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March 16, 2015

Veterans’ Summit Addresses Education, Careers, Economic Impact

Category: General — NYSID @ 6:32 pm

New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. recently hosted its quarterly Veterans’ Summit, featuring presentations on education and career opportunities for veterans, and the economic impact of the military on the Capital Region.

Pictured l-r: Judy Reed, Amy Amoroso, Ray Gagnon

“NYSID conducts its quarterly Veterans’ Summits to provide an in-person clearinghouse for individuals and organizations supporting veterans with disabilities in New York State,” said Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO. “Through this information exchange, we foster collaboration and networking and advance the cause of identifying jobs for veterans with disabilities, particularly as the number of returning veterans with disabilities increases.”

Among those in attendance were:

NYS Assemblyman Michael DenDekker, D-34, new chairman to the Assembly Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

David Lombardo, representative of NYS Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, D-111, member of the Assembly Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

Kenneth Williams, director, Division of Service Disabled Veterans’ Business Development, New York State Office of General Services

Todd Rosenfield, project manager, New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs

Presenters included:

Judy Reed, director of Veteran Services and Outreach, Excelsior College. Reed is Excelsior’s expert in education outreach to veteran audiences and leads development of strategic partnerships with organizations serving veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Reed is an instructor in Excelsior’s award-winning online course, Success Strategies for Military and Veterans, and designed its Online Veterans’ Center, which connects those affiliated with the military community about education, career and life.

Amy Amoroso, NYS program coordinator for Veteran Business Outreach, Veteran Business Outreach Center. Amoroso provides military veterans and their spouses with business consulting services though the Center, a program of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University at Albany. The program works closely with lending institutions and local venture capital firms to help small businesses access capital, and counsels more than 1,000 entrepreneurs annually.

Ray Gagnon, steering committee chairman, Unified Military Affairs Council (UMAC), a program of the Chamber of Schenectady County. UMAC’s mission is to highlight the importance of the military presence in the Capital Region. Its top priority is to ensure the long-term viability and success of Stratton Air National Guard Base and the Navy Operation Support Center in Glenville, as well as other military units in the Capital Region that have a profound effect on our local economy.

“It was a pleasure to attend the NYSID Veterans’ Summit. The networking opportunity with those from other veteran support services organizations, Assemblymen and other college representatives was valuable and enlightening. I was privileged to speak in front of such a dedicated group of people who were there to support veterans and our military in the Capital Region,” Reed said.

For more information on NYSID’s Veterans’ Initiatives, visit: http://www.nysid.org/Veterans.cfm. As always, we salute our veterans for their patriotism and valor.


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