What’s Happening in December at the VAC: Toy Drives & Veteran Peer events.

What’s Happening in December: Toy Drives & Veteran Peer events. Every Tuesday Veteran Peer night at the VAC 1900hrs till 2130hrs Every Thursday Female Veteran Peer night at the VAC 1800hrs till 2000hrs The VAC (Veteran Activity Center) is located at 2184 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma. Sometimes Volunteerism is the answer so If you wish to get involved with the programs, or need supplies such as food or toiletries for the house, food for the pet, some Veterans to shoot the breeze with, or just hot cup of coffee, we’re here every Tuesday & Thursday evening Get Involved and stay Connected. We will be supplying toys for over 120 Children of Veterans & Active Duty Military this year, so these toys drive dates are every important Saturday December 9th, we are collecting toys at the VAC (Veterans Activity Center) from 3pm -5pm. Saturday December 16th, is our annual Christmas Collection event we will be collecting toys from 10am -3pm and there will be hot food and refreshments all day. Besides unwrapped new toys, we also need gift cards to big box stores and food for the Holiday food pantry. We are also collecting new packages of socks, underwear, t-shirts, sweat pants and top, shower shoes and puzzle books for hospitalized Veterans that will be delivered to the VA Hospital for Christmas. Tuesday December 19th, we will be opening the VAC to all Veterans that need Christmas Cheer for their families. Veterans will be able pick up Christmas toys & gift wrap for their children as well as utilize the food pantries, pick up frozen turkeys and utilize the toiletry, personal care and pet food pantries. Doors to the VAC will open at 7pm and be open till 9:30PM. We will have hot chow and coffee. This is for Veterans only, please do not bring family or children with you. We have a few event dates coming up that we could use cooked foods and baked goods for. Saturday 12/9: baked goods for the WW2 Honor...

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Christmas Toys and Food Available for Veterans / Military

Dec 01, 17 Christmas Toys and Food Available for Veterans / Military

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Any Veteran or Service Member needs help with Christmas We will have free toys and food for your family allowing you to “shop” at “The VAC” (Veterans Activity Center) @ Boots on The Ground NY. Don’t let pride hinder your kids Christmas. We’ve all been there, and we’re here for each other. All requests are confidential. This is also a Veteran peer night and the VAC is not open to the public. Tuesday night December 19th you can come down to the VAC from 7pm till 9pm to pick up what you need. There will also be chow that night and refreshments. If you need a Christmas Tree please let us know ASAP, and we will have one for you. Message me, email me at frankb@bootsonthegroundny.com, leave a message at 631-615-2200, we have a generous community behind us allowing us to be here for you. Please don’t bring your children down to the VAC, this opportunity is for Veterans / Service members. The VAC is located at 2184 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma   Share this:PrintTweetEmailMoreShare on TumblrWhatsAppTelegramPocketLike this:Like...

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Attention Suffolk County Veterans / Military Service Members needing assistance providing Christmas for your family

Nov 20, 17 Attention Suffolk County Veterans / Military Service Members needing assistance providing Christmas for your family

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Attention Suffolk County Veterans / Military Service Members needing assistance providing Christmas for your family If you are a Veteran or Military service member residing in Suffolk County NY and will need assistance providing Christmas for your family please contact us by Monday December 4th, please visit our website at the following link: http://www.bootsonthegroundny.com/veteran-in-need-request-form/  Please include how many are in family, ages of your children, upon reply we will be asking for the ages / gender of your children, clothing sizes, and their “Dear Santa” letter. Please don’t wait till the last minute… There will also be again on Monday December 18th, the toy/food pantry available for Veterans to “shop” for gifts for their children. Details will be posted in December. We will be able to assist a few families this year and we will decide on the eve of the 5th who we will be able to assist. We will be helping families this Christmas that we have not helped in previous years and will contact those families during the first week in December. This is limited to Veterans / Military residing in Suffolk County. All requests for assistance are confidential and only seen by the BOTGNY board members.   Share this:PrintTweetEmailMoreShare on TumblrWhatsAppTelegramPocketLike this:Like...

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Any Veteran that needs a Turkey or food, can stop into the VAC Tuesday evening,

Nov 20, 17 Any Veteran that needs a Turkey or food, can stop into the VAC Tuesday evening,

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Any Veteran that needs a Thanksgiving Turkey or food, can stop into the VAC Tuesday evening, between 6pm and 8pm to utilize the food pantry. VAC is located at 2184 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma.   Share this:PrintTweetEmailMoreShare on TumblrWhatsAppTelegramPocketLike this:Like...

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Attention Veterans: the VAC will be open Thanksgiving Day from Noon till 9pm.

Nov 17, 17 Attention Veterans: the VAC will be open Thanksgiving Day from Noon till 9pm.

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Attention Veterans: the VAC will be open Thanksgiving Day from Noon till 9pm. You don’t need to sit home or find a bar, cmon down watch tv, play pool, or just BS… Also if anyone wants to drop off any cooked meals or deserts I’m sure it will be appreciated. (Any leftover food will be taken home by attendees or brought to the veterans homeless shelter.) The VAC (Veterans Activity Center) is located at 2184 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma.     Share this:PrintTweetEmailMoreShare on TumblrWhatsAppTelegramPocketLike this:Like...

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Attention Suffolk County Veterans needing assistance for Thanksgiving & Christmas.

Nov 15, 17 Attention Suffolk County Veterans needing assistance for Thanksgiving & Christmas.

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Attention Suffolk County Veterans needing assistance for the holidays. If you are a Veteran or Military service member residing in Suffolk County NY and will need assistance providing Thanksgiving dinner for you and your family contact us and we will get you a frozen turkey and groceries. No requests will be accepted after 1pm Saturday November 18th. And offers of assistance will be based upon available resources. Please fill out the Veteran request form at http://www.bootsonthegroundny.com/veteran-in-need-request-form/  We will be delivering Frozen turkeys and food on Saturday afternoon. If you need assistance providing Christmas for your family please contact us by Tuesday November 28th, please send an email stating your circumstances to FrankB@BootsontheGroundNY.com We will  be able to assist a few families this year and we will decide on the eve of the 28th who we will be able to assist. We will be helping families this Christmas that we have not helped in previous years and will contact those families during the first week in December.  This is limited to Veterans / Military residing in Suffolk County. All requests for assistance are confidential and only seen by the BOTGNY board members. Share this:PrintTweetEmailMoreShare on TumblrWhatsAppTelegramPocketLike this:Like...

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November – happenings, needs and events.

Oct 30, 17 November – happenings, needs and events.

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Where Veterans Come Together What’s happening in November, it’s going to be a busy month, here’s some of things happening, plus check our facebook page for added information and events. Collection drive dates & Community Volunteer evenings What Boots on the Ground NY need in November to accomplish our Veteran Support Mission: • Food for the pantry • Gift cards to food stores • Frozen small turkeys and breasts • Toiletry and personal care items • Unwrapped new toys for children • Gift cards to stores • Supplies to ship to the Troops • Letters, notes and cards to ship to the Troops Collection dates and times are the following: • Monday 11/6 7pm-9pm • Wednesday 11/8 7pm-9pm • Tuesday 11/14 7pm -9pm • Saturday 11/18 10a-2pm All donations are tax deductible. Feel free to mail gift cards and checks to PO Box 675 Bellport NY 11713 or make an online donation at www.BootsontheGroundNY.com/donate   Attention Suffolk County Veterans needing assistance for the Holidays. If you are a Veteran or Military service member residing in Suffolk County NY and will need assistance providing Thanksgiving dinner for you and your family contact us and we will get you a frozen turkey and groceries. No requests will be accepted after Thursday November 16th. And offers of assistance will be based upon available resources. Please fill out the Veteran request form at http://www.bootsonthegroundny.com/veteran-in-need-request-form/  If you need assistance providing Christmas for your family please contact us by Tuesday November 28th, please send an email stating your circumstances to FrankB@BootsontheGroundNY.com we will only be able to assist a few families this year and we will decide on the eve of the 28th who we will be able to assist. We will be helping families this Christmas that we have not helped in previous years and will contact those families during the first week in December. Unfortunately, our resources this year are more limited than in past years. This is limited to Veterans / Military residing in Suffolk County. All...

