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Veterans Events Bulletin

Community Events and Opportunities, Activities and Groups

VA and PGA Offer Golf to Veterans

VA Western New York Healthcare System Recreation Therapy in partnership with the Professional Golf Association (PGA) Hope program, invites Veterans to participate in the 2020 golf program beginning on Sunday, February 9 from 7pm to 9pm, and continuing weekly until March 15 at the Paddock Chevrolet Golf Dome,175 Brompton Road in Tonawanda.

Lessons are provided by local PGA professionals to Veterans along with providing equipment if needed, training aids, balls and access to golf dome at no cost. Veterans are encouraged to contact Patrick McGowan at 716-862-7376 or by email at Patrick.McGowan2@va.gov to participate.

Golf is one of many therapeutic programs offered to Veterans enrolled in VA Western New York Healthcare System. Recreation therapy and the Creative Arts therapies focus on health promotion, disease prevention and improving quality of life by enhancing and maintaining motor, physical, social, and cognitive functioning. These therapies provide opportunities to build confidence, develop coping skills, and integrate the skills learned in treatment settings into community settings. Most of all, recreation therapy and creative arts therapy provide a spectrum of services, opportunities, and choice for Veterans across the continuum of care to maximize their rehabilitation potential, increase independence, and sustain a healthy and meaningful leisure lifestyle.

Contact:  Evangeline Conley, Public Affairs Officer

Phone:   (716) 862-8753 office, (716) 512-9338 cell

E-mail:    evangeline.conley@va.gov


Veterans One-Stop Center of WNY presents a Veteran running and walking group every Thursday, 5:30 - 6:30 pm. 1020 Erie Canal Trail, Lockport, NY  14094.

American Red Cross.  Free Mind- Body Workshops.  Adults  only.  For more info or to schedule a training please contact Lisa Tailbi at (716) 878-2371

VA WNY Healthcare System Recreation Therapy.  Project Healing Waters and Trout Unlimited Present: Introduction to Fly Tying 2019.  All Sessions (several dates) start at 6:30.VA WNY Healthcare System, Freedom Hall Room 301.  Contact for more info: Mary Frey (716)862-7259 OR Pamela Kaznowski at (716) 862-6814.

PTSD Support Group - meets every Saturday at 1pm at the UCAN Men's Mission on 1st Street in Jamestown.

Veterans Yoga - 5:30 pm every Tuesday at the Veterans One Stop, Buffalo location. For more information, please call 716-898-0110, ext. 144

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga - 5:30 pm every Thursday at Veteran One Stop, Lockport location. For more information, please call Jeff Gramlich at 716-898-0110, ext. 112

Dwyer Program Activities: Contact Cindy Reidy at 716-661-8447

Chautauqua County Veterans Service Agency Bus transports Veterans to VAMC Buffalo on Wed and Friday. Thursday (once a month). Various pick up points throughout the county. Please try to call at least 2 wks in advance to schedule. Contacts: 665-6466 Jamestown area, 366-4500, Dunkirk area, 1-800-388-6534.

Creative Expression, Music and Art Group - offered by a partnership between Buffalo Vet Center and Veterans One-stop Center of Western New York, Inc., Share your experiences through art (no prior musical or artistic experience required). - First and third Mondays of each month, 4 - 6pm, at Veterans One-stop Center of WNY, Inc., 80 Professional Parkway, Lockport, NY  14094. Questions may be directed to: Jeff Gramlich (VOC of WNY) at 716-898-0110, ext. 112 or Lauretta Lascu (Vet Center) at 716-862-7350.

Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc., Equal Justice For All in partnership with VA WNY Healthcare System. Legal services for low-income, homeless or disabled Veterans who may benefit from civil legal advocacy in housing, public benefit, family, or disability law. Mondays, 8:30am-4:30pm, Room 107-C; Thursdays, 8:30am - 4:30pm, Room 309A

American Red Cross -  Mind-Body Workshops (free) reconnection workshops for service members, veterans, and their family members. To assist with the reintegration process. 2 module options. 60-90 minutes long. Adults only. For further info: contact Lisa Taibi at (716) 878-2371.

Phone based Mindfulness Meditation - 2 classes offered each month, first 2 Friday's of the month. Class will be offered via telephone using a toll free number 1-800 767-1750 with Access code 54220#. For information call Debbie Skeete-Bernard, RN, MSN at 1-973-676-1000 ext. 2714.

