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November 4, 2013

NYSID Salutes Veterans and Earns Praise for Sandy Relief Efforts

Category: General — NYSID @ 2:07 pm

NYSID salutes veterans during this important month as we celebrate Veterans’ Day on November 11.

Tim Forbes, Past Commandant, Marine Corps League Department of New York; Robert Schwartz, Chairman, NYSID Board of Directors; Ron Romano, President & CEO, NYSID

We recognize that creating employment opportunities for service disabled veterans and other New Yorkers with disabilities who face barriers to employment is not only the right thing to do, but it also improves our state’s economy and strengthens our communities.

Among the veterans’ initiatives NYSID supports…

Battle Buddy Centers –– safe havens for veterans to socialize with their fellow veterans and receive services they need. Each Battle Buddy Center offers activities to encourage camaraderie and foster veterans to give and receive mutual support.

NYSID will participate in the grand opening and dedication of its newest Battle Buddy Center on the campus of Columbia-Greene Community College on Veterans’ Day, November 11 –– the fifth such location which NYSID has supported. Other Battle Buddy Centers include: SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge; Hudson Valley Community College in Troy; Fedcap Rehabilitation Services in New York City; and Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango.

Veterans’ Summits –– quarterly meetings among individuals and organizations supporting veterans with disabilities in New York State. Summits foster collaboration and networking, and identify jobs for veterans with disabilities. Summit participants include state government agencies, not-for-profits, veteran service organizations, Wounded Warriors, and rehabilitation organizations, including NYSID members.

Veterans Contact Directory –– online resource listing veterans’ service provider government agencies and not-for-profit organizations available in New York State counties.

NYSID’s support of veterans extends beyond the military. During NYSID’s Annual Meeting 2013, for example, Tim Forbes, past commandant of the Marine Corps League Department of New York presented a plaque to NYSID and its members for their relief efforts in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

Forbes presented the plaque to Ron Romano, NYSID’s president & CEO, and Robert Schwartz, chairman of NYSID’s board of directors. NYSID contributed funds on behalf of its members to the Marine Corps League Foundation toward the purchase of supplies for the victims of Sandy and coordinated the transport of supplies to Staten Island.

“If it weren’t for NYSID starting the process, nothing would’ve happened,” Forbes said. “Other people talk about veterans; you folks do it, so thank you.”

The plaque reads: “In appreciation for your significant support of the Marine Corps League Hurricane Sandy relief effort. Presented to New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. Semper Fidelis.”

The Marine Corps League bands together those who are now serving in the United States Marine Corps and those who have been honorably discharged from that service that they may effectively promote the ideals of American freedom and democracy. Its members voluntarily aid and render assistance to all current and former Marines and FMF Corpsmen and to their widows and orphans, perpetuate the history of the United States Marine Corps, and observe the anniversaries of historical occasions of particular interest to Marines.

NYSID is committed to promoting quality of life for veterans as they reconnect to the New York State workforce. This month –– and especially on Veterans’ Day, November 11 –– NYSID salutes them for their patriotism and valor.


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