Veteran Suicides – Good News?

The Department of Veteran Affairs recently issued a report say-ing that on average, 20 Veterans a day took their own lives. This number is down slightly from the previously used number of 22. Officials however are wary of saying the problem of Veteran sui-cide is getting better.
It seems that using a better method of collecting and ana-lyzing the data is giving a clearer picture of the problem. The do not want to make com-parisons to past studies and point out that 20 is not a good number even though it is slightly lower than the old esti-mates.
“Twenty a day is not that dif-ferent from 22,” said Dr. David Shulkin, undersecretary for health at the Department of Veterans Affairs . “It is far too high.”
The rate at which Veterans commit suicide is many times higher than among the non-veteran population. The suicide rates for both Veterans and no-veterans continue to grow but the rates are grow-ing faster among the Veterans. This is especially true among the female Veterans.
The attention on veteran suicide comes at a time when the VA has reported a huge upswing in Veterans seeking medical care as they have returned from the current conflicts However, the VA data continues to show that older Veterans make up most suicides. About two-thirds of all veterans who died by suicide were age 50 and over.
We need to get these numbers down. If you are feeling pressures you can’t handle, reach out. If you are worried about someone else, reach out. One Veteran suicide a day is too many.
It takes the courage and strength of a warrior to ask for help…

If you are a Veteran who is in crisis or know a Veteran who is in crisis call the Veterans Crisis Line
1-800-273-TALK (8255) and Press 1 for Veterans
If you are not in crisis but need some support the PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Vet 2 Vet Program of Putnam County is just a phone call away. This is a peer support group of Veterans helping Veterans. Call them at 845-278-VETS (8387).
(If you would like one of the pins pictured above stop by our office. We have a limited supply available.)

safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST.
Since its development in 2006, safeTALK has been used in over 20 countries around the world, and more than 200 selectable video vignettes have been produced to tailor the program’s audio-visual component for diverse audienc-es. safeTALK-trained helpers are an important part of suicide-safer communi-ties, working alongside intervention resources to identify and avert suicide risks.

Training features:

  • Presentations and guidance from a LivingWorks registered trainer
  • Access to support from a local community resource person
  • Powerful audiovisual learning aids
  • The simple yet effective TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe
  • Hands-on skills practice and development

Art, Brennan and Karl are all safeTalk Trainers.
(We encourage you or you organization to contact us to set up a training. We have trained people in the American Legion in Patterson, Arms Acers and at the Putnam Hospital under the auspices of the Putnam County Suicide Task Force. Please set up a training, there is no cost.)

Dying Veteran Emotional Last Request

Dying Veteran Emotional Last Request

By Steve Goetsch, Public Affairs Specialist, South Texas Veterans Health Care System, San Antonio

Like many other young men in the late 1960s, Roberto Gonzalez answered when Uncle Sam called. He was drafted by the Army for service in June of 1969, a week after finishing school. Gonzalez, from South Texas, found himself going to Army basic training instead of working on the family ranch and going to summer grad-uation parties. Gonzalez was a member of the 25th Infantry, and on one mission, was selected to be on point during a patrol. What he didn’t know was they were walking into an am-bush of North Vietnamese soldiers lying in wait. They sprung up from a trench, firing on the 14-man squad. With Gonza-lez on point, he took the brunt of fire, being hit three times: through both lungs, a bullet hitting and shattering his leg be-low the knee, and the last striking his abdomen, fragmenting and hitting his spine, creating the shrapnel that led to his paralysis. He described his wounds with much less bravado and even a little sense of humor. “I had three shots with an AK-47 and had a thousand little ones,” Gon-zalez said. “I had holes all over my body, but I made it,” he said, grinning while describing the horrendous attack. The fighting was so intense, they transported him a few miles away to a landing zone (LZ) to be med-evac’d. Although the chopper was finally cleared to land, Gonzalez wasn’t in the clear yet. “Every time the chopper lifted off, my blood pressure dropped rapidly,” Gonzalez explained. He said they did this numerous times before they flew him out of the hot zone. Out of his original 14-man squad, Gonzalez was one of only three that had survived. The fellow soldiers he left behind left an imprint on his memory, even 45 years after he returned home, making his face sullen as he described the experience. “I saw a lot of bad things over there,” he murmured. “I saw a lot of dead people.”
Gonzalez finally came back to the U.S. in 1970, spending the remainder of the year rehabilitating until he could be safely moved. Along the way, he made stops at hospitals in Saigon and Japan, before ending up in Memphis, Tenn. at a specialized VA hospital for para-plegics. He rehabilitated for 18 months until he final
got back to Premont, Tex.

