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 jessica.bugbee@hvcvr.org.

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.

  Learn more:  https://www.hiringourheroes.org/training-skillstorm/?utm_medium=Email&utm_source=SFMC&utm_campaign=Newsletter&utm_content=November%20Job%20Seeker

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 va.gov.  

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. https://www.veteransyogaproject.org/veterans

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 Google.org, 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 info@codeplatoon.org. “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

VA HUDSON VALLEY WOMEN VETERAN’S SERVICES

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 www.va.gov/find-locations to find the community pharmacy or urgent care closest to you.  

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

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 iquintana@vettovetrc.org

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)

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 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84139818795?pwd=cStxZXE2OTBkWVAyd1UzT0JNby81dz09 Contact Sharon Bailey, Veteran Outreach Administrator at email: sbailey@vettovetrc.org 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 https://nysba.org/restoration-honor-act/ 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 ebencke@nysba.org). www.nysba.org

NYP Military Family Wellness Center MST Treatment Study

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

NYP Military Family Wellness Center MST Treatment Study The Military Family Wellness Center at Weill Cornell is currently recruiting veterans and active duty service members who have experienced military sexual trauma (MST). Do you experience: Repetitive unwanted memories? Sleep problems or nightmares? Difficulty concentrating? Nervousness, jumpiness, or anxiety?   Participation will include a free 10-14 week treatment of prolonged exposure or interpersonal therapy. Volunteers can earn up to $325 for their participation. All information is strictly confidential. Anyone interested in participating can call the Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Studies (PATSS) at 212-821-0783.

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 VA.gov 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.

Paralyzed Veterans of America — PAVE Connect: Engage in Something New

Event Date: December 22, 2020 - June 30, 2021

PAVE Connect: Engage in Something New Tuesday, Dec 22 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET FREE Registration   Register   With PAVE Connect, you can access timely, relevant career information — on your schedule and from any device. Register for a FREE seminar with a PAVE employment expert, or browse recorded seminars on a range of career topics for Veterans.   With all of the changes and restrictions in place from COVID-19, it's understandable to be feeling isolated, stressed out, and unproductive. The pandemic has altered the way we live our lives but you can still find meaning in each day by engaging in a variety of different activities - even if just for a few minutes each day. Learn how you can continue to stay engaged and grow personally and professionally, despite all of the uncertainty.  

TRI-WEEKLY MEDITATION CLASSES

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: https://www.ringcentral.com/apps/rc-meetings It's free and works very similar to Zoom, then use meeting ID: 582 811 3947 Or Join from any browser: https://meetings.ringcentral.com/join If interested in attending or have further questions, contact Veteran Outreach Coordinator Izzy Quintana at iquintana@vettovetrc.org

40TH NATIONAL VETERANS WHEELCHAIR GAMES

Event Date: January 14, 2021 - April 2, 2021

VA and Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) are hosting the 40th National Veterans Wheelchair Games in New York City, August 8-13, 2021. Applications from eligible Veterans interested in competing may be completed online at www.wheelchairgames.org, and the application period is open now through April 2. “The National Veterans Wheelchair Games represent VA’s commitment to our injured Veterans from the moment they begin recovery and rehabilitation to remaining active and independent through adaptive sports,” said Dave Tostenrude, VA’s director of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. “This year will be special as we celebrate 40 years of supporting Veterans through the Games and honoring their unstoppable drive and determination.”   The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is a sports and rehabilitation program for military Veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition due to spinal cord injuries, amputations or other neurological conditions. Each year, hundreds of Veterans travel from around the country to compete in the Games, the world’s largest annual multi-sport wheelchair competition for Veterans. Veterans will compete in more than 20 events, including: adaptive e-Sports, adaptive fitness, air pistol and rifle, archery, basketball, boccia, bowling, disc golf, field events, hand cycling, nine-ball, power soccer, wheelchair rugby, slalom, softball, swimming, table tennis, and track. Athletes compete against others with similar athletic ability, competitive experience or age. Events will be held throughout New York City, including Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Central Park and the famous Rucker’s Park. For more information, visit www.wheelchairgames.org and follow VA Adaptive Sports on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @Sports4Vets.

MENTORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR VETERANS AND THEIR SPOUSES WITH FORTUNE 500 INDUSTRY EXPERTS

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 https://www.acp-usa.org/ 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 (acp-usa.org)

NEW YEAR, SAME SCAMS: TIPS & TRICKS FROM AARP TO FIGHT FRAUD IN 2021

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 protectveterans@aarp.org 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 AARP.org — aarp.org/veterans — 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.

EASTERSEALS RESOURCES FOR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES

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.

OPERATION FAMILY CAREGIVER MAKES A DIFFERENCE FOR MILITARY FAMILIES

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.

VETERAN ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: LET’S TALK ABOUT SUICIDE

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:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85372435437?pwd=T01ucnFUNktUQ1JKY2ozeUE5OHZTUT09

RESPITE RELIEF FOR MILITARY & VETERAN’S CAREGIVERS PROGRAM NOW AVAILABLE NATIONWIDE

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: www.hiddenheroes.org/respite.

VETERAN & MENTOR SUPPORT GROUP

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 #.

