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Veterans Events Bulletin

Upcoming Community Events and Opportunities

  • Darien Lake is offering FREE admission for Veterans, Retired, and Active Military Members. Plus $25 (+ tax) per person for up to (4) family members. Must present Military ID; valid at main gate only.

  • Welcome Home! Event -  August 5, 2017, 10am - 2pm. Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park. In Memoriam at noon. Entertainment, car cruise, children's activities, tours of ships, veteran benefits information tables and more! For more info call Rebecca Welch at Rebecca.welch4@va.gov.

  • 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”- August 5, 2017, 2-4pm. Participate in guided tour followed by hands-on art experience. To register contact Karen Duval (716) 270-8249.

  • 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.

  • Compeer Corps & Veteran Outreach Center, Tour and Picnic, August 5, 2017. Join for a fun day trip at Old Fort Niagara, Shelter 1B. For more info contact Tina Caviness at (716) 833-3331 ext 318.

  • KIA Memorial Road March, August 19, 2017. 10K ruck march to honor the fallen. Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park. For more info visit www.kiamemorialmarch.com.

  • End of Summer BBQ - August 25, 2017. Veterans One-Stop Center of WNY. 2:30 - 6:30pm at 29 Liberty St., Suite 207, Batavia. Event will include food, yard games, basket raffle and more. For more info call (585) 300-4604.

  • Mental Health Summit, September 7, 2017 VA WNY Healthcare System. Registration at 7:30 in Room 301-Freedom Hall. Opportunity to network and gain info about resources within the VA and the community. For more info contact Donna Sherman at donna.sherman@va.gov or (716)862-7463.

  • Weekend for Women, September 29 - October 1, 2017. Shared Adventures Foundation. A weekend in the Adirondacks for female Veterans, Active Duty, and Reservists. $50 cost. For more info contact create@sharedadventuresfoundation.net

  • 3rd Annual 5K Race for Homeless Female Veterans, October 8, 2017. ECAL Veterans for Veterans, Inc. South Buffalo American Legion Post #721 in Buffalo, NY. For more info contact Kathy at (716) 822-6121.

  • National Veterans Creative Arts Festival, October 23 - 30, 2017 Department of Veterans Affairs and the American Legion Auxiliary. Veterans will exhibit their art work or perform musical, dance, dramatic, or original writing selection. For more info contact Pamela Kaznowski, CTRS at (716) 862-6814.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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 for Fall 2017, Winter 2018, and Spring 2018. Class topics include: business fundamentals, hospitality, and telecommunications. Full tuition scholarships available. Contact Elizabeth Schmidt at (716) 888-4638.

  • Veteran Yoga - Every Tuesday at 5:30pm at the Veteran One Stop, 2nd Floor. FREE

  • 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

  • Free tickets to sporting events, concerts and family activities. http://www.vettrix.org

  • 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)

  • If you know of other Veterans events that could be added to this bulletin, please send us an email at support@headwayofwny.org or call

  • 716-408-3100 with details.

  • Thank you!


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