He needed continuous care, and the only avail-ability was a hospital in Houston and returns to Mem-phis for his specialty care. All of that changed when Gonzalez could be seen at the newly-established Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital that was dedi-cated in November 1973. The new hospital was more convenient for him and he became one of its very first patients.
Besides being hospitalized in 1975 for kidney issues, Rosario said Gonzalez was rather healthy, work-ing the 20,000 acre ranch near Premont that has been in the family since the late 1800’s.
When Gonzalez fell ill again in 2015, they transported him to a hospital in Corpus Christi, but were delighted the stay was temporary, and that they would be returning to Audie Murphy. “There are some really good nurses in this ward,” Ro-sario said of the spinal cord unit. Gonzalez added that he wouldn’t want to go anywhere else. Rosario thinks the specialized training the spinal cord staff receives makes the difference. In the fall of 2015, after a couple months at Audie, the Gonzalez family held a special birthday party for Gonzalez and his younger brother George, who shares the same birthday. They brought enough food and drink to supply a small army because they included the staff and inpatients on the ward they consider part of their family. “We’ve met so many great families from guys that have been hurt with spinal cord injuries,” Rosario said. Rosario herself was a fixture on the ward, staying nearby at the South Texas VA Fisher House by the campus. His moth-er, Elodia, who might have been responsi-ble for her son’s resiliency, came up fre-quently, despite being three hours from the hospital. “His mom is 92 years old,” Ro-sario exclaimed. “She is a feisty lady, and she is something else.” Does resilience come with spend-ing four decades in a wheelchair, refusing to give up, or is it bolstered by the 10 sup-portive siblings that help with the ranch and who drove from all over south Texas in inclement weather to celebrate their broth-ers’ birthdays? Whatever the case may be, one of the things that kept Gonzalez going were his horses.

Despite becoming fixtures at the hospital, and lauding the care they received there, there was only one place Gonzalez wanted to be…back on the ranch, with his horses. His face lit up when he talked about them. From traveling through several states to show and sell racehorses, to theshort-legged cows he raised and at-tempted to describe to a naïve city slicker. He missed his ranch and get-ting into his “big truck” every morn-ing and doing what he did for dec-ades, with his father and grandfather by his side. The Gonzalez family was holding down the ranch, awaiting his return. “They keep us informed,” Rosario said, speaking of the many nieces and nephews that stepped up in Gonzalez’s absence. This most recent visit to Audie was taking a toll on Gonza-lez. He was tired. It was a different Gonzalez than Rosario was used to. “He was very independent, it’s just recently that his body has worn down,” Rosario said. “He used to transfer on his own; he just started needing help.” Gonzalez experienced some complications and began losing his battle. He had liver prob-lems, and his kidneys began to shut down. The time came when the staff began to prepare the family. If Gonzalez couldn’t get to the ranch, the Gonzalez family wanted to bring the ranch to him. There were two horses that were favorites of Gonza-lez: Sugar and Ringo, but bringing them into a hospital would take some planning.

Dr. Seth Chandler, chief of Audie’s Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) unit, with Nurse Manager Louis Nwo-jo and their team, consulted with the family and worked out the logistics. With safety being paramount, the decision to facilitate the visit was granted. Nwojo said the team did a safety check of all medical devices, and brought the bed out to the parking lot and the two waiting equine friends to say goodbye. Surrounded by Rosario and his family, the horses gently greeted Gonzalez in a quiet, somber gather-ing. He passed away May 23, just two days later. Gonzalez leaves quite a legacy; Vietnam Veteran, Silver and Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipi-ent, faithful husband of 40 years, the only Texas paraplegic horse trainer, Veteran of the Month and patriarch of one of the biggest, most supportive families you could ever meet…Roberto Gonzalez was not a casualty of war. Rest in peace, Roberto, and
thank you for your service.

