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WNY Warriors Flight - October 21, 2015
New York Senator Robert Ott is seeking World War II and Korean veterans who are interested in flying on the WNY Warriors Flight from Buffalo to Washington, D.C.
This is a FREE trip and includes airfare and meals.
The trip is set for Wednesday, October 21, 2015 and those going will visit the WWII Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial and Vietnam Memorial.
If you are interested in attending or know of a veteran who would be, you must fill out an application ASAP.Please contact the office of Senator Ortt at (716) 434-0680 for more information and an application.
This is a great opportunity for those interested!
West Seneca Community Flower Gardens a Success
The West Seneca Veterans Committee would like to thank all of the Community Groups, Businesses and Individuals who participated in the West Seneca 2015 Community Flower Gardens to help beautify the Town Hall-West Seneca Library corridor. Due to your interest and committment to the Community Gardens project, all 35 garden beds were adopted turning the Pathways into a beautiful walking path. The Community Flower Gardens project was a unique opportunity to bring people and different organizations together for a positive beautification project. A little healthy competition between groups made for creative flower arrangements benefitting the whole community.
The West Seneca Veterans Committee would like to THANK the following Community Groups, businesses and Individuals who adopted a Flower Bed in the Community Gardens:
East Seneca Auxiliary
Beyond the Basics Property Services Inc.
CSEA - White Collar Unit
Rotary Club of West Seneca
William's Florist & Gift House
M&T Bank - Southgate Branch
NYS Assemblyman Michael Kearns
Home Depot #1231 West Seneca
Market in the Square
Union Fire Company
Seneca Hose Co.
Hunt Real Estate - West Seneca Branch
West Seneca Girl Scout Troop #30495
The Lions Club
Yost-Neon Displays Inc.
West Seneca Environmental Commission
Seabees Veterans of America, Island X-5 Buffalo, New York
Bob & Cathy Fiscus
Seneca Hose Ladies Auxilliary
Burchfield Nature and Art Center
Supervisor Sheila M. Meegan
Family of Wendy Royce McCann
Harvey D. Morin VFW Post 2940
If you have not visited the Community Gardens, please take the time to visit and stroll through the flowered pathways. Take a moment, rest on one of the benches and reflect on the purpose of the Walkway and honor all of our veterans who served this great country.
Path of Glory
Path of Courage
Path of Honor
World War II - West Seneca War Service Records
When the United States entered World War II, hundreds of young men and women from the Town of West Seneca joined the military to do their part to protect our freedoms from thoses forces that tried to dominate countries around the world.
An ongoing project is recreating the information from the original WAR SERVICE RECORDS collected during the World War II years. The public is invited to help update records contained in this listing.
National Veterans Cemetery - Pembroke, New York
Things are moving along in the design process, but as per the timeline, they will not be ready for construction until at the very minimum, 2017. Here is the update per Senator Charles Schumer:
- The VA has contracted out the Master Planning work on the 132 acre site in Pembroke where the new cemetery will be constructed. Master planning will continue through this year.
- In 2016, they will do step 2 and 3 in the planning process: namely the design development document and the construction documents
- It will not be until at least 2017 when they would be ready for construction.
Meanwhile, they are continuing their due diligence on acquiring the adjacent 60 acre site and the 77 acre lot. The 77 acre lot looks pretty clear so far, but the 60 acre lot has some issues that may need to be mitigated. So they are doing their investigations, due diligence, and archeological/cultural assessments on these parcels. No set time yet on when they may be ready to acquire them, but they are working on it They can construct and open the existing 132 acre site regardless of what may come of the 60 acre or 77 acre site.
Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park
The Buffalo & Erie Naval & Military Park is open daily from 10:00AM til 5:00PM until October. Admission for Adults is $10.00; $6.00 for Seniors over the age of 60 years; and $6.00 for Children up to the age of 17 years old. Veterans who have the Erie County Thank-A-Vet ID Card receive $1.00 off the admission price.
