Additional Resources

Vet-2-Vet Mindfulness Program

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

PTSD and Restorative Yoga

Event Date: November 9, 2020 - December 31, 2020

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

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, 2020


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:

AARP’s Free Job Board Lists Employers Hiring Veterans

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

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.

Grant from Central Hudson for Veterans and Military Families

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

Learn About Cybersecurity Careers

Event Date: November 14, 2020 - December 31, 2020

Veterans ASCEND November Webinar is now open for registration.

Learn about the CyberWarrior Academy and hear about great careers in cyber security. We will also be given a demonstration of a live hack.

Learn more on the flyer. Registration link:

To create a profile, visit


If you would like to learn more about Veterans ASCEND you are welcome to join us on Fridays at 12n (EST) on our Weekly Walkthrough.

At this webinar you will learn how to create the best profile, how we auto-populate skills based on your previous occupations, a view of how the matching process works from the business side, and be able to ask questions.

Registration Link:


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

To connect with me on LinkedIn, .


Nila Thompson

Veteran Advocate

Veterans ASCEND

Connecting Employers and Military Talent


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.  

Two job openings at Arts in the Armed Forces in Brooklyn, NY

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

AITAF is hiring two new full-time positions for 2021! Join our small but dynamic and versatile team during a critical time of innovative growth! We encourage Veterans and military spouses to apply! Marketing and Communications Coordinator: Annual Fund Director:

Caymanas Partners is looking for drivers to deliver packages for Amazon

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

Caymanas Partners is looking for drivers to deliver packages for Amazon. This would be from the New Windsor, NY location.  Package deliveries will be around the Fishkill, Wappingers Falls and Poughkeepsie regions. You don't need a CDL to do this job, just a regular license. Must be 21 years and older. You must pass both a background check and drug test to qualify for this position. We provide paid training and drivers are eligible to operate the bigger step vans which are DOT Certified without needing a CDL (just additional training). Starting pay of $16.75 per hour with possibility of increase based on performance. If you qualify for the larger step vans, the pay is $1 more at $17.75 to start. We do offer benefits (healthcare) after probationary period. Job application link:  

November licensing incentive for Veterans and Active Military Offered by Primerica

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

MILITARY PERSONNEL/VETERANS:   Start training to Build a New, Meaningful Career and get paid for helping others solve financial problems.   November licensing incentive for Veterans and Active Military! Set your own hours. Very Flexible! Online training and licensing available & Work from home Qualify for Training bonuses   We're Primerica, one of North America's largest financial services marketing organizations Proven business model, Primerica has been in business for more than 40 years. We have developed a system that helps you to help families with the financial services and products they need. Accredited and regulated, Primerica is a member of the Better Business Bureau and is regulated by the SEC, FINRA, the FTC and state insurance departments. Cutting edge technology, State-of-the-art online resources and support. Local Support & Home Office staff of 2,000 supporting you, From Training to Compliance to Communications, there are staff members ready to help you Be significant, We make a difference in people’s lives. Personal financial literacy and empowerment, Learn about how money works while you teach others! Start part time, You don’t have to leave your current job to start your future career! No financial experience necessary, We teach you what you need to know! Products you can be proud of, Primerica markets financial products from companies you know – and respect! Leadership and personal development, We don’t just teach you about financial services. Primerica teaches you how to lead.   For more information, contact AnnMarie, Depoian Team 585-339-9681 Send current resume to:    

AARP NY’s Couch Concert Series with Bret Michaels

Event Date: November 30, 2020 - November 30, 2020

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AARP NY’s Couch Concert Series with Neil Sedaka

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

Neil Sedaka

AARP NY’s Couch Concert Series with Judy Collins

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

Judy Collins

Veteran Stand Down Event

Event Date: December 11, 2020 - December 11, 2020

AARP NY’s Couch Concert Series with The O’Jays

Event Date: December 17, 2020 - December 17, 2020

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