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NYSID Veterans' Summit Promotes Awareness, Employment and Holiday Giving Among Statewide Attendees
September 21, 2018

NYSID Veterans' Summit Promotes Awareness, Employment and Holiday Giving Among Statewide Attendees

Pictured above, l-r: Albert Roman Jr., USMC (Retired), Capital Region Toys For Tots; George Christian, constituent service representative, U.S. Congressman John Faso, (R-19); Michelle Viola Straight, president/CEO, Guilderland Chamber of Commerce; Mario Cometti, partner, Tully Rinckey PLLC; Kenneth Williams, executive director, Division of Service Disabled Veterans' Business Development, NYS Office of General Services; and Caitlin Rooney, Albany regional director, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)

An inaugural awareness day for veterans, a third annual employment conference for veterans, and Capital Region Toys For Tots comprised the presentations for NYSID's quarterly Veterans' Summit on September 19 at its Albany office.

Summit participants -- from the North Country, New York City and everywhere in between -- included NYS government agencies, not-for-profits, veterans' service organizations, institutions of higher learning, NYSID member agencies and rehabilitation organizations for camaraderie, networking and mutual support.

Presenters included:

Michelle Viola Straight, president/CEO, Guilderland Chamber of Commerce

She is coordinating the Capital Region's first Military Awareness Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, November 2 at Crossgates Mall in Guilderland. The purpose of the event is to bring together organizations and individuals involved in military life, including supports, resources, military careers, transition services, educators, programs, government and business.

Kenneth Williams, executive director, Division of Service Disabled Veterans' Business Development, New York State Office of General Services; and Mario Cometti, partner, Tully Rinckey PLLC

They are part of an alliance coordinating VETCON 2018 (Veterans in Economic Transition Conference). VETCON returns to The Desmond in Albany for the third consecutive year November 27-28, with New York State agencies and authorities, veteran-owned businesses, prime contractors and other participants. The Conference will provide veterans with educational sessions, matchmaking opportunities and networking to facilitate starting and/or growing their businesses, with special focus on Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Business (SDVOB) opportunities with New York State.

Albert Roman Jr., USMC (Retired), Capital Region Toys For Tots

The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children, while delivering a message of hope that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.

Caitlin Rooney, Albany regional director for U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services; and George Christian, constituent service representative for U.S. Congressman John Faso, (R-19), also attended the Summit.

Join us for our next Veterans' Summit, scheduled for Wednesday, December 5.