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November 3, 2014

NYSID Supports Veterans and Salutes Their Valor

Category: General — NYSID @ 2:35 pm

NYSID salutes veterans during this important month as we celebrate Veterans’ Day on November 11.

We recognize that creating employment opportunities for service disabled veterans and other New Yorkers with disabilities who face barriers to employment is not only the right thing to do, but it also improves our state’s economy and strengthens our communities.

Among the veterans’ initiatives NYSID supports:

Veterans’ Summits –– quarterly meetings among individuals and organizations supporting veterans with disabilities in New York State. Since their inception in 2009, Summits have fostered collaboration and networking, and identified jobs for veterans with disabilities.

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. Among those who regularly attend NYSID Veterans’ Summits are: NYS Senators and Assembly Members, NYS Office of General Services and NYS Division of Veterans’ Affairs representatives, and Albany County officials.

Print and broadcast media outlets across the Capital Region have covered the Summit extensively.

Battle Buddy Centers –– safe havens for veterans to socialize with their fellow veterans and receive services they need. Battle Buddy Centers offer activities to encourage camaraderie and foster veterans to give and receive mutual support. They have collectively hosted more than 11,000 visits by veterans since September 2011.

Battle Buddy Centers are based on the military concept of a “Battle Buddy,” which partners soldiers to assist each other both in and out of combat.

We have participated in the grand opening and dedication of five Battle Buddy Centers:

  • Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson
  • SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge
  • Hudson Valley Community College in Troy
  • Fedcap Rehabilitation Services in New York City
  • Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango

On Thursday, November 13, NYSID will dedicate the Veterans Resource Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City as a NYSID Battle Buddy Center, in collaboration with the City University of New York (CUNY) and Fedcap Rehabilitation Services.

Preferred Source Program/NYS legislation –– NYSID employs 160 veterans on Preferred Source contracts (as of June 30, 2014); of those, 117 are service-disabled veterans. In addition, NYSID is exploring partnerships with service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses; these collaborations would help our member agencies achieve their goals while also employing New Yorkers with disabilities.

NYSID was honored to participate in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Veterans and Military Families Summit in Albany to continue the state’s work to support veterans and the military community. The Governor has since signed legislation establishing a goal of awarding six percent of all NYS contracts to service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses. NYSID supports the Governor’s commitment to ensure that New York is a national leader in providing the care and benefits which veterans and military families have earned.

Veterans Contact Directory –– online resource listing veterans’ service provider government agencies and not-for-profit organizations available in New York State counties.

NYSID is committed to promoting quality of life for veterans as they reconnect to the New York State workforce. This month –– and especially on Veterans’ Day, November 11 –– NYSID salutes them for their patriotism and valor. For more information, please visit: http://www.nysid.org/Veterans.cfm.

 

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