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West Seneca Veterans Committee
Thank you for your Veteran Brick orders. The applications will be processed and bricks ordered, with return shipment expected in May. Once received, weather permitting, the engraved bricks will be installed in the Path of Courage before Memorial Day.
West Seneca Memorial Day Weekend Activities
Sunday, May 24
- Church Services - Veteran's Mass  Queen of Heaven Church    11:15AM Mass
Monday, May 25
- 9:00AM - Ceremony at St. Matthew's Cemetery - Field of Valor
- 10:00AM - Marching Units form-up behind Southgate Plaza for Annual Memorial Day Parade
- 10:30AM - All Units step-off for parade down Union Road to Vietnam Memorial - West Seneca Library
- 11:30AM (Time Approximate) - Annual Memorial Day Ceremony begins
- 12:15PM (Time Approximate) - Annual Memorial Day Ceremony concludes
- 12:20PM (Time Approximate) - Hot Dogs and Refreshments at American Legion Post 725
West Seneca Town Board Approves Community Flower Gardens Proposal
The Town of West Seneca Town Board approved a proposal from the West Seneca Joint Veterans Committee to create a Community Flower Garden where community organizations, companies or individuals "adopt" a section of land to plant and maintain flowers and greenery alongside the existing Pathways in the Walkway of Freedom. The goal is to create a beautiful green, flowery space for all to enjoy.
Organizations, companies or individuals adopting a flower bed will be responsible for the planting, weeding and general care to keep their garden looking attractive throughout the growing season. A community Flower Garden will help beautify the Town Hall-West Seneca Library corridor and flower gardening conserves soil, protects the environment and works with nature rather than against it.Click here to read the entire West Seneca Community Flower Gardens Proposal.
If your organization or company is interested in "adopting" a flower bed for 2015, or if you are an individual who would like to "adopt" their own garden, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Through corporate and organizational sponsorships, a Community Flower Garden project is a unique opportunity to bring people and different organizations together for a positive beautification project.
Homeless Vets Motorcycle Run - Saturday, May 23, 2015
American Legion Post 735 is once again sponsoring a Motorcycle Run on May 23, 2015 to raise money and awareness to the Homeless Veterans in our local area. Funds raised from this event will be utilized to purchase specific needed items at Altamont House in Buffalo which houses 34 individuals in transition.
The Start and Finish will be at the American Legion Post 735, 35 Legion Parkway, West Seneca, NY 14224. Kickstands up at noon, with stops at the East Aurora Legion, Arcade Legion, Gowanda Legion, Eden Legion and back to West Seneca Legion.
Registration begins at 10:00AM and the cost for registration is $15.00 for drivers, $10.00 for passengers, and $10.00 for non-riders. The cost includes coffee and donuts in the morning and all you can eat hot dogs, hamburgers, Italian Sausage and one beverage. Entertainment will be provided by the rock band Alibi Pass. A Chinese Auction and 50/50 Drawings will also be held.
For additional information, contact Ron Kelly at 716-983-5342. Please leave a message and he will get back to you as soon as possible.
Please come out and support our Veterans!
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.
Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park Opens
The Buffalo & Erie Naval & Military Park is now open for its 36th season. The Park will be 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.
FREE Firearm Safety and Pistol Permit Course - Saturday, May 16, 2015
A Free Firearm Safety and Pistol Permit course will be offered on Saturday, May 16th at V.F.W. Post 8113, 299 Leydecker Road, West Seneca. This free four (4) hour course includes: Basic Rifle, Shotgun & Handgun Safety, Home Safety, Firearm Familiarity, Operational Care, and other NYSD required topics.
Doors open at 8:30AM and the course runs from 9:00AM thru 2:00PM. A valid ID is required to take the course and your registration must match your ID/Drivers License.
For more information and to register, visit www.empactamerica.org/Firearm-Safety or call 716.435.7873.
This free course is sponsored by EMpact of America and Rivera B.C.J.S. Investigations
"Kites for Vets" - Saturday, May 30, 2015
The annual "Kites For Vets" will be held Saturday, May 30th, at Gratwick Riverside Park in North Tonawanda. The event, which is sponsored by Vietnam Veterans of America No. 77, runs from noon to 4 p.m.
Food and refreshments will be available. Admission is free, but donations will be graciously accepted. To reserve a kite, pre-register at www.kitesforvets.com or call 716.435.7210 or 716.515.5844.
All proceeds will go to help homeless veterans in Western New York.
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
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)
04/24/2015 7:30PM AMVETS
05/15/2015 7:30PM Harvey D. Morin
V.F.W. Post 2940
Harvey D. Morin
V.F.W. Post 2940
09/25/2015 7:30PM American Legion
10/23/2015 7:30PM 82nd Airborne
2015 - Upcoming Veterans Committee Events
Sunday, May24 t/b/d Veteran's Mass
Church t/b/d Monday, May 25 10:30 AM Memorial Day Ceremony
(Form up at Southgate Plaza)
West Seneca Town Hall 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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