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Troops on the Front Lines are requesting supplies

Last night I just printed out over 200 Care package emailed requests from Troops serving in Korea, Africa, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, and a few other places that they can’t say, that’s right over 200 emails from in front of Harm’s Way, and many of them are requesting for not only themselves but for anywhere from their squad, to platoon, to unit, to battalion. I have notes from privates that have no one to send them things, NCO’s and officers that are concerned about their troops, chaplains and nurses concerned about everyone under their wings. I have posted a few dates already (and there will be more), I would really want to try to get each of these soldiers at least one box for each troop, that’s gonna take a lot of work, a lot of supplies and a bit of funding to accomplish These are the dates I will be at the VAC to coordinate collection and volunteer efforts Monday 11/6 7pm-9pm (collection and packing) Wednesday 11/8 7pm-9pm (collection and packing) Saturday 11/18 10a-2pm (collection and packing) We have requests from the troops for thing such as: Coffee, small fans, black socks, toiletries, sunscreen, dove soap, baby wipes, nuts, dried fruit, beef jerky, vitamins, protein anything, tuna, ramen, hard candy, movies, green boot socks, gum, amazon gift cards, iTunes cards, Chapstick, feminine products, salsa, mac and cheese, oatmeal, shower shoes, trail mix, toilet paper, fabric softener, Pringles, laundry pods, headphones, workout proteins, protein bars, slim jim’s, air freshens, batteries, cool t-shirts, calling cards, seeds, workout shorts, sweet tarts, games, Tabaco chew, drink mixes, canned chicken, razors, sunglasses, shower gels, coloring books, crayons, French press…. These requests are from the letters we have received the past 45 days. We also get thank you, appreciation and Christmas cards into the packages. Let’s make this happen, get the word out The VAC is located at 2184 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma and the weblink to donate for shipping is www.bootsonthegroundny.com/donate I need everyone’s help with this, if you support...

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What Boots on the Ground NY need in November to accomplish our Veteran Support Mission:

Oct 24, 17 What Boots on the Ground NY need in November to accomplish our Veteran Support Mission:

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What Boots on the Ground NY need in November to accomplish our Veteran Support Mission: • Food for the pantry • Gift cards to food stores • Frozen small turkeys and breasts • Toiletry and personal care items • Unwrapped new toys for children • Gift cards to stores • Supplies to ship to the Troops • Letters, notes and cards to ship to the Troops Collection dates and times are the following: • Monday 11/6 7pm-9pm • Wednesday 11/8 7pm-9pm • Tuesday 11/14 7pm -9pm • Saturday 11/18 10a-2pm All donations are tax deductible. Feel free to mail gift cards and checks to PO Box 675 Bellport NY 11713 or make an online donation at www.BootsontheGroundNY.com/donate The VAC (Veteran Activity Center is located at 2184 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779 Thank you. Share this:PrintTweetEmailMoreShare on TumblrWhatsAppTelegramPocketLike this:Like...

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We’re sending 12 World War 2 Veterans to their National Museum in New Orleans this Decemeber

Oct 20, 17 We’re sending 12 World War 2  Veterans to their National Museum in New Orleans this Decemeber

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We are accepting donations to take 12 WW2 Veterans to the National WW2 Museum in New Orleans this December. We had such a wonderful time last year escorting the Hero’s to their museum that we have decided to make this an annual trip. These Veterans had the trip of a lifetime experiencing the WW2 museum and New Orleans FACT: There were 16,112,566 members of the United States Armed Forces during WW2. There were 291,557 battle deaths, 113,842 other deaths in service (non-theater), and 670,846 non-mortal wounding’s. There are over 73,000 still missing. According to the Dept. of Veterans Affairs 558,000 American veterans from the war are still alive as of early 2017 FACT: 372 WW2 Veterans die every day (2016 average) FACT: It took 59 years to dedicate a Memorial in Washington to our Greatest Generation Please help us give the men and women of our Greatest Generation the thank you they deserve before it’s too late! Your donation covers the cost of Hotel, Meals and all the expenses along the way. Jet Blue is covering the Air fare. YOUR SUPPORT WILL KEEP THESE TRIPS COMPLETELY FREE FOR THE WW2 VETERANS Our goal is to make sure WWII Veterans are recognized, admired and thanked for their service. Veterans never forget this gratitude and adoration. “The Greatest Generation” deserves nothing less. Please give what you can as a small token of appreciation to Our Greatest Generation for the Freedoms that they afforded us. Donations can be purchased in increments of $20.00 and are tax deductible, please visit http://www.bootsonthegroundny.com/product/ww2veteransourgreatestgeneration/ Thank you for supporting. Share this:PrintTweetEmailMoreShare on TumblrWhatsAppTelegramPocketLike this:Like...

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Attention Suffolk County Veterans needing assistance for the Holidays.

Attention Suffolk County Veterans needing assistance for the holidays. If you are a Veteran or Military service member residing in Suffolk County NY and will need assistance providing Thanksgiving dinner for you and your family contact us and we will get you a frozen turkey and groceries. No requests will be accepted after Thursday November 16th. And offers of assistance will be based upon available resources. Please fill out the Veteran request form at http://www.bootsonthegroundny.com/veteran-in-need-request-form/  If you need assistance providing Christmas for your family please contact us by Tuesday November 28th, please send an email stating your circumstances to FrankB@BootsontheGroundNY.com we will only be able to assist a few families this year and we will decide on the eve of the 28th who we will be able to assist. We will be helping families this Christmas that we have not helped in previous years and will contact those families during the first week in December. Unfortunately our resources this year are more limited than in past years. This is limited to Veterans / Military residing in Suffolk County. All requests for assistance are confidential and only seen by the BOTGNY board members. Share this:PrintTweetEmailMoreShare on TumblrWhatsAppTelegramPocketLike this:Like...

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Thanksgiving Needs: Food store gift cards.

Oct 03, 17 Thanksgiving Needs: Food store gift cards.

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We have spent the last few years collecting frozen turkeys and distributing them along with up to 40 pounds of groceries. (and up to 500 Veterans in some years have received this). But as we do not have the freezer space any longer (as we lost two big freezers to age). We are looking to have food gift cards donated so that we can distribute these to Veterans and allow them to do the shopping for their Thanksgiving (stores such as King Kullen, Stop &Shop, Shoprite, Best Market). These food cards can be dropped off at the VAC during monthly posted collections dates or mailed to PO Box 675 Bellport NY 11713. We are hoping by putting this out early, that groups and organization will jump on board and create fundraisers of their own to collect the gift cards. Please also don’t forget our food pantry collection drives coming up on Saturdays 10/21 and 11/18 at the VAC (2184 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma) between the hours of 1000 -1500 hrs. (We will be collecting small frozen turkeys and turkey breasts only) We THANK YOU for your support. Share this:PrintTweetEmailMoreShare on TumblrWhatsAppTelegramPocketLike this:Like...

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Thank you to all that Supported the Long Island Honor Flight this past Saturday.

Sep 26, 17 Thank you to all that Supported the Long Island Honor Flight this past Saturday.

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Thank you to all that Supported the Long Island Honor Flight this past Saturday. Over 55 motorcycle riders rallied at 5AM to escort 6 Veterans to the Airport from Nassau, Queens and Eastern Suffolk. Many others came to the airport by 6AM to greet and send off the Veterans. 100’s and 100’s came to the airport at 11PM to Welcome Home 11 World War 2 Veterans and 37 Korean War Veterans as well as the guardians and HFLI staff that joined them for the day. We would also like to thank the all-Volunteer staff and board involved with Honor Flight Long Island for their dedication and passion, making sure that these Veterans aren’t forgotten and get their day in DC visiting the War Memorials. This Trip had 5 Veterans from BOTGNY that joined the flight as guardians, accompanying the Veterans on one of their most memorable days, which included a visit to Arlington National Cemetery, Tomb of the Unknown, World War 2 Memorial, Korea War Memorial, Navy Memorial, Air Force Memorial (Marine Memorial was closed for renovation). We again thank Honor Flight for offering us this wonderful opportunity. We have been involved with HFLI for over 7 years coordinating Moring escorts for the WW2 Veterans as well as helping to make the Welcome Home bigger and bigger each flight. The Veterans are flown to DC and bussed to Memorials at no cost to them, Guardians that accompany are charged a fee to cover expenses. The funds to cover the Veterans are all from donations that HFLI receives. These funds cover cost of the round air fare flight, the busses, as well as lunch, dinner and snacks. Last December, members of BOTGNY and HFLI organized and funded a trip for 15 World War 2 to go see the National WW2 Museum in New Orleans, which we will be doing again this year taking 10 WW2 Veterans this December for an overnight trip. We are asking for donations to get these Heroes down to their museum,...

