35 Legion Parkway
West Seneca,
New York 14224
U.S.A.



Harvey D. Morin
VFW Post 2940


82nd Airborne

American Legion
Post 735


Marine Corp. League
Detachment 239


Veterans of Foreign Wars
VFW Post 8113


Navy Seabee Veterans
of America, Island X-5


AMVETS
Post 8113






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West Seneca Veterans Committee

                                                                 



    Serving the Veterans and Residents of West Seneca







2016 Chairman

Roy Meyers
Veterans of Foreign Wars, Harvey D. Morin, Post 2940





    IMPORTANT VETERAN NEWS:








  • Changes Coming to the West Seneca Walkway of Freedom Complex
  • PLEASE NOTE:

    The removal of the engraved bricks in the Path of Courage and the blank bricks in the Path of Honor is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, October 6th. Bricks will be removed and placed in storage.

    As you may know, the library/community center expansion project will soon begin. This project will have an effect on the Walkway of Freedom Complex.

    Here are some of the action items that are going to happen within the next few months:

    • Five (5) of the Learning Stations will be removed and placed into storage. This will include the learning stations for World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War and the Afghanistan War.

    • The Harvey D. Morin Post 2940 and the West Seneca Veterans Committee benches will be removed and placed into storage.

    • The Path of Courage and the Path of Honor signage will be removed and placed into storage.

    And the biggest will be:

    • The removal of the engraved bricks on the Path of Courage from the Gatling gun back to the Path of Glory. This will be about 300 bricks. The engraved bricks will be removed, numbered, placed on pallets and stored.

    • All of the blank bricks that currently make up the Path of Honor will be removed, placed on a pallet and stored.

    This will happen, probably in October and the reason this needs to be done is to protect the benches, signs, and most importantly, the engraved bricks from heavy equipment. They will start working on the new foundation and we want to be sure that nothing from the Walkway of Freedom complex will be damaged during the construction phase.

    If you purchased a veterans brick and it is currently located in the Path of Courage, your brick(s) will be removed until such time as it is safe to be replaced back into the pathway.

    We will not be offering bricks for sale this year due to the uncertainty of when construction is to be completed. Once the pathways can be recreated, bricks will be offered for sale.

    We apologize for any inconvenience at this time, but the construction will ultimately benefit the Walkway of Freedom complex and the West Seneca Veterans Committee is excited for the positive changes that will be coming to the Walkway of Freedom.






  • A Glimpse of the Future?
  • With the proposed expansion of the West Seneca Library, the Veterans Memorial Park, more specifically, the Walkway of Freedom may see some changes to its layout. The memorials currently in front of the library will have to be relocated and the Pathways within the Walkway will have to revised.

    Below is one possible rendering of how the Walkway of Freedom may look when the library renovations are completed










  • Calling All West Seneca Residents Who Served in Korea and Vietnam
  • Over 1.7 million servicemen and servicewomen served in Korea during the Korean War, and more than 3.4 million troops were deployed to Vietnam during that war. We want to recognize and honor our local Korean and Vietnam veterans by creating a database of their service. This database will pay a lasting tribute to the West Seneca residents who served in these two wars.

    Our goal is to compliment the current World War II database that remembers those military men and women from our community who answered the call to arms during World War II and document the service of our West Seneca men and women who served in Korea and Vietnam and contributed so much to our nation. If you or a member of your family served in Korea or Vietnam, we would like to hear from you.

    • Veteran must have been a West Seneca resident upon entering the military service
    • Must have served on active military duty in the following combat theater or area of hostility:
      • Korean conflict (June 27, 1950 – January 31, 1955)
      • Vietnam conflict (February 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975)

    To create the database, our Korean and Vietnam veterans or a member of their family must complete a questionnaire. If you would like to participate, click on the Korean and Vietnam Questionnaire link below, print and complete. Drop off the form or mail to the Veterans Committee at American Legion Post 735. The database compilation will be posted on the West Seneca Joint Veterans Committee website and preserved in hardcopy at the West Seneca Historical Society. If you have any questions, please contact Jim Manley at jemanley1@gmail.com.

    Click here to view the Database Questionnaire for Korean and Vietnam Veterans. Print, complete and mail.

    Help us thank our veterans for their selflessness, bravery and their sacrifice in advancing the cause of peace and freedom. Documenting the service of our Korean and Vietnam veterans will preserve their memory for generations to come.






  • West Seneca Resource Center
  • If you or someone in your family needs assistance, the West Seneca Coalition Resource Center may be able to help.

