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Veterans Events Bulletin

Community Events and Opportunities, Activities and Groups


Virtual Alzheimer's and Dementia Community Forum for Veterans and Caregivers


April 2021 Military Retiree luncheon notes


April 9, 2021 Press Release from VA Western NY Healthcare System

Covid-19 vaccinations to ALL Veterans, Caregivers, and spouses

LIVE LINK HERE to sign up for vaccines: COVID-19 vaccines at VA | Veterans Affairs



March 29, 2021 - National Vietnam War Veterans Day 

Honoring U.S. Armed Forces personnel with active duty service between November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location of service which includes:  

·  Nine million Americans serving during that time
·  6.4 million Americans living today
·  2.7 million U.S. service members who served in Vietnam
·  58,000 whose names are memorialized on a black granite wall in our Nation’s capital
·  304,000 who were wounded
·  1,253 Missing in Action (MIA) heroes who have not yet returned to American soil
·  2,500 Prisoners of War (POWs)

The commemoration makes no distinction between veterans who served in-county, in-theater, or were stationed elsewhere during those 20 years.  

Read more: https://militarybenefits.info/national-vietnam-war-veterans-day/ 


NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY NOW OPEN

The new museum officially opened its doors to visitors on November 11, 2020, celebrating over 245 years of Army history and honors our nation’s soldiers—past, present and future—the Regular Army, the Army Reserve and the Army National Guard. Admission is FREE, but tickets are required to ensure the most enjoyable visitor experience. Go to https://www.thenmusa.org to learn more about the museum and how to obtain free tickets.

 

Veterans Clinic Open in a Niagara Falls, NY

VA Western New York Healthcare System’s Niagara Falls VA Clinic is located at 1300 Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls, New York.
The new Niagara Falls VA Clinic provides a full range of onsite and telehealth services for Veterans, including primary care, mental health, laboratory, and women’s health services using the Veteran Health Administration’s proven Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) model. 
VA Western New York Healthcare System has been serving Veterans in a community-based setting in Niagara Falls since 1998. Previously scheduled appointments will be honored at the new site. 

To enroll in VA health care or make an appointment, call 716-862-8580. 



 

IMPORTANT – CHECK THE WEBSITE OR CHECK WITH THE POINT OF CONTACT TO SEE IF THE EVENT AS BEEN CANCELLED OR POSTPONED DUE TO ONGOING PANDEMIC.


WOMEN VETERANS 

To find out what resources and services are available for women veterans in the local area, contact Krista Stephenson at 585-924-3734 or email: kristastephenson043@gmail.com 


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.


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.


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


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 conversations 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 resiliency. 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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