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

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

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

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Attention Suffolk County Veterans needing assistance for the Holidays.

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

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Thanksgiving Needs: Food store gift cards.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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