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Veterans Volunteer to Support Homeless Vets in Need

Jul 18, 16 Veterans Volunteer to Support Homeless Vets in Need

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Veterans Volunteer to Support Homeless Vets in Need by Zack Baddorf EcoMedia  ( June 27th, 2016 Across the United States, the Veterans Affairs works to provide care and support to veterans after their military service. Sometimes, it’s not enough. A group of military veterans running a small non-profit based in Long Island, New York, are working to fill the gap. They take care of their fellow veterans in need, especially ones who are homeless and dealing with mental health issues. “Boots on the Ground NY opens up our doors and hearts to any veteran that needs it. Veterans are not just a last name and case number to us. We build and maintain friendships,” said organization co-founder Frankie Bania, a U.S. Army veteran. “I’m almost positive we kept alive a couple of guys in their darkest hours.” After their military service, Bania and several other military veterans used to visit veterans in a few Veterans Affairs hospitals. “A lot of the guys were in and out for PTSD and drug abuse. And I’d always ask them, ‘What are you back for?’ and they always said they had nowhere to go,” Bania explained. Boots on the Ground NY opened its own Veterans Activities Center — a place for the vets to get support, stability and things to set them up for success like furniture, mattresses, food and toiletries. The 2,700 sq. ft. facility houses peer groups, 12-step meetings, breathing and yoga classes. It has a full-service pantry, group meeting room, session and training area, video/TV lounge, and coffee café area for the vets. “It came out of basic needs. We help give them a head start,” Bania explained. “It just had to be done.” The organization hosts peer nights, mentor programs, seminars on suicide or PTSD, and other events — whatever is needed. “Like a buddy check,” Bania said. “When you show up at a veteran’s house, and he was given an air mattress by the government, and you show up and you have a...

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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 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:        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:     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 for more info Facebook events pages: or For more information about Honor Flight:     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   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.

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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 All of your...

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