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October & Boots on the Ground NY

Sep 26, 17 October & Boots on the Ground NY

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Where Veterans Come Together Tuesday night at the VAC is a Male Veteran peer night (doors open 6:45PM) Thursday night at the VAC is a Female Veteran peer night (doors open 6pm) 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 On Tuesday October 17th, we will be going bowling, meet up at the VAC at 1900 hrs, we will be leaving at 1945 after we have dinner. All Veterans invited. Evening costs such as lane, food, shoes and games all covered by BOTGNY Always check our Facebook or website for upcoming activities at the VAC. 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 for the comraderies 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 we have had community members and restaurants donating food for our group activity nights, we ask that chow be dropped off at 6:45 pm, or contact us at info@bootsonthegroundny.com or for any supporters or visit this link for more information: https://mealtrain.com/yl68vm The Peer nights are Veteran & Service member evening only. (sorry no spouses, family members, kids, etc.) The ‘VAC’ (Veteran Activity Center) is located at 2184 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma NY. 631-615-2200 GET INVOLVED – STAY CONNECTED!   Monday October 16th Annual Golf Outing hosted by the MacArthur Business Alliance There are still many slots open for golfer, and we could use sponsors for the...

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Sponsors & Players wanted ! – Annual Golf Outing – Monday October 16th

  At Boots on the Ground NY we do more assisting Veterans then fundraising, which is why we really need your support at the Golf Outing. Please support by attending, sponsoring, or donating an item or service for the auction. thank you. For online registration please visit http://macarthurbusinessalliance.com/event/annual-golf-outing/ Feel free to use the contact on the attached event flyer or contact us at FrankB@BootsontheGroundNY.com . We can also email you the attached event flyer and registration.  https://www.facebook.com/events/326168471126949 Click on the PDF to print event flyer and registration       Share this:PrintTweetEmailMoreShare on TumblrWhatsAppTelegramPocketLike this:Like...

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BOTGNY steps up for Hurricane Relief Support in Texas & Florida.

Sep 20, 17 BOTGNY steps up for Hurricane Relief Support in Texas & Florida.

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Over the past two weeks BOTGNY was busy helping with Hurricane relief. 2 weeks ago, we were able to collect supplies and ship over 130 boxes to Veterans and Military Members working the recovery effort in Texas when Harvey hit. Last Tuesday and the prior weekend we held an emergency collection for recovery items for Florida and recovery / relief efforts from Hurricane Irma. Last Tuesday night our Veteran Peer Group sorted, packed and loaded out 18-foot trailer out. The Community Support of donations was amazing as we were able to deliver 12,000 pounds of food, water, and recovery items such as garbage bags, tarps, tools, generators, plastic, ropes, tape, cleaning supplies, facemasks, gloves, etc. Wednesday morning the trailer left driven by BOTGNY Founder Frank Bania. It was Thursday late afternoon by the time we met up with Team Striker and Trinity Bay Tactical who had just come in from Texas rescue and recovery efforts and was setting up base camp in Lake Wales which is located in Polk County, Florida. Team Striker and Trinity Bay Tactical are all Volunteers and led by US Army Veterans. We made a smart choice getting behind these two teams knowing the most would come of the donations that we brought to Florida and shipped to Texas. These two teams went around communities checking in on the population making sure everyone was alright and getting supplies and assistance to those in need. Our own team was on the road till Saturday night and spent 93 hours on the road going to Florida and back. While in Florida we received an email through our Veteran assistance system that a Veteran now transitioned to Long Island had all of his and his family’s belongings in a storage unit outside of Tampa and was at risk of losing all of his belongings being the storage facility was threatening to auction off the unit. Our Team being in the right place at the right time visited the storage unit and was able...

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Honor Flight LI – Escorts & Welcome Home! – Come out and show support for the Heroes.

Sep 20, 17 Honor Flight LI – Escorts & Welcome Home! – Come out and show support for the Heroes.

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Attention Honor Flight Riders, All Motorcycle Riders & Honor Flight Supporters. We are calling on the motorcycle riding community once again. On Saturday September 23rd, there will be multiple motorcycle escort rides to escort World War 2 & Korean War Veteran Hero’s to the Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma. We have been doing this for over 7 years, twice a year, when there is an Honor Flight scheduled. Here’s the plan: there will be three escorts planned for the 6 Veterans We have 2 Veterans coming from North Queens area, 3 from Riverhead Area, and 1 from South Nassau Suffolk – Riverhead location rally point all-star bowling alley. 98 Main Road, Riverhead. meet up by 0515 for KSU at 0530 hrs sharp Road captain: Mike Davis Queens – Rally Point BP Gas Station: 13005 20th Ave, Flushing, NY 11356 meet up by 0445 for KSU at 0500 hrs sharp Road Captain: Frank Bania I will also be leaving Ronkonkoma at 0400 hrs from the VAC (2184 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma, if anyone wants to meet there and ride in with me. Nassau – Cedarhurst location rally point Sherwood Diner: 311 Rockaway Tpke, Lawrence, NY 11559 meet up by 0500 for KSU at 0510 hrs sharp Road Captain: Chris Gallagher Please be fueled up, prior to the rally times. RIDE SAFE and please ride as tight as you’re comfortable with. Facebook event link (for motorcycle escort updates) https://www.facebook.com/events/1605321452860643 We will also have assigned cages with each escort that will transport the Veterans to the airport, the drivers also will need to be available to get these Veterans home at 11pm that evening. So not only are we escorting these Men, but we are also driving them to the airport. Riders you can show up at any stage listed at the KSU times to ride with that escort in your area. Please also keep in mind that these motorcycle escort are surprises for the Veterans being escorted, we plan these behind the scene with their families...

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Donation collection and pack out for Military & Veterans down responding to Hurricane Harvey in Houston. 9/6/2017

What – Donation collection and pack out for Military & Veterans down responding to Hurricane Harvey in Houston. When – Tuesday September 5th 6pm till 9pm Where – “the VAC” (Veterans Activity Center) 2184 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma Who – Boots on the Ground NY We have the name and address of a navy helicopter rescue unit doing resupply and rescues and another Veteran group doing rescue / recovery work so we will be doing a pack out at the VAC Tuesday night (September 5th) with everyone encouraged to pick up care package items and assist my Veteran peer groups packing boxes and loading the trailer so we can ship Wednesday and have them in Houston area a few days after that!!! Typical care package items needed, (snacks, toiletries, personal care items) but let’s get lots of new socks and new underwear down there. (we will not be shipping clothing other than the new packages of socks, underwear, etc) . Let’s also get face masks, heavy duty extension cords, leather gloves, nitrile (not latex) gloves, and disposable Tyvek coveralls. Laundry soap, dish soap, heavy duty garbage bags, cleaning wipes, hand wipes, insect repellent, sponges, clotheslines. We’re Blessed to say we already have some supplies already as well as a bit of shipping funds to be able to assist the Troops working the rescues, but we could use more items as well as donations towards shipping (shipping donations at www.BootsontheGroundNY.com/donate Click here to donate toward shipping costs ) We’ll be packing B & C size care package boxes. (which range from $12-$22 for shipping the size boxes) 1800 hrs. at the VAC. Let’s do this! Because the maximum effective range of prayers and thoughts are zero meters. Anyone else with their boots in the water in Houston- email me. Thank you for your Support! Frank Bania Boots on the Ground NY FrankB@BootsontheGroundNY.com   Share this:PrintTweetEmailMoreShare on TumblrWhatsAppTelegramPocketLike this:Like...

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Military Care Package Collection Drive & Event

Jul 31, 17 Military Care Package Collection Drive & Event

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It’s All About the Troops Military Care Package Collection Drive and Packing Event. Sunday August 13th 1 pm till 6 pm At the Hampton Bays American Legion, Post 924 55 Ponquogue Ave, Hampton Bays, NY 11946 (Donation towards shipping at door suggested but not mandatory)   Bring items to pack for the Troops, Such as: Snacks (jerky, trail mix, hard candy, nuts). Food (packets of tuna/chicken) Drink mixes (powder drinks. Hot cocoa, protein drinks) Toiletries (soap, shampoo, deodorant, powder, q-tips, body lotion, sun tan lotion) Clothing (green/black/tan socks, t-shirts, underwear, running sneakers, Reading books. Puzzle books. DVD’s. And letters from the community. For more information: www.BootsontheGroundNY.com   Please start collecting items that we can ship out to the Troops, a list of items can be found on our website at www.BootsonthegroundNY.com  under the about us link. We will need financial donations for shipping costs, you can make a tax-deductible donation at www.BootsontheGroundNY.com/donate     Live music by Bill Shuren & Jahsh Buffet – Cash Bar   Food for event needed – If anyone or business would like to donate food to the buffet please contact us at 631-615-2200 or email FrankB@BootsontheGroundNY.com   There will be a special 50/50 fundraiser to raise money to provide US Saving Bond for Luca, Son of Chris Arcuri. (Departed member of Boots on the Ground NY & ALR post 924). 50% of all BOTGNY support gear donations will also go towards this fund.   Family friendly event, this event is an always a great time over the years, many of you have joined this activity while in January at the Emporium. This Summer the event will be held at the Hampton Bays American Legion   Hosted by: Boots on the Ground NY – American Legion Post 924 – American Legion Riders American Legion Auxiliary – Sons of the American Legion www.facebook.com/events/271704359909356           Share this:PrintTweetEmailMoreShare on TumblrWhatsAppTelegramPocketLike this:Like...

