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It’s About Veterans – Tuesday night at the VAC

Apr 25, 16 It’s About Veterans – Tuesday night at the VAC

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“Where Veterans Come Together” This Tuesday night (April 26th) we will be spending some time personally reading through care package requests from our Brothers & Sisters over in the suck and packing some boxes just for them based upon their requests. Let all your veteran buddies know to come down to the VAC this Tuesday, we can use the extra hands, we’ll be grilling burgers and dogs, it’ll be a good night. Doors will be open by 1800 hrs. this week.     On Tuesday May 3rd, we are doing a Paint Night outing at a local Italian Restaurant in Ronkonkoma All veterans are invited to join is for this paint and dinner night, completely free for any Vet’s joining us. A few us did a paint night last month and had a great time and thought it would be a fun night out. We even have a great warped painting for the night chosen. To join us for this night please RSVP at FrankB@BootsontheGroundNY.com and you will be emailed back with all information.     Tuesday night at the VAC is a Veteran community evening. Either stop in to chat with other Veterans, watch TV, play a game of pool, break bread with us, or assist us as we always have activities that help us accomplish our Veteran outreach missions.   The food and personal care pantries are available all evening. Some weeks the group may go to outside activities, bowling, movies, sporting events, adventure park, etc. so please check event each week, or call the VAC at leave a message at 631-615-2200   Please help us spread the word to Veterans, there is a place to go. Anything said in the VAC stays in the VAC & sometimes you just need to be around other Veterans. Doors open by 1900 hrs., (sometimes earlier) Chow, snacks, refreshments & food all available so come hungry. (we are also always appreciative of home cooked meals and snacks being dropped off for this event, for years...

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What’s coming up

Apr 22, 16 What’s coming up

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Sunday April 24th – 5th Annual BOTGNY benefit / PTSD Awareness event in memory of US Marine Robert Cafici. At the Main Event on rte. 110 in Farmingdale, doors open 2 pm, admission $50 for adults ½ price for kids 8-15 and free for kids 7 and under. Live music by ‘Mixed bag’, great food, Good time. Tons of raffles. This is the event that covers the operational costs for our Veteran Activity Center, our facility which is there solely to assist Veterans though our many programs to include: peer groups, food pantry, furniture pantry, seminars, Therapy dog programs, a place where a Veteran can go and feel a sense of belonging.  100% of all monies raised at this event go towards the VAC, an anonymous sponsor has once again stepped over and offered to cover all costs associated with this event allowing 100% of your donations to go towards the cause. Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1553256604991294/        Monday May 5th Seminar at the VAC “Understanding the Impact of Service on Military Families” explores dynamics of cycles of deployment on family members, including children and ways to foster resilience and re-connection. Please share this seminar info with any Military Families you know, it’s an important topic for them. The doors open at 6:15 pm and the seminar starts at 7pm and last about 90-100 minutes Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/136308273425932/     Saturday May 14th – Welcome Home World War 2 Heroes! At Macarthur Airport at 7pm. There will also be motorcycle escorts of 4 WW2 heroes to the airports at 0500 hrs from three different stages at that time. Starting locations will be Ronkonkoma, Floral Park and Hampton Bays. Info will be out soon or email FrankB@BootsontheGorundNY.com for more info Facebook events pages: https://www.facebook.com/events/1624593877806306/ or https://www.facebook.com/events/1517825231876804/ For more information about Honor Flight: http://www.honorflightlongisland.org/     The Run for the Wall From May 18th till Memorial Day, BOTGNY Founders Frank Bania & David Parker will take part in this annual amazing motorcycle ride from the west coast...

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NEXT BIG PACK OUT PLANNED !! Sunday June 5th!!! – Sponsors needed!

Apr 01, 16 NEXT BIG PACK OUT PLANNED !! Sunday June 5th!!! – Sponsors needed!

