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June 28, 2016

Legislators, Military Leaders and Media Pack Veterans’ Summit

Category: General — NYSID @ 3:48 pm

Congressman Michael McNulty and New York Adjutant General Tony German were among the distinguished presenters who addressed a standing-room only crowd at NYSID’s quarterly Veterans’ Summit.

Employment opportunities, addiction treatment and the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor also were discussed during the June 22 event at NYSID’s Albany office.

Pictured l-r: Peter Bedrossian, National Purple Heart Hall of Honor; Major General Tony German, Adjutant General for the State of New York; U.S. Army Col. Kevin Hicks (Retired), Helmets to Hardhats; Zachary Randolph, Col. C. David Merkel, MD Veterans Residence at St. Joseph's Addiction Treatment & Recovery Centers; and former Congressman Michael McNulty (D-Green Island)

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.

CBS6 Albany and News 10 ABC provided great coverage of the Summit. Presenters included:

Congressman Michael McNulty (D-Green Island), who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1989 to 2009 and the New York State Assembly from 1983 to 1988. The Michael R. McNulty Center for Veteran Entrepreneurial Activity at the Watervliet Arsenal provides a shared space of resources for veteran entrepreneurs with access to the Arsenal Partnership’s strategic partners and the services they can provide for growing new business.

Major General Anthony (Tony) German, Adjutant General for the State of New York, as of April 7. In this position, he is also the Commander of the New York Air National Guard and the Commissioner of the Division of Military and Naval Affairs for the State of New York. General German is responsible for providing trained and ready forces for both state and federal missions.

Col. Kevin Hicks (Retired), who served 29 years in the U.S. Army. His most recent Army assignment was as deputy director for the Soldier For Life program. He is an advisory board member for Helmets to Hardhats and a volunteer at the Adaptive Sports Foundation at Windham Mountain.

Zachary Randolph, program director, Col. C. David Merkel Veterans Residence at St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment & Recovery Centers.

Peter Bedrossian, program director, National Purple Heart Hall of Honor.

Dan Casale also attended on behalf of NYS Senator Kathleen Marchione (R,C, IP-43).

Becky Rapp, from Mountains to Miracles Veterans Foundation, Inc., values the Veterans’ Summits for their informative presenters, engaged attendees and collaborative opportunities beyond the quarterly event. Mountains to Miracles was established in 2012 to assist disabled veterans in any way possible, serving as a clearinghouse for veteran-related issues and offering consultation on how to obtain services.

“Attending the NYSID Veterans’ Summit has allowed Mountains to Miracles Veterans Foundation, Inc., to be more informed and learn something from each quest speaker,” Rapp said. “Each organization’s introduction during the event gives all participants the chance to learn about resources that are available. This maximizes networking with new and repeat attendees after the event that has proven to be invaluable to our organization.”


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