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“The Pack-Out!” – Military Care Package Event & Collection Drive to Support Our Troops Overseas – August 13th

Jun 29, 17 “The Pack-Out!” – Military Care Package Event & Collection Drive to Support Our Troops Overseas – August 13th

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Military Care Package Event & Collection Drive to Support our Troops overseas. Sunday August 13th at the Hampton Bays American Legion. Details of this event will be posted soon!!! We will make a flyer that you can all share and distribute.   Family friendly event, this event is an always a great time over the years, many of you have joined this activity while in January at the Emporium. This Summer the event will be held at the Hampton Bays American Legion   This will be an all-day event with live music  We will be looking for food donations also to be part of a buffet   Please start collecting items that we can ship out to the Troops, a list of items can be found on our website at www.BootsonthegroundNY.com under the about us link.   We will need financial donations for shipping costs, you can make a tax-deductible donation at www.BootsontheGroundNY.com/donate    We will have a special 50/50 at this event to be able to provide US Saving Bonds for Luca Arcuri, the son of Chris Arcuri. Chris was a board member with BOTGNY and a member of the Hampton Bays American Legion and he passed away in 2015.   For more information please contact Frank Bania at 631-615-2200 or at FrankB@BootsontheGroundNY.com Share this:PrintTweetEmailMoreShare on TumblrWhatsAppTelegramPocketLike this:Like...

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June 2017 Schedule

May 30, 17 June 2017 Schedule

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June Schedule There will be no Monday night activities in June There will be no monthly 3rd Saturday collection at the VAC in June due to BBQ at the VA. Tuesdays – Veteran Peer night, every Tuesday, doors open at the VAC at 6:45 pm Tuesday June 20th – Monthly bowling night, meet at VAC by 7pm, then we head over to Sayville Bowl at 8 Thursdays – Female Veteran Peer night every Thursday, doors open at the VAC 6:00 PM Sunday June 4 – Patchogue – Festival and care package collection. – https://www.facebook.com/events/39081128792998  Friday June 9 – Manorville – Golf Outing – https://www.planmygolfevent.com//30297-kofc/ Saturday June 17 – Northport VA – BBQ – https://www.facebook.com/events/399023410447925 Saturday June 17 – Farmingdale – Pub crawl fundraiser – Americon – https://www.facebook.com/events/1213857572075803/ Saturday June 24 – Babylon Village – Pub crawl fundraiser – Americon Share this:PrintTweetEmailMoreShare on TumblrWhatsAppTelegramPocketLike this:Like...

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8th Annual Veterans Appreciation BBQ at the Northport VA (June 17th 2017) – Event Sponsors needed.

May 10, 17 8th Annual Veterans Appreciation BBQ at the Northport VA (June 17th 2017) – Event Sponsors needed.

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8th Annual Veterans Appreciation BBQ at the Northport VA (June 17th 2017) – Event Sponsors needed. Please consider sponsoring our 8th Annual Father’s Day Weekend BBQ at the Northport VA The Veterans that reside at the Northport VA look forward to this event every year. We deliver a BBQ, live music, needed supplies and a few hours of friendship Every June we host a BBQ at the Northport VA, it’s the same weekend as Father’s Day, this is a fun day with good food and live music for all the Veterans that reside in the VA, we always also invite all of our supporters to join us in spending the afternoon with these Veterans and join us for the day. We don’t charge fees, and everyone is invited for free, but we do need funds to make this event successful. We are asking for sponsors of the event, here is the link http://www.bootsonthegroundny.com/product/7th-annual-run-to-the-va-event-sponsor/ or you can just make a general donation at http://www.BootsontheGroundNY.com/donate  to help with costs to this event. the funds collected for this event go towards purchasing the food (burgers/buns/soda/water/etc) and to purchase 200 t-shirts that we provide the Veterans that attend the gathering. each year we create a t-shirt, and sponsors logo and mentions are on the back. We also bring supplies to the hospitalized Veterans. This is a great day for family and friends, as we need the help of the community, as many of the Veterans are in wheelchairs and can use the help being assisted to and from the grounds as well as help getting their food, but most of all, we all get to make new friends that day, and the Veterans look forward to this. Hope to see you on Saturday June 17th. Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/399023410447925/ Share this:PrintTweetEmailMoreShare on TumblrWhatsAppTelegramPocketLike this:Like...

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Honor Flight- Escort, Meet & Greet, Welcome Home this Saturday

May 05, 17 Honor Flight- Escort, Meet & Greet, Welcome Home this Saturday

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The Next Honor Flight Welcome Home & Motorcycle Escorts will be Saturday May 6th   The World War 2 and Korean War Heroes will be returning from there Honor Flight to the DC Memorials on Saturday evening and we are inviting EVERYONE to join us in giving them the Welcome Home they deserve Long Island style. So, pack up the family, tell the neighbors, the local Scouts, get caught talking about it at church, let everyone know. Bring flags, signs and patriotic apparel, let’s do this BIG.   We will form clap 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. Meet up in the Main Terminal by 2230 hrs. (10:30PM) just look for the crowd. The plane lands at 2250 hrs. (10:50 pm)   Facebook event page for Welcome Home:  https://www.facebook.com/events/219899621811369   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 Six of the Heroes to the airport that morning. And if you ride, your invited.   Facebook event page for motorcycle & sendoff event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1816789805238175   Attention Motorcycle Riders & Honor Flight Supporters. We are calling on the motorcycle riding community once again. On Saturday May 6th, there will be multiple motorcycle escort rides to escort World War 2 & Korean War 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. Here’s the plan there will be two escorts planned for the 4 Veterans, 3 live in south Nassau (Lynbrook, Seaford,  Amityville). 1 lives in Suffolk ( Manorville). Luckily, they all live near each other making the 2 routes easily planned. These Veterans did not have family / friends available to take them to the airport...

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Veterans, check out our programs. Get involved & stay connected.

Apr 11, 17 Veterans, check out our programs. Get involved & stay connected.

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Veterans get involved and stay connected. Thursday Nights 6pm-8pm at the Veterans Activity Center (VAC) 2184 Pond Rd, Ronkonkoma, BOTGNY hosts its Women Veterans Peer Group. All female veterans of all branches and all ages are invited to come down!! There is a common ground, a unique bond that happens when people serve in the military, a friendship and comradery. When you leave the service for the civilian world you find those same types of bonds and friendships hard to find, you miss it. Men are not the only veterans to miss it, women do too, but there are not many places out there for female vets to connect to other female vets. This will be that place. This group will offer the comradery and friendship, listening ears when you need it, many laughs, lack of judgement, and most important support from other vets. Please come down and join us, please share this information with any female veterans you might know.   Tuesday night we have the Men’s Veteran Peer night from 6:30 PM till about 9:00 PM. Every 3rd Tuesday is bowling night.   The food and personal care pantries are available all evening during these evening, besides food and toiletries we also usually have available, pet food, socks/underwear as well as cleaning supplies.   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. No paperwork, no fees, no membership, completely confidential. Snacks, refreshments, coffee available. And dinner served at the start of each group night. We have a program set up that allows the community and our sponsors provide home cooked and /or catered meals for our Peer nights, please log onto  https://mealtrain.com/yl68vm  for more information of how you can be involved.   Please check event (Facebook or website) each week, or call the VAC at leave a message at 631-615-2200   Scheduled Mondays are a community volunteer night,...

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Free Financial Boot Camp Workshop

Apr 11, 17 Free Financial Boot Camp Workshop

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Judgment-Free Zone Every Month We’ll Cover a Different Topic and Private meetings available afterwards   Financial stresses create barriers to attaining your goals Taking control of your financial life through Financial Coaching can help Kick-Off Meeting Wednesday April 12, 2017 – 1800 hrs.   Some Topics we will cover: • Building Credit • Reduce or Eliminate Debt • Money Management • Savings Goals –-you can do it! • Electronic Banking • Taking Control Of Your Auto Loan We do not sell products or give specific investment advice   We will have another financial meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of every month   Where: Boots on the Ground NY Veteran Activity Center – the VAC 2184 Pond Road (unit A-4) Ronkonkoma NY 11779   When: Every Second Wednesday of the Month Starting at 6:00PM Share this:PrintTweetEmailMoreShare on TumblrWhatsAppTelegramPocketLike this:Like...

