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March 10, 2016

Veterans’ Summit Draws Huge Crowd With Dynamic Presenters

Category: General — NYSID @ 2:44 pm

A new mobile app, a college’s outreach services, and a career resource for Post 9/11 veterans were among the topics discussed during NYSID’s quarterly Veterans’ Summit on March 9.

The standing room only crowd included representatives of New York State government agencies, not-for-profits, veterans’ service organizations, Wounded Warriors, institutions of higher learning, and rehabilitation organizations, including NYSID members.

Pictured l-r: Matthew Coon and Michael Abrams, Four Block; Shawn Sutton and Martin Dinan, The College of Saint Rose

Presenters included:

Todd Rosenfield, project manager for the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs, on behalf of Governor Andrew Cuomo. He discussed and demonstrated the New York State Veterans App, a new free mobile app to help the state’s 900,000 veterans and their family members connect with valuable services and programs. The Division advocates on behalf of New York’s Veterans and their families, as individuals and as a group, to ensure they receive benefits granted by law for service in the United States Armed Forces.

Col. Eric Hesse (Retired), director of the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs.

Martin Dinan, director of Veterans Enrollment at The College of Saint Rose in Albany. NYSID dedicated a Battle Buddy Center at the College last November, 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. NYSID’s Battle Buddy Centers have collectively hosted more than 30,000 visits by veterans since September 2011.

Andy Grosso, founder of Grosso Strategic Marketing (GSM), a nonprofit organization management firm with an emphasis on branding, business development, customer satisfaction, marketing planning and training. Grosso retired from NYSID at the end of 2015 after an 18-year career. He continues to serve as a consultant for NYSID on its veterans’ initiatives.

Michael Abrams, president and founder of Four Block, a nonprofit organization that supports returning Post 9/11 veterans with making successful career transitions, with locations in Albany, New York City, Boston, Washington DC and Seattle.

Among the New York State legislators and staff members who attended:

NYS Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D-111), member of the Assembly Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

NYS Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara (D-111), member of the Assembly Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

Vinnie Nicosia, deputy director of operations for NYS Senator George Amedore (R/C-46), member of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs

Patrick Boyle, deputy chief of staff for NYS Senator Thomas Croci (R-3), Chair of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs

Dan Casale, director of constituent services for NYS Senator Kathleen Marchione (R-43)

Ruth Fredericks, a U.S. Army veteran and veteran’s employment specialist with the Albany Housing Coalition, Inc., recommends the Summit to anyone who wants to learn more about veterans’ initiatives within NYSID and beyond.

“The diverse resources offered through the various speakers provided a multidisciplinary approach for those trying to serve our honored veterans,” she said. “These articulate, interesting speakers addressed a multitude of topics and all demographics of today’s veterans. Not only were the speakers well versed, but there also was an enormous amount of talented Summit attendees who offered their resources openly to assist any organization to help veterans.”

Join us for NYSID’s next Veterans’ Summit on Wednesday, June 22 at our Albany office, 11 Columbia Circle Drive West. For more Veterans’ Resources and News, visit: http://www.nysid.org/Veterans.cfm.



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