VETERANS SERVICE OFFICER
The Onondaga County Department of Adult and Long Term Care is seeking an enthusiastic, organized, and detail-oriented individual for the position of Veterans Service Officer.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
• Personally interviews claimants in need of assistance.
• Confers with claimants or others by telephone, in writing or electronically.
• Prepares and processes claims, applications and appeals for pension, compensation, medical treatment and other service benefits; procures documentation required for validation of claims; follows up claims to assure prompt action; reviews decisions relating to claims and financial awards made by the Veterans Administration and/or state or local government departments.
• Confers with medical, mental health, and social work professionals on issues relating to veterans’ current and previous disabilities, nexuses and relationships.
• Obtains information from financial institutions, social security, nursing and adult homes, social services, and other units regarding funding and authorization for indigent burial of eligible veterans, survivors or dependents under applicable state and local laws.
• Assists and advises veterans regarding insurance programs and benefits and in formulating or converting their insurance estate.
• Attends conferences held by the Veterans Administration and other government agencies to further knowledge of changing laws, programs and benefits.
• Provides interpersonal peer counseling, evaluation and referral on veteran laws, regulations and administrative directives.
• Administers registration for Veterans Memorial Cemetery, records and database management in conjunction with the Departments of Parks and Recreation and Finance.
• Makes field visits to veterans unable to visit the agency office.
• May transport veterans to other veterans’ facilities.
• Uses computer applications or other automated systems (ie: spread sheets, word processing, calendar, email/database software in performing work assignments.
• Provides case management services on an individual basis through home visits including nursing homes and hospitals.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
• Good knowledge of federal, state and local laws governing veterans' benefits.
• Good knowledge of benefits and services available to veterans, survivors, dependents and other claimants.
• Good knowledge of medical and psychological diagnosis, evaluation and terminology as it applies to veterans.
• Ability to establish and maintain good public relations and deal effectively with veteran-related problems.
A. Graduation with a Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees in social services, human services or a closely related field OR
B. Graduation with an Associate’s degree in social services, human services or a closely related field and 2 years of work experience in social services, human services or a closely related field OR
C. 4 years work experience as above
SPECIAL NECESSARY REQUIREMENT (at time of appointment)
Must be honorably discharged and provide copy of DD214 (member-4).
Permanent appointment is in accordance with all New York State Civil Service rules.
Hours of work: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday
Deadline to apply:
Friday, April 6, 2018
Send resume and letter of interest to:
Vanessa Campbell, SHRM-CP
Director of Personnel
Onondaga County is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Upcoming Schedule from Clear Path for Veterans
K9 MINGLE CLASSES FOR APRIL
Upcoming dates on our K9 Mingle schedule include:
Life Skills & Husbandry - 6:15 p.m. April 23
About K9 Mingle: This membership program provides Veterans and community members the opportunity to take part in foundation and novelty classes, informative modules and unique workshops. Through this membership you are supporting Clear Path for Veterans' mission; you will gain exposure to Clear Path's programs and services; and you will have numerous opportunities to socialize with other community and Veteran dog lovers in a variety of useful training and informational events.
WARRIORS WORKING UPCOMING WORKSHOPS
To assist Veterans in their job search, Clear Path for Veterans offers workshops. The next offerings (all starting at 10:30 a.m.) are:
JOB SEARCH STRATEGIES - Thursday, April 19
Learn effective job search strategies so that you aren't spinning your wheels. This workshop will focus on: building your network and making it work for you, where and how to search for jobs, targeting jobs that work for you, and planning your approach. Finding a job is a full-time job; learn how to make it pay off for you.
FINANCIAL COACHING: 'ASSESSING YOUR SITUATION'
Join Certified Financial Coach Steven C. Schanely for an "Assessing Your Situation" financial workshop for Veterans. Following the financial workshop, Schanely will offer one-on-one counseling from 1-5 p.m. (each session will last approximately one hour). Call us at (315) 687-3300 to register.
Our next workshop will be May 15: "Goal Setting."
ONEIDA CHURCH HOSTS CLEAR PATH INFO NIGHT
The First Presbyterian Church of Oneida (304 Broad St., Oneida) is hosting an awareness event at 6:30 p.m. for Veterans and active duty military. Our Community Outreach Coordinator Lynn Fox will present about and answer your questions about the programs and services offered at Clear Path for Veterans. For more information, call the church at (315) 219-7050 or email OFPCMilitaryOutreach@gmail.com.