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Interested in Providing a Meal for our Veteran Peer Groups & Activities ?

Mar 08, 17 Interested in Providing a Meal for our Veteran Peer Groups & Activities ?

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  Anyone, business or restaurant/deli interested in providing dinner for a Veterans Support group? Boots on the Ground NY’s Veteran Activity Center hosts and facilitates meeting for Veterans a few nights a week, we try to provide dinner/meals/snacks at each group which is served prior to the group activity which starts 30 minutes later. This is an important part of our program as it shows these Veterans that the community cares and no food is ever wasted as we allow the Vets to take home the leftovers. Meals can be dropped off on Thursday & Mondays between 5:30PM & 6pm and on Tuesdays between 6pm & 6:30 pm, or earlier in the day is needed by coordinating with a Boots team member. Presently we have groups on Tuesdays, Thursday and other occasional weeknights. We have established a more organized way for supporters and friends to provide meals for our weekly Veteran peer night, the link is https://mealtrain.com/yl68vm Please contact us and thank you for your support Boots on the Ground NY “Leaving no Veteran behind” info@bootsonthegroundny.com 631-615-2200 Share this:PrintTweetEmailMoreShare on TumblrWhatsAppTelegramPocketLike this:Like...

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Weekly Update – Monday March 6th 2017

This Saturday the team went out with two trailers and were able to assist 2 veterans with furniture for their apartments. The disadvantaged Veterans that BOTGNY assist have just recently transitioned from the status of homeless to getting government assisted apartments. The same day we were able to make 4 pickups of generously donated furnishings for apartments. Currently we are in need of only dressers, small kitchen sets, end tables, night stands. We ask that all pledges of furniture be in great shape, we also do not have much in the way of storage space so we are only picking up items that are needed each month. Your donations are tax deductible (speak with your accountant). BOTGNY will never sell an item to Veterans or anyone. Donated furniture is only given to veterans in need, never sold. And BOTGNY will never accept a donation from a veteran were assisting. To make a donation please only use this link from our website: http://www.bootsonthegroundny.com/item-donation-request-form/ Thank you for your support BOTGNY is 100% Volunteer, please think about offering a few hours each month to be part of our VSP (Veteran Support Program) teams.   Boots on the Ground NY is here to show support for our Troops and to assist military Veterans along the road of life. If you’re interested in getting involved, you should stop into the VAC (veteran’s activity center) during a community night.     Tonight, Monday the 6th is open to all veterans and military family members (every first and third Monday of the month, doors open by 1800 hours) working on different projects to assist our many missions.   Tuesday the 7th is a veteran only nights (every Tuesday, doors open by 1830 hours)   Thursday the 9th is a female veteran only night (every Thursday, doors open at 1800 hours)   Saturday the 11th is our VSP program (veteran support program), volunteers will either be doing pickups, deliveries or working with our furniture collection program   Saturday the 18th is our monthly collection drop off day...

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The 6th Annual LCpl Robert Cafici Memorial Event to benefit the BOTGNY mission

Mar 06, 17 The 6th Annual LCpl Robert Cafici Memorial Event to benefit the BOTGNY mission

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         Saturday April 29th, 2017…. our annual BOTGNY fundraiser, the LCpl Robert Cafici Memorial PTSD Awareness will now be at Mulcahy’s in Wantagh… This is our 6th big annual event, the one that pays all the Bills so we can maintain our Mission. We need this event to be a huge success. This events pays the rent keeps the doors open and the electric and heat on at the VAC. it’s very important place to the Veterans that utilize the Veteran Activity Center Great Cause, Good Food Drink & People, Raffles and Auction. And as always family friendly. Live music by Op-Effect & The Project 9 Line All Stars, Comedy sets By Rudy Fusco and Tugboat Manny  $60 for adults, $35 for under 21 and 6 and under is free. Gets you admission, food and open Bar. Event starts at 5:30 pm and goes till 9:30pm. The Big raffle is also drawn this night. it’s a the 40-30-20-10, gives three chances to win, raffles are $10 each… 1st prize gets 30%, 2nd prize gets 20%, 3rd gets 10% of final raffle sales. To get raffles please see any boots member or stop into the VAC when it is open To purchase tickets please click : http://www.bootsonthegroundny.com/product/tickets-for-6th-annual-lcpl-robert-cafici-ptsd-awareness-benefit/ Sponsors are need in the way of chinese auction donations. We also need items, baskets, wine/booze, services for the big auction, we have solicitation letter already available also.   Please support this event, support Boots and the Veteran / Troops we assist. Spend this Saturday night with us and Roberts family as we remember this Marine and celebrate his birthday with his Mom & Dad. Thank you. for more info email Frank at FrankB@BootsontheGroundNY.com   Share this:PrintTweetEmailMoreShare on TumblrWhatsAppTelegramPocketLike this:Like...

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What’s coming up in March

Mar 01, 17 What’s coming up in March

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                Female Veterans Peer group starting. Thursday March 2nd starts a veteran peer night for female Veterans only, doors at VAC will open at 6pm : For more details https://www.facebook.com/events/771301313017856/   Coming Home: “Understanding the Psychological Impact of War-Zone Exposure and Coming Home” which explores military sexual trauma, PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury and moral injury and relation to suicide prevention. A lecture for military / veteran families. Monday March 20th. 6pm: For more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/332932217106522/   Veteran night out. Bowling night: Once a month we head to the bowling alley for a night of fun, check our Facebook or website event pages for the date (this month March 21st). For more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1808903802660475   March 25th. 3rd annual Virginia Larocchia Almost Gala and A Salute to Joe Piscopo, this event will benefit Boots on the Ground NY and Honor Flight. For more details: http://laughtersaveslives.org/    Monthly collection drive date on March 18th. For more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/935045603298120/ Month of March’s most wanted needs: Hospitalized veterans: Shower shoes, and new clothing such as t-shirts, underwear, sweats, footwear for hospitalized veterans Care package: Kosher products as we have a special pack out coming for Jewish troops later this month Food pantry: boxes of pasta, cans of sauce, cans of chicken / turkey. Cans of stew. Frozen foods. Macaroni and cheese. Hearty soups. Peanut butter and jelly.   Don’t forget every Tuesday night is Veteran peer night at the VAC: Volunteers needed to help deliver furniture and furnishing to disadvantaged veterans this month on 3/18 & 3 /4: for more info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/419188824807066/   Just $5 makes a huge difference www.BootsontheGroundNY.com/donate   $5 bucks will get you a coffee and a buttered roll only now a days, but when 1000 people donate $5 monthly is allows us to be more successful at our mission. We don’t like doing many fundraisers, that takes away time from us completing the missions and tasks on hand. We don’t take salaries, so every $ you donate is going to...

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Female Veteran Peer night to begin every Thursday evening.

Feb 22, 17 Female Veteran Peer night to begin every Thursday evening.

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On Thursday March 2nd 6pm-8pm at the Veterans Activity Center (VAC) 2184 Pond Rd, Ronkonkoma, BOTGNY will be hosting its first night of the Women Veterans Peer Group. All female veterans of all branches and all ages are invited to come down!! There is a common ground, a unique bond that happens when people serve in the military, a friendship and comradery. When you leave the service for the civilian world you find those same types of bonds and friendships hard to find, you miss it. Men are not the only veterans to miss it, women do too, but there are not many places out there for female vets to connect to other female vets. This will be that place. This group will offer the comradery and friendship, listening ears when you need it, many laughs, lack of judgement, and most important support from other vets. Please come down and join us, please share this information with any female veterans you might know. “The VAC” (Veterans Activity Center) “Where Veterans Come Together”  Thursday night at the VAC is a Veteran community evening for Female Veterans only.  The food and personal care pantries are available all evening.    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.  No paperwork, no fees, no membership, completely confidential.  Doors open by 1800 hrs.,  Snacks, refreshments & coffee available.   This is a Female Veteran & Service member evening only. Please check event (Facebook or website) each week, or call the VAC at leave a message at 631-615-2200 The VAC is located at 2184 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779 Share this:PrintTweetEmailMoreShare on TumblrWhatsAppTelegramPocketLike this:Like...

