35 Legion Parkway
West Seneca,
New York 14224

Navy Seabee Veterans
of America, Island X-5

Post 8113

Harvey D. Morin
VFW Post 2940

82nd Airborne

American Legion
Post 735

Marine Corp. League
Detachment 239

Veterans of Foreign Wars
VFW Post 8113

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West Seneca Veterans Committee


    Serving the Veterans and Residents of West Seneca

2015 Chairman

Garnet Wood
Navy Seabee Veterans of America, Island X-5


  • Veterans Bricks now on sale for 2015-16
  • The West Seneca Veterans Committee is taking orders for its engraved veterans bricks program. Now is the time to honor a veteran with a purchase of an engraved veterans brick to honor their service.

    More than 1,600 engraved bricks have been installed in the Walkway of Freedom complex, located between the West Seneca Library and Town Hall. The Walkway is part of the West Seneca Veterans Memorial Park.

    The purchase price for engraved bricks is $75.00 (seventy-five dollars). Orders for bricks will be taken from October 1, 2015 through March 1, 2016. All bricks ordered within this time will be placed in the walkway complex during the Spring of 2016. Once the deadline has passed, no other orders will be taken for 2016.

    Print Veterans Brick Application from PDF format

      Click here to display the West Seneca Veterans Committee 2015-16 Brick Order Application in PDF format  

    Veterans Brick forms are also available at the West Seneca Town Clerks Office, West Seneca Library, American Legion Post 735, Harvey D. Morin VFW Post 2940, and VFW 8113.

    If you are a business or an organization, you can purchase a Veterans Memorial Brick to honor our veterans. Your business or organization name will be engraved on an 8 in x 8 in memorial brick and permanently displayed at the Walkway of Freedom. The cost for the special brick is $250 with 4 engraved lines of up to 18 characters per line.

    Print Business/Organization Veterans Brick Application from PDF format

      Click here to display the West Seneca Veterans Business and Organization Brick Order Application in PDF format  

  • Flu Shots For Veterans Available at VA Outpatient Centers
  • Veterans who are enrolled in the VA Health system can get free flu shots at primary care clinics in the Buffalo area.

    Shots are available at the VA Hospital (3495 Bailey Avenue), first floor, Desk 4 from 4:00PM til 8:00PM on the following dates: October 14, 20, 22, 28; November 3, 5, 9, 17, 19, 23; December 2 and January 5.

    The Lackawanna (1234 Abbott Road) VA Outpatient Center will also have walk-in flu vaccine clinics from 1:00PM – 4:00PM on Tuesdays; 1:00PM – 4:00PM on Thursdays; and 9:00AM – 12:00PM on Fridays.

  • Honoring Our Korean Veterans
  • The West Seneca Veterans Committee would like to honor our Korean War veterans, especially those killed in the line of duty, along with soldiers from every other conflict. We would like to see some type of memorial or plaque placed in the West Seneca Veterans Park dedicated to those who fought and died in the Korean Conflict. Before we can proceed, we must first compile a complete list of military service personnel from West Seneca who lost their life during the Korean Conflict.

    If you know of a resident who was killed in the line of duty while serving in Korea during 1950 through 1953, please let us know. The service member must have been a resident of West Seneca when they entered the service. Please contact Jim Manley at 674-4224 or email any information to: jemanley1@gmail.com

    To date, we have identified four local service members killed during the Korean Conflict. Those individuals can be found at www.wsvets.org/wars.html along with the names of service members who were killed in other wars.

  • A Glimpse of the Future?
  • With the proposed expansion of the West Seneca Library, the Veterans Memorial Park, more specifically, the Walkway of Freedom may see some changes to its layout. The memorials currently in front of the library will have to be relocated and the Pathways within the Walkway will have to revised.

    Below is one possible rendering of how the Walkway of Freedom may look when the library renovations are completed

  • 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.

    Click here for more information and the Military Service 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.

    Visit the Buffalo Naval Park web site for more information and other discounts

  • 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.

    Click here for more information on the military-friendly online colleges guidebook.

  • 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.

    Click here for more information on the National Park Pass Program

  • Military Wallet Discounts:
  • The Military Wallet website offers great information on benefits, discounts and most anything that affects the military member's wallet!

    Click here to learn more at http://themilitarywallet.com/military-discounts/

  • 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 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 2016    (Subject to Change)





     3/25/2016    7:30PM      Harvey D. Morin VFW Post 2940  
      Post 2940  
     4/22/2016    7:30PM      Marine Corps League - Detachment 239  
      Post 735  
     5/20/2016    7:30PM      VFW 8113  
      Post 8113  
     9/23/2016    7:30PM      Navy Seabees Veterans of America  
      Post 2940  
     10/28/2016    7:30PM      AMVETS Post 8113  
      Post 735  

    2016 - Upcoming Veterans Committee Events





        Monday, May 30     10:30 AM     Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony  Southgate Plaza to Town Hall 
        Friday, November 11     11:00 AM     Veterans Day Ceremony  Walkway of Freedom 

    Important Military and Patriotic Holiday Dates



        Holiday Designation       

         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 / WWII   (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: VA.GOV/EXPLORE

    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.

    Click here for complete instructions whether you have filled your DD214 with Erie County or how to file if you have not.

    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.

    Click here for for a listing of participating merchants.

    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.

    Earned Stripes

    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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    Meeting Schedule
                       Upcoming Veterans
    Committee Events
                       Member Post
                       Calendar of
    Veteran Events
                       Erie County
    "Thank A Vet" Program
    West Seneca
    and World War II
                       Tribute to
    Our Veterans
                       Military Branch
                       Earned Stripes
    Sports ProgramProgram

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    Walkway Master
    Brick Listing
                       Model 1897
    Gatling Gun
                       Pathways                    Learning
    Walkway of Freedom
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