FRESH FRUITS & VEGETABLES FOR BRONX VETERANS

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

EMPLOYMENT, TRAINING & HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES

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

CREATIVE WRITING GROUP

Event Date: January 29, 2021 - June 25, 2021

January 29th (Friday) and every other Friday from 2 – 3:30 pm CREATIVE WRITING GROUP. Led by Adjunct College English Professor, former Journalist and book writer Bill Hohlfeld. Classes are conducted virtually online via Zoom. If interested in attending or have any questions, contact Sharon Bailey at sbailey@vettovetrc.org

WELLNESS & RECOVERY — VETERANS & FIRST RESPONDERS SUPPORT GROUP

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 #.  

ARMED TO FARM: SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE TRAINING FOR VETERANS

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 www.attra.ncat.org 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 https://attra.ncat.org/ask.php • Text or email your questions to askanag@ncat.org 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 askanag@ncat.org • 1-800-346-9140 • www.attra.ncat.org. Veteran Resources Sustainable Agriculture A program of the National Center for Appropriate Technology • 1-800-346-9140 • www.attra.ncat.org 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 robynm@ncat.org for more information about Armed to Farm trainings and other veteran resources available through ATTRA. For information on upcoming training events, visit https://www.ncat.org/armedtofarm 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: https://www.ncat.org/calendar • Find farmland, farm employment, or training programs in your area:  https://www.ncat.org/atf-map

FREE TAX RETURN PREPARATION FOR VETERANS, MILITARY MEMBERS & THEIR FAMILIES

Event Date: February 18, 2021 - April 15, 2021

Free tax return preparation for Veterans, military members and their families

Earlier this week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) started accepting electronically filed tax returns as well as paper returns. The IRS reminds taxpayers that filing electronically is the most accurate and safest way to file a tax return, as well as the fastest way to get a refund. The following links to free tax preparation services will ensure current and former members of the military and their families have access to free tax preparation and electronic filing services to keep more of their hard earned money.
  • IRS’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs are available to taxpayers that earned less than $53,000 in 2014. Over 3.5 million tax returns were prepared using these services in 2014. All tax returns completed through these programs are prepared by IRS certified volunteers so you can feel confident your tax return is accurate. There are over 12,000 locations where you can utilize these services. To find the closest location near you, simply enter your zip code into the easy-to-use VITA/TCE Locator.
  • MyFreeTaxes, operating the only free online tax preparation and filing assistance platform available in all 50 states and Washington D.C., allows qualified Veterans, active-duty military, their families and all other qualifying taxpayers who earned $60,000 or less in 2014 to file both a federal and state tax return no matter where they live. In addition to e-filing, MyFreeTaxes also provides in-person help to individuals and families earning $60,000 or less in 2014. For more information, please visit: www.myfreetaxes.com. The MyFreeTaxes initiative is delivered in partnership by three nationally recognized nonprofits – Goodwill Industries International, National Disability Institute and United Way – and is sponsored by the Wal-Mart Foundation.
In addition to free tax preparation and assistance services like VITATCE and MyFreeTaxes, there are several other options qualifying Veterans and military families can utilize free of charge. However, please make note of additional eligibility requirements and be advised not all are available in your particular location. Check each for more information on eligibility and availability of services.
  • IRS.gov/FreeFile is the one place where taxpayers can choose from a variety of industry-leading tax software options in order to prepare and e-file their federal tax returns at absolutely no cost. If you earned $60,000 or less last year, you are eligible to choose from among 14 software products. If you earned more, you are still eligible for Free File Fillable Forms, the electronic version of IRS paper forms. More than 70 percent of all taxpayers – 100 million people – are eligible for the software products. Each of the 14 companies has its own special offers, generally based on age, income or state residency. Taxpayers can review each company offer or they can use a “Help Me” tool that will find the software for which they are eligible. Free File offers easy-to-use products that ask questions and you supply the answers. The software will find the right forms, find the right tax credits and deductions and even do the math for you.
Eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
  • TaxAct is another IRS Free File option. To qualify for free tax preparation, printing, & e-filing, your adjusted gross income must be $52,000 or less, and you must be between the ages of 18 through 58 years old.
  • H&R Block’s Free File offers free online assistance if you earned $58,000 or less, and if you were 53 years old or younger as of December 31, 2014.
  • Online Taxes (OLT) offers free tax preparation if your Adjusted Gross Income is between $13,000 and $60,000 in 2014.
The following free online software companies are available exclusively to members of the military:
  • TurboTax Military Edition created a software program specifically for service members. There is currently a free version for junior enlisted and a discount version for senior enlisted and officers.
  • Military OneSource is once again offering a no-cost, electronic tax filing service. If you are eligible under the Military OneSource program, you can complete, save, and file your 2014 federal and up to three state returns online at no cost.
  • TaxSlayer Military is available to all active duty military. You can prepare both your federal and state return for free with TaxSlayer Military Edition.
If you have already filed your taxes and want to know when you will receive your refund, don’t forget to download the IRS app, IRS2Go! This app is available in both English and Spanish and provides features to help taxpayers check on the status of their tax refund, obtain tax records, find free tax preparation providers and stay connected with the IRS through social media channels such as YouTube and Twitter. iPhone and iTouch users can update or download the free IRS2Go application by visiting the iTunes App Store. Android users can visit Google Play to download the free IRS2Go app. Please note that VA does not endorse any of these sites, but brings your attention to them as they have tax services available specifically for Veterans and military families. About the author: Richard Keeling is a Senior Tax Analyst at the Internal Revenue Service.  

VIRTUAL NARCAN TRAINING SERIES

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! https://hrhcare.zoom.us/j/98993701201?pwd=NkZWdjhFdzVWWnlvTVNLYzRYVzN2dz09 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