A few words from our Founder

Nov 19, 15 A few words from our Founder

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The other night as I was looking down the VAC for the evening I took a good look around, I may not say it much but I love this place and what we created here. Over the past 32 months it’s been more home then it should have been and there was a cost associated with that but our mission is strong and we have endured a lot of bullshit from people that were hellbent on us not succeeding, but we’ve helped hundreds of Veterans, that’s a serious real number not like other groups adding I don’t know what up. Over 320 turkeys on thanksgiving alone were hand delivered to homes in the past two thanksgivings. Over 10,000 care packages have been shipped since we started shipping. Last year alone we provided Christmas gifts to over 100 kids, and gift cards to 26 families. Over a hundred mattresses brand new bought and delivered, over 100 Veterans and their families we have helped start a new home for by furnishing it, I can’t even guess how many tons of food we have delivered, how much personal care items to Veterans in hospitals. 5 cars granted to Vets. A dozen trips to Walter reed before it moved. The welcome homes! The WW2 escorts. Funeral expenses. Then there are the Veterans we have been able just to be there for in dark hours. I can keep going on, easily. Boots on the Ground NY is a growing success story. Like it or not. We have done so much with little but much heart and passion. Thank you for having our back, because of you we have theirs! Frank Bania – Founder/President Boots on the Ground NY “Leaving No Veteran Behind”   Share this:PrintTweetEmailMoreShare on TumblrWhatsAppTelegramPocketLike this:Like...

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Boots on the Ground NY will be narrowing their focus this winter.

Aug 18, 15 Boots on the Ground NY will be narrowing their focus this winter.

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Boots on the Ground NY will be narrowing their focus this winter. Our main areas of concentration will once again be Hospital visits and our in house group programs. BOTGNY not only brings supplies to hospitalized Veterans in the VA, but also to the homeless shelter located on the grounds as well. Our visits are more than a supply drop, we also bring a prepared meal and /or snacks and sit down break bread and talk with our Veterans, making sure they know they are not forgotten, Our in house programs are: Tuesday night peer support meetings open to all Veterans of any era, it’s a round table type group allowing anyone present to talk about anything on their mind, lean on their Brothers/Sisters, or just listen to others and maybe add their input. There is always chow and coffee/ refreshments available. Wednesday night is a 12 step support group with a NA format but open to any Veteran with any type of substance abuse or addiction issues. Both Tuesday and Wednesday meeting begin promptly at 1930 hours, with doors opening at 1900. The food pantry is always available during group hours. We need assistance in keeping the word out there to Veterans about the availability of these meetings. We are still looking to create a family/spouse type group for family members of Veterans, and are still fishing to see what the turnout would be (if you’re interested in attending a group like this message us). Open house Veteran PTSD / Suicide lectures and programs will also begin in the fall for a 3 part series again. We will also be listing our Fall/Winter event schedule shortly. Share this:PrintTweetEmailMoreShare on TumblrWhatsAppTelegramPocketLike this:Like...

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May’s Seminar – “Understanding the Impact of Service on Military Families” (Thursday 5/21)

May 15, 15 May’s Seminar – “Understanding the Impact of Service on Military Families” (Thursday 5/21)

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This month’s seminar is Thursday May 21st And the topic will be … May’s Seminar – “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. Doors will be open by 6 pm, seminar to start at 7, chow and refreshments will be available. March’s Seminar – “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. (we may have this seminar again at a June workshop as part of our new family and caregivers groups we are looking to establish.) Aprils Seminar – “Addressing Moral Injury to Prevent Military Suicide” focuses on unspoken spiritual impact of performing duties that may be in conflict with deeply held beliefs. Presentation includes specific veteran warning signs and strategies to assist. Beginning this March we offered free monthly seminars open to the public. These will be on Thursday March 19, 2015, Thursday April 23 and Thursday May 21, 2015). Doors at the VAC will be open at 1745 hrs. (5:45pm) and refreshments, snacks and food will be available. The seminars themselves are 90 minutes long and begin at 1900 Hrs. (7:00pm) We will be asking for RSVP as the date nears so we can get an idea for seating and food/refreshments. These are free seminars and open to the community and public. Please RSVP to info@BootsonthegroundNY.com or by leaving a message at 631-615-2200. The VAC (Veteran Activity Center) is located at 2184 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma, NY. A brief bio on our guest lecturer: Gaylene Pandolfo is a Mental Health Program Specialist II for the New York State Office of Mental Health Long Island Field Office as the veteran liaison and participates in the Veterans statewide work-group. She is the Chair of Training for the Veterans Health Alliance of Long Island and sits as an Advisory Board Member for The Veterans Metal Health Coalition of...

