John A. Defrancisco's posts related to Veterans

Information on the PFC Joseph Dwyer Program for Veterans

The PFC Joseph Dwyer Program provides peer-to-peer counseling and assistance to veterans who are living with the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury.  Since its inception, the program had been operating in four test counties. Senator John A. DeFrancisco was instrumental in helping to expand the program in the 2013-14 State Budget to additional counties, including Onondaga County.  State funding for the program will be routed to Clear Path for Veterans. 


Senator DeFrancisco Marks Veteran's Day at the New York State Fair

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco helped honor veterans during the New York State Fair Veteran's Day, held on August 29, 2013. Senator DeFrancisco spoke at a special ceremony recognizing those who have honorably served in the armed forces.  Senator DeFrancisco is pictured with four American Gold Star Mothers.

A Tribute to New York's Veterans

I hope you enjoy this video tribute to our veterans who have made immeasurable sacrifices and contributions to protect this proud country.  Happy Veterans Day!




State Senator John A. DeFrancisco,  a United States Air Force veteran, has kicked off his sixth annual collection drive for Cell Phones for Soldiers.  At a press conference on November 25th, Senator DeFrancisco was joined by Syracuse Army Recruiting Battalion Commander Lieutenant Col. Hugh Darville and Staff Sgt.

Senator DeFrancisco Talks About New Initiative to Assist Disabled Veterans On Your Voice

On this edition of Your Voice, Senator John A. DeFrancisco discusses a new initiative that is moving forward to assist New York’s disabled veterans in pursuing new business opportunities, as well as a new measure that would allow the state to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. He also talks about why the Dream Act recently failed in the State Senate.  

Senator DeFrancisco Recognizes Stan F. Stanley as His 2014 Veterans Hall of Fame Honoree

At a special ceremony on May 22, 2014, at the State Office Building in Syracuse, Senator John A. DeFrancisco recognized WWII Veteran Stan F. Stanley as his New York State Senate 2014 Veterans Hall of Fame honoree.

Senator John A. DeFrancisco’s E-Cycling Event Raises $1,000 for Local Veterans Charity

On July 28, 2014, at East Syracuse Village Hall, State Senator John A. DeFrancisco joined Jon Nappa of Bruin Recycling and Alice Kim of Time Warner Cable to present a $1,000 check to Flags and Flowers for the Veterans. The donation was generated through an electronics recycling event, held this past June in East Syracuse, that Senator DeFrancisco sponsored, along with Time Warner Cable and Bruin Recycling.

Senator DeFrancisco Honors Veterans at the 2014 Great New York State Fair

State Senator John A. DeFrancisco spoke during the Veterans Ceremony at the 2014 Great New York Fair on August 28, 2014. Senator DeFrancisco, who is a veteran of the United States Air Force, recognized military members for their invaluable sacrifices and contributions to our county.  

Veterans Day 2014 - Saluting Those Who Served

As a veteran myself, I know there is no greater service that a citizen can give to our country than to risk his or her life so that our freedoms can be protected.

I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to all of our veterans, who have honorably served this great Nation. Their invaluable sacrifices and contributions have not gone unnoticed.

That is why I wanted to provide you with more information on several new programs and services that I have supported to better assist our military members and their families. To read about these measures, please click on the link below.

Again, thank you to all of our veterans, and I hope you, and yours, have a safe and memorable Veterans Day.