resources available through ATTRA. For information on upcoming training events, visit Veteran Resources • IP494, Slot 507 • Updated March 2018 ©NCAT Farmland, Farm Employment, and Training Program Locator for Veterans This national database is a one-stop shop for information related to military veterans in agriculture: • Farmers who want to employ veterans can list jobs • Landowners who want to help veterans get started farming can list farmland available to veterans • Organizations can list agriculture training programs for veterans • Veterans who are already farming can list their farms Help us connect farmers, veterans, and organizations with each other! • Add a pin to our map by submitting your information through our online form • View or add listings of upcoming trainings, conferences, and other events to our Veterans in Agriculture Event Calendar: • Find farmland, farm employment, or training programs in your area:


Event Date: February 24, 2021 - December 29, 2021

Hudson River Health Care (HRHCare) and Brightpoint Health are now Sun River Health. The care you need. The respect you deserve. Be Prepared, Save a Life Virtual Narcan Training Series Join Sun River Health for this free training about the lifesaving antidote to opioid overdose and discuss perspectives on how the opioid epidemic is impacting communities. Free Narcan Training (via Zoom) Every 4th Wednesday of each month 3:00pm - 4:00pm This event is free and will be held via Zoom. Narcan kits can be mailed or arranged to be picked up at one of our Sun River Health locations. For more information call Deborah Hagan - Harm Reduction Education Coordinator at (845) 745-1745 Join us on Zoom from anywhere! Meeting ID: 989 9370 1201 / Passcode: 640558 One tap mobile +16465588656,,98993701201#,,,,*640558# US (New York) Participants will learn: • Signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose • Steps for how to respond to an overdose and administer naloxone • Benefits of the NYS 911 Good Samaritan law • The importance of calling emergency services #CatchtheSunGetSupport


Event Date: April 6, 2021 - December 31, 2021

State Funded Training- At No Cost • HHA/CNA-HHA-83 Hours- 4 Weeks CNA-125 Hours- 8 Weeks • Accounting/Bookkeeping-120 Hours- 8 Weeks – on-line • Solar Tech-80 Hours- 4 Weeks (3 weeks on-line 1 week in person – hands on • Security Guard/Fire Guard- 32 hours – 4 days Long Term Programs-Post 9/11-Voc Rehab Educational Benefits • Office Administrative Specialist-600 Hours-24 Weeks • Bookkeeping Specialist-600 Hours-24 Weeks • Medical Assistant-900 Hours-36 Weeks • LAN & WAN Support Technician-LAN-105 Hours-15 Weeks WAN-112 Hours- 16 Weeks Open To Veterans & Their Dependents & Family & Friends Enroll Now NYC – Midtown 545 8th Avenue, Suite 1210, NY, NY 10018 Contact David-929-506-9522(Veterans) or Freddie-929-506-9522 Office Line. 212-868-5990 Queens – Flushing 3660 Main Street, 4th Floor, QNS, NY 11354 Tel. 718-661-9771 Long Island –Hempstead 50 Clinton St., 3rd Fl., Hempstead, NY 11550 Contact Marion--516-246-5456      


Event Date: April 20, 2021 - December 16, 2021

The Bronx Vet Center is proud present its next installment of Sergeant’s Time!  These monthly virtual presentations are on a variety of topics of interest open to all combat eras, genders, and caregivers.  Sergeant’s Time continues to run on the third Tuesday of every month from 6:00pm - 7:00pm via Webex.   Come to learn and ask questions!

This month we will discuss VA National Cemeteries and Memorial Products.  We will have a special guest presenter from the National Cemetery Administration.

Interested Veterans or caregivers will need to register ahead of time. Once you register you will be provided a web link and password to access the live presentation via your computer, tablet, or smartphone. If you would prefer to join the presentation by phone, please contact the organizer below and a phone number will be provided to you.

Sergeant’s Time

April 20th, 6:00pm - 7:00pm, virtually via Webex

Topic: VA National Cemeteries and Memorial Products

Click Here to Register!

If the above link won’t work on your browser try to cut and paste the full URL below:

If you have difficulty registering or have questions please contact the organizer Mr. Bongioanni (Mr. B), LMHC, U.S. Army Veteran at (718) 367-3500 or