Online Colleges for Veterans and Military Personnel
Affordable Colleges Online has put together a comprehensive guidebook to help military and veteran students avoid the potential pitfalls of online education.
Veterans, active military and eligible family members can gather specific insight into distance learning and military online colleges in the comprehensive guidebook, prepared with service personnel in mind. The guidebook can provide service members and veterans with flexible degree program options to help with the advancement or transition to civilian life no matter where they are in the world.
New Veterans Support Line
The Vets4Warriors peer support line, 1-855-838-8255 (1-855-VET-TALK), provides easy access to supportive, non-attributional conversations with trained veteran peers representing all branches of the military. This team of veteran peers has immediate access to behavioral health clinicians to respond to potentially emergency issues and can offer referrals to local community services, military veteran centers, and military healthcare providers based upon the needs of the Service Member.
A variety of services will be provided to include non-clinical (legal, financial) and referrals for clinical services (substance abuse, behavioral health).
Vets4Warriors Website: www.vets4warriors.com
Online Military Student Resources Guide
To help student veterans, Accredited Schools Online has put together a comprehensive guidebook that contains more than 150 resources to help student veterans and their families overcome the challenges of higher education and career training. The guidebook addresses the many challenges that college-bound veterans face daily, including those of a financial, social, academic, medical and geographic nature; and to provide valuable information and resources vetted by actual student veterans who have experienced (and overcome) these challenges first-hand.
To view the Guide to Online Military Student Resources, visit Accredited Schools Online.
This guidebook provides financial information and options for veterans, different associations and groups available for educational purposes, and pointers on how to choose the college best suited to their needs.
FREE Annual Pass to National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands for US Military and Their Dependents
US military members and the dependents of deployed military in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard, as well as most members of the US Reserves and National Guard can apply for a Free Annual Pass to National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands. The Annual Pass may be obtained in person at Federal recreation sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees. Proper military ID is required (CAC Card or DoD Form 1173).
Although there is no Free Pass specifically for veterans, many veterans qualify for one of the other discount passes offered as part of the National Park Pass Program:
- If you are 62 or older you qualify for a Senior Pass. You can buy a Senior Pass in person from a participating Federal recreation site or office or by mail.
- If you have a permanent disability you may qualify for an Access Pass. This is a free lifetime pass that you may obtain in person from a participating Federal recreation site or office or by mail.
Military Wallet Discounts:
The Military Wallet website offers great information on benefits, discounts and most anything that affects the military member's wallet!
VA Begins Dental Insurance Pilot Program:
VA is partnering with Delta Dental and MetLife to allow eligible veterans, plus family members receiving care under CHAMPVA, to purchase affordable dental insurance. More than 8 million veterans who are enrolled in VA healthcare can choose to purchase one of the offered dental plans. The three-year pilot program is designed for veterans with no dental coverage, or those eligible for VA dental care who would like to purchase additional coverage. According to the VA, participation will not affect anyone's entitlement to VA dental services and treatment, and there are no eligibility limitations based on service-connected disability ratings or enrollment priority assignments. People interested in participating can complete an online application through either Delta Dental, www.deltadentalvadip.org, or MetLife, www.metlife.com/vadip. Enrollment is now open and coverage begins Jan. 1, 2014. The program will be available throughout the United States and its territories.
Veterans One-Stop Center opens in Buffalo to provide help for veterans and their families:
The mission of the Veterans One-Stop Center is to bring people, organizations, and resources together in time, space, and effort to effectively improve the well-being of all Western New York Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.
The assistance center, located on the second floor at 1280 Main Street, Buffalo, with a coalition of independent service providers, including the Western New York Veterans Housing Coalition, Goodwill Industries of Western New York, VA Healthcare for Homeless Veterans, City Mission, Child and Family Services, St. Vincent DePaul’s Thrift Store, and the Erie County Department of Social Services, will give a veteran a place to go and receive help from as many providers as necessary
Local Veteran Post Activities:
Want to know when the next veteran's activity is scheduled: Bar-B-Que, Parade, or Breakfast? Check the West Seneca Veterans Committee Member Calender for the latest events.
