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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We’re starting the Christmas Toy Drive for Long Island Military & Veteran Families and need your support.

Nov 14, 16 We’re starting the Christmas Toy Drive for Long Island Military & Veteran Families and need your support.

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We are supplying toys again this year to families of Military Service Members and Veterans that wouldn’t be able to afford Christmas shopping. In previous years, we have always helped over 100 children every Christmas. One year we even assisted over 300. Since we started the Christmas drives, it’s probably easy to say we have helped 1000 Children. We’ve done Secret Santa’s, adopting families, Holiday parties, we started changing that up last year, now we collect at the VAC, and right before the holidays we open the building up for Veterans to walk in and “shop” for items their kids might like, it makes this more personal for the Veterans / Military to pick things their kids might like, lets then take them home and wrap them, plus they can also pick up food and supplies for the house. We also send huge boxes of toys to a active duty military unit, and we provide toys for Veterans at local homeless shelters so they can provide gifts for their kids. We also still support a private holiday party for Veterans that recently transitioned from homeless status to housing and we try to walk in with as many toys as we can. The ripple that your toy donations create, are unspeakable to put into words. Please bring new unwrapped toys for boys and girls between the ages of 1 -16.   New clothing / jackets also needed, as well as gift cards. Plus, gift wrap. Gift bags, etc.    Collection days and times are as follows Wednesday November 16th 6pm till 9pm Saturday November 19th 10am-3pm Saturday November 26th 11am – 2pm Wednesday November 30th 6pm – 9pm Wednesday December 7th 6pm till 9pm. Saturday December 10th 9am – 4pm   (Christmas Breakfast at VAC) Saturday December 17th 10am – 3pm   After our 4-week drive is over we set the VAC up like a toy / gift store and military service members and veterans can come in on a closed-door night and choose toys for...

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300 more Turkeys (frozen) needed for Local Veterans that have recently transitioned from being homeless – Operation Turkey Drop 2016

Nov 07, 16 300 more Turkeys (frozen) needed for Local Veterans that have recently transitioned from being homeless – Operation Turkey Drop 2016

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It’s that time of the year, when the leave change color and fall, its mean the holidays are upon us. For many Veterans, we know this may be their first Holiday season in a new home that they just recently transitioned into from a homeless condition. And there is nothing more special than having a Thanksgiving Dinner at home being Thankful for what’s in front of you. As many of us are blessed to know we’ll be in our Home with our Families with a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner but many of these local Veterans are just struggling to maintain a roof over their head. They shouldn’t have to worry about what will or won’t be on the dinner table. For the past few years we have provided turkeys and groceries for these Veterans and delivered them to their new homes. In 2013 we provided 140 turkeys along with fixing and a bag of groceries In 2014 we provided 120 turkeys along with boxes of groceries averaging 60 pounds In 2015 we provided over 340 turkeys along with boxes of 25 pounds of groceries, this started with a simple request to help a Veteran community out in Amityville with a simple request of 60 turkeys, but we knew of so many more out there that deserve to be helped out on Thanksgiving, to some it just maybe be a frozen bird to cook, but to a Veteran family trying to provide, its means everything and a chance for us all to show some appreciation of their service and sacrifice with this small token of gratitude. This year not are we only assisting the dozens of veterans we assisted transitioning into housing this year, but also Veterans in the HUD VASH program throughout Long Island (and there are hundreds). We will be providing turkeys and groceries this year to 60 veterans at liberty village, 50 at liberty commons. 70 veterans in Concerned livings programs, 60 in Beacon Houses programs, 40 in VA programs, 60 local senior...

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Boots on the Ground NY – update.

Nov 07, 16 Boots on the Ground NY – update.

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Boots on the Ground NY UPDATE Thank you to everyone that has been donating funds to our programs, and for all the food and turkey the past few weekends!   This upcoming Tuesday night at the VAC (Veteran Peer night), we’ll be staying in house watching election results from 1830 hours till late. C’mon down there will be refreshments, coffee, chow and snacks. We still have community members make and bring down dinner for our Tuesday group, if interested in making a homecooked meal for Our Veteran night please contact us, or in this week, just drop off show or baked goods between 6:30 pm and 7:30 PM, extra food never goes to waste as we invite everyone to take home doggie bags. The past few weeks the Veteran peer night group has gone bowling and to Adventure park for nights of camaraderie, the Tuesday night group is for all veterans of all branches, just check out the weekly event on our website page of Facebook under events. We’ll be going bowling again on the 29th of this month.   We’re in the middle of our Turkey and Food drive – Operation Turkey Drop 2016, last year we collected over 360, this year 350 is our goal, as we plan to offer a turkey and bags of groceries to over 350 Veteran families that are currently in housing programs right here on Long Island. So far we are at 48 turkeys and 70 prepackaged boxes of groceries, we’ll be collecting every Saturday at the VAC and some select evening, please check our website page or our Facebook events for more info and dates.   Veterans in appreciation of your service and Veterans My Country 96.1 has donated 25 complimentary tickets for the Thursday night Concert Eric Paslay at the Emporium. This concert will also be a Military Care package collection drop off point with Boots on the Ground NY bins at the front door. Please everyone, support the Collection Drive, we have Troops counting...