Vetext - an automated, interactive text message system to remind veterans of upcoming appointments and allows responses for confirmation and cancellation. For more information, contact Shawn Gall at 716-862-8556.

Employment Program to train Veterans in REALTY. This is a new initiative by a local real estate agency and Erie County Clerk's office on military veterans becoming real estate agents. Metro Roberts Realty will pay 100% for start-up expenses to get a license to sell real estate, including licensing classes and other expenses. In all, cost could exceed $3,000.

Veteran Warrior Workout (Free) - Bi-weekly Saturday mornings @ 8:45am. Hotel Lafayette, 391 Washington St., Buffalo, NY 14203 (entrance to gym is on Clinton St.). For additional information, please call Michael at 716-898-0110 x144.

Earned Stripes Program: Any veterans interested in becoming a NYS High School Sports Official or Umpire, check website: pdcl@roadrunner.com for more information. Earned Stripes will cover the first year cost of becoming certified.

Albright Knox Art Gallery – “Connecting Veterans through Art”-   Veterans, spouses or caregivers are welcome to engage in group convo in the galleries followed by a hands-on artmaking experience. First Saturday of the month from 2-4pm. To register contact Karen Duval (716) 270-8249 or kduval@albrightknox.org.

Combat Theatre Women’s Group- 1st and 3rd Thurs of each month 6-7:30 at the Vet Center 2372 Sweet Home Rd, Suite1. For more info call Delcey Pulvino 716-862-7350

Boys/Girls Club (www.bgcbuffalo.org) - free to military families throughout NYS, they offer after school child care with educational programming. 716-825-0023.

American Legion Riders – Leek Preserve (provides handicap-accessible camp environment and therapeutic outdoor activities like hunting and fishing). Service members and their families have the opportunity to stay at this site for Free and also use the facilities for their enjoyment. For more information, please contact Oswayo, PA 16915, at 410-322-4610 or www.leekpreserve.org.

Earned Stripes Program: Any veterans interested in becoming a NYS High School Sports Official or Umpire, check website: pdcl@roadrunner.com for more information. Earned Stripes will cover the first year cost of becoming certified.

Military Operation Com - supported by the ECMHA and meet at the VOC (Veteran One Stop Center) a children's program and adults develop coping skills/self confidence and resilency. Twice a month on Fridays, more information call Mary at ECMHA (mcparlane@erieha.org or 716-886-1242 ext. 126) or Jess at 716-640-3258 (jesslafalce@yahoo.com).

Greyhound - www.greyhound.com offers 10% off for families, $198 round trip anywhere in the US for military.

Warrior to Soul Mate Workshops - Now available in Buffalo and Batavia VA WNYHealthcare System by the Cahplain Service 125P. Call 716-862-6307 to register for this workshop/retreat being conducted for couples in order to reclaim relationships (marriage enrichment). 

Support and Family Education (SAFE) - Workshop for family members of Veterans offered every other Friday at the VA Medical Center 10AM - 12PM. For more information contact Dr. Elizabeth Wahlig 716-862-7473 (FREE Program). 

Statler Center Classes and Scholarship - A variety of on-site & distance learning classes. Class topics include: business fundamentals, hospitality, and telecommunications. Full tuition scholarships available. Contact Elizabeth Schmidt at (716) 888-4638.

Veteran Equine Therapy - Equi-Star, Inc. One Saturday per month, FREE! Must RSVP with Rachel Couch 716-898-0110 ext. 108 or wearedwyer@vocwny.org. Transportation available from Veterans One Stop to 2199 Fuller Road, Burt, NY  14028

Free Smoke Alarms – American Red Cross. Contact PeralieMae Hargoat 878-2356 or pearllemae.hargo@redcross.org, she will make the arrangements to install them anywhere.   

Veterans and Military check http://www.lawhelp.org/ny. Type in zip code in Veteran/Military section of website. Check for specific areas of law. Lawyers are available to answer your questions. You may also call 315-781-1465

Hearts Apart.org - Free Family Portraits for deploying soldiers contact 716-553-8595

NYSDM (special renewal of drivers licenses) http://www.dmv.ny.ove/armdforces.him#vetstat . The word VETERANS will be printed on your photo document (license, permit or non photo ID)

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