A special presentation honoring NYSID for its support of the National Guard and Reserve highlighted NYSID’s quarterly Veterans’ Summit on March 27 at our Albany office before a standing-room-only crowd.
Ron Romano, NYSID President & CEO, accepted a signed and framed Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve from Emil Baker, Capital Region chairman, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). Sharon Alleyne, NYSID’s e-Commerce product information coordinator, is a sergeant in the United States Army Reserve.
A Department of Defense program, ESGR was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers.
“Life as an Army Reservist can become disjointed at times, especially during mobilizations,” Alleyne said. “Returning home and worrying about employment is a daunting task. For over 15 years, the moral support I receive from NYSID management and staff enables me to perform my military duties with peace of mind and know that there is a place for me when I return home.”
During the Veterans’ Summit, Richard Gray, Ph.D., research director, Research and Recognition Project, discussed a groundbreaking Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) treatment for veterans.
He and Frank Bourke, Ph.D., executive director, Research and Recognition Project, have gathered hundreds of volunteers and supporters to assist returning veterans who are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Bourke and Gray’s Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories (RTM) protocol is a unique intervention for PTSD and a groundbreaking neurological intervention based upon the way the brain changes how people remember events, and how those memories naturally change over time.
When administered early, RTM could remove years of suffering and disability for veterans and billions of dollars in extended years of payment for PTSD treatment.
Additional Veterans’ Summit presenters included:
Debbie Pennock, founder, A Beacon Of Love, Inc.
U.S. Army Capt. Patrick Curran, MBA, instructor/developer, Green to Gold for Veterans Personal Finance and Career Development course, Rockland Community College
Meghan Conroy Florkowski, director of entrepreneurship programs, Syracuse University, including the Institute for Veterans and Military Families
Among the NYS legislative staffers in attendance:
Dan Casale, constituent representative, Senator Kathleen Marchione (R/C/I-43), member of the NYS Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs
Vinnie Nicosia, deputy director of operations, Senator George Amedore (R/C/I-46), member of the NYS Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs
Summit participants include New York State government agencies, not-for-profits, veterans’ service organizations, Wounded Warriors, institutions of higher learning, and rehabilitation organizations, including NYSID members.