    The West Seneca Stakeholders Coalition partners with community businesses, non-profits, residents, service organizations and municipal entities to increase the accessibility and availability of services and develop new programs for youth, seniors, families, and all residents of West Seneca.

    Starting in July 2016, the West Seneca Resource Center will be open each third Wednesday of the month, and will offer assistance in the areas of health screenings, health insurance enrollment, legal support, mental health support, senior services, caregiver services, financial education, job placement support, public benefit signup and veteran support.

    The West Seneca Resource Center is located in the New Hope United Methodist Church, 2846 Seneca Street, West Seneca. The operating hours for the Resource Center is 9:00AM until 11:00AM every third Wednesday of the month. (please use the Delray Street entrance)

    Stop in and see how the West Seneca Resource Center can help you and your family!






  • 2016 West Seneca Community Flower Gardenss
  • The West Seneca Veterans Committee would like to thank all of the Community Groups, Businesses and Individuals who are participating in the West Seneca 2016 Community Flower Gardens to help beautify the Town Hall-West Seneca Library corridor. Due to your interest and committment to the Community Gardens project, almost all 35 garden beds were adopted turning the Pathways into a beautiful walking path. This is the second year that the Community Flower Gardens project was a unique opportunity to bring people and different organizations together for a positive beautification project. A little healthy competition between groups made for creative flower arrangements benefitting the whole community.

    The West Seneca Veterans Committee would like to THANK the following Community Groups, businesses and Individuals who adopted a Flower Bed in the 2016 Community Gardens:


      East Seneca Auxiliary
      Beyond the Basics Property Services Inc.
      CSEA - White Collar Unit
      Rotary Club of West Seneca
      William's Florist & Gift House
      M&T Bank - Southgate Branch
      NYS Assemblyman Michael Kearns
      Home Depot #1231 West Seneca
      The Kobler Family
      Union Fire Company
      Seneca Hose Co.
      Matthew and Emily Melski
      Hunt Real Estate - West Seneca Branch
      West Seneca Girl Scout Troop #30495
      The Lions Club
      Yost-Neon Displays Inc.
      West Seneca Environmental Commission
      Seabees Veterans of America, Island X-5 Buffalo, New York
      Bob & Cathy Fiscus
      Bob & Kate Watson
      Burchfield Nature and Art Center
      Supervisor Sheila M. Meegan
      Family of Wendy Royce McCann
      Harvey D. Morin VFW Post 2940
      West Seneca Senior Center


    If you have not visited the Community Gardens, please take the time to visit and stroll through the flowered pathways. Take a moment, rest on one of the benches and reflect on the purpose of the Walkway and honor all of our veterans who served this great country.




    Path of Glory

    Path of Courage

    Path of Honor





  • World War II - West Seneca War Service Records
  • When the United States entered World War II, hundreds of young men and women from the Town of West Seneca joined the military to do their part to protect our freedoms from thoses forces that tried to dominate countries around the world.

    An ongoing project is recreating the information from the original WAR SERVICE RECORDS collected during the World War II years. The public is invited to help update records contained in this listing.

    Click here for more information and the Military Service listing.






  • National Veterans Cemetery - Pembroke, New York
  • Things are moving along in the design process, but as per the timeline, they will not be ready for construction until at the very minimum, 2017.

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration (NCA) announced the name Western New York National Cemetery for the new national cemetery planned for construction in Pembroke, New York.

    “The Veterans of Western New York deserve a final resting place worthy of their service to our nation,” said Ronald E. Walters, Interim Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs. National cemeteries are named based on the geographic location of the cemetery. VA relies on local Veterans and community leaders to submit name suggestions. Of the names submitted, “Western New York National Cemetery” best met VA’s naming criteria and is consistent with the requirements specified in title 38 United States Code § 531, requiring VA property, including national cemeteries, to be named for the geographic area in which the facility is located.

    Any other name suggestion, such as that of a particular person, requires congressional action.

    VA purchased the Genesee County property at 1232 Indian Falls Road off Exit 48A on Interstate 90 for $625,000 in May 2014. The cemetery will serve more than 96,000 Veterans, their spouses and eligible children in the Buffalo and Rochester areas. The initial phase of construction will develop approximately 70 acres and provide for approximately 10 years of burials, accommodating both casketed and cremated remains.

    The nearest open national cemetery is Bath National Cemetery located in Bath, New York, approximately 85 miles away.






  • Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park
  • The Buffalo & Erie Naval & Military Park is open daily from 10:00AM til 5:00PM until October. Admission for Adults is $10.00; $6.00 for Seniors over the age of 60 years; and $6.00 for Children up to the age of 17 years old. Veterans who have the Erie County Thank-A-Vet ID Card receive $1.00 off the admission price.

    Visit the Buffalo Naval Park web site for more information and other discounts






  • Online Colleges for Veterans and Military Personnel
  • Affordable Colleges Online has put together a comprehensive guidebook to help military and veteran students avoid the potential pitfalls of online education.

    Veterans, active military and eligible family members can gather specific insight into distance learning and military online colleges in the comprehensive guidebook, prepared with service personnel in mind. The guidebook can provide service members and veterans with flexible degree program options to help with the advancement or transition to civilian life no matter where they are in the world.

    Click here for more information on the military-friendly online colleges guidebook.






  • New Veterans Support Line
  • The Vets4Warriors peer support line, 1-855-838-8255 (1-855-VET-TALK), provides easy access to supportive, non-attributional conversations with trained veteran peers representing all branches of the military. This team of veteran peers has immediate access to behavioral health clinicians to respond to potentially emergency issues and can offer referrals to local community services, military veteran centers, and military healthcare providers based upon the needs of the Service Member.

    A variety of services will be provided to include non-clinical (legal, financial) and referrals for clinical services (substance abuse, behavioral health).

    Vets4Warriors Website:    www.vets4warriors.com






  • Online Military Student Resources Guide
  • To help student veterans, Accredited Schools Online has put together a comprehensive guidebook that contains more than 150 resources to help student veterans and their families overcome the challenges of higher education and career training. The guidebook addresses the many challenges that college-bound veterans face daily, including those of a financial, social, academic, medical and geographic nature; and to provide valuable information and resources vetted by actual student veterans who have experienced (and overcome) these challenges first-hand.

    To view the Guide to Online Military Student Resources, visit Accredited Schools Online.

    This guidebook provides financial information and options for veterans, different associations and groups available for educational purposes, and pointers on how to choose the college best suited to their needs.






  • FREE Annual Pass to National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands for US Military and Their Dependents
  • US military members and the dependents of deployed military in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard, as well as most members of the US Reserves and National Guard can apply for a Free Annual Pass to National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands. The Annual Pass may be obtained in person at Federal recreation sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees. Proper military ID is required (CAC Card or DoD Form 1173).

    Although there is no Free Pass specifically for veterans, many veterans qualify for one of the other discount passes offered as part of the National Park Pass Program:

    • If you are 62 or older you qualify for a Senior Pass. You can buy a Senior Pass in person from a participating Federal recreation site or office or by mail.
    • If you have a permanent disability you may qualify for an Access Pass. This is a free lifetime pass that you may obtain in person from a participating Federal recreation site or office or by mail.

    Click here for more information on the National Park Pass Program






  • Military Wallet Discounts:
  • The Military Wallet website offers great information on benefits, discounts and most anything that affects the military member's wallet!

    Click here to learn more at http://themilitarywallet.com/military-discounts/






  • VA Begins Dental Insurance Pilot Program:
  • VA is partnering with Delta Dental and MetLife to allow eligible veterans, plus family members receiving care under CHAMPVA, to purchase affordable dental insurance. More than 8 million veterans who are enrolled in VA healthcare can choose to purchase one of the offered dental plans. The three-year pilot program is designed for veterans with no dental coverage, or those eligible for VA dental care who would like to purchase additional coverage. According to the VA, participation will not affect anyone's entitlement to VA dental services and treatment, and there are no eligibility limitations based on service-connected disability ratings or enrollment priority assignments. People interested in participating can complete an online application through either Delta Dental, www.deltadentalvadip.org, or MetLife, www.metlife.com/vadip. Enrollment is now open and coverage begins Jan. 1, 2014. The program will be available throughout the United States and its territories.






  • Veterans One-Stop Center opens in Buffalo to provide help for veterans and their families:
  • The mission of the Veterans One-Stop Center is to bring people, organizations, and resources together in time, space, and effort to effectively improve the well-being of all Western New York Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.

    The assistance center, located on the second floor at 1280 Main Street, Buffalo, with a coalition of independent service providers, including the Western New York Veterans Housing Coalition, Goodwill Industries of Western New York, VA Healthcare for Homeless Veterans, City Mission, Child and Family Services, St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Store, and the Erie County Department of Social Services, will give a veteran a place to go and receive help from as many providers as necessary






  • Local Veteran Post Activities:
  • Want to know when the next veteran's activity is scheduled: Bar-B-Que, Parade, or Breakfast? Check the West Seneca Veterans Committee Member Calender for the latest events.