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Security Guard Training Available Free of Charge for Military Veterans

Feb 20, 17 Security Guard Training Available Free of Charge for Military Veterans

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Security Guard Training Available Free of Charge for Military Veterans If any Veteran / Service Member is interested in security guard work you will need to take an 8-hour pre-assignment training class for Security Guards. This is the course you need to take to become licensed as a Security Guard in the State of NY. The instructor of this class will also provide you with application assistance and fingerprinting instructions. Boots on the Ground NY has partnered with Neary Confidential Investigative Services to help Veterans get training so that they may pursue a gainful career, or just part time work. BOTGNY will pay your class fee for this 8-hour program, and if you are unemployed BOTGNY will also assist with licensing and background checks fees. We will also assist you with the 16-hour class. Classes are located on Oak Street in the Village of Patchogue. Located conveniently by public transportation (buses and trains) For more information please contact Tim Neary at the school by texting 516-567-0519 and letting him know you were referred by Boots on the Ground NY. Share this:PrintTweetEmailMoreShare on TumblrWhatsAppTelegramPocketLike this:Like...

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Remembering Our Fallen

Feb 10, 17 Remembering Our Fallen

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“Remembering Our Fallen” is a photographic war memorial created to remember our country’s military Fallen who have died in The War on Terror.  Because 9/11/2001 was such a defining moment for so many Americans, this memorial includes our country’s Fallen since that tragic day in our nation’s history.    Unlike most war memorials made of brick and mortar, this one includes both military and personal photos of our Fallen.  It is designed to travel to offer more people the opportunity to remember our Fallen while being reminded of the tremendous cost of our freedom. Its legacy will be that these men and women will be remembered and their names will be spoken, while hopefully, helping to lessen the grief of their families. The greatest fear of their families left behind is that their Fallen loved ones will be forgotten. “Remembering Our Fallen” Will be on display at the VAC on Saturday February 18th and Sunday February 19th from 11AM till 4 pm each day. (hours are subject to change to extend evening hours). The VAC (Veterans Activity Center) is located at 2184 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma NY. 631-615-2200. Boots on the Ground NY also provides needed supplies to disadvantaged and hospitalized Veterans, so please think about dropping off items for the food pantry or items for hospital stays (such as socks, sweatpants/shirts, t-shirts, shower shoes, etc.) We are also actively collecting items to ship to our Troops overseas. Categorized collection bins will in the entry room at the VAC this weekend “Man, does not die until he is forgotten.” We thank you for your Support Boots on the Ground NY “Leaving No Veteran Behind”  click here for Facebook event page Share this:PrintTweetEmailMoreShare on TumblrWhatsAppTelegramPocketLike this:Like...

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This week with Boots on the Ground NY

Feb 06, 17 This week with Boots on the Ground NY

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        This week with Boots on the Ground NY Tonight, volunteers needed to sort and pack more Military Care Packages – Our goal is to pack another 200. We have the supplies the labels and the empty boxes, we just needs hand to sort and pack. Let’s get this done for the Troops 1800 hrs till 2130 hours tonight at the VAC locates at 2184 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma NY Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/199869280489328/    Tuesday night – Every Tuesday night at the VAC. Veteran peer night, doors open at 6:30 PM, show at 7pm. Stop in and stay connected. Tuesday the 21st is our monthly bowling night.   Wednesday night – Free Comedy show at the Northport VA Hospital, building 5. Some great local Comics are donating their time for Veterans and supporters. There will be cake and coffee available. Everyone is invited. The goal is to get a full room and turn this into a repeated event. Starts at 6:30pm. See Flyer for more details Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1747388262244423/ Saturday, come see a play in NYC with BOTGNY. Showing of “ Orange Julius” at the Rattlesticks Playwright theatre located at 224 Waverly Place , NYC. On Saturday February 11th, who would be interested in coming into NYC with Boots on the Ground NY to see a show called ‘Orange Julius’, a new play about a child of a Vietnam Vet and their complex relationship with their father. We plan to have a discussion afterwards the complexities of being a vet or the family member of a vet following the show. I should also note that our actor playing Julius is a Vet himself.  Boots on the Ground NY will be purchasing a limited number of tickets that the producer has offered us at a discounted price. We will be offering tickets for free to Veterans, their guests and our volunteer team members. The matinee will start at 2pm.  BOTGNY can also help with train fare for those that need.  Don’t know if the...

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An outstanding week at BOTGNY – 2017 Annual pack-out a huge success.

Feb 04, 17 An outstanding week at BOTGNY – 2017 Annual pack-out a huge success.

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Boots on the Ground NY had an outstanding week. Last Sunday over 900 people attended the Pack Out at the Emporium, over 1100 boxes were packed. We raised over $18,000 that day between door donations, support shirts, 50/50, general donations and sponsors. An amazing event with so much community support involved. The Emporium once again donated the venue, the staff and sound and the buffet. All the great musical talent that graced the stage: Dennis O’Donnell and Mixed Bag, the Project 9-line All Stars, The Individuals, the Long Ireland Pipes and Drums. Mike Cappasso, The 90’s Band, Decadia, 45 RPM, and DJ’s Johnny Numonic & Tommy Thunder all donated their talent and time. Besides the Boots volunteers we had members of Team RWB and service members from the 106th Air Guard with us throughout the day manning stations and carrying supplies, as well as the William Floyd NJROTC, the Sea Cadets,  And the Supporters that showed, bringing the masses of  supplies that were donated, so many schools, businesses, The Paradies shop at MacArthur Airport that delivered 40 large bins of supplies, Our Secret Shoppers that donated over $5,000 worth of supplies, All the letters from ,ids that went, the letter to the troop program that Ambro supplied us. WBAB and FiOS News spending the day with us. Then the Holbrook Post office who accepted all the boxes and got right to work on processing them the get them into the air quickly. Let’s also not forget all the sore handed volunteers that wrote out hundreds of care package labels and custom form. An Amazing Day, and in a few days it will be an amazing mail call for the 250 plus Troops that we mailed boxes to which will benefit 1000’s of Troops overseas.  We were also honored at the event to host the “Remembering the Fallen” memorial display tribute that was on loan to us from the United War Veterans council of NYC. The Tribute area was hosted by Gold Star Mom Emily Toro. To follow this day...

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4 L.I. Events over the next 4 Months Supporting Our Troops & Local Veterans

Jan 27, 17 4 L.I. Events over the next 4 Months Supporting Our Troops & Local Veterans

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Please see the following 4 flyers for the next 4 coming up events. They are all in support of local Veterans and Service Members For more info visit our Facebook at www.Facebook.com/BootsontheGroundNY or our wesbite at www.BootsontheGroundNY.com Thank You for Your Support. Share this:PrintTweetEmailMoreShare on TumblrWhatsAppTelegramPocketLike this:Like...

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“Remembering Our Fallen” to be displayed this Sunday in Patchogue

Jan 26, 17 “Remembering Our Fallen” to be displayed this Sunday in Patchogue

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        On September 10th, this past year, I was invited by my friend Gary Santora to the USS Intrepid which is docked in NYC, there was a memorial unveiling ceremony of a tribute wall which displayed all of NY’s Fallen Service Members since 9/11/2001. Gary is the father of Sgt Jason Santora, Jason was an US Army Ranger who was killed on April 23rd 2010 outside of Kabul. He was the 1,050 US Service Member to be killed in Afghanistan. I had the Honor of leading the escort of Sgt Santora Home from Dover Airfield and then again to Calverton National Cemetery. It’s hard to describe the feeling that comes over you as you stand in front of the pictures of all these Heroes who gave their life for Our Country. A few of the names and faces I have ridden in Funeral escorts and when you know their families there is heavy emotions. This wall touched me and I would like it to touch as many of you as we can. I have requested to have it displayed at Our Event on Sunday at the Emporium and that request was accepted. I am Honored to be able to host this tribute and to say that this Wall of Sacrifice will be on display from 11:30 till 9pm during the entire care package event at the Emporium this Sunday, located at 9 Railroad Ave, Patchogue.  Thank you to Emily Toro for helping make this Suffolk County display happen, Emily is the mother of Pv2 Isaac Cortes who was killed on November 27, 2007 in Iraq. Isaac was with the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division. And thank you to the United War Veterans Council in NYC for entrusting us with the Memorial. http://www.rememberingourfallen.org/  is the website to explain the Memorial. Frank Bania – Boots on the Ground NY Share this:PrintTweetEmailMoreShare on TumblrWhatsAppTelegramPocketLike this:Like...

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Supporting the Troops with us this Sunday?

Jan 25, 17 Supporting the Troops with us this Sunday?

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We really hope you’ll be joining us as this outstanding event, trust me there is no military care package drive like it. Be part of something amazing! check out the facebook event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1534758566817327/       Share this:PrintTweetEmailMoreShare on TumblrWhatsAppTelegramPocketLike this:Like...

