Opportunities for New York City area veterans

Marco A. Bongioanni, LMHC, Readjustment Counseling Therapist, U.S. Army Veteran, at the Bronx, NY Vet Center has sent us flyers on many opportunities for veterans in the NYC area.

We are honored to be able to share these activities and events with you.  Please share them with your networks.  For ease of sharing, we have combined all the flyers into one ZIP file at the link above.

EVENT: Camp: Higher Ground New York based at Beaver Hollow Conference Center in Java Center, NY is pleased to announce its 2nd week long military camp of 2017. October 29th – November 4th

Higher Ground programs have been running for over 12 years at our Sun Valley, Idaho site with hundreds of veterans being served and we are now bringing them to our eastern facility.

The details below will provide you with all the information about this experience.

To be eligible for an invitation for this NO COST camp you must register with Higher Ground at this link:

EVENT: Women’s Mental Health Shines at Treasures of Texas Celebration, Huston, November 8th

(HOUSTON) September 29, 2017 – Mental Health America of Greater Houston will host its annual Treasures of Texas event in celebration of women’s mental health on Wednesday, Nov. 8 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at River Oaks Country Club.

The event, chaired by Molly and Matt LaFauci and honorary chairs Maureen and Jim Hackett, will shine a light on the progress made in women’s mental health and recognize nationally-revered psychiatrist, Lucy J. Puryear, M.D. who will receive the Ima Hogg Award—the organization’s highest tribute given in honor of our founder. The Salvation Army Harbor Light Choir will entertain guests during the evening.

EVENT: Save the date: VA / Elizabeth Dole Foundation 2nd Annual National Convening:  The Military Caregiver Journey, Washington, DC, November 13th

Check back on this page (link above) for updates and information on the Elizabeth Dole Foundation’s 2nd Annual Hidden Heroes Caregiver Summit: The Military Caregiver Journey.

NATIONAL EVENT: Farmer Veteran Coalition of Michigan to Host Third Annual Stakeholders Conference, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, Nov. 30th to Dec. 2nd Registration:

DAVIS, California – Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC), a national nonprofit serving military veterans in agriculture, has announced that its Michigan chapter will host the third annual Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference this fall. The conference will be held November 30 to December 2 at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center at Michigan State University in East Lansing.

FVC-Michigan will work with MSU’s Vets to Ag Program to host the conference, which will bring more than 500 farmer veterans and supporters from around the country to the university. The conference will feature workshops on agricultural topics, business planning and personal wellness. Evenings will feature distinguished speakers from the military, government agencies and leaders in the agricultural industry.

“Our national conferences have been invaluable to building this important movement,” said FVC Director Michael O’Gorman. “We’ve seen dialog launched between our federal partners turn into national policy. We’ve seen important insight into what makes farming healing for veterans turn into valuable research. And we’ve seen the veterans themselves form a supportive community that has helped them immensely in their individual endeavors.”

Attending the conference, in addition to veterans pursuing agricultural careers, will be representatives of state and federal governmental partners, universities, veteran service organizations, farm organizations, farm training programs and non-profits working to connect veterans with agriculture. Some scholarships will be available to help veterans with travel and registration.

EVENT: American Legion welcomes vets to discuss VA health care, Honolulu, Dec. 6th

The American Legion invites all Honolulu area veterans and their family members to a town hall meeting to discuss their Veterans Affairs (VA) health care.

The meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6th at the Oahu Veterans Center at 1299 Kukila St, Honolulu, Hawaii.

The town hall event is one of about a dozen hosted by The American Legion in the United States this year. The Legion hosts these events to hear feedback from veterans about the quality of health care they receive at their local VA facility.

Representatives from The American Legion Department of Hawaii, The American Legion National Headquarters office in Washington, D.C., representatives from VA, and members of the Hawaii congressional delegation will be in attendance for the meeting.

EVENT: TX: VA Houston Veterans Legal Initiative free legal clinic at Lake Jackson VA Outpatient Clinic, Dec. 10th

Veterans Legal Initiative free legal clinic at Lake Jackson VA Outpatient Clinic, December 10th, 9am to noon. No appointment is necessary.

Free Cohen Clinics offer real hope for veterans dealing with mental health issues

In previous columns I’ve written about the critical role nongovernmental groups play in meeting the mental health needs of our veterans. The most notable is Boulder Crest Retreat, a privately funded, nonprofit wellness center in Bluemont, Virginia.

The latest philanthropic player to make a splash in the veteran mental health care arena is billionaire investor Steven A. Cohen. And what a big splash it is.

Inspired by his son, a Marine who served in Afghanistan, Cohen pledged $325 million to address the mental health needs of our nation’s war fighters. His most notable contribution is the Cohen Veterans Network.

Headed by Dr. Anthony Hassan, a distinguished Army enlisted member and Air Force officer, Dr. Hassan is charged with standing up free mental health clinics for veterans and their loved ones across the country.

To date, the network has five clinics up and running in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Antonio and Addison, Texas.

Cohen is also funding Cohen Veterans Bioscience, a research group looking to advance the prevention, detection and treatment of traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder and related conditions.

Overseen by successful clinical researcher and pharmaceutical executive Dr. Magali Haas, Cohen Veterans Bioscience plans to harness the promise of biotechnology for the broad goal of improving brain health.


Student Veterans of America (SVA) launched registration for their 10th Annual National Conference. #NatCon2018 will take place January 4 – 6, 2018 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, Texas.

SVA’s Annual National Conference is the nation’s largest gathering of post-9/11 veterans designed to empower tomorrow’s leaders. Next year student veterans will decide how they’re going to shape the future of America and celebrate a decade of SVA impacting higher education! That’s why next year’s theme is…Defining Our Future.

“As we look ahead to our 10th Annual National Conference, and celebrating 10 years of SVA, I’m excited about the opportunity to speak to the amazing success student veterans have shown in the academic arena for the past decade,” said Jared Lyon, SVA’s President and CEO. “I look forward to kicking off 2018 with SVA chapter leaders, alumni, and supporters who empower tomorrow’s leaders, and define the future for student veterans and our nation.”

To learn more about #NatCon2018 and how student veterans can fund their travel, visit

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