Meet the Bozanic Family

Summer memories are special. Most of us should remember school assignments where we had to write about our summer vacation. Some of us took trips to exotic places, some stayed at home enjoying the local scene and actually some of us worked the entire summer. There is not one of us that could not narrate a unique memorable event that happened some summer long ago or a more recent summer event. All those memories are the fabric of American society.

If you will indulge me I am going to relate a very recent summer experience that might not be the type of summer memory that you might have tucked away in your mind.
To set the scene my wife Irene welcomed our three grandsons from Buffalo to spend a week with us each summer. A much needed visit for us and a respite for the parents of 10 year old twin boys and their 5 year old brother. We also include our 7 year old granddaughter and her 5 year old brother on the various scheduled events, Two days at beautiful Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park were on the list of things to do. Bike and scooter riding and 2 trips to Kent Recycling were also weaved into the daily to do list. The movie “The BFG” was part of the busy week. (I highly recommend that movie).

By the end of the week we packed the 3 Buffalo boys up and waved good bye to their cousins and began our (sorry about this) “shuffle to off to Buffalo. It was a slow shuffle. With stops at Howe Caverns, watching fireworks from the lawn of our motel in Cobleskill , bowling a few frames, mining for Herkimer Diamonds and several hours in motel pools. A well rounded and busy shuffle.

Why the long tedious diary of two Grandparents? Well the experience happened during the shuffle but I wanted to brag a bit about what we did with our grandchildren prior to my summer experience that I wish to relate. The experience happened at 7:00 AM at the Inn at Cobleskill while I was waiting for the boys to wake up to continue the shuffle. I was reading an article in a local newspaper the “Daily Star” of Oneonta. It was in the Lifestyle Section that I met the Bozanic clan.
In a time period where people need safe spaces, where college students claim undue stress because the name of a person running for president is scrawled on the sidewalk where every one receives a trophy it is time to “Meet the Bozanic Family”.

The parents John from Croatia and Marta from the Czech Republic were married in 1921. In 1933 they bought a farm in Worchester, NY and moved there with their 5 children. By 1942 there were 11 children but a major trauma to the family occurred with the birth of the 12th child. Marta was in distress with the birth of number 12. While they tried to walk the 3 miles to the doctors in a blizzard they were forced to turn back to the farm where she gave birth but passed away 2 days later. John was determined to raise his children and did so. Each daughter remembers being coming the mother figure after the oldest daughter moved out. They had no running water or electricity. To bathe they filled up a big washtub and the oldest to youngest took turns bathing.

Ten years later another disaster struck the Bozanics. A tractor turned over on top of the father and crushed him to death. They were now without parents. Six were still living at home. An older sister and her husband became legal guardians and a 19 year old brother remained on the farm to help run what had transitioned from a dairy farm to a
cauliflower farm. They remained together and worked together. School was their respite from the toils and tribulations of their everyday life.
They remember the hard work and hard times, they remember that one of the
bonuses of school were real toilets but they also remember there was no whining. Now where does this lead us? To the Bozanics as adults. All 12 graduated from High School. Many went into the military. All weresuccessful.

Nick-got a chance to play for the NY baseball Giants and went on to manage a farm, Zita –was the 1st woman radio operator at La Guardia Airport, John worked on Apollo 13 as an electrical engi-neer, Mary-wrote and composed songs, Anne and Emily-became accomplished musicians, George-became a school teacher, Jean-ette-toured the country with the Air Force Band and earned a PhD from UCLA, Vera -joined the Air Force, Helen –is a Justice of the Peace, Don-worked for Westinghouse and holds many pa-tents in electron spin echo frequency, Larry worked for Ford and helped open Ford’s China facility.

Only six survive today but brother Donald offers this sage advice to the youth of today: “look around and see what you can do to improve the world…don’t just think about what you can do to make yourself feel better”.

Sage advise indeed to all of those cowering in their safe spaces.

-Karl

PUTNAM COUNTY ROW OF HONOR NOVEMBER!

PUTNAM COUNTY ROW OF HONOR TO FLY THROUGH NOVEMBER 23RD

“The Row of Honor is a beautiful way to show gratitude to the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our safety and freedom,” says Putnam County Executive, MaryEllen Odell, “This biannual tradition means so much to both veterans who have risked their lives for their country, and the families who have lost their loved ones.”

