White Plains American Legion Post 135 hosts it’s annual Thanksgiving luncheon for Montrose VA hospital patients tomorrow, as they’ve done for years. It’s a great event that gives the patients a chance to get out for a while and enjoy good food and company.
Look for a story about this year’s feast Wednesday on lohud.com and in The Journal News. I’ll try to post a fiew photos here too, for loyal At Ease! readers.
Westchester County veterans not registered for medical benefits can do so Thursday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the county Veterans Service Agency, 112 E. Post Road in White Plains.
Former service members can also obtain the new anti-ID theft veterans identification cards, which help streamline benefit services. Make sure to bring your discharge papers (DD-214) with you.
Veterans benefits are constantly changing and a visit to the Veterans Service Agency will keep you up to date on what you’re entitled to. For a complete rundown of the services offered by the agency, visit their website by clicking here.
A color guard from Pelham’s American Legion Post 50 joined New York State America Legion Commander William Kearsing and Fang Wang, former national vice commander on the CBS Early Show last week in a runup to Veterans Day.
The group appeared in the GM Building Plaza with Early Show co-hosts Harry Smith and Maggie Rodreguez. Color Guard members were Joseph Hall, Ron Oravec, Phil Perrorazio, Robert Lepple and Robert McGuirl.
The South Side Inn on Route 6N in Mahopac is hosting a “Support the Troops Night” Saturday.
Bring in socks, T-shirts, non-perishable snacks and other goodies between 4 and 8 p.m. and enjoy a free hot buffet and live music while you’re there. All donated items will be shipped to service members overseas.
Simultaneous fund raising events for Tower of Hope, an organization that teams veterans with severe physical and/or psychological disabilities with specially-trained service dogs are being held Wednesday at the Pocantico Hills home of Jeff and Pat Joseph and in Pound Ridge at the home of Dr. Emer Leahy and her husband, Donald Perun.
Founded by Sleepy Hollow resident Cathy Carilli, whose husband, Tom Sinton, was killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11, Tower of Hope pays about $25,000 for each service dog, which includes training, placement and ongoing veterinary care.
The dogs do a myriad of tasks for their owners, who receive the animals at no cost.
Check out the organization’s website here for more information on the programs, the fundraisers, and how you can help.
The Vietnam Wall Diginity Memorial, a traveling replica of the Vietnam War Memorial located on the mall in Washington, D.C. comes to Yonkers next week for Veterans Day.
Scheduled to arrive Tuesday with a police motorcycle escort, the wall will be set up at Fleming Field and officially open to the public on Wednesday in a ceremony scheduled for 2 p.m. The wall is to receive a 24-hour honor guard staffed by volunteers, who will also be able to help visitors find the names of loved ones or friends who were killed in the war. The city is still looking for volunteers, who can call 914-377-6700 for more information.
Click on to the city’s website at for additional details.
The Medal of Honor display at Mount Pleasant Town Hall will be completed Saturday (Nov. 7) when Rep. Nita Lowey presents the American Legion Medal of Honor Committee with the U.S. Navy’s version of the nation’s highest honor.
Pete Fiumefreddo, commander of the Hawthorne American Legion post and the driving force behind establishment of the display and of a monument at Town Hall honoring all of the New Yorkers who have received the Medal of Honor, said the presentation will take place at 10:30 a.m. Earlier this year the medal committee unveiled the Army and Air Force medals. Arrival of the Navy version was delayed by red tape, Fiumefreddo said.
The display, and the monument bearing the names of New York’s recipients, “will serve as an everlasting testament to the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who have received this honor for their courage and valor,” he said.
New York National Guard Capt. Robert Zizolfo will be guest speaker at Pelham American Legion Post 50’s annual Veterans Week dinner-dance Friday evening at the Davenport Club in New Rochelle.
Capt. Zizolfo is base operations officer for the Guard’s training site at Camp Smith. He spent two years in Iraq as commander of the 145th Maintenance Company, directing a force of more than 300 soldiers who provided logistical maintenance and support at seven bases .
The dinner-dance begins with a cocktail hour at 7:30 p.m. and concludes at 12:30 a.m. Included are a full course dinner and music provided by a disc jockey. The event is open to the public. Tickets, which cost $60 per person, can be obtaianted by contacting Post Commmander Frank Barbieri at 1-646-533-0187.