USPS is hiring nationwide, Veterans and families get preference

Event Date: August 20, 2021 - December 31, 2021

USPS is hiring nationwide, Veterans and families get preference

News Sections: EmploymentVets Experience
Published On: August 17th, 2021|279 words|1 min read
Tim Hudak is a public affairs specialist for VA's Veterans Experience Office
There may not be a stoplight in your hometown, but there’s a United States Postal Service® (USPS) post office. Post offices become the hub of many communities because they are reliable. It’s comforting that “neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night” will prevent letter carriers from delivering the mail. This dedication to mission is something Veterans hold dear as well. USPS Hiring VeteransThat’s why USPS is specifically reaching out to Veterans as they staff up. USPS has a long history of providing career opportunities to those who’ve previously served and values the leadership, reliability, and high-tech skills Veterans can bring, as well as their loyalty, leadership, reliability, and integrity. Nearly 100,000 Veterans currently work for USPS and more than 100,000 positions are available across the nation such as:
  • City and rural postal carriers
  • City carrier assistants
  • Tractor trailer operators
  • Sales and support
  • Mail processors
  • Mail handler assistants
These positions are available full time, or just on weekends and holidays. Veterans, disabled Veterans, Reservists, spouses of disabled Veterans, widows or widowers of Veterans and mothers of Veterans all receive special preference for these USPS positions. To view positions near you or across the country visit   apply     USPS treats military service as prior employment. In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for Veteran’s preference on your online application. The Postal Service requires that you submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or VA showing dates of service and type of discharge. Request your military service records (including DD214)

In reaction to current events in Afghanistan, Veterans may:

Event Date: August 20, 2021 - December 31, 2021

Common Reactions

In reaction to current events in Afghanistan, Veterans may:

  • Feel frustrated, sad, helpless, grief or distressed
  • Feel angry or betrayed
  • Experience an increase in mental health symptoms like symptoms of PTSD or depression
  • Sleep poorly, drink more or use more drugs
  • Try to avoid all reminders or media or shy away from social situations
  • Have more military and homecoming memories

Veterans may question the meaning of their service or whether it was worth the sacrifices they made. They may feel more moral distress about experiences they had during their service.

Veterans may feel like they need to expect and/or prepare for the worst. For example, they may:

  • Become overly protective, vigilant, and guarded
  • Become preoccupied by danger
  • Feel a need to avoid being shocked by, or unprepared for, what may happen in the future

Feeling distress is a normal reaction to negative events, especially ones that feel personal. It can be helpful to let yourself feel those feelings rather than try to avoid them. Often, these feelings will naturally run their course. If they continue without easing up or if you feel overwhelmed by them, the suggestions below can be helpful.

Strategies for Managing Ongoing Distress

At this moment, it may seem like all is lost, like your service or your sacrifices were for nothing. Consider the ways that your service made a difference, the impact it had on others’ lives or on your own life. Remember that now is just one moment in time and that things will continue to change.

It can be helpful to focus on the present and to engage in the activities that are most meaningful and valuable to you. Is there something you can do today that is important to you?  This can be as an individual, a family member, a parent, or a community member. Something that is meaningful to you in regard to your work or your spirituality? Such activities won’t change the past or the things you can’t control, but they can help life feel meaningful and reduce distress, despite the things you cannot change.

It can also help to consider your thinking. Ask yourself if your thoughts are helpful to you right now. Are there ways you can change your thinking to be more accurate and less distressing? For example, are you using extreme thinking where you see the situation as all bad or all good?  If so, try and think in less extreme terms. For example, rather than thinking “my service in Afghanistan was useless” consider instead “I helped keep Afghanistan safe.”

Finally, consider more general coping strategies that you may want to try including:

  • Engage in Positive Activities. Try to engage in positive, healthy, or meaningful activities, even if they are small, simple actions. Doing things that are rewarding, meaningful, or enjoyable, even if you don’t feel like it, can make you feel better.
  • Stay Connected. Spend time with people who give you a sense of security, calm, or happiness, or those who best understand what you are going through.
  • Practice Good Self Care. Look for positive coping strategies that help you manage your emotions. Listening to music, exercising, practicing breathing routines, spending time in nature or with animals, journaling, or reading inspirational text are some simple ways to help manage overwhelming or distressing emotions.
  • Stick to Your Routines. It can be helpful to stick to a schedule for when you sleep, eat, work, and do other day-to-day activities.
  • Limit Media Exposure. Limit how much news you take in if media coverage is increasing your distress.
  • Use a mobile app. Consider one of VA’s self-help apps (see such as PTSD Coach which has tools that can help you deal with common reactions like, stress, sadness, and anxiety. You can also track your symptoms over time.
  • PTSD Coach Online. A series of online video coaches will guide you through 17 tools to help you manage stress. PTSD Coach Online is used on a computer, rather than a mobile device, and therefore can offer tools that involve writing.

If you develop your own ways of adapting to ongoing events and situations, you may gain a stronger sense of being able to deal with challenges, a greater sense of meaning or purpose, and an ability to mentor and support others in similar situations.