A flag can be sponsored for $100 dollars in the name of a loved one lost in the service of our country. All proceeds are given directly to VET2VET, a program that helps veterans suffering from PTSD, depression, and other difficulties, reintegrate into society.

Flags can be ordered at (845) 808-1620 or at http://www.putnamcountyny.com/roh/  . Checks are payable to:

Joint Veterans Council c/o PC Veterans Affairs

Donald B. Smith Government Campus

110 Old Route 6 Bldg. 3 Carmel, NY 10512

Seventy Veterans and Residents Attend Row of Honor Kick-Off on Armed Forces Day

CARMEL, N.Y. – Armed Forces Day, a national commemoration of Americans serving in the five U.S. military branches, marked the kick off of Putnam County’s annual Row of Honor season at the Carmel VFW Hall, located on Route 52 in Carmel, N.Y. Preceded by a pancake breakfast organized by the Putnam County Joint Veterans Council and sponsored by Kevin Byrne, the event drew 70 veterans and residents to remember the men and women who lost their lives in service to the United States. 

“The Row of Honor tradition that has been established in our county means so much to our vets and to the families who have lost loved ones in service to our country,” said Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “We are so grateful for the freedom and safety that our military protects every single day. These flags, emblazoned with the names of many of those brave men and women, honor their sacrifice.”

More than 200 flags, which carry the names of beloved Veterans, will continue to fly until Flag Day, June 14th. With a $100 donation, the name of a loved one can appear on a flag. The proceeds will go toward Veterans Peer-to-Peer projects, which assist vets who are suffering from isolation, depression, PTSD and other issues associated with the readjustment to civilian life.

To order your flag, call 845-808-1620 or visit PutnamCountyNY.gov/ROH. Checks can be made payable to the Joint Veterans Council to PC Veterans Service Agency, Donald B. Smith Government Campus, 110 Old Route 6, Bldg. 3, Carmel, N.Y. 10512.

Good Day Hudson Valley interviews Karl Rohde, Director of Veterans Services and John Bourges, program coordinator, Dwyer Vet2Vet program led by Putnam MHA.

Good Day Hudson Valley interviews Karl Rohde, Director of Veterans Services and John Bourges, program coordinator, Dwyer Vet2Vet program led by Putnam MHA.

Memorial Day Events & Festivities Around Putnam County

Friday , Saturday , Sunday, May 27,28,29, 2016

Putnam County Joint Veterans Council-
John Morris Memorial Watchfire Vigil, each night
6 PM-6AM May 27,28,29 Opening Ceremony Friday the 27th at 7:00 PM
Flag Retirement through out the Vigil.

Sunday May 29, 20156

VFW Post 1374 & Auxiliary, Carmel & American Legion Post 270-
9:00 AM Ceremony at monument on Terryhill Road, Kent
11:30 AM Ceremony at Post Home 32 Gleneida Ave, Carmel
Refreshments to follow 11:30 Ceremony

Monday May 30, 2016:

VFW Post 391, Putnam Valley-
11:00 AM Ceremony Putnam Valley Town Hall
12:00 Ceremony Lake Peekskill Monument (Chester Place)
1:00 PM Ceremony Post Home 153 Oscawanna Lake Road
Refreshments to follow 1:00 PM ceremony at Post Home
2:00PM Start of “Round of Honor”. Visiting grave sites, cemeteries, and monuments in vicinity, including Lakeland High School, Bill Mangero Park

VFW Post 672, Brewster-
Parade from Brewster Fire House to Electrozone Field
(step off 11:00 AM)
Ceremony at Electrozone Field following parade.
Light Lunch to follow at post home on Peaceable Hill Road
VFW Post 2362 and American Legion Post 275 Cold Spring-
Village Hall at 85 Main Street for a Ceremony.