    PREAMBLE:

    The West Seneca Joint Veterans Committee was formed in 1957, when many veterans wished a centrally located monument in the Town of West Seneca, dedicated to all wars. The idea of the town veterans banding together for the common good was felt so strongly, through the monument endeavor, that all agreed to continue the organization.

    Mission:

    • To channel all town veterans affairs through a single committee, whether these affairs pertain to government, the Town Board or matters involving other community groups or organizations.
    • To encourage and foster communication among the individual veterans posts and groups.
    • To reduce the duplication of functions and services provided by individual posts, and increase the coordination of community activities provided by veterans groups.
    • To provide a unified and solid front on behalf of all veterans in the Town of West Seneca.
    • To promote and strengthen comradeship among the individual veterans posts or organizations.








    West Seneca Veterans Meeting Schedule for 2016    (Subject to Change)

     9/23/2016    7:30PM      Navy Seabees Veterans of America  
     
      V.F.W.  
      Post 2940  
     10/28/2016    7:30PM      AMVETS Post 8113  
     
      Legion  
      Post 735  








    2016 - Upcoming Veterans Committee Events


    Date

        Time    

    Event

        Location    

        Friday, November 11     11:00 AM     Veterans Day Ceremony  Walkway of Freedom 








    Important Military and Patriotic Holiday Dates




    2016

    Date

        Holiday Designation       

         Sunday, January 17       Desert Storm Air War Begins   (1991)      
         Thursday, January 28       Signing of Vietnam Peace Accord   (1973)      
         Saturday, January 30       Viet Cong launch Tet Offensive   (1968)      
         Sunday, January 31       First U.S. satellite launched   (1958)       
         Monday, February 1       National Freedom Day       
         Friday, February 19       Coast Guard Reserve Birthday       
         Tuesday, February 23       Flag Raised on Iwo Jima / WWII   (1945)       
         Tuesday, February 23       Desert Storm Ground War Begins   (1991)       
         Saturday, February 27       Desert Storm Ground War ends (100 hours)   (1991)       
         Tuesday, March 3       Navy Reserve Birthday       
         Tuesday, March 5       Navy Seabees Birthday (established 1942)       
         Sunday, March 13       K-9 Veterans Day       
         Saturday, March 19       Operation Iraqi Freedom begins   (2003)       
         Sunday, April 3       NATO founded   (1949)       
         Tuesday, April 5       Gold Star Wives Day       
         Wednesday, April 6       United States enters World War I   (1917)      
         Wednesday, April 6       Persian Gulf War Ends   (1991)       
         Friday, April 14       Air Force Reserve Birthday       
         Saturday, April 23       Army Reserve Birthday       
         Monday, April 25       Spanish American War Begins   (1898)       
         Saturday, April 30       Vietnam War ends   (1975)      
         Sunday, May 1       Loyalty Day       
         Sunday, May 1       Silver Star Service Banner Day       
         Sunday, May 8       V-E Day / WWII   (1945)      
         Monday, May 9       Military Spouse Appreciation Day       
         Friday, May 13       Children of Fallen Patriots Day       
         Monday, May 16       Armed Forces Day       
         Sunday, May 22       National Maritime Day       
         Monday, May 30       Memorial Day (Observed)       
         Monday, May 30       Memorial Day       
         Saturday, June 4       Battle of Midway   (1942)       
         Monday, June 6       D-Day / World War II   (1944)      
         Tuesday, June 14       Flag Day       
         Tuesday, June 14       U.S. Army Day (established 1775)       
         Saturday, June 25       North Korea invades South Korea   (1950)       
         Monday, July 4       Independence Day       
         Saturday, July 16       First atomic bomb tested   (1945)      
         Thursday, July 21       First moon walk by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin   (1969)       
         Wednesday, July 27       Korean War Armistice Day   (1953)       
         Thursday, August 4       U.S. Coast Guard Day (established 1790)       
         Sunday, August 7       Purple Heart Day       
         Thursday, August 11       U.S. combat troops leave South Vietnam   (1972)       
         Saturday, August 29       Marine Forces Reserve Birthday       
         Friday, September 2       V-J Day / World War II   (1945)       
         Sunday, September 11       9/11 Remembrance Day       
         Sunday, September 11       Patriot Day       
         Saturday, September 17       Constitution Day       
         Sunday, September 18       U.S. Air Force Day (established 1947)       
         Friday, September 16       POW/MIA Recognition Day       
         Sunday, September 25       Gold Star Family Remembrance Day       
         Friday, October 7       Operation Enduring Freedom begins in Afghanistan   (2001)       
         Thursday, October 13       U.S. Navy Day (established 1775)       
         Sunday, October 16       Cuban Missile Crisis Begins   (1962)       
         Monday, October 24       United Nations Day       
         Tuesday, October 25       U.S. Invades Grenada   (1983)       
         Thursday, November 10       U.S. Marine Corps Day (established 1775)       
         Friday, November 11       Veterans Day       
         Sunday, November 13       Vietnam Veterans Memorial Dedicated   (1982)       
         Tuesday, November 22       President John. F. Kennedy assassinated   (1963)       
         Wednesday, December 7       Pearl Harbor Day       
         Saturday, December 10       Treaty of Paris signed ending Spanish-American War   (1898)       
         Sunday, December 11       Germany and Italy declare was on U.S.   (1941)       
         Tuesday, December 13       National Guard Birthday       
         Thursday, December 15       Bill of Rights Day       
         Friday, December 16       Battle of the Bulge / World War II   (1944)       
         Saturday, December 31       Official End of World War II       









