Veterans Calendar of Events

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.

Murphy, Serino and Odell to Host Veterans Chow Down Dinner

CARMEL, N.Y. – Honoring the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, Senator Terrence Murphy, Senator Sue Serino and Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell are teaming up with the PFC. Joseph P. Dwyer Vet2Vet Program to offer the 2015 Veterans’ Chow Down, a complimentary appreciation dinner, on Sunday, Nov. 1 at Putnam County Golf Course, located at 187 Hill Street in Mahopac.  There are two seating times, noon and 3 p.m. for veterans and their guest to choose between.

“When it comes to Veterans, there is no task too small,” said Murphy.  “Without these incredibly brave men and women, our world would be completely different today.  The very least we as a community can do is offer a special thank you and recognize their service and sacrifice.”

The Chow Down will bring Veterans together with their brothers and sisters in arms for a family-style meal.  Entertainment will be provided by the USO.  Military vehicles, dating from 1916 to 2012, that are part of the American Veterans Historical Museum’s Interactive Military Display will be available for the attendees to see and even climb into.

“The 2015 Chow Down is an opportunity for local Vets and their guests to come together, share a meal, learn about some unique resources available to them, and -more importantly- to remind that that they have an incredibly grateful community behind them,” Serino said.  “While words are rarely enough to truly thank our Veterans -and their families- for the countless sacrifices they have made on our behalf, it’s important that we take every opportunity to show our gratitude and that’s what the event is all about.”

In addition to the meal and fellowship, the Chow Down provides an opportunity for the Veterans to learn about local services that available to them.

“Providing a complimentary meal to local veterans from the Putnam and Northern Westchester area is a simple gesture to show the men and women, who has served in the U.S. Armed Forces, how much we appreciate the sacrifices they made defending our freedoms,” said Odell.  “The 2015 Veterans’ Chow Downs also gives us an opportunity to support the work of the Putnam County Veterans Service Agency through the Joseph P. Dwyer Vet2Vet Program.”

The Joseph P. Dwyer Vet2Vet Program, which is staffed by Veterans, 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.

“It is rare that Veterans have an opportunity to be recognized and thanked by the public and by elected officials,” said Karl Rohde, Director of Putnam County’s Veterans Service Agency.  “What better way to do this than with a family style meal where they can share the comradeship they cherished during their service.”

Attendance is limited. Veterans are asked to RSVP for the Chow Down on Senator Murphy’s website, or call 914-962-2624.

WANTED: Veterans to Serve as Information, Referral & Support Specialists for the PFC. Joseph Dwyer Veterans Peer to Peer “Warmline”

The Mental Health Association in Putnam County
1620 Route 22, Brewster, NY 10509

WANTED: Veterans to Serve as Ambassadors, Information, Referral & Support Specialists
for the PFC. Joseph Dwyer Vet2Vet Program of Putnam County

Hours of Work: approximately 5-10 hours per week; scheduled according to program needs

Responsibilities are as follows:
The PFC. Joseph Dwyer Veterans Vet2Vet Program of Putnam County assists Veterans and military families in obtaining services within their local communities. Ambassadors to the program are asked to:
• attend local community events to network with current military, Veterans and their families, local agencies, businesses and promote the program.
• Represent the program at community locations for “drop-in” hours, offering information, referrals and support.
• Staff the Putnam County Vet2Vet Warmline, a new program developed to assist callers, Veterans and their family members, by offering information, referrals and support.

Program staff will be comprised exclusively of Veterans providing “peer support” based on their own lived experiences. Training will be offered for all staff in skills necessary to handle calls from the community including: active listening techniques; confidentiality; how to recognize and handle a crisis, in addition to suicide prevention training.

Minimum Qualifications: Applicants will also be required to bring a copy of their DD214. Preference will be given to Veterans from Putnam County. Knowledge of local resources for Veterans also a plus. Applicants should also possess good communication skills and be self-motivated.

Please submit a resume by fax to- (845) 278-0600 or email to or obtain an application for employment by
calling (845) 278-7600, ext 214.

MHA is an equal opportunity employer.


Food City – Celebrating Freedom and those who protect it

Food City is a food chain and is located in the Southeast, headquartered in Bristol, TN.
This is a great commercial. Not a word spoken, and none was needed in order to understand the message.
Very few commercials deserve to go viral.

This one does.

At Food City, we honor those people that serve and protect our country, and we know that without the men and women who watch out for us, we would not have any of the luxuries we do. We are the land of the free because of the brave and we salute you!

County Executive MaryEllen Odell & Vincent Tamagna Interview Tom DeMicco a WWII Veteran

County Executive MaryEllen Odell & Vincent Tamagna interview Tom DeMicco about Transit in Putnam County
Tom is a WWII Veteran that served from September 1941-February 1945.

Click to see the coverage of the interview below as well as some images.

Military & Veteran Family Resources

Military service personnel and their families are special and unique people who live extra-ordinary lives. There are unique challenges they may face. Here are some resources for military personnel, veterans and their families.

VFW Service Officers- Help with VA claims and access to services

Veterans Crisis Line- Immediate assistance and counseling for veterans and their families
1-800-273-8255, press 1

VFW National Home for Children- Alternative housing and family programs for veterans and military families; the Helpline can connect you with services near you
1-800-313-4200, Mon-Fri (not 24 hours)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline- Immediate assistance if feeling suicidal
Call 24/7

For a teardrop sticker template to encourage military suicide prevention awareness,

Department of Veterans Affairs Mental Health- Information and resources for all forms of mental health issues

Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement and Leadership Through Alliances (DELTA)

Principles of Prevention from the VetoViolence to stop violence in homes
(POP is a free program that offers accredited hours for training, approximately 74 minutes in length)

Make the Connection- Finding a VA program near you