VFW Post & Ladies Auxiliary 5491 Mahopac & American Legion Post 1080-
Parade from Clarke Place to Veterans Memorial Park on East Lake Blvd. (step off 10:00 AM)
Ceremony to follow at Monument
American Legion Post 1080 Ceremony at noon following VFW
Ceremony at 333 Buckshollow Road
Ceremony and Refreshments to follow at VFW Post home
154 East Lake Blvd

VFW Post 9257& Ladies Auxiliary & AMVET Post 1111
Putnam Lake-
Parade from Castle Restaurant to Veterans Monument on Haviland Road (step off 10:00 AM)
Ceremony to follow parade at monument
Refreshments to follow at Post Home at 4 Fairfield Drive

VFW Post 8013, Somers-
Annual Memorial Day Parade and Remembrance Ceremony. Step off 10:00 AM from Somers Middle School to Ivandell Cem-etery.
( Somers has been added to the list of Memorial Day events because the Somers VFW has recently joined Putnam County Council VFW)
American Legion Post 1542, Patterson-
10:00 AM walk from Post home to monument on Rt. 311 for ceremony
Refreshments to follow at Post Home.

Saturday day May 30, 2015:

Putnam County Joint Veterans Council-
Sunrise Memorial Day Prayer Service at close of Vigil.

Putnam County Clerk Encourages Veterans to Take Advantage of Return the F.A.V.O.R Discount Program

CARMEL, N.Y. – As the county prepares to celebrate Veterans Day, Putnam County Clerk Michael Bartolotti reminds Putnam residents, who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, to participate in the Return the F.A.V.O.R. Discount Program to get year-round savings as a small token of appreciation.

“Putnam County has always been a very patriotic community and I am thrilled to be able to continue this program which allows my office and the local merchants a way to say thank you to our Veterans every day,” said County Clerk Bartolotti. “The merchants are all eager to ‘Return the Favor’ and give thanks for all the sacrifices you have made to guarantee our freedom and safety.”

The Return the F.A.V.O.R. (Find & Assist Vets of Record) Discount Program entitles Veterans to hundreds of discounts on merchandise and services throughout Putnam County.

“You cannot put a dollar amount on what we, as a society, owe our Veterans,” said Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “What we can do is take every opportunity we have to show our gratitude. I support the County Clerk’s Return the Favor program and encourage all of the Veterans to use it. It can save you money on meals, home heating and other services as well as on rounds of golf at Putnam County Golf Course.”

Veterans who file their DD214s at the Putnam County Clerk’s Office are issued a Putnam County Veteran ID card that enables them to take advantage of discounts offered by local merchants.

“Filing the DD214 with the County Clerk’s Office is an important thing for Veterans to do,” said Bartolotti. “By my office keeping it on file you do not have to worry about losing it. It is an essential document required for many Veterans services. The Return the F.A.V.O.R program is a bonus.”

Putnam County’s Return the F.A.V.O.R. program is a wonderful way to help and honor our Veterans at the same time,” said Art Hanley, chairman of the Putnam County Joint Veterans Council. “Participating Veterans are assured that they will always be able to find a copy of their DD214 and the ID card they are issued is good for discounts from merchants throughout the county who wish to say thank you for your service.”

A list of the participating merchants and the discount offered is available on the County Clerk’s website, putnamcountyny.com/county-clerk, along with the program’s rules and conditions.

“The program’s success is dependent not only on the participation of our Veterans, but also our local merchants,” said Bartolotti.  “As such we strongly suggest every Putnam County business to enroll as a participating merchant.”

Merchants who are interested in participating in the Return the F.A.V.O.R program can find applications to join there as well.

For more information, visit putnamcountyny.com/county-clerk or call (845) 808-1142 x 49301.

Hundreds of Veterans Chow Down In Putnam County

MAHOPAC, NY – Hundreds of local veterans and their families enjoyed the first Veterans Chow Down hosted by State Senators Terrence Murphy and Sue Serino and Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell held on Sunday, Nov. 1 at the Putnam County Golf Course.  The event, which was presented in cooperation of the PFC Joseph Dwyer Vet2Vet Program, paid tribute to the men and men from Putnam County who served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

“The goal of today’s event was to offer a small token of appreciation to the brave men and women who defended our freedoms,” Senator Murphy said.  “We are the land of the free because of the brave and there is no task too small when it comes to caring for our Veterans.”

The Veterans were served family-style a menu featuring creamed chip beef on toast (aka S.O.S.), Chicken Marsala, and smoked ham. A trio of singers from the USO provided live entertainment and the American Veterans Historical Museum set up exhibits and displayed several military vehicles.