LEARN ABOUT VOLUNTEER OPENINGS AT OPEN HOUSE
Are you interested in volunteering at Clear Path, but don't know where to start? Have you wondered "How does my background/experience mesh with your volunteer opportunities?" Well, think of our Open House as a type of speed dating, giving you a chance to meet the directors of all the departments where volunteer opportunities exist. Join us from 4 to 6 p.m., we'll also have light refreshments.
WOMEN'S COFFEE MORNING
Our next Women's Morning Coffee will be 7:30-9:30 a.m. April 27 at Onondaga Community College (4585 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse). (Watch this page for an announcement of the exact location.) Local, Veteran-owned FOJO Beans coffee roasters generously provide a selection of their artisanal blends of coffees and teas. Come for a coffee to go, or stay and mingle to help start your morning off right.
VETERAN, PARALYMPIC ARCHER TO VISIT SHERRILL
YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley in Rome will host U.S. Air Force Veteran and Paralympic archer Sammi Tucker at Oneida Heritage (Route 5, Sherrill) as part of the YMCA's Character Development Through Archery Program. Veterans are invited to her program, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon. A motivational speaker, Tucker will address the attendees to start, and then the youth of the archery program and Veterans attending will join Tucker for a shoot for fun. For more information, call the Oneida YMCA at (315) 363-7788.
FRIENDS & FAMILY SATURDAY PROGRAMMING
Our monthly Saturday program for May will have a Cinco de Mayo theme. This program is open to Veterans and active military members along with their families and support circles, and the building is open from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and features numerous activities throughout that time. Lunch will be served in the main dining room from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please call ahead to reserve your wellness appointment, walk-ins may be accommodated when there is a cancellation or no-show.
BOXING CLASSES FOR VETERANS
Every Monday and Friday
DC Boxing/Carroll Boxing is offering free boxing classes to all military Veterans. The free classes are offered on Monday and Friday evenings from 6-7 p.m. DC Boxing is located at 308 Tompkins St., Syracuse, and is a USA Boxing-certified gym. You can sign up by calling gym owner Darin Carroll at (315) 418-6574, or stop in during the boxing class.
"We have all walks of life training here," Carroll said. "If you're interested in just learning how to box or possibly want to compete, this is the place for you. We have both an amateur team and some pro boxers. We at DC Boxing are about two things - respect for each other and family - and here you will get both."
TAKING MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH RESERVATIONS
Place your reservation now for our annual Mother's Day Brunch. We will have three seatings: 11 a.m. to noon, noon to 1 p.m., and 1-2 p.m. Cost is just $30 per person; children ages 12 and under are $15 each; under three are free. This year's menu will include: Roast Strip Loin / Leg of Lamb, Harissa / Pasta Salad, Radicchio, Endive, Escarole, Herbs, Lemon / Dutch Baby, Berry Compote / Gravlax with Capers, Shallots, Brioche / Eggs to Order / Roasted Asparagus / Halibut with Ramp Beurre Blanc / Strawberry Rhubarb Bread Pudding / Lemon Bars / Tarte Tatin.
Visit our front desk or call (315) 687-3300 to place a reservation for your preferred seating.
STEEL TIP DART TOURNAMENT AND FOOD SMOKER
East Syracuse American Legion Post 359 will host a Steel Tip Dart Tournament & Food Smoker from 3-6 p.m. May 19. Proceeds from the event will benefit Clear Path. The dart tournament format is two-person teams in double elimination, best of three games, and 501-Cricket-301. Pre-register for the tournament by calling Vince at (315) 432-6113. Food samples will be available for a small donation. A propane smoker will be raffled off courtesy Masterbuilt. (The Legion will also offer "Meat Madness" raffles to benefit the post.)
American Legion Post 359 is located at 139 W. Manlius St., East Syracuse.
VIETNAM APPRECIATION DAY - MAY 16
Join us in appreciating and honoring our Vietnam Veterans.
MEGA MURPH - MAY 26
Registration opens April 20 for active military and Veterans; opens May 1 for all others.
TASTE OF SYRACUSE - JUNE 1-2
Proceeds from the TOPS tent at this year's The Summit Federal Credit Union Taste Of Syracuse presented by Tops Friendly Markets will benefit Clear Path for Veterans.
