On Monday, October 17th, 2011 Senator Bonacic is hosting a Veterans Appreciation Breakfast from 8:30AM to 10:00AM (The doors open at 8:00AM). The breakfast will be held at the Glasco Fire Company Banquet Hall located at 138 Liberty Street Extension in Glasco, N.Y. If you are a veteran, Senator Bonacic would like to honor you with you a complimentary panccake breakfast and an opportunity to hear about veterans' benefits in New York State.
Central Islip, N.Y. – State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) held the second meeting of the Blue Ribbon “John P. Jennings Veterans’ Advisory Panel” this past Wednesday, September 28, 2011, at the Touro Law Center in Central Islip.
The panel was named in honor of Infantryman John P. Jennings, a Suffolk County resident who passed away on January 10, 2011. John’s long struggle with the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) followed a deployment to Iraq from September 2004 to October 2005. This past February, Zeldin presented Jennings’ family with the New York State Liberty Medal, the highest award given by the New York State Senate for citizenry.
This week, I was deeply honored to attend the burial service for Clinton “Sonny” VanGelder of Geneva, who became the first veteran to be laid to rest at the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
Sonny was a dedicated American serviceman who represented his Country with distinction and honor during the Korean War. As a U.S. Air Force Veteran who trained at the Sampson Air Force Base, he was laid to rest on the very ground where he forged his commitment to our Nation 59 years ago.
On Sunday, September 18th, Senator Robach had the privilege to welcome back World War II veterans from their Honor Flight to Washington D.C. It is always an honor to meet with the brave men and women who have given so much to fight for our Country. You can find out for information about Honor Flight Rochester by visiting their website at http://honorflightrochester.org/.
WHITE PLAINS – Non-active duty Westchester County veterans who did not receive a service connected hearing or vision condition may now participate in a program that will offer them discount dental and eye care.
JAMESTOWN – Jamestown resident Anthony “Tony” J. Costanzo has earned a special place of distinction in recognition of his meritorious military service during WWII and his tireless advocacy on behalf of his fellow veterans.
Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) hosted a special ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Chapter #865 in Jamestown on Friday to induct Tony as a member of the 2011 New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame.
"It is my honor to recognize Tony who has lived a life of service not only to his country but to his community as well. He embodies the definition of a true American hero and is the exact type of individual this Hall of Fame was created to honor," said Senator Young.
Nearly 60 years after the end of World War II, the most defining conflict in our Nation’s history, the National World War II Memorial was dedicated in Washington D.C. The memorial represents an everlasting testament to the spirit, sacrifice, and commitment of the 16 million Americans who served in the armed forces during the war, the more than 400,000 who died, and the millions who supported the war effort from home.
State and county politicians gathered in White Plains Monday in an effort to raise awareness for Smiling on America’s Heroes—a new program that provides discounted dental and eye care for retired military veterans.
Joined by veterans and veteran’s advocates earlier today, Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino promoted the “Smiling on America’s Heroes,” a discount dental and eye care program that is available to veterans and their dependents. Also endorsing it was State Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, and Assemblyman Bob Castelli, R-Goldens Bridge.
On Sunday, September 11th, Senator Robach had the privilege to attend a number of September 11th remembrance ceremonies around my district to mark the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York City, at the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. These photos come from ceremonies at Lakeshore Community Church, Our Mother of Sorrows Church, and Greece Assembly of God. It was honor to be with so many members of our Fire Departments, Police Departments, First Responders, and Emergency Medical Technicians. All of the ceremonies were extremely moving and very well done. 10 years ago, terrorists tried to divide us, but they have only made us more unified than ever. They tried to confuse us, but now we see as clear as we ever had.
AMITY – On Thursday, Medal of Honor recipient Corporal Jason Dunham was honored by over a hundred family, friends, elected officials, military personnel and veterans during a special road and bridge dedication ceremony spearheaded by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt Hope) will hold a complimentary breakfast for Veterans on Monday, August 29, 2011 from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m., at the Glasco Fire Company Banquet Hall, 138 Liberty St. Ext., Glasco, NY.