“The sacrifices that our Veterans – and their families – make on our behalf are innumerable and we need to take every opportunity that we can to remind them that they have an incredibly grateful community behind them,” Senator Serino said.  “The Chow Down is our way of bringing out vets together, showing our appreciation and recognizing them for all that they do in our community.  Thank you to everyone who helped to make it a tremendous success.”

Dozens of volunteers welcomed the Veterans and served the meal.

“It is our honor today to serve our Veterans, who served our country and protected our freedoms,” Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell said.  “I also want to thank all of the volunteers – the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, high school and middle school students as well as adults, who worked alongside us to make today possible.  On behalf of Senator Murphy and Senator Serino and the PFC Joseph Dwyer Vet2Vet Program and thanking all of our Veterans and their families a happy and safe holiday season.”

The cornerstone portion of the event was built around the Vet2Vet Program, which is run by Putnam County’s Veterans Service Agency. It provides a place for peers (fellow Veterans, members of the Armed Forces and their families) to connect with and support one another in a safe and nonjudgmental environment.  It is a free, anonymous and confidential program that provides support, lunch-and-learn workshops, mentoring opportunities as well as training and development options.

Reports continue to show service members returning from active duty are at an increased risk of PTSD. Statistics from the Federal Government indicate nearly 20 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans suffer from PTSD, which is double the rate from Operation Desert Storm. In addition, there is an ongoing effort to reduce the suicide rate of veterans, which currently stands at a staggering rate of 22 every day.

“Today was a homerun,” said Karl Rohde, Director of Putnam County Veterans Service Agency.  “There were smiles on everyone’s face.  The veterans were proud to be here and proud to be veterans.  They loved the food and the entertainment from the USO.  Thank you to County Executive Odell, Senators Murphy and Serino for always supporting the Veterans and with the PFC Joseph Dwyer Vet2Vet Program to make this event possible.”

The event was warmly received by the Veterans guests.

“It was an incredible event,” said Veteran Earl Gunderson of Phillipstown. The food was delicious and it was great to sit at the table and some old stories.”

Veteran Nick Mucciarone of Mahopac agreed. “Today was wonderful, it could not have been better.  It was a beautiful affair and we really appreciate it.”

Veterans Mobile Service Office to Come to Putnam

County Executive MaryEllen Odell is pleased to announce that a certified mobile service office (MSO), which assists Veterans in dealings with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), will be operate in front of the DeCicco’s Family Market in Brewster on Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will be the first time that the van, which is run through the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter #137 NY, is setting up hours in Putnam County.

“Too many Veterans do not know about or do not have access to the benefits and services provided by the federal government,” said Odell. “Having the MSO van come to Putnam is one more way that we can help our Veterans. I hope that all the Veterans in Putnam and the surrounding communities take the opportunity to visit the van.”

The van is equipped with on-board computers and staffed by certified DAV Service Officers, who are professionally trained to assist all Veterans, not just DAV members, in dealing with the VA in the filing of claims, claim follow ups and general claim information.

Veterans do not have to be Putnam County or New York residents to use the van’s services.

“We get a lot of Veterans who come to the van who are getting information for the first time,” said Michael Hartnett, commander of DAV Chapter #137, N.Y. “The van provides such an important service to the Veterans.”

All Veterans will be served as per order of arrival and should bring a copy of his or her DD-214 military discharge papers.

“Thank you DAV for bring this mobile clinic to Putnam County,” said Karl Rohde, Director of Putnam County Veterans Service Agency. “Any time we can help educate the public regarding Veterans needs and assist our Veterans in gaining much need services is a plus.  Having this van in our county will go a long way in providing awareness of Veterans needs.”

DeCicco’s Family Market will be providing refreshments and lite fare.

The DAV is one of the oldest and most prestigious Veterans Service Agencies in the Unites States. It was officially chartered by the United States Congress in 1931. It is widely acclaimed by many as the most helpful of active Veterans Service Agencies. In addition to many physical locations throughout the United States, the DAV sponsors the traveling MSO van, which covers all areas of the U.S. east of the Mississippi.

DeCicco’s Family Market is located at 50 Independent Way, Brewster, NY 10509.

The DAV MSO van will be in the parking lot of the Jefferson Valley Mall on Thursday, Oct. 22.