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March 21, 2018

Education and Outreach in Capital Region and Beyond Take Center Stage During Vets’ Summit

Category: General — NYSID @ 7:31 pm

Veterans’ initiatives led by SUNY and NYSID, a car donation to needy veterans, and a road race honoring our fallen heroes were among the topics discussed during NYSID’s quarterly Veterans’ Summit on March 21.

Pictured l-r: Stewart Dawes, Dutchess Community College; Daphne Braun and Brittany Horton, H&V Collision Centers; Kevin Hicks, New York Run for the Fallen; Ann Mueller, deputy district director, Congressman John Faso (R-19); Diana Pasterchick, SUNY; and Caitlin Rooney, Albany regional director, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)

Summit participants included New York State government agencies, not-for-profits, veterans’ service organizations, Wounded Warriors, institutions of higher learning, and rehabilitation organizations, including NYSID members, for camaraderie, networking and mutual support.

Summit presenters included:

Diana Pasterchick (USAF Veteran), coordinator, veteran and military affairs, The State University of New York (SUNY).

Stewart Dawes, veterans resource coordinator, Dutchess Community College, site of NYSID’s newest Battle Buddy Center.

Daphne Braun and Brittany Horton, marketing representatives, H&V Collision Centers, which is partnering with GEICO to give away cars to needy veterans and has successfully organized 21 such car donations previously.

Col. Kevin Hicks (Retired), New York Run for the Fallen, which takes place between Syracuse and Albany June 8-10.

Among the legislative staffers who attended:

Caitlin Rooney, Albany regional director, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services

Ann Mueller, deputy district director, U.S. Congressman John Faso (R-19)

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

Spectrum News covered the Summit and spoke with Stewart Dawes about the school’s NYSID Battle Buddy Center.

Rhiannon Antico, assistant director of financial aid, The Sage Colleges, attended her first NYSID Veterans’ Summit five months into her role as a VA certification officer and came away impressed.

“I was eager to attend this event to build my network of VA resources here in the Capital Region and beyond,” she said. “This event did not disappoint! The presentations covered a wide range of topics that were relevant to the work that I do. It was great to hear about other schools’ VA programs and how they have grown over time.

“I also walked away with information and resources to share with the VA students that I work with. My VA network has certainly grown after attending this event and I look forward to future Veterans’ Summits.”

Alex Ciccarone Jr., assistant director/investigator for Veterans’ Employment & Training Service (VETS) with the U.S. Department of Labor, likewise attended his first Veterans’ Summit and found the event to be an educational networking experience.

“I was impressed with everything and everyone. I learned something valuable from each of the speakers,” he said. “I was able to mingle with the attendees which allowed me to introduce myself personally. I did not realize there were so many people working passionately to represent our most deserving population.”

Visit Veterans’ Resources & News for more information on NYSID veterans’ initiatives.


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