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Changes Coming to the West Seneca Walkway of Freedom Complex
As you may know, the library/community center expansion project will soon begin. This project will have an effect on the Walkway of Freedom Complex.
Here are some of the action items that are going to happen within the next few months:
- Five (5) of the Learning Stations will be removed and placed into storage. This will include the learning stations for World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War and the Afghanistan War.
The Learning Stations were removed and placed into storage.
- The Harvey D. Morin Post 2940 and the West Seneca Veterans Committee benches will be removed and placed into storage.
The Harvey D. Morin, VFW Post 2940 bench was removed and placed into storage on October 7th.
- The Path of Courage and the Path of Honor signage will be removed and placed into storage.
The signs were removed and placed into storage on October 7th.
- The Vietnam War Memorial, currently in front of the library, will be dismantled and moved into storage.
The The Vietnam Memorial has been removed and placed into storage.
- The Fireman's Memorial and the Policeman's Memorial are to be placed in front of Town Hall.
Both memorials have been moved to their new location. The monuments have been placed on either side of the West Seneca Town Hall sign.
And the biggest will be:
- The removal of the engraved bricks on the Path of Courage from the Gatling gun back to the Path of Glory. This will be about 300 bricks. The engraved bricks will be removed, numbered, placed on pallets and stored.
The engraved bricks were removed on October 11th, placed on pallets and placed into storage.
- All of the blank bricks that currently make up the Path of Honor will be removed, placed on a pallet and stored.
The blank bricks were removed on October 11th and placed into storage
The reason this work had to be done was is to protect the benches, signs, and most importantly, the engraved bricks from heavy equipment. Work will on the new foundation and we want to be sure that nothing from the Walkway of Freedom complex will be damaged during the construction phase.
If you purchased a veterans brick and it is currently located in the Path of Courage, your brick(s) will be removed until such time as it is safe to be replaced back into the pathway.
We will not be offering bricks for sale this year due to the uncertainty of when construction is to be completed. Once the pathways can be recreated, bricks will be offered for sale.
We apologize for any inconvenience at this time, but the construction will ultimately benefit the Walkway of Freedom complex and the West Seneca Veterans Committee is excited for the positive changes that will be coming to the Walkway of Freedom.
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
Calling All West Seneca Residents Who Served in Korea and Vietnam
Over 1.7 million servicemen and servicewomen served in Korea during the Korean War, and more than 3.4 million troops were deployed to Vietnam during that war. We want to recognize and honor our local Korean and Vietnam veterans by creating a database of their service. This database will pay a lasting tribute to the West Seneca residents who served in these two wars.
Our goal is to compliment the current World War II database that remembers those military men and women from our community who answered the call to arms during World War II and document the service of our West Seneca men and women who served in Korea and Vietnam and contributed so much to our nation. If you or a member of your family served in Korea or Vietnam, we would like to hear from you.
- Veteran must have been a West Seneca resident upon entering the military service
- Must have served on active military duty in the following combat theater or area of hostility:
- Korean conflict (June 27, 1950 – January 31, 1955)
- Vietnam conflict (February 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975)
To create the database, our Korean and Vietnam veterans or a member of their family must complete a questionnaire. If you would like to participate, click on the Korean and Vietnam Questionnaire link below, print and complete. Drop off the form or mail to the Veterans Committee at American Legion Post 735. The database compilation will be posted on the West Seneca Joint Veterans Committee website and preserved in hardcopy at the West Seneca Historical Society. If you have any questions, please contact Jim Manley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to view the Database Questionnaire for Korean and Vietnam Veterans. Print, complete and mail.
Help us thank our veterans for their selflessness, bravery and their sacrifice in advancing the cause of peace and freedom. Documenting the service of our Korean and Vietnam veterans will preserve their memory for generations to come.
West Seneca Resource Center
If you or someone in your family needs assistance, the West Seneca Coalition Resource Center may be able to help.
The West Seneca Stakeholders Coalition partners with community businesses, non-profits, residents, service organizations and municipal entities to increase the accessibility and availability of services and develop new programs for youth, seniors, families, and all residents of West Seneca.
Starting in July 2016, the West Seneca Resource Center will be open each third Wednesday of the month, and will offer assistance in the areas of health screenings, health insurance enrollment, legal support, mental health support, senior services, caregiver services, financial education, job placement support, public benefit signup and veteran support.
The West Seneca Resource Center is located in the New Hope United Methodist Church, 2846 Seneca Street, West Seneca. The operating hours for the Resource Center is 9:00AM until 11:00AM every third Wednesday of the month. (please use the Delray Street entrance)
Stop in and see how the West Seneca Resource Center can help you and your family!
2016 West Seneca Community Flower Gardenss
The West Seneca Veterans Committee would like to thank all of the Community Groups, Businesses and Individuals who are participating in the West Seneca 2016 Community Flower Gardens to help beautify the Town Hall-West Seneca Library corridor. Due to your interest and committment to the Community Gardens project, almost all 35 garden beds were adopted turning the Pathways into a beautiful walking path. This is the second year that 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 2016 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
The Kobler Family
Union Fire Company
Seneca Hose Co.