The Central Committee for Veterans Affairs of Mount Vernon will hold a
rededication ceremony on Saturday Oct. 24 for the Anthony T. Fava Veteran’s
The 2 p.m. event at the intersection of Mount Vernon, Stevens and West
Lincoln avenues will raise awareness for a rehabilitation of the park that
the veterans group would like to undertake.
A cocktail reception will follow at the Elks Lodge, 88 West Lincoln Ave. In
case of rain the ceremony will also be in the Elks Lodge.
While the national debate over health care insurance and public options rages on, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Sunday ran a story about Bill Caudle, who was laid off from his job at a plastics company in March.
Caudle, 39, started Army basic training earlier this month in Fort Jackson, S.C. It wasn’t patriotic fervor that caused him to enlist at a somewhat advanced age – it was the fact that he was about to lose his health insurance. His wife has ovarian cancer and after trying every other option, the father of three did what he felt he had to do. A four year enlistment will guarantee healthcare for his wife.
Click here to read the entire story.
A local health club will hold a “Spin for Soldiers” fundraising event Sunday to support an organization that provides service dogs to veterans injured in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The event will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the New York Sports Club, 420 S. Riverside Ave. in Croton-on-Hudson.
The public is invited to meet a wounded veteran with his service dog and to participate in the stationary bicycle exercise or sponsor one of the “riders” to raise money to help another veteran through The Tower of Hope.
To register or sponsor a rider, click here and follow the link to the Spin Event announcement. Or, you can sign up at the club. and click on the Spin Event announcement to register or sponsor a rider, or sign up at the club.
For more information, contact the sports club at 914-271-8909, call The Tower of Hope at 203-286-0900 or email the organization at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Army National Guard’s 101 Signal Battalion, based in Yonkers, will welcome Lt. Col. Greg Dreisbach as its new commander Saturday at a ceremony in Fort Dix, N.J. during a training weekend.
Dreisbach, an Iraq War veteran, also currently commands the New York National Guard’s security assistance task force in New York City.
He served as an assistant signal officer for the Army National Guard’s 42nd Infantry Division in Tigrit, Iraq in 2005 and was responsible for maintaining communications of an area the size of West Virginia in north central Iraq. He was subsequently awarded the Bronze Star for his service there.
Dreisbach is budget director for Suffolk Regional Off Track Betting in civilian life.
Veterans can meet with private and government employers, benefit advisors, state and county service organizations and other employment counselors on Friday, Oct. 9 at a job fair being held at the Veterans Administration’s Castle Point Campus.
Information on job opportunities, resume writing tips, benefits, housing, education, claims and more will be available. Make sure to bring several copies of your resume and military discharge papters (DD Form 214).
The campus is on Route 9 D in Castle Point and the fair is being held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Building 13.
For more information contact Debra Lucas at 845-831-2000, ext. 4629.
Officials from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund estimate that 40 percent of those who visit The Wall in Washington, D.C. are too young to remember the war or any of the more than 58,000 people whose names appear on the memorial.
To keep the memories alive, an $85 million learning center is being build underground at the National Mall to educate visitors about the Vietnam War and those who fought and died there. Exhibits will include a timeline and a sampling of items left at The Wall by loved ones of those who died in the war.
Perhaps the most spectacular display being planned is a larger-than-life wall of photos of the men and women whose names are etched on the memorial, to be shown on each of their birthdays.
It’s a way to remind visitors that the people who fought and died in Vietnam were in fact people, not just faceless names on a monument.
To that end, the Memorial Fund and FedEx have started a Call for Photos campaign to gather images of those who died in Vietnam. Friends and family member can bring their photos to any of the more than 1,600 FedEx Office Print and Ship centers to be scanned for use at the Education Center at The Wall. Contributors will be asked to fill out a form identifying the person and will be asked to share a memory of that person.
Click here to check out the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund website and find out more.
The American Red Cross in Westchester County is teaming up with Four Winds Hospital to provide a support group for families of deployed military personnel, returning service members and those returning to civilian life to share their common concerns.
The Iraq/Afghanistan War Family and Military Support Group will hold its first meeting at 7 p.m. Monday (Sept. 21) at the Red Cross’ 106 North Broadway office in White Plains.
The group is intended to create a supportive environment and provide resources for coping and adjusting to civilian life, post traumatic stress disorder and other issues relating to life in and out of the miltary.
Anyone interested can e-mail Jackie Jones at JonesJa@usa.redcross.org or call 914-946-6500 ext. 309.