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December 15, 2017

Vets’ Summit Attendees Learn About “MAKE THE CHANGE,” Education and Housing This Holiday Season

Category: General — NYSID @ 3:30 pm

During NYSID’s Veterans’ Summit on December 13, Corey Heritage, NYSID’s senior manager, governmental affairs and business development, promoted NYSID’s “MAKE THE CHANGE” campaign to secure both ongoing employment and new opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Pictured l-r: Corey Heritage, senior manager, governmental affairs and business development, NYSID; Cheryl Hage-Perez, executive director, Veterans & Community Housing Coalition (VCHV); and Jason Collins, veteran outreach coordinator, Office of Veteran and Military Education (OVME), SUNY Empire State College

NYSID has launched “MAKE THE CHANGE” to have important changes made to the Preferred Source law. Implementation of the changes would improve both existing and future employment opportunities for New Yorkers with disabilities, including veterans, without any fiscal impact on the State’s budget.

Heritage encouraged attendees to visit “MAKE THE CHANGE” and endorse NYSID’s letter to members of the New York State Legislature and Governor Cuomo, and share with their social network to help NYSID make a vast difference in the lives of so many. He also showed this video highlighting the campaign and its goal of reducing a 70 percent unemployment rate for New Yorkers with disabilities.

“Help us create momentum that will truly ‘MAKE THE CHANGE’ necessary to secure both ongoing employment and new opportunities for individuals with disabilities,” he said.

Summit presenters also included:

Jason Collins, veteran outreach coordinator, Office of Veteran and Military Education (OVME), SUNY Empire State College. OVME supports more than 1,200 service members, veterans and their family members with programs and services that assist their educational needs, wherever they are locally, nationally or abroad.

Cheryl Hage-Perez, executive director, Veterans & Community Housing Coalition (VCHC), which provides housing and support services to more than 200 homeless veterans and their families each year, including transitional and permanent supportive housing. Its VET HELP program to provide housing and support services to homeless veterans and their families has expanded to seven counties.

Dan Casale, director of constituent services for NYS Senator Kathleen Marchione (R-43), member of the NYS Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs, attended the Summit.

The holiday season can be an emotional time for veterans and their families, which is why NYSID hosted its Veterans’ Summit to provide an opportunity for camaraderie, networking and mutual support. Attendees included New York State government agencies, not-for-profits, veterans’ service organizations, institutions of higher learning, and rehabilitation organizations, including NYSID members.

“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.”

 

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