Matthew and Emily Melski
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
Bob & Kate Watson
Burchfield Nature and Art Center
Supervisor Sheila M. Meegan
Family of Wendy Royce McCann
Harvey D. Morin VFW Post 2940
West Seneca Senior Center
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.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration (NCA) announced the name Western New York National Cemetery for the new national cemetery planned for construction in Pembroke, New York.
“The Veterans of Western New York deserve a final resting place worthy of their service to our nation,” said Ronald E. Walters, Interim Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs. National cemeteries are named based on the geographic location of the cemetery. VA relies on local Veterans and community leaders to submit name suggestions. Of the names submitted, “Western New York National Cemetery” best met VA’s naming criteria and is consistent with the requirements specified in title 38 United States Code § 531, requiring VA property, including national cemeteries, to be named for the geographic area in which the facility is located.
Any other name suggestion, such as that of a particular person, requires congressional action.
VA purchased the Genesee County property at 1232 Indian Falls Road off Exit 48A on Interstate 90 for $625,000 in May 2014. The cemetery will serve more than 96,000 Veterans, their spouses and eligible children in the Buffalo and Rochester areas. The initial phase of construction will develop approximately 70 acres and provide for approximately 10 years of burials, accommodating both casketed and cremated remains.
The nearest open national cemetery is Bath National Cemetery located in Bath, New York, approximately 85 miles away.
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 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)
10/28/2016 7:30PM AMVETS Post 8113 VFW Post 8113
2016 - Upcoming Veterans Committee Events
Friday, November 11 11:00 AM Veterans Day Ceremony Walkway of Freedom
Important Military and Patriotic Holiday Dates
Sunday, January 17 Desert Storm Air War Begins (1991) Thursday, January 28 Signing of Vietnam Peace Accord (1973) Saturday, January 30 Viet Cong launch Tet Offensive (1968) Sunday, January 31 First U.S. satellite launched (1958) Monday, February 1 National Freedom Day Friday, February 19 Coast Guard Reserve Birthday Tuesday, February 23 Flag Raised on Iwo Jima / WWII (1945) Tuesday, February 23 Desert Storm Ground War Begins (1991) Saturday, February 27 Desert Storm Ground War ends (100 hours) (1991) Tuesday, March 3 Navy Reserve Birthday Tuesday, March 5 Navy Seabees Birthday (established 1942) Sunday, March 13 K-9 Veterans Day Saturday, March 19 Operation Iraqi Freedom begins (2003) Sunday, April 3 NATO founded (1949) Tuesday, April 5 Gold Star Wives Day Wednesday, April 6 United States enters World War I (1917) Wednesday, April 6 Persian Gulf War Ends (1991) Friday, April 14 Air Force Reserve Birthday Saturday, April 23 Army Reserve Birthday Monday, April 25 Spanish American War Begins (1898) Saturday, April 30 Vietnam War ends (1975) Sunday, May 1 Loyalty Day Sunday, May 1 Silver Star Service Banner Day Sunday, May 8 V-E Day / WWII (1945) Monday, May 9 Military Spouse Appreciation Day Friday, May 13 Children of Fallen Patriots Day Monday, May 16 Armed Forces Day Sunday, May 22 National Maritime Day Monday, May 30 Memorial Day (Observed) Monday, May 30 Memorial Day Saturday, June 4 Battle of Midway (1942) Monday, June 6 D-Day / World War II (1944) Tuesday, June 14 Flag Day Tuesday, June 14 U.S. Army Day (established 1775) Saturday, June 25 North Korea invades South Korea (1950) Monday, July 4 Independence Day Saturday, July 16 First atomic bomb tested (1945) Thursday, July 21 First moon walk by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin (1969) Wednesday, July 27 Korean War Armistice Day (1953) Thursday, August 4 U.S. Coast Guard Day (established 1790) Sunday, August 7 Purple Heart Day Thursday, August 11 U.S. combat troops leave South Vietnam (1972) Saturday, August 29 Marine Forces Reserve Birthday Friday, September 2 V-J Day / World War II (1945) Sunday, September 11 9/11 Remembrance Day Sunday, September 11 Patriot Day Saturday, September 17 Constitution Day Sunday, September 18 U.S. Air Force Day (established 1947) Friday, September 16 POW/MIA Recognition Day Sunday, September 25 Gold Star Family Remembrance Day Friday, October 7 Operation Enduring Freedom begins in Afghanistan (2001) Thursday, October 13 U.S. Navy Day (established 1775) Sunday, October 16 Cuban Missile Crisis Begins (1962) Monday, October 24 United Nations Day Tuesday, October 25 U.S. Invades Grenada (1983) Thursday, November 10 U.S. Marine Corps Day (established 1775) Friday, November 11 Veterans Day Sunday, November 13 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Dedicated (1982) Tuesday, November 22 President John. F. Kennedy assassinated (1963) Wednesday, December 7 Pearl Harbor Day Saturday, December 10 Treaty of Paris signed ending Spanish-American War (1898) Sunday, December 11 Germany and Italy declare was on U.S. (1941) Tuesday, December 13 National Guard Birthday Thursday, December 15 Bill of Rights Day Friday, December 16 Battle of the Bulge / World War II (1944) Saturday, 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.
"Thank A Vet" Program
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