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Its All About the Troops on January 29th

Jan 17, 17 Its All About the Troops on January 29th

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            On Sunday January 29th, me and my organization “Boots on the Ground NY” are hosting another Huge Pack Out to benefit the troops. It’s at the Emporium in Patchogue, doors open at 11:30 AM. We have a long day of live music with some amazing talent on stage. The cover is only a suggested donation of $10. It’s an all ages event and there’s even a free food buffet at 2pm.   What we’re asking though is that people also bring items that can be shipped to the Troops overseas in places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Kuwait, Turkey, Korea, Africa (fun places aint they). We those places don’t have CVS or 7/11, so all the luxury items we have, they don’t, and by luxury, I mean, coffee, slim jims, snack, new socks, nail clippers, dvd’s, hats, cereal (and the list goes on)   I’ve been doing this for 9 years, it’s an amazing day, to be part of something that will benefit Our Soldiers, Marines, Airmen & Sailors, your gonnna make those Troops smile. Last year we collected over 78,000 pounds to ship. Not only are we asking you to bring items, but at the event you will also be part of packing the boxes, and prepping them to be shipped. Every person that attends is part of this process from gathering, sorting, packing, labeling, addressing, and loading the trailer which gets dropped off at the post office that night, and those boxes are in the Troops hands in as little as less than a week later. And that $10-dollar cover, goes towards shipping the boxes (each box costs us about $15 bucks to ship overseas).   No one gets paid for this event, I’ve always been a volunteer, my team volunteers, the bands (all 7 of them) all volunteer, the DJ volunteers, the Emporium donates the space, the sound system and the food.   We will also be hosting a special tribute memorial “Remembering Our Fallen” that...

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Coming up In January- Vets peer nights, Volunteer ops, VAC night, Food drive

Jan 16, 17 Coming up In January- Vets peer nights, Volunteer ops, VAC night, Food drive

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“Where Veterans Come Together”   On Tuesday January 17th, we will be going bowling, meet up at the VAC at 1900 hrs, we will be leaving at 1945 we have dinner. All Veterans invited, BOTGNY will be covering cost of games, shoes and food at the ally. Facebook event page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/248526322247012/   Tuesday night January 24th, we will be prepping for our upcoming pack out on the 29th. Dinner at 1920 hrs. Doors open at 1830 hrs (sometimes earlier) Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/674422522758394/   Always check our Facebook or website for upcoming activities at the VAC.   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 we have had community members and restaurants donating food for our group activity nights, we ask that chow be dropped off at 6:45 pm, or contact us at info@bootsonthegroundny.com)   This is a Veteran & Service member evening only. (sorry no spouses, family members, kids, etc.) The ‘VAC’ (Veteran Activity Center) is located at 2184 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma NY. 631-615-2200 STAY CONNECTED!   For any supporters interested in providing a meal for our Veteran peer nights please visit this...

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Mission Success – Our Holiday Programs, because of supporters like yourself.

Dec 27, 16 Mission Success – Our Holiday Programs, because of supporters like yourself.

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It’s been a long two months for the team at Boots on the Ground NY. We started in late October with Operation Turkey Drop which was an amazing success. We were able to provide and deliver over 530 Turkeys along with boxes of groceries to all Veterans that contacted us. We also worked with caseworkers involved in the local HUD VASH programs to make sure no disadvantaged Veterans were missed in Suffolk County, and provided turkeys and food not only to Suffolk and Nassau veterans but also as far as Brooklyn, Staten Island and Westchester this year. Without missing a beat, we went straight from turkeys to toys with our Successful Operation Toy Drop. Over 5000 toys were collected this year, allowing us to be able to assist hundreds of children this year again. We spent the last two weeks delivering “Dear Santa” lists, getting boxes of bulk toys to active duty military, homeless shelters, Veterans in patient programs and hosting an evening inside the VAC which allowed Veterans the chance to stop in and choose from 1000’s of toys for their children. Veterans & Service Members were also provided with food, toiletries, cleaning supplies, pet food, Christmas trees and wreathes, gift cards, anything and everything they needed to provide a joyous holiday and Christmas for their families. Gift cards were also available for many of the Families to assist with food and gift shopping. Mattresses were delivered on Christmas day to Veterans and families in need that didn’t have beds to walk up in that morning. Christmas morning was spent bringing karaoke machine, bagels and new clothes to Veteran’s hospitalized on the 2nd Floor at the Northport VA. Working alongside with our “Dear Santa” partner Equity First, we were also able to host a Christmas party for disadvantaged Veterans and families in Concerned Living Veterans HUD VASH programs. So many supporters, local business, organizations and volunteers stepped up during the 2016 Holiday Season. You are reason we have successful missions and never say...

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Attention: Any Veteran or Service Member needs assistance with Christmas

Dec 15, 16 Attention: Any Veteran or Service Member needs assistance with Christmas

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Attention: Any Veteran or Service Member needs assistance with Christmas Tuesday night December 20th you can come down to the VAC from 7pm till 9pm to pick up what you need. We will have toys and food for your family at “The VAC” (Veterans Activity Center) @ Boots on The Ground NY. All requests are confidential. There will also be hot chow, coffee and refreshments.   The VAC is located at 2184 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779 This is also our Veteran peer night and the VAC is not open to the public.   If you need a Christmas Tree please let us know ASAP, and we will get one for you. Don’t let pride hinder your kids Christmas. We’ve all been there, and we’re here for each other. We have a generous community behind us allowing us to be here for you.   Please no kids or family this night. Just as a FYI: Tuesday night at the VAC is typically our Veteran peer night, the pantries (Food, Toiletry, cleaning and pet supply) are available on Tuesday nights Please check our website or Facebook pages to see if we have outing planed on a specific Tuesday. Tuesday evenings at the VAC are open to all Veterans of any branch and era.   Email me at frankb@bootsonthegroundny.com, leave a message at 631-615-2200.     Frank Bania US Army Veteran President / Founder Boots on the Ground NY www.BootsontheGroundNY.com www.Facebook.com/BootsontheGroundNY FrankB@BootsontheGroundNY.com Mailing address: PO Box 675 Bellport NY 11713 Phone #: 631-615-2200   Share this:PrintTweetEmailMoreShare on TumblrWhatsAppTelegramPocketLike this:Like...

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Please Help Us Keep the Mission Going.

Dec 09, 16 Please Help Us Keep the Mission Going.

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If you’re already thinking about your end of the year donations for your tax write off purposes, please consider Boots on the Ground NY. In 2015 over 95.5% of all donation went to Veterans, programs and the VAC, your donation goes far with BOTGNY and where you want it to go.   Currently our ‘VAC’ account which pays the rent and utilities of the Veteran Activity Center, only has $4,400 in that account (which basically only covers us through mid-January). We only have one annual fundraiser and that is not till April/May of each year. Our Military Care Package account has approx. $8,000.00. We just recently spent over $2,000 in the past three weeks to get packages out to Bagram Airfield after hearing the BX was temporarily closed after the 11/11 suicide bombing. We have just 50 days to raise enough money to ship over 5,000 packages that will be created at our annual Big Pack Out at the Emporium on January 29th. Our VSP account (Veteran support account) has under $6,000, barely enough funds to cover purchases of mattresses, emergency bills and requests for Holiday assistance for the month of December.   Many of you know the work we do at Boots, and we all do it as Volunteers, there will never be salaries involved. Team members and supporters at BOTGNY spend their evening, weekends doing our small part in seeing that no Veteran is left behind. We believe in keeping veterans connected.   Wednesday night we received a phone call from the Mother of a little boy, who was celebrating his birthday with a party later in the evening, the little boy, already a true patriot decided rather than provide goodie bags to his guests, he wanted to donate the money to Boots on the Ground NY, so it could be used for the Troops & Veterans. We truly have the best supporters in the World!   Please visit our Facebook page to see what we’re doing, pictures of what’s going on,...

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Attention: Any Veteran or Service Member needs Christmas Assistance.

Dec 07, 16 Attention: Any Veteran or Service Member needs Christmas Assistance.