Hiring Our Heroes “Committed to America’s Heroes Sweepstakes” giving away a Toyota

Event Date: August 20, 2021 - December 1, 2021

Hiring Our Heroes “Committed to America’s Heroes Sweepstakes” giving away a Toyota

Published On: August 9th, 2021|281 words|1 min read
Stephanie Walton is a manager of Marketing and Event Communications at Hiring Our Heroes, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Hiring Our Heroes is saying thank you to America’s military by giving away a brand-new Toyota to one lucky, active duty service member, Veteran or military spouse. The fourth annual Hiring Our Heroes “Committed to America’s Heroes Sweepstakes” is currently underway and will close out on December 1, 2021. There is no cost to enter.

Eligible contestants

  • Must be legal residents of and currently reside in the contiguous United States.
  • Must be individuals serving or have served in the active duty, National Guard or Reserve components of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force or Coast Guard and, if discharged or released, have an honorable discharge or are currently married to a current member of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force or Coast Guard or their National Guard or Reserve components.
  • Have a valid driver’s license.
The contest ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on December 1, 2021. The rest of the free sweepstakes rules can be found here.
Ernest Knight (shown above, third from left in a pink shirt)

Ernest Knight (shown above, third from left in a pink shirt) is the 2020 grand prize winner of the HOH Committed to America’s Heroes Sweepstakes.

More About Hiring Our Heroes

Hiring Our Heroes (HOH) is giving away another Toyota, but that’s not all it does to connect the military community – service members, military spouses, and Veterans – with American businesses to create economic opportunity and a strong and diversified workforce. By utilizing the U.S. Chamber’s vast network of state and local chambers and strategic partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, Hiring Our Heroes helps to bridge the civilian-military divide within the business community. Click here button


Event Date: October 19, 2021 - December 31, 2022

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Event Date: October 19, 2021 - December 31, 2022


Event Date: October 19, 2021 - October 30, 2021

Veteran Roundtable Discussion: Let’s Talk About Suicide 

Event Date: October 22, 2021 - October 22, 2021

SAVE THE DATE: One Week From Today as The Rockland County PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Veteran Peer Support Program ( Vet to Vet ) invites you to our monthly:

Veteran Roundtable Discussion: Let’s Talk About Suicide                        

TOPIC: “ Suicide Prevention Programs and Initiatives at the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System; With a focus on Assessment, Safety Planning and Means".

After our guest speaker’s presentation, all are invited and encouraged to take part in this important conversation.

WHEN: Friday, October 22, 2021 from 12 to 2 pm

WHO:  Facilitated by Sharon Bailey, LCSW (Veteran Administrator )

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Mark Lombardo a licensed clinical psychologist has been the Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the VA Hudson Valley Health Care Center since 2009.

HOW: Online virtual event you can watch & participate in via Zoom

Meeting ID: 85372435437 Passcode: 204526 or join by clicking on:

Brief Bio of Dr. Mark Lombardo:

Mark Lombardo has been a Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the VA Hudson Valley Health Care Center since 2009. He is a licensed clinical psychologist whose training has included work at the Bronx VAMC and the Miami VAMC. He specializes in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Prior to the VA he worked in Mobile Crisis, psychiatric emergency rooms, and various mental health settings at Bellevue Hospital Center, Interfaith Medical Center, Jersey City Medical Center, St. Barnabas Healthcare System, St. Mary’s Hospital, and Metropolitan Hospital.


Event Date: October 29, 2021 - October 29, 2021


Event Date: November 1, 2021 - December 6, 2021


Event Date: November 2, 2021 - November 2, 2021


Event Date: November 7, 2021 - November 7, 2021

Mended Swords will be hosting “The Veterans Paintball Battle” at Liberty Paintball Games, 50 Thunder Ridge Rd, Patterson, NY 12563 on November 7th, 2021. To register… Call 845-270-3823 Email:


Event Date: November 11, 2021 - November 11, 2021

Veteran Breakfast


Event Date: November 11, 2021 - November 11, 2021


Event Date: November 15, 2021 - November 19, 2021




2021 Virtual Veterans Day Legal Clinic

November 15-19, 2021

The Feerick Center Veterans Rights Project (FCVRP) is proud to announce our 2021 Virtual Veterans Day Legal Clinic. The program will consist of know-your-rights presentations led by subject matter experts via Zoom on November 15th, 16th, and 17th.  Individual limited-scope legal consultations via phone or video will be available on November 18th and 19th (certain eligibility criteria may be requested).     The program is designed to provide limited-scope legal information and advice to veterans, military members, and their family members residing in New York State.   

Click here to fill out our interest form.

  Topics will include consumer bankruptcy, consumer debt, discharge upgrades, family law, housing, micro-enterprise and small business, NYC veterans legal protections, tax, VA benefits, wills and end-of-life planning, and women veterans issues.*   Please reach out to us by email at or by phone at (646) 312-8725 with any questions. We look forward to connecting with you.   *topics subject to change