    Explore Veterans benefits



    Military veterans and their families have an online source of help for getting the benefits they have earned.

    On the website Explore VA, produced by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, veterans can learn about many kinds of benefits: health care, education, job services, home loans, housing, life insurance, pensions, disability compensation and much more.

    Veterans can also apply for those benefits through the site and track the status of your claim. If you want to reach out for more information or to friends or fellow veterans, you'll find social networking tools to help you out.

    For this and much more, log onto: VA.GOV/EXPLORE











    Erie County Clerk Announces "THANK A VET" Discount Program



    Erie County Clerk Christopher L. Jacobs has announced a complementary program that is a way to recognize the veterans in our community for their service and sacrifice. Available to any veteran in Erie who files their military discharge forms/DD-214 with the County Clerk's Office.

    Filing your discharge or separation papers is free of charge and certified copies of recorded discharges are made, free of charge, for veterans or their immediate families whenever needed. Discharge papers are proof of your military service, and can be used to establish eligibility for a variety of benefits including property tax exemptions and civil service credits.

    Click here for complete instructions whether you have filled your DD214 with Erie County or how to file if you have not.

    Once you file your discharge papers, Erie County will provide a personal discount card, free of charge, that can be used in participating local businesses.

    Eligible veterans will receive a photo I.D. card which identifies them as an honorably discharged veteran. The veteran can then use this I.D. card at participating merchants who have agreed to honor the card by providing the holders with a discount on purchases or services.

    Click here for for a listing of participating merchants.

    In addition, if you an ID card from the Department of Veterans Affairs, you can also receive a 10% discount at Lowes and Home Depot stores


    Click here to visit the Erie County Clerk website for additional information and updated merchant listing.










    Earned Stripes




    In conjunction with NYSPHSAA, SECTION 6, returning veterans now have an opportunity to become high school sport’s official or umpire. NYSPHSAA Section 6, partnering with its participating officials organizations, will help veterans integrate back in to WNY communities, network and have the ability to earn and supplement their income. NYSPHSAA will help offset costs associated with becoming a first year high school sports official.

    If any veteran is interested in becoming a certified New York State high school sports official or umpire, click
    for more information.










    Veteran Tickets Foundation



    The Veteran Tickets Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to giving back to those who gave us so much. The Foundation teams up with major sports teams, leagues, promoters, organizations, venues and everyday event ticket holders to provide free and discounted tickets to the more than 26 million Military and Veterans in the United States.

    Do you have event tickets that you would like to donate and receive a tax deductible receipt? Please contact the Veterans Ticket Foundation to start that process and please SPREAD THE WORD AS AN EMPTY SEAT DOESN'T DO ANYONE ANY GOOD!!!

    Support our Military, Veterans and their Families with entertainment, lasting memories and reintegration opportunities by providing free tickets to sporting events, concerts and family activities.


    For complete information, please visit    www.vettix.org

    Giving free and discount event tickets away is not a handout or charity. It is an expression of appreciation, acknowledgement and an enduring symbol that we as a nation honor the service of our troops now and long after their tour of duty has passed.








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