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November 3, 2015

NYSID Supports Education, Employment Opportunities for Veterans

Category: General — NYSID @ 2:34 pm

As we celebrate Veterans’ Day on November 11, NYSID is committed to promoting quality of life for veterans as they reconnect to the New York State workforce.

NYSID supports job creation efforts for veterans through its member agencies and assists other veterans’ support programs, promoting quality of life for veterans as they reconnect to the New York State workforce. Our statewide network of 170 community rehabilitation agencies and private-sector business partners employs skilled veterans and civilians with disabilities in production facilities and community-based jobs which make connections to better lives.

Among the veterans’ initiatives NYSID supports:

Battle Buddy Centers: NYSID will dedicate its ninth Battle Buddy Center on Friday, November 6 at 1 pm at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, in collaboration with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany.

Battle Buddy Centers are safe havens for veterans to socialize with their fellow veterans and receive services they need. Activities are offered to encourage camaraderie and foster veterans to give and receive mutual support. They have collectively hosted more than 30,000 visits by veterans since September 2011.

NYSID has participated in the grand opening and dedication of eight Battle Buddy Centers:

  • Westchester Community College in Valhalla
  • Rockland Community College in Suffern
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City
  • SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury
  • Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson
  • SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge
  • Hudson Valley Community College in Troy
  • Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango

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. The Battle Buddy Center logo depicts silhouettes of three soldiers in combat gear, underneath the NYSID logo after which it is modeled.

Veterans’ Summits: Our next Summit will take place on Wednesday, December 2 from 9:30am-noon at our Albany office, 11 Columbia Circle Drive.

NYSID conducts 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 Legislators, government agencies, not-for-profits, veterans’ service organizations, Wounded Warriors, institutions of higher learning, and rehabilitation organizations, including NYSID members.

NYSID hosted its most recent Veterans’ Summit on October 7, which included presentations by: Jonathan Barnwell, Rockland Community College’s coordinator of Veterans Affairs; and Kenneth Williams, director of the Division of Service Disabled Veterans’ Business Development within the New York State Office of General Services.

Preferred Source Program: NYSID employs 141 veterans on Preferred Source contracts (as of June 30, 2015); of those, 110 are service-disabled veterans. In addition, NYSID is exploring partnerships with service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses; these collaborations would help our customers achieve their procurement goals while also employing New Yorkers with disabilities.

NYSID participated in Governor 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.

Veterans Contact Directory: As a result of our quarterly Summits, NYSID developed an online resource listing veterans’ service provider government agencies and not-for-profit organizations available in New York State counties.

For more information on NYSID’s veterans resources & news, please visit: http://www.nysid.org/Veterans.cfm.

 

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