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November 1, 2016

NYSID Assists Veterans Through Numerous Initiatives Across NYS

Category: General — NYSID @ 4:29 pm

As Americans celebrate Veterans’ Day this month, NYSID continues to create educational and employment opportunities throughout the year for service-disabled veterans and other New Yorkers who face barriers to employment.

NYS Senator George Amedore (R,C,I-46), member of the NYS Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs, addresses Veterans' Summit attendees

NYSID provides livelihoods for a diverse group of New Yorkers with disabilities through our member agencies and assists with veterans’ support programs, promoting quality of life for veterans as they reconnect to the New York State workforce.

Among NYSID veterans’ initiatives:

Veterans’ Summits: NYSID conducts quarterly meetings among individuals and organizations supporting veterans with disabilities in New York State. Please join us for our next Veterans’ Summit on Wednesday, December 14 from 9:30am – noon at our Albany office, 11 Columbia Circle Drive.

“The diverse resources offered through the various speakers provided a multidisciplinary approach for those trying to serve our honored veterans,” said Ruth Fredericks, Veterans’ Summit attendee, U.S. Army veteran and veteran’s employment specialist with the Albany Housing Coalition, Inc. “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.”

NYSID's Battle Buddy Center at LaGuardia Community College helps advance more than 350 veterans, reservists, military personnel, and their families into the future

Battle Buddy Centers: Battle Buddy Centers are safe havens for veterans to socialize with their fellow veterans and receive services they need. They have collectively hosted more than 50,000 visits by veterans since September 2011. NYSID will dedicate its 12th Battle Buddy Center on Veterans’ Day, November 11 at SUNY Oswego, in collaboration with Oswego Industries and Clear Path for Veterans.

“Since we opened our doors over 40 years ago, LaGuardia Community College has provided veterans with education, training and services they need as they transition from military to civilian life,” said Dr. Gail O. Mellow, LaGuardia Community College president. “We are enormously grateful to our partners NYSID and Goodwill Industries for this opportunity to continue to serve those who have served our country.”

Community Outreach: In the spirit of the holiday season, NYSID employees delivered clothing, toys and accessories they donated to needy veterans receiving services through Saratoga County Rural Preservation Company (RPC) in Ballston Spa, as part of NYSID’s annual holiday tradition of giving back to the community. Saratoga County RPC is a non-profit organization founded in 1983 that includes VETHELP and Saratoga Regional Housing Services.

NYSID employees delivered clothing, toys and accessories they donated to needy veterans receiving services through Saratoga County Rural Preservation Company (RPC)

“Having been homeless and alone, these gifts mean so much to our veterans,” said Cheryl Hage-Perez, executive director of VETHELP. “NYSID went above and beyond to make sure each veteran will feel the spirit of Christmas. For the homeless veteran, it is not just the gift they will remember, it is that NYSID cared about them as individuals.”

Preferred Source Program: NYSID employs 134 veterans on Preferred Source contracts; of those, 105 are service-disabled veterans. In addition, NYSID is exploring partnerships with service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses, helping our customers achieve their procurement goals while also employing New Yorkers with disabilities.

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.

We salute all of our veterans for the sacrifices they have made and their contributions to our workforce and society. For more information on NYSID veterans’ initiatives, visit Veterans’ Resources & News, our Facebook page or our Battle Buddy Center website.

 

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