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Welcome Home Marine! – Greeting and motorcycle escort this Saturday – All Welcome.

Oct 26, 16 Welcome Home Marine! – Greeting and motorcycle escort this Saturday – All Welcome.

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Saturday October 29th there will be a Welcome Home for a Marine coming back from deployment to Iraq This will be a surprise for him, which is a challenge for us to get word out, to say the least. There will be a Motorcycle escort from JFK to PATCHOGUE, we will also have a stage at Oakdale (for any local riders that can’t make whole trip and 1st responder vehicles) when we’re returning from airport along with a welcome committee on his block. 0926 hrs is flight landing at JFK.   Staging: will be as follows – all times are subject to change by a lil. meet us where you can. Date: Saturday morning October 29th, 2016   0730 hrs – leaving Ronkonkoma (the VAC) 2184 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma as we will be escorting his family’s vehicle to the airport   0750 hrs – Peter pan diner (Bayshore) will only be a ride by on the service road to pick up any riders.   0900 hrs: Stage at Burger King (outside of JFK on rockaway Blvd.) 0915 hrs: JFK Terminal 8 / American Airlines   1030-1045 hrs: Oakdale (Harley Davidson dealer on east bound service road): Please be ready to roll, we’ll contact you somehow to give you 5-minute notice   1045-1100 hrs: Patchogue: The Marine will have family & friends gather over the N Ocean Ave overpass on Sunrise Hwy.   1045-1100 hrs: Patchogue: anyone wishing to be on the welcoming committee near the Marines home, please assemble on the corners of Washington Ave and Phyliss Drive in Patchogue. We are hoping to have a contact here directing people how to line the street.   (it is hard to pinpoint times, as you never know how quick the plane de-boards or know what the traffic will be on the belt)   We can be in contact via texting (or if we have a cage with us) with warnings of when we be making the Oakdale and Patchogue locations.   Bring signs, Bring flags,...

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3rd Annual BOTGNY Sport Shoot

Oct 25, 16 3rd Annual BOTGNY Sport Shoot

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This weekend professionals from the construction field in NYC got together and hosted the 3rd Annual BOTGNY Sport Shoot. They also invited 5 Veterans from Boots on the Ground NY, to be part of their event and welcomed us into their circle of friendship. The event is now hosted yearly at the Catskill Pheasantry located outside of Long Eddy NY. This year the event this year raised over $13,000.00 (not bad for sport shoot weekend of 20 friends who gathered and dug deep into their pockets. Upon arriving at the cabins this year we found out that one of the handlers at the Peasantry, who is also a 10th Mountain Iraq War Veteran son, who’s only 6 years old, was diagnosed with a terminal disease and was in need of a wheelchair that the family’s insurance refused to cover. The 50/50 was donated to this Veteran along with a check from BOTGNY providing the Veteran with over $4,300.00 towards the purchase of the wheelchair. This is what we do, this is what that event is about, assisting Veterans that really need the help. We were able to meet his Son this weekend and once again our hearts were touched in a way that can’t be put into words. The remaining funds from this weekend will be used for sending care packages to the Troops serving in multiple ongoing War front, because of this event over 1000 Troops will receive a care package from Boots on the Ground NY. That’s a huge ripple effect from a weekend gathering of friends. I would like to personally THANK: Catskill Pheasanty, Star-Lo Electric, Bodak-Cameron Engineering, EJ York, Signature Construction, Milrose Consulting, Alternative Energy Solutions, Service Works Inc, Icor Solutions. Lazslo, Dennis, Dale, Joe, Jeremy – Thank you so much for putting this all together, I couldn’t say thank you enough. Frank Bania BOTGNY – Founder   Share this:PrintTweetEmailMoreShare on TumblrWhatsAppTelegramPocketLike this:Like...

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Operation Turley Drop 2016 – Frozen Turkey Collection for local Veterans.

Oct 10, 16 Operation Turley Drop 2016 – Frozen Turkey Collection for local Veterans.