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This Months Seminar on ““Addressing Moral Injury to Prevent Military Suicide” “

Apr 20, 15 This Months Seminar on ““Addressing Moral Injury to Prevent Military Suicide” “

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This month’s seminar is Thursday April 23rd and the topic will be …   Aprils Seminar – “Addressing Moral Injury to Prevent Military Suicide” focuses on unspoken spiritual impact of performing duties that may be in conflict with deeply held beliefs. Presentation includes specific veteran warning signs and strategies to assist.   May’s Seminar – “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.    March’s Seminar – “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. (we may have this seminar again at a June workshop as part of our new family and caregivers groups we are looking to establish.)   Beginning in March we will be offering free monthly seminars open to the public. These will be on Thursday March 19, 2015, Thursday April 23 and Thursday May 21, 2015). Doors at the VAC will be open at 1745 hrs. (5:45pm) and refreshments, snacks and food will be available. The seminars themselves are 90 minutes long and begin at 1900 Hrs. (7:00pm) We will be asking for RSVP as the date nears so we can get an idea for seating and food/refreshments. These are free seminars and open to the community and public. Please RSVP to info@BootsonthegroundNY.com or by leaving a message at 631-615-2200. The VAC (Veteran Activity Center) is located at 2184 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma, NY.     A brief bio on our guest lecturer: Gaylene Pandolfo is a Mental Health Program Specialist II for the New York State Office of Mental Health Long Island Field Office as the veteran liaison and participates in the Veterans statewide work-group. She is the Chair of Training for the Veterans Health Alliance of Long Island and sits as an Advisory Board Member for The Veterans Metal Health Coalition of NYC. Gaylene is a member of Suffolk County Veterans and Military Suicide Prevention Task...

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PTSD – make the call when you need to or be the one to lend the ear.

Too many Veterans and Service Members take their own life every day & many will not admit they are coping with PTSD but look out for the signs, look out for when they are calling for Help and listen when they need your ear, your shoulder, your hand. Its time to have their backs. Veterans / Service Members! You know when something isn’t right, reach out to a anonymous local support group in your area or call the hotline. 1800-273-TALK is a telephone number you have earned, use it when you need it. Share this:PrintTweetEmailMoreShare on TumblrWhatsAppTelegramPocketLike this:Like...

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Weekly Program Schedule

Boots on the Ground NY “Leaving No Veteran Behind” The VAC “where Veterans come together” Weekly Schedule:   Veterans Stop in for: Monday evening – female Veteran peer support group Tuesday evening- Veteran peer support group Wednesday evening –Recovery in the Trenches (12 step recovery support group) For these meetings doors open at 1900 hrs. – 2030 hrs. Meetings start promptly at 1930 hrs. Sometimes there’s chow, but always coffee, snacks & refreshments available at 1900hrs. Food and personal hygiene pantry available at group sessions   These are all new meetings/ groups. Please help us spread the word to encourage all Veterans of any era or character of discharge to attend. They need to know about the help for it to work.     This March we will begin a monthly seminar which will include topics such as: “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. “Addressing Moral Injury to Prevent Military Suicide” focuses on unspoken spiritual impact of performing duties that may be in conflict with deeply held beliefs.  Presentation includes specific veteran warning signs and strategies to assist. “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. These seminars will be free and open to the public.   Sunday Morning PT / Boot Camp – is suspended until April and will run till October annually.     Log onto our website for more information and schedules www.BootsontheGroundNY.com Veteran Activity Center (The “VAC”) 2184 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma NY 11779 631-615-2200 info@Bootsonthegroundny.com   Share this:PrintTweetEmailMoreShare on TumblrWhatsAppTelegramPocketLike this:Like...

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