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WELCOME HOME HONOR FLIGHT & WW2 Motorcycle escort info. Sunday Sept 25th.

Sep 16, 16 WELCOME HOME HONOR FLIGHT & WW2 Motorcycle escort info. Sunday Sept 25th.

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The Next Honor Flight WELCOME HOME & Motorcycle Escorts will be Sunday September 25th   The WW2 Heroes will be returning from there Honor Flight to the DC Memorials on Sunday evening and we are inviting EVERYONE to join us in giving these Heroes the Welcome Home they deserve Long Island style. So pack up the family, tell the neighbors, the local Scouts and ball teams, get caught talking about it at church, let everyone know. Bring flags, signs and patriotic apparel, let’s do this BIG.   We will form lines for the American Heroes to walk through as we applaud, and shout Welcome Home, letting them know how much appreciation we have for the Freedoms they fought for 70 years ago.   Sunday September 25th -Meet up in the Main Terminal by 2000 hrs. (8:00pm) just look for the crowd. The plane lands at 2025hrs. (8:25 pm)   Facebook event page for Welcome Home: https://www.facebook.com/events/616862768476072/ Every flight we manage to get the word out a bit more thanks to all of you, so let’s make this Welcome Home bigger and better!!   There will be motorcycle escorts that morning to escort Five of the Heroes to the airport that morning. And if you ride, your invited.     Attention Motorcycle Riders & Honor Flight Supporters. On Sunday Sept 25th there will be multiple motorcycle escort rides to escort World War 2 Veteran Hero’s to the Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma. This has been going on for many years twice a year when there is an Honor Flight scheduled. We have been at three escorts each flight for the past few years, but there is a need to increase the stages. I struggle sometimes with which Veterans to choose for the escorts, as there are 50 on a flight, so now I will be choosing Veterans that don’t have family or even rides to the Airport (and rides home). Right now we have 5 Veterans that are in that category. 2 in Nassau...

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“Let’s Roll” – Road trip to the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, PA

Sep 16, 16 “Let’s Roll” – Road trip to the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, PA

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“Let’s Roll” – Road trip to the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, PA Everyone Welcome to join us whether on motorcycle or driving. It’s beautiful Ride to a amazing & beautiful Memorial and a nice family trip outing as well. The Flight 93 Visitor center is open to the public and really explains in detail what happened on 9/11/01 This is an overnight trip and we will be returning to Long Island on the eve of Sunday the 2nd. Also be an easy ride for all levels of riders.     On Saturday 10/1 we will be departing the VAC (located at 2184 Pond Road Ronkonkoma) at 0730 hrs. We will be passing through Staten Island at 0900 hrs (Sunoco gas station located at 700 South Ave, Staten Island) to pick up anyone joining us from that area. We will then be stopping in Whitehouse NJ at the Readington Diner for breakfast (scrapple, lol) We should be at the diner at 1000 ish   This ride is about 400 miles each way; we will stop for fuel/restrooms every 100 miles or so. It will be a beautiful ride through the old phil pike, the Gettysburg area, then continue on 30 West to Shanksville PA (lunch will be in Gettysburg, dinner in Somerset).   To make a Hotel Reservation at a special rate for our trip: Call the Comfort in at 814-445-9611 and let them know you are there for the night of 10/1 with Boots on the Ground NY, and your room rate will be $85 for that night.  Facebook event page please click (for updates):   https://www.facebook.com/events/1101900439886892/ Please let me know if you’re coming so we have an idea of how many will be with us. Please also feel free to join us along any point if the traveling.   NEVER FORGET!   Contact me for more info if you need it Frank Bania FrankB@BootsontheGroundNY.com 631-294-5248     Share this:TweetEmailMoreLike this:Like...

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Monthly Food and Supply Drive this Saturday (Every 3rd Saturday)

Sep 16, 16 Monthly Food and Supply Drive this Saturday (Every 3rd Saturday)

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The food pantry is almost bare!! Not only is our pantry running low but so are the pantries we stock at other locations for Veterans in need!   So this Saturday September 17th we will be collecting the following: Canned food, boxed food, frozen foods!! We can accept boxes, cans, fresh and frozen foods. Also this month we are in need of supermarket gift cards as well as gift cards for stores such as Walmart of Kmart. We have a few Veteran families in desperate need of a few things after dealing with tragic events this month.   What’s Needed………… BOTGNY maintains food pantries that feeds hundreds of vets (between our location and other pantries we supply) Canned foods, such as soups, meals in a can, chef boy r dee, Chili. Cans / packets of tuna fish, turkey, chicken, fruit, etc Frozen Foods- (we have 3 freezers and 2 fridges) Pasta and sauce, Mac and cheese. Rice dishes. Boxed foods, cereals, carbs, breakfast bars, etc Anything to help make easy to cook meals Coffee, (cans and k-cups) Snacks, (individual packets).   BOTGNY ships care package items twice a month to troops overseas, Beef jerky, trail mix, Coffee K cups, snacks, baby wipes, Toiletries, drink mixes, etc   BOTGNY also supply Veterans in hospitals and inpatient programs with supplies they need, toiletries, phone cards, clothing (new packages of socks/sweats/t-shirt’s/underwear)   Our Operation Turkey Drop 2016 will begin in October. Last year we collected over 400 frozen turkeys, but this year it’s just not all turkey We need sides, fixings, we like to also hand off 20-25 pounds of groceries along with each turkey, so that means we need you help in organizing food collections to gather cans, boxes and frozen foods There will be multiple dates/times between October 15th and Thanksgiving for dropping off food supplies   Please always consider buying a few extra items when there is a sale to help out those that have served for us. Supermarket gift cards are also greatly appreciated; they...

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4th Annual Patriot Ride

Sep 09, 16 4th Annual Patriot Ride

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This Ride is also how we show our appreciation to all those that ran into the buildings that’s day and worked the pile. 1000 miles in under 24 hours pushes our endurance to the max, just the same as all the responder’s did for days and weeks following the tragic day of 9/11/01. This is not a fundraising ride, this is just how we decided to spend this day, and hopefully spread more 9/11 awareness of NEVER FORGETING! The September 11 attacks resulted in 2,977 immediate (attack time) deaths. The immediate deaths include 246 victims on the four planes (from which there were no survivors), 2,587 in New York City in the World Trade Center and on the ground, and 125 at the Pentagon. About 292 people were killed at st…reet level by burning debris and falling bodies of those who had jumped or fallen from the World Trade Center’s windows. All the deaths in the attacks were civilians except for 55 military personnel killed at the Pentagon. There were 417 first responders killed. 55 Active duty service members were killed. 40 people were killed on Flight 93. Some immediate victims were not added to the list until years later. The news media has traditionally described the attacks as the deadliest attack on U.S. soil since Pearl Harbor, but in fact there were several hundred more casualties on September 11, 2001 than there were in the December 1941 Pearl Harbor ambush. Not since the last battles of the Civil War had there been a domestic assault with greater loss of life. On Sunday September 11th, 2016 We will have Our 4th Patriot Ride to Honor these Hero’s & Victims. 1000 miles in under 24 hrs. to Remember On Sunday September 11th, 2016 We will have Our Patriot Ride to Honor these Hero’s & Victims. We will be leaving the Veteran Activity Center (2184 Pond Rd Ronkonkoma) at 0300. We will proceed to Ground Zero where will say a prayer for the 2753 people that...

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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  (https://www.viewerstovolunteers.com/articles/veterans-volunteer-to-support-homeless-vets-in-need) 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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