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Any Veteran or Service Member needs help with Christmas We will have free toys and food for your family at “The VAC” (Veterans Activity Center) @ Boots on The Ground NY.    Tuesday night December 20th you can come down to the VAC from 7pm till 9pm to pick up what you need. There will also be chow that night and refreshments.   All requests are confidential. This is also our Veteran peer night and the VAC is not open to the public. Message me, email me at frankb@bootsonthegroundny.com, leave a message at 631-615-2200, we have a generous & supportive community behind us allowing us to be here for you. If you need a Christmas Tree please let us know ASAP, and we will get one for you. … Don’t let pride hinder your kids Christmas. We’ve all been there, and we’re here for each other. The VAC is located at 2184 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma Tuesday night at the VAC is typically our Veteran peer night.   Frank Bania Boots on the Ground NY – Founder   Share this:PrintTweetEmailMoreShare on TumblrWhatsAppTelegramPocketLike this:Like...

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It’s All About the Troops!

Dec 02, 16 It’s All About the Troops!

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“Operation Toy Drop 2016” – Christmas Breakfast & Toy Drive

Dec 02, 16 “Operation Toy Drop 2016” – Christmas Breakfast & Toy Drive

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It’s time for our 7th Annual Holiday breakfast. With a food buffet & live music. Saturday December 10th, at the Veterans Activity Center, 2184 Pond Road Ronkonkoma For a few years, we would use FD halls and posts for big breakfast events, charge door donations, it was a lot of work and people just don’t have much time or money around the holidays to spend out of their family. So, last year we started with a causal drop off event at the VAC, the VAC is the Home to Boots on the Ground NY family, so why not again just be Home for the Holidays? All donations go towards providing Christmas gifts, food and provide emergency funds and to our Veteran Support Program account, which provides needed items for local Veterans. Doors will open 0930 hrs and food will be available till 2pm, and we will be there collecting till 4pm that day. Live Music by Dennis O’Donnell. This will also be a collection point for Toys and gifts for our Veteran families that we will adopt for this holiday season. The Dear Santa wish lists of the children are posted in a separate picture album located on our Facebook page but any toys or gift cards for children of all ages are accepted, as well as clothing and footwear. (www.facebook.com/bootsonthegroundny ). At this event, we also are collecting items for hospitalized Veterans (such as socks, underwear, sweatpants, sweatshirts and t-shirts) & nonperishable & frozen foods for Our Veteran Food Pantry as well as items to ship to Our Troops with our Military Care Package program. If anyone would like to provide any prepared meals, baked good or snacks please feel free to bring them along… We are also still looking for any food distributors, grocery or restaurant/delis that would be willing to donate food. Just so you know, no food from the event gets wasted, left over prepared foods get delivered to Veteran housing & to the VA Hospital in Northport. At the...

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Lets go Bowling – veteran peer night outing

Nov 28, 16 Lets go Bowling – veteran peer night outing

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All Veterans / Military invited to join us. the night is on Boots on the Ground NY: games, shoes, food and snacks Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2127856270772399/ Share this:PrintTweetEmailMoreShare on TumblrWhatsAppTelegramPocketLike this:Like...

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Operation Turkey Drop 2016 – Mission Accomplished!

Nov 23, 16 Operation Turkey Drop 2016 – Mission Accomplished!

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Operation turkey drop 2016 successfully completed! Close to 500 turkeys are now sitting in the kitchens of Long Island Veterans because you all supported the mission here at Boots on the Ground NY. Thank you to all the schools, groups, scouts, companies, and people that got involved. It was an outstanding and successful effort by the Long Island community and our supporters. We are in awe of how much food was donated, over 500 turkeys and over 30,000 pounds of canned, frozen and boxed food. You have made a very Thankful Thanksgiving for many veterans and their families here on Long Island. Thank You & Have A Blessed Thanksgiving.     Tomorrow night at Midnight, the Christmas season officially begins. Please consider Boots on the Ground NY for your toy donations and toy collections this season. We may not have a fancy toy drive name, but we do keep all those toys here on Long Island, and make sure they are all given out to children of disadvantaged veterans and military members.   Boots on the Ground NY will be supplying Christmas Cheer to over 100 children again this year. Through “Dear Santa” lists, by providing toys to families that have hospitalized veterans or veterans in programs, Veteran families in shelters and by also have an open shop one night for Veterans to come down and choose toys and gifts for their families.   Support your Veterans and Military members living right here among you in Our Long Island Community. We will have collection drop of at the VAC (Veteran Activity Center) 2184 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma at the following dates and times: Saturday November 26th, 11am – 2pm Wednesday November 30th, 6pm – 9pm Saturday December 3rd, 9am-Noon. Tuesday December 6th, 6pm-8pm Wednesday December 7th, 6pm till 9pm. Saturday December 10th, 9am – 4pm Saturday December 17th, 10am – 3pm   Please provide unwrapped toys for boys and girls between the ages of 1-16 We are also in need of new winter clothing. Gift cards...

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Frozen Turkeys and Groceries available for Veterans & Military Members.

Nov 18, 16 Frozen Turkeys and Groceries available for Veterans & Military Members.

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It’s Thanksgiving, and no table should be without a Turkey and no kitchen cabinets should be empty. Any Veteran or Military member who need or would even like a Frozen Turkey along with 20-30 pounds of nonperishables groceries along with a food gift card (if available) can use our form at http://www.bootsonthegroundny.com/veteran-in-need-request-form/ to request a delivery. Or email us. And we can deliver to your residence this weekend and on Monday / Tuesday evenings. Deliveries are only available in the Suffolk and Western Nassau areas. You can also stop at the VAC (Veteran Activity Center) to pick up. The VAC is located at 2184 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma NY 11779   The hours for picking up (or even bringing down donations would be) Saturday 1000-1500 hours Sunday 1000-1200 hours Monday 1800-2100 hours Tuesday 1800-2100 hours   We had a blessed collection season supported by tremendous community support. Our Freezers and pantry are overflowing, and we have already delivered to veterans, partnered VSO’s, Veteran organizations, and military providing over 280 Turkeys so far along with nonperishable groceries.   Please share with any Veterans and Military members.   We will also be partnered with the food pantry at Friends of Shirley and the Mastics to provide for veterans in that area, you may contact us for their contact information also.   Frank Bania Boots on the Ground NY – Founder frankB@bootsontheGroundNY.com 631-615-2200 “Leaving No Veteran Behind” www.BootsontheGroundNY.com www.Facebook.com/BootsontheGroundNY.com   Share this:PrintTweetEmailMoreShare on TumblrWhatsAppTelegramPocketLike this:Like...

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Troops need supplies – PX closed due to attack

Nov 15, 16 Troops need supplies – PX closed due to attack

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We have just gotten word that the PX at Bagram Air Base has been closed due to recent attack on a US Military Base. Because of this we will be having an emergency pack out to get supplies there. We will be accepting all week and weekend, supplies to ship to Troops. We will also be packing boxes as items come in. I will be at the VAC Tonight, Wednesday, Thursday evenings, from 6pm till 9pm and on Saturday from 10-3pm, we will also be there for a little bit on Sunday. To make a donation to get supplies overseas please contribute at www.BootsontheGroundNY.com/donate The VAC address is 2184 Pond Road Ronkonkoma THANK YOU!   Share this:PrintTweetEmailMoreShare on TumblrWhatsAppTelegramPocketLike this:Like...

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BOTGNY – update

Nov 14, 16 BOTGNY – update

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Update We’ve had a busy few weeks over at Boots on the Ground NY Veterans are moving into housing more often presently, so assistance requests are up. We are in the middle of Operation Turkey Droop 2016 and have collected over 160 turkeys so far and 1000’s of pounds of food, and Christmas program and Pack-Out event planning are all beginning.   Our Tuesday night veteran peer night has been seeing new faces. Over the past month we have had bowling outings, and even an evening at the Adventure Park, spending a night in the trees testing endurance as well as embracing camaraderie. We also had a movie night. The idea behind the Tuesday night veteran only evenings, is to keep veterans connected with each other, giving the opportunity to speak freely of things that maybe a civilian wouldn’t understand. We’ll be having another bowling night at the end of the month. This week’s Tuesday group will be delivering 48 turkeys and groceries to another nearby Veteran community. The food and toiletry food pantries are always available to Veterans on Tuesday, and there is even a dog food pantry. Tuesday night is open to all Veterans, doors are usually open by at least 1830 hrs, there’s always dinner and refreshment available. Community members drop off homecooked meals for the Veterans to enjoy, if you’re interested in supplying dinner please reach out to us.   This past weekend was Veterans Day Friday, a few of the veteran volunteers got together and delivered 60 turkeys and groceries to Liberty Village in Amityville which is entirely housed by veterans who needed a hand along the way recently, then the group spent the rest of the day picking up furniture donations pledged for our Veteran support program. Saturday was spent colleting another 80 frozen turkeys and over 5000 pounds of food during our weekend collection. Saturday evening, we were honored to be guests at the Southold American legions annual dinner dance, where they presented us a very generous...

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