The West Seneca Joint Veterans Committee was formed in 1957, when many veterans wished a centrally located monument in the Town of West Seneca, dedicated to all wars. The idea of the town veterans banding together for the common good was felt so strongly, through the monument endeavor, that all agreed to continue the organization.
- To channel all town veterans affairs through a single committee, whether these affairs pertain to government, the Town Board or matters involving other community groups or organizations.
- To encourage and foster communication among the individual veterans posts and groups.
- To reduce the duplication of functions and services provided by individual posts, and increase the coordination of community activities provided by veterans groups.
- To provide a unified and solid front on behalf of all veterans in the Town of West Seneca.
- To promote and strengthen comradeship among the individual veterans posts or organizations.
West Seneca Veterans Meeting Schedule for 2015 (Subject to Change)
09/25/2015 7:30PM American Legion
10/23/2015 7:30PM 82nd Airborne
2015 - Upcoming Veterans Committee Events
Wednesday, November 11 11:00 AM Veterans Day Ceremony Walkway of Freedom
Important Military and Patriotic Holiday Dates
Saturday, January 17 Desert Storm Air War Begins - 1991 Wednesday, January 28 Signing of Vietnam Peace Accord - 1973 Friday, January 30 Viet Cong launch Tet Offensive - 1968 Saturday, January 31 First U.S. satellite launched - 1958 Sunday, February 1 National Freedom Day Monday, February 23 Flag Raised on Iwo Jima - WWII - 1945 Monday, February 23 Desert Storm Ground War Begins - 1991 Friday, February 27 Desert Storm Ground War ends (100 hours) - 1991 Tuesday, March 3 Navy Reserve Birthday Thursday, March 5 Navy Seabees Birthday (established 1942) Friday, March 13 K-9 Veterans Day Thursday, March 19 Operation Iraqi Freedom begins - 2003 Friday, April 3 NATO founded - 1949 Sunday, April 5 Gold Star Wives Day Monday, April 6 United States enters World War I - 1917 Monday, April 6 Persian Gulf War Ends – 1991 Tuesday, April 14 Air Force Reserve Birthday Thursday, April 23 Army Reserve Birthday Saturday, April 25 Spanish American War Begins – 1898 Thursday, April 30 Vietnam War ends – 1975 Friday, May 1 Loyalty Day Friday, May 1 Silver Star Service Banner Day Friday, May 8 V-E Day – 1945 Saturday, May 9 Military Spouse Appreciation Day Wednesday, May 13 Children of Fallen Patriots Day Saturday, May 16 Armed Forces Day Friday, May 22 National Maritime Day Monday, May 25 Memorial Day (Observed) Saturday, May 30 Memorial Day Thursday, June 4 Battle of Midway - 1942 Saturday, June 6 D-Day – World War II - 1944 Sunday, June 14 Flag Day Sunday, June 14 U.S. Army Day (established 1775) Thursday, June 25 North Korea invades South Korea – 1950 Saturday, July 4 Independence Day Thursday, July 16 First atomic bomb tested – 1945 Tuesday, July 21 First moon walk by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin - 1969 Monday, July 27 Korean War Armistice Day - 1953 Tuesday, August 4 U.S. Coast Guard Day (established 1790) Friday, August 7 Purple Heart Day Tuesday, August 11 U.S. combat troops leave South Vietnam – 1972 Saturday, August 29 Marine Forces Reserve Birthday Wednesday, September 2 V-J Day – World War II - 1945 Friday, September 11 9/11 Remembrance Day Friday, September 11 Patriot Day Thursday, September 17 Constitution Day Friday, September 18 U.S. Air Force Day (established 1947) Friday, September 18 POW/MIA Recognition Day Sunday, September 27 Gold Star Family Remembrance Day Wednesday, October 7 Operation Enduring Freedom begins in Afghanistan - 2001 Tuesday, October 13 U.S. Navy Day (established 1775) Friday, October 16 Cuban Missile Crisis Begins - 1962 Saturday, October 24 United Nations Day Sunday, October 25 U.S. Invades Grenada - 1983 Tuesday, November 10 U.S. Marine Corps Day (established 1775) Wednesday, November 11 Veterans Day Friday, November 13 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Dedicated – 1982 Sunday, November 22 President John. F. Kennedy assassinated - 1963 Monday, December 7 Pearl Harbor Day Thursday, December 10 Treaty of Paris signed ending Spanish-American War - 1898 Friday, December 11 Germany and Italy declare was on U.S. – 1941 Sunday, December 13 National Guard Birthday Tuesday, December 15 Bill of Rights Day Wednesday, December 16 Battle of the Bulge – World War II - 1944 Thursday, December 31 Official End of World War II
Explore Veterans benefits
Military veterans and their families have an online source of help for getting the benefits they have earned.
