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6/6/24- The YMCA offers discounts and programing for Veteran and Military families (including Gold Star families). See the flyer for the discounts offered at the Greater Rochester Area YMCAs (this includes some Y's outside of Monroe County! See the locations here: Locations ). Click the link for more details and to learn about Camp Corral-a free camp for the kids of fallen, ill, or injured Veterans and Service members. https://rochesterymca.org/military-outreach

6/4/24- It's baseball season! The American Legions are playing just about daily. Go catch a game and support your local Legions. The full schedule is available here: Game Schedule - 6/6/2024 - D7 2024 Regular Season (nylegionbaseball.com) 

6/4/24- Veterans can get a free FEDERAL PARKS PASS to National Parks. Wayne County VSA is trying to set up an event to have a representative come out to help people get the pass, but we need enough interested people to sign up. Please email John @ jnadig@co.wayne.ny.us if you are interested.

5/7/24- Although there aren't any locations in NY, the Armed Services Arts Partnership offers a lot of virtual services. Their programs include acting, comedy, storytelling, writing, improv, and visual arts. Interested in flexing your creative muscles? Head over to their website to learn more: https://asapasap.org/online/

5/1/24- Yates County has launched a Veterans Discount Program.  They join Livingston and Monroe Counties in offering an easy way for Veterans to find discounts at local businesses

4/25/24 Drug Take Back events are happening across the region this weekend! It's a great time to clean out your medicine cabinet. Find a location near you!


3/26/24- Big changes on the horizon for the Lifetime Liberty Pass! Effective April 1st, the disability requirement is being removed so ALL Veterans will be eligible for a Lifetime Liberty Pass. Eligibility has also been expanded to include Gold Star parents, spouses, and children. Click here for all the details: https://parks.ny.gov/admission/lifetime-liberty-pass.aspx

12/7/23- There are lots of opportunities for help during the holidays!

-Registration has opened for the Veterans Outreach Center's holiday food baskets. Call VOC at 585-546-1081 ext 9 to sign up!

-Penn Yan American Legion is hosting a Christmas Day dinner for any interested Yates County veterans. They have partnered with Keuka To Go to offer free meal delivery in Yates County for those who can't make it to the legion. RSVP is required, see the flyer posted on the Roc Veterans calander for all the details.

-The Macedon American Legion will be providing gifts to parents who need a little assistance making the magic happen for their kids on 12/16 at the Intermediate School on West Street. This event is open to all Wayne County residents, proof of residency is required. See the flyer posted on the Roc Veterans calander for further details.

-211 has developed lists of various programs in the area. Please be mindful some of the deadlines to apply are  quickly approaching so reach out soon!

Toys- https://211lifeline.org/categories.php?cat=HolidayToys&

 

Food- https://211lifeline.org/categories.php?cat=HolidayFood&

 

Meals- https://211lifeline.org/categories.php?cat=SeasonMeal2& 

11/16/23- The 2023 VA annual report about veteran suicide was released today. You can read it here -> www.mentalhealth.va.gov/suicide_prevention/data.asp 

The Veterans Crisis Line offers 24/7 confidential support to all veterans and their loved ones. Reach them by dialing 988, texting 838255, or chatting at this site: Chat (veteranscrisisline.net) 

10/25/23- Need help with holiday meals or getting gifts under the tree? 211 has developed lists of various programs in the area. Please be mindful some of the deadlines to apply are in November so reach out soon if you need anything.

Toys- https://211lifeline.org/categories.php?cat=HolidayToys&

 

Food- https://211lifeline.org/categories.php?cat=HolidayFood&

 

Meals- https://211lifeline.org/categories.php?cat=SeasonMeal2&

10/16/23- Today is the first day of National Buddy Check Week. Take the pledge to reach out to 10 veterans. Find more information (including examples of how to kick off a conversation, why buddy checks are important, and signs someone might be in crisis) here and here 

10/5/23- This year's flu shots are now available at VA!

9/29/23- Onward Ops (formerly ETS Sponsorship) is a program that connects transitioning service members to a friendly neighbor in the community they are headed to. You can be the person that provides local information that helps a service member land on their feet! Learn more about the program or sign up to be a sponsor here 

7/28/23- VA Finger Lakes has a virtual service available to all veterans enrolled for care at any VA Medical Centers or VA Clinics. Get your healthcare questions answered 24/7 by simply calling 1-800-877-6976. Learn more here 

7/21/23- Livingston County has a program called 'Thank a Vet'. Various businesses participate by offering discounts to eligible veterans who reside in Livingston County. Learn more here 

7/12/23- September is Suicide Prevention month. VA is able to do suicide prevention trainings in the community free of charge! Want one at your VFW/Legion/work/place of worship? Contact Ashley at 585-364-9783