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Martin's Point US Family Health Plan 2018 Summary of Benefits

Operation We Are Here - Resources for the military community and military supporters.


The Syracuse Vets Newsletter


Free Tax Preparation If You Qualify

Volunteer Income Assistance (VITA) or Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE)

To qualify you must meet ANY of the following conditions:

  • Income of $55,000 or less
  • 60 years old or older
  • Have disability or speak limited English

GO to www.irs.gov to find site locations

The IRS also has major tax preparation software called IRS Free File Alliance available for incomes less than $66,000.


TOUR GUIDES WANTED

The Onondaga County Veterans Advisory Council is seeking volunteers to become Tour Guides for the War Memorial Military Exhibits. If interested, please contact Rich Purcell, Syracuse Vet center, 315-478-7127.















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Free Legal Clinic for Veterans

Volunteer attorneys provide advice, brief service and referrals to veterans and service members in the community who cannot afford or are unsure if they need a lawyer. Does not assist with VA Disability Benefits - but will provide referral.

Hours: 6 PM - 7:30 PM first Wednesday of the month

Syracuse Vet Center

109 Pine Street

Syracuse, NY 13210

315-478-71257




Upcoming Schedule from Clear Path for Veterans




FINANCIAL COACHING: 'MONEY MANAGEMENT 101'

FEB. 19

TWO REMAINING DATES: Certified Financial Coach Steven C. Schanely will be offering a unique workshop called "Money Management 101." It will be offered 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 19 and March 19. "This workshop is designed to cover a wide array of subjects from a 30,000-foot view. The subjects include: budgeting, balancing a checkbook, an overview of financial planning, savings, goal setting, insurance and investing. The participants will guide what subjects are covered and in what depth. It will be very interactive and client-centric. The bottom line is, we will cover whatever the group wants to cover and that will invariably change from month to month. This will be a great time to get your specific financial questions answered," Schanely said. Preregistration is not required.

 
K9 MINGLE CLASSES FOR FEBRUARY


Upcoming dates on our K9 Mingle schedule include:

Puppy Class - 9:15 a.m. Every Saturday
Basic II - 10:30 a.m. Feb. 2
Basic I - 6 p.m. Feb. 6
Advanced - 7 p.m. Feb. 6

6:15 p.m. Feb. 11 (without your dog) and
6:15 p.m. Feb. 18 (with your dog)

Basic I - 6 p.m. Feb. 14
Basic II - 5:30 p.m. Feb. 26
Agility-for-Fun - 6:45 p.m. Feb. 26

Please note, there is a maximum class size and some classes do fill.

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.

VETERANS LEGAL CLINIC

FEB. 20

Following our weekly Canteen luncheon, we will be hosting pro-bono legal consultation with a lawyer from the Volunteer Lawyer Project from 1-4 p.m. on Feb. 20. The volunteer attorneys in this clinic are Veterans who will provide advice, brief service and referrals to Veterans. Please contact Peer Support Manager Cory Farragher-Gnadt in our office at (315) 687-3300 or Cory@ClearPathForVets.com to reserve your spot.

 
PEER MONTHLY GATHERING

FEB. 28

Our Wingman Volunteer Program reaches Veterans and active duty men and women exactly where they are, by providing close, individualized support for those who need guidance and assistance in getting on track with their personal goals and objectives. Our next gathering will be 6-8 p.m. Feb. 28 at Clear Path, serving as a time to reconnect with former wingmen, and to engage with prospective wingmen. If you have questions or to register, email Justin Muir at Justin@ClearPathForVets.com.


OSHA TRAINING

MARCH 27-28

Mohawk Valley Community College is partnering with Clear Path for Veterans to provide environmental remediation training. These classes are designed to provide critical certifications and training to improve employability. This 10-hour training is free to Veterans (must show proof of Veteran status), but space is limited. To register, call Terésa Fava-Schram at MVCC at (315) 792-5681 or Bob Schug at Clear Path at (315) 687-3300. All materials will be provided.

Save These Dates:

MAJOR EVENTS FOR 2019

We are proud to announce the following dates for our major events in 2019:

RED, WHITE & BLUE BARBECUE - June 15

TOUR de CLEAR PATH - July 7

OFFSITE: WARRIOR CLASSIC at SHENENDOAH (TURNING STONE) - Aug. 19

AFFILIATE CUP - Sept. 14

RIDE FOR CLEAR PATH - Sept. 29

More details about each of these events to come.

 
Reminders:

VAN TRANSPORT TO CANTEEN

Thanks to funding from Madison County, Clear Path for Veterans now sports a 12-passenger van to aid in bringing Veterans to our main facility located just outside Chittenango on Salt Springs Road. Starting in January, we will be traveling in Madison County on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, and in Onondaga County the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. The following are our scheduled routes to transport Veterans to our Wednesday Canteen:

Pickups on the FIRST and THIRD Wednesdays in Madison County:

9:30 a.m.: American Legion Post 169 in Oneida

9:50 a.m.: Tower 1 at Oneida Housing Authority

10:15 a.m.: American Legion Post 140 in Canastota

 

Pickups on the SECOND and FOURTH Wednesdays in Onondaga County:

9:30 a.m.: Behavioral Health Clinic (620 Erie Bldv. West)

9:50 a.m.: Syracuse VA Medical Center (meet at the flags at the main entrance)

10:10 a.m.: VanKeuren Square Apartments

 

The van will depart Clear Path for Veterans at 2 p.m. for the return trip. Call Clear Path at (315) 687-3300 to sign up for a ride.

 
WOOD CARVING WITH NORM ALTMAN

WEDNESDAYS

Although our Great Room sees the most activity every Wednesday due to Canteen, our woodshop is often quite busy with Norm Altman leading wood carving sessions every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon. All materials are provided and no experience is necessary. You do not need to register for wood carving.

 

Arlene Pritzker, who has attended a couple of sessions, said, "I find it very relaxing and informative. ... Norm is a great instructor and the attendees are very friendly and enthusiastic about their projects. It's very enjoyable."

 

PROJECT HEALING WATERS

SECOND & FOURTH FRIDAYS

Thanks to funding from Madison County, Clear Path for Veterans now sports a 12-passenger van to aid in bringing Veterans to our main facility located just outside Chittenango on Salt Springs Road. Starting in January, we will be traveling in Madison County on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, and in Onondaga County the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. The following are our scheduled routes to transport Veterans to our Wednesday