35 Legion Parkway
West Seneca,
New York 14224
U.S.A.



Navy Seabee Veterans
of America, Island X-5


AMVETS
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





    IMPORTANT VETERAN NEWS:



  • 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.

    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’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.







    PREAMBLE:

    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.

    Mission:

    • 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)

    Date

        Time    

    Host

        Location    

     09/25/2015    7:30PM      American Legion  
      Post 735  
      American Legion  
      Post 735  
     10/23/2015    7:30PM      82nd Airborne  
     
      V.F.W.  
      Post 8113  








    2015 - Upcoming Veterans Committee Events


    Date

        Time    

    Event

        Location    

        Wednesday, November 11     11:00 AM     Veterans Day Ceremony  Walkway of Freedom 








    Important Military and Patriotic Holiday Dates




    2015

    Date

        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 – 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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