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It’s all about the Troops – Military Care Package Donation Drive Summer Edition. All Age Family Friendly event! Sunday June 5th at the Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave, Patchogue. 1 pm till 7 pm. Free buffet. Live music, DJ, 50/50, Silent Auctions. $5-$10 suggested donation at the door to which helps to fund shipping costs for the care packages.   This event is All about Our Troops. Not only will we be collecting items but also sorting donations, packing boxes, along with making cards at the Kid Activity Area, There’s only so many ways we can show Our Troops that we support what they are doing, a care package filled with all the little things from Home seem to be the best way.   To show our appreciation to the Men and Women serving, we suggest bringing items that can be shipped to the Troops. Or making a donation to cover shipping costs.   What should you bring? This event has a special purpose, there’s a 5K annual run by our Friends at Airborne Tri Team in July, and while they are running here in the United States, there will be 600 Military Troops running the same day in Afghanistan. Those Troops need running shorts, tank tops, socks, running jackets ranging gin size from small to XXL. There will also be special medals and t-shirts purchased for the 600 Troops (the prices of those are $6,500), they will be shipped overseas along with items collected at the pack out.   What else will we be shipping? Items such as personal care items, coffee, individual size snacks, socks, beef jerky, tuna fish and chicken packets, protein bars, trial mix, new magazines, DVD’s, travel size games, you can think of it, they can use it. Remember its summer time, so also water guns, tubes of sun block, etc. There’s a complete list of the Boots on the Ground NY website http://www.bootsonthegroundny.com/our-services/military-care-packages/   Or if you can chip in for shipping this event could create 1000, 1500, 2000...

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Good Morning – local Veterans need our assistance.

Mar 21, 16 Good Morning – local Veterans need our assistance.

Posted by in BOTG-NY News

Good morning everyone Few things happened over the weekend that Boots needs to respond too, and we need your help. We need to purchase 3 new mattress sets today for Three Veterans that just recently transitioned from homeless shelters into their own apartments and we are helping the veteran by furnishing their apartments. (goal is $600.00) We had a Veteran (100% service connected) Family call us up to ask with assistance of funding as they’re being evicted from current housing and need funds to secure security and fees to move into their new apartment next week (goal is $1900.00). This family has reached out to many organizations and were told they didn’t have funding available for them. I don’t like giving that answer even when are accounts are empty, I tell the Veterans give me a few days to work this out and get the community involved. We had a NY Soldier yesterday from Binghamton morning lose his Home and everything in it in a fire. This Soldier is a combat Vet and full time readiness NCO. They have 4 kids (ages 2-11) along with a Dog & Cat. Thankfully they all made it out safe, but now have nothing, stayed at a neighbor’s house last night and will be moving into a motel. We can use gift cards and funds for this family (Target & Walmart gift cards work out great. We are working with his senior NCO command on this. The ages and sizes of the children are: 11yo girl- 14/16 and shoe 5, 9yo girl – 8/10 slim shoe 3, 4yo boy – size 5 show kids 11, 2yo girl – 3T shoe size kid 7. We will have collection hours this Saturday at the VAC to be posted soon. You can support these missions by mailing a check to PO Box 675 Bellport NY 11713 and writing in the memo line where you want your donation to go towards. Or by using this secure online link www.Bootsonthegroundny.com/donate All of your...

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Boots on the Ground NY – Its about Our Veterans.

Mar 18, 16 Boots on the Ground NY – Its about Our Veterans.

Posted by in BOTG-NY News

Why Military Care Packages? So the Troops know we appreciate what they are doing  Why the VA hospital visits? So the Veterans know they’re not alone.  Why the Food and Toiletry pantries? So they know we care about them  Why the Veteran Support Program? so they know we have they’re 6  Why the Veteran peer groups? so they know we are here for each other.  Why the awareness programs? So you know what they are dealing with. Boots on the Ground NY “Leaving No Veteran Behind” What coming up at Boots on the Ground NY Saturday (3/19) – Food & Care Package collection drive. Every third Saturday of every month our doors are open for collections for our food, toiletries & care package pantries Not only do we stock our pantry but we deliver to Veterans as they transition from shelters to housing and also food pantry locates at the Northport VA at the Beacon House Homeless shelter there. We also ship monthly to Troops overseas so always looking for supplies to ship to them. Where: The VAC 2184 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma NY Time: 1000 hrs till 1500 hrs. Saturday / Sunday / Thursday– Our Veteran Support team heads out on select Thursdays evenings & Saturday days to pick up and deliver furniture to veterans that are in process of transitioning from homeless status to housing. We are always in need of Volunteers that are able to assist with this mission. You must be able to lift/carry furniture and be over 18 years old. Please email us at info@bootsonthegroundny.com to add your contact to the volunteer list. Or call and leave a message at 631-615-2200. Sunday (3/20) – Lets Support HONOR FLIGHT LONG ISLAND! This Sunday at the Emporium we are working with Honor Flight Long Island on a benefit to raise funds to help then send 50 World War 2 Veterans to DC to see their memorial and a tour of DC. They do this twice a year and the Veterans fly, travel...

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