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It’s that time of year again, the leaves are changing and the Holidays are around the corner. Thanksgiving is next month. As many of us are blessed to know we’ll be in our Home with our Families with a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner but many local Veterans are just struggling to maintain a roof over their head. They shouldn’t have to worry about what will or won’t be on the dinner table.   We will be starting our Annual Turkey Drive this month and be collecting right up until Thanksgiving. Last year we collected and distributed over 350 turkeys to local Veterans, not only the bird but also in some cases up to 30 pounds of food with it. In 2014 we collected and distributed over 120 turkeys each with up to 60 pounds of food. Boots on the Ground NY works with many Veterans and their families throughout the year and we know their situations. We also get many calls for assistance and we like to tell them not to worry about the Holidays, we’ll be there for you & the community will be there for you. We maintain freezers and refrigerators on site at the VAC and are ready to start collecting Turkeys at our October 15th food drive collection. We will also be collecting on pretty much most Saturday’s till Thanksgiving and also on some select evenings, but can also meet by notification at what’s convenient for you as some of our members do work in the area.   No Veteran should ever worry about meals and the Holidays, please Support Our Veterans and join us in “Leaving No Veteran Behind”   Guaranteed collection dates and times (more will be added so check our Facebook page)   Saturday October 15th, 1000-1500 hours https://www.facebook.com/events/1222048731162691/ Saturday October 29th, 1100-1400 hours  www.facebook.com/events/310101636011703/ Wednesday November 2nd, 1800-2100 hours Saturday November 5th, 1000-1500 hours Tuesday November 8th, 1800-1930 hours Saturday November 12th, 1200-1500 hours Tuesday November 15th, 1800-1930 hours Wednesday November 16th, 1800-2100 hours Saturday November 19th,...

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Tuesday night – the VAC – Where Veterans Come Together

Oct 10, 16 Tuesday night – the VAC – Where Veterans Come Together

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“Where Veterans Come Together”   On Tuesday October 11th, we will be going bowling, meet up at the VAC at 1900 hrs, we will be leaving shortly after that. All Veterans invited, BOTGNY will be covering cost of games, shoes and food at the ally. Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/175013642937631/   Tuesday night October 18th, Movie night at the VAC, were going to choose between, Dirty Dozen, Kelly’s Hero’s, Midway or The Longest Day. Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1302458246434050/   Tuesday October 25th, we will be heading out to Long Island Adventure Park, to play in the trees and do some zip lining. Please email us if you wish to attend (as we do have a limit on participation) info@BootsontheGroundNY.com . We will be meeting at the park around 1800 hrs and will have run of the park till 2200. Further info will be emailed to you. We have worked out a group rate deal and all expenses will be covered by BOTGNY. Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/699165083567278/     Tuesday November 1st and 8th – we will be at the VAC these two Tuesdays working on whatever mission we need to accomplish. On the 8th we will most likely be watching to outcome of the Election Votes Make sure to Vote on Tuesday November 8th.     We will be having our Turkey Drive again this year, if you’re a Veteran who would like a Frozen Turkey along with a package of groceries, please email us at frankb@bootsonthegroundny.com or leave a message at 631-615-2200 and we’ll get you on the list. The Turkeys will be delivered starting in middle of November, last year we delivered over 300.   Interested in Security Guard Work? Would you like to start a career or part time employment as a Security Guard? Boots on the Ground NY has formed a partnership with Neary Confidential Investigative Service Security Training Academy (A Veteran owned and operated business) located at 38 Oak Street, Suite 4, Patchogue, NY 11772 Boots on the Ground NY...

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Sponsors needed to send WW2 Veterans to WW2 National Museum

Oct 04, 16 Sponsors needed to send WW2 Veterans to WW2 National Museum

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  We are accepting & need donations to take 15 WW2 Veterans to the National WW2 Museum in New Orleans this December 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 woundings. According to the Dept. of Veterans Affairs 697,806 American veterans from the war are still alive as of 2016. FACT: 430 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 Veterans are recognized, admired and thanked for their service. Veterans never forget this gratitude and adoration. And “The Greatest Generation” deserves nothing less. To Sponsor:   click the following. Help send World War 2 Veterans to visit the National WW2 Museum this December www.bootsonthegroundny.com/product/ww2veteransourgreatestgeneration Please visit our website at www.BootsontheGroundNY.com/donate Or you can mail a check payable to BOTGNY to PO BOX 675 Bellport NY 11713 Donations are tax deductible   Please give what you can as a small token of appreciation to Our Greatest Generation for the Freedoms that they afforded us.   For more information, please contact Frank Bania    631-294-5248     frankb@Bootsonthegroundny.com Roger Kilfoil      631-766-3296     RKFDNY@yahoo.com   “The National WWII Museum, formerly known as the D-Day Museum, is a military history museum located in the Central Business District of New Orleans, Louisiana, on Andrew Higgins Drive between Camp Street and Magazine Street. The museum focuses on the contribution made by the United States to Allied victory in World War II. Founded in 2000, it was later designated by the U.S. Congress as America’s official National World War II...

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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 is 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 0900hrs We will be passing through Staten Island at 1030 hrs (Sunoco gas station located at 700 South Ave, Staten Island) to pick up anyone joining us from that area.         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). Sunday will be spent at the Memorial, we will also visit the little white chapel, and the steel memorial at the Shanksville FD.   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:PrintTweetEmailMoreShare on TumblrWhatsAppTelegramPocketLike 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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It’s About Veterans – Tuesday night at the VAC

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

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

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What’s coming up

Apr 22, 16 What’s coming up

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

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

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

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

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Good Morning – local Veterans need our assistance.

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

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

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Boots on the Ground NY – Its about Our Veterans.

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

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

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