On the website Explore VA, produced by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, veterans can learn about many kinds of benefits: health care, education, job services, home loans, housing, life insurance, pensions, disability compensation and much more.
Veterans can also apply for those benefits through the site and track the status of your claim. If you want to reach out for more information or to friends or fellow veterans, you'll find social networking tools to help you out.
For this and much more, log onto:
Erie County Clerk Announces "THANK A VET" Discount Program
Erie County Clerk Christopher L. Jacobs has announced a complementary program that is a way to recognize the veterans in our community for their service and sacrifice. Available to any veteran in Erie who files their military discharge forms/DD-214 with the County Clerk's Office.
Filing your discharge or separation papers is free of charge and certified copies of recorded discharges are made, free of charge, for veterans or their immediate families whenever needed. Discharge papers are proof of your military service, and can be used to establish eligibility for a variety of benefits including property tax exemptions and civil service credits.
Once you file your discharge papers, Erie County will provide a personal discount card, free of charge, that can be used in participating local businesses.
Eligible veterans will receive a photo I.D. card which identifies them as an honorably discharged veteran. The veteran can then use this I.D. card at participating merchants who have agreed to honor the card by providing the holders with a discount on purchases or services.
In addition, if you an ID card from the Department of Veterans Affairs, you can also receive a 10% discount at Lowes and Home Depot stores
Click here to visit the Erie County Clerk website for additional information and updated merchant listing.
In conjunction with NYSPHSAA, SECTION 6, returning veterans now have an opportunity to become high school sport’s official or umpire. NYSPHSAA Section 6, partnering with its participating officials organizations, will help veterans integrate back in to WNY communities, network and have the ability to earn and supplement their income. NYSPHSAA will help offset costs associated with becoming a first year high school sports official.If any veteran is interested in becoming a certified New York State high school sports official or umpire, click for more information.
Veteran Tickets Foundation
The Veteran Tickets Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to giving back to those who gave us so much. The Foundation teams up with major sports teams, leagues, promoters, organizations, venues and everyday event ticket holders to provide free and discounted tickets to the more than 26 million Military and Veterans in the United States.
Do you have event tickets that you would like to donate and receive a tax deductible receipt? Please contact the Veterans Ticket Foundation to start that process and please SPREAD THE WORD AS AN EMPTY SEAT DOESN'T DO ANYONE ANY GOOD!!!
Support our Military, Veterans and their Families with entertainment, lasting memories and reintegration opportunities by providing free tickets to sporting events, concerts and family activities.
For complete information, please visit www.vettix.org
Giving free and discount event tickets away is not a handout or charity. It is an expression of appreciation, acknowledgement and an enduring symbol that we as a nation honor the service of our troops now and long after their tour of duty has passed.
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