We hope your week is going well! Here’s the latest for NYC veterans:
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
NYC Veterans Property Tax Exemption Stakeholder Meeting. Tuesday, August 30, 2-4 PM. We’re bringing in officials from city & state agencies and advocacy groups for a preliminary discussion of how to improve current policies for veteran homeowners. This is a closed meeting, but we’re looking for veteran homeowners in NYC to join our discussion. If you are a current NYC veteran homeowner who would like to attend, please email email@example.com.
Commander-in-Chief Forum with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Wednesday, September 7. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) will host the first-ever forum for veterans and members of the military to ask questions of the presidential candidates, broadcast live primetime on NBC and MSNBC. Tickets are extremely limited. Plan to watch and stay tuned for more details!
VEThack Ruck March to End Veteran Suicide. Saturday, September 17, 1:30 PM. The VEThack Foundation will be holding their annual ruck march to bring attention to the ongoing epidemic of veteran suicide. March with VEThack, NYC Veterans Alliance, and other great organizations in this unique event that brings veterans and civilians together on Manhattan’s upper west side. Everyone is welcome, with or without a rucksack! Register HERE.
National Voter Registration Day with NYC Veterans Alliance, IAVA, and NYC Votes. Tuesday, September 27. Save the date! Our voter registration drive earlier this month was so successful (we registered 100 new voters!) that we’re doing it again on National Voter Registration Day. If you’d like to volunteer with us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay tuned for more details!
NYC VETERANS NEWS
Veterans Featured in Humans of New York. In partnership with Headstrong, the hugely popular Humans of New York social media site is featuring the powerful and illuminating stories of many veterans recently returned from combat, including Alliance members Samuel Innocent, Jenny Pacanowski, and Derek Coy. Take a look!
Veterans at CNN Town Hall with Jill Stein. Last week, CNN brought in four veteran members of the Alliance to attend the Town Hall with Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, and two of them asked serious foreign policy questions during the live broadcast. We’re proud of Alexander McCoy and MariaCristina Garcia for stepping up on national television, and Derek Coy and Michael Abramovich who represented veterans at CNN!
In-Depth on Helping NYC’s Homeless. Homeless veterans and Jericho Project’s Tori Lyons are featured in this detailed story about how NYC is doing in helping its chronically homeless population, and challenges in sustaining progress over the long term. A must-read for those interested in the latest on veteran homelessness in NYC.
3 Powerful Ways to Help Veterans Beyond the 22 Push-Up Challenge. SELF Magazine featured the Alliance and other great organizations making a difference in veterans’ lives. Also featured is Jared Sterk of NYU Langone’s Cohen Military Family Clinic with important comments on suicide prevention and veteran mental health. Read and share!
NYU LANGONE’S MILITARY FAMILY CLINIC
The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at NYU Langone Medical Center offers a range of free and confidential mental health services for veterans of any era, regardless of discharge status, and their loved ones. In addition to standard in-person services, the clinic also has a new Telemental Health program to serve veterans using a computer or tablet in the privacy of their own home. The clinic also has a research program that compensates post-9/11 veterans up to $515 for their time in helping to improve the delivery of programs and services related to PTSD and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Call 1-800-273-8255 for more information or to make an appointment for any of the above.
Keep up-to-date with our Community Calendar, listing dozens of events happening across the NY Metro area in the upcoming days and weeks. As always, we welcome your event submissions at email@example.com.
“VETJOBS” EMAIL LIST
Subscribe to VetJobs! We have a new email list for veteran/spouse job seekers! Subscribe by sending an email to VetJobs@nycveteransalliance.org with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line. If you have a job announcement, just send it to VetJobs@nycveteransalliance.org. This is a moderated email list; anyone can subscribe or unsubscribe at any time.
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NEED HELP? FREE RESOURCES FOR VETERANS OF ALL ERAS
NYC Department of Veterans’ Services. Outreach specialists stand by to help veterans, military members, and their families. Call 311 or 212-416-5250
NYServes. Network specialists stand by to connect veterans with numerous resources in the NY Metro area. Call 1-844-347-9244
NYU Langone Military Family Clinic. Free and confidential mental health care for military members and veterans of any era, regardless of discharge status, and their family members. Learn more and make an appointment at 855-698-4677.
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Black History Month 2016
On January 27, the Nation and the VA family lost Corporal Alyce Dixon, a courageous Veteran, member of the Greatest Generation, and—I can tell you from having met her at the Fisher House here in Washington, D.C.—a remarkable, generous, and good-humored lady. Corporal Dixon was 108 years old when she passed away at our D.C. VA Community Living Center—deeply respected and much loved by those privileged to know her.
It is fitting to remember Alyce’s life of service as we observe Black History Month. She was one of the first African American women to join the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) and, later, the Women’s Army Corps (WAC). She served in World War II as a member of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion—the “Six Triple Eight”—from 1942 to 1946, and she deployed with the 6888th to Europe in 1945. The innovative women of the 6888th were famous for their extraordinary diligence in getting service members the mountains of backlogged mail from home that was often misdirected or cryptically addressed. They persevered, and they succeeded against tremendous odds.
Thanks to visionary leaders like First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and civil rights activist Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, African American women first won the right to defend the Nation in the WAAC and, then, the right to join their white WAC counterparts overseas. Under the command of Major Charity Edna Adams, Corporal Dixon’s “Six Triple Eight” Battalion was the only all black WAC unit deployed to Europe in WWII, though other African American women served as nurses in Africa, in Australia, and in England.
Three of Corporal Dixon’s fellow-WACs—Sergeant Dolores M. Browne, Private First Class Mary J. Barlow, and Private First Class Mary H. Bankston—died while serving in France. They rest today with other heroes at the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer.
While Alyce and the WACs of the 6888th helped save the world from fascism, they faced discrimination and segregation in Europe, and here at home. Returning to the United States after the war, there were no parades to greet them and no recognition of their service for many decades. But because of their examples of duty and courage, President Harry S. Truman ordered, on July 26, 1948, that “there shall be equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed services without regard to race, color, religion, or national origin.” Still, the fight for equality would continue.
After the war, Alyce continued to serving her country at the Pentagon, her fellow Veterans by volunteering at the VA Washington Hospital Center, and her community by volunteering at the Howard University Hospital—a wonderful example of selfless service.
African Americans of every generation have given their lives in defense of freedom, even when they did not enjoy the full measure of liberty themselves. They fought during the American Revolution, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection, the Mexican Expedition, and World War I, to name a few. They are members of the legendary Buffalo Soldiers, the Tuskegee Airmen, the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, the Marines of Montford Point, and the “Red Ball Express.” And they are Medal of Honor recipients like
Sergeant Cornelius H. Charlton in Korea and Marine Corps Sergeant Rodney M. Davis in Vietnam.
During this year’s Black History Month, let us honor and celebrate all African American Veterans who have risked, and often sacrificed, their lives in service to this great Nation and follow Corporal Alyce Dixon’s wise advice to live by caring, sharing, and giving.
Robert A. McDonald Secretary of the VA