FEMALE VETERANS APPRECIATION DAY - JUNE 8
We welcome active military, Veterans and Gold Star women to attend a day of speakers, workshops and light activities.
RED, WHITE & BLUE BARBECUE - JUNE 16
Our largest onsite fundraiser of the year, featuring delicious food, music and special guests!
TOUR de CLEAR PATH - JULY 7
Our inaugural bicycle ride offers three beautiful rides: 50 miles, 25 miles and a fun ride.
RIDE FOR CLEAR PATH - SEPT. 30
Our sixth annual motorcycle ride featuring more than 400 participants each year!
Recurring events at Clear Path:
COMBAT VETS ANONYMOUS - 6:15-7:30 PM every other Monday - April 2, 16, 30
CANTEEN - 11 AM to 1 PM Wednesdays
WOOD CARVING - 9 AM to Noon Wednesdays
PROJECT HEALING WATERS - 9 AM to NOON second and fourth Fridays
Clear Path for Veterans | (315) 687-3300 | www.ClearPathForVets.com
Feed Our Vets - http://www.feedourvets.org/veterans-resource-page/
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention has updated its Veteran Suicide Data Sheet for New York, release on Sept. 15 (https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/docs/data-sheets/Suicide-Data-Sheet-New-York.pdf). An average of 20 Veterans die by suicide each day. Although Veterans constitute 8.5 percent of the U.S. population, they account for 18 percent of all deaths by suicide among U.S. adults.
One alarming finding is New York state: The overall suicide rate is 10.6 (standard unadjusted mortality rate per 100,000 people). The overall national suicide rate is 17.0. But New York’s Veterans suicide rate is nearly three times New York’s overall rate and nearly double the national rate: 29.1.
Clear Path for Veterans is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that acts as a single point of contact for Veterans, military members and their families by engaging, supporting and making it easy for them to connect with what they need while committing to providing a welcoming place to call home. To that end, we offer these suggestions to help prevent suicide among our Veterans:
• If a Veteran you know is immediately at risk for suicide, call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1; chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat or text to 838255 for free, 24/7 confidential support.
• Share a self-check quiz to help a Veteran assess whether mental health treatment would be beneficial by sharing the link to www.VetSelfCheck.org.
• If you know a Veteran facing homelessness, connect them with support by contacting the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 1-877-424-3838.
• If you know a Veteran or a member of a Veteran’s family who is homeless or at risk of being homeless residing in central or eastern New York, contact Soldier On’s Supportive Services for Veterans Families program at 1-866-406-8449.
• If you are concerned a Veteran you know may be misusing alcohol, opioids or other drugs, encourage them to take a confidential assessment and learn about effective treatments at www.mentalhealth.va.gov/substanceabuse.asp.
• If you believe that a Veteran needs more social interaction, invite them to a Canteen lunch (pictured) held every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. here at Clear Path.
• If you know a Veteran struggling to feed themselves or their family, contact Clear Path’s Peer Mentor program at (315) 687-3300 for a confidential allocation of food from Clear Path’s food pantry.
• If you know a Veteran who is ready for but struggling to find employment, contact Clear Path’s WarriorsWorking program at (315) 687-3300 – and ask for Heidi.
• If a Veteran has not found adequate pain management through traditional medical practices, we encourage them to compliment those practices with our multi-faceted wellness approach that includes Integrative Medicine, such as Polarity, Reiki and Auricular Acupuncture. Call our front desk at (315) 687-3300 to schedule an appointment.
Onondaga Veterans Services - http://www.ongov.net/veterans/index.html
Clear Path for Veterans Calendar -http://www.clearpath4vets.com/calender
VFW Youth Scholarship - https://www.vfw.org/VOD/
DO YOU KNOW A VETERAN THAT IS IN NEED OF A WHEELCHAIR?? The Skaneateles American Legion Post 239 has a Motorized and Manual Wheelchair that are available for use. Please fill out the form below by 18JUNE17 and email email@example.com
Town of Elbridge Veterans Outreach Services
Outreach Coordinator: Cyntheia C. Meili
Popcorn for Veterans, and their surviving spouses, available. Donated by the Charitable Veterans Division of the Boy Scouts Please contact Cyntheia Meili if you have any interest.
Town of Elbridge
5 Route 31, P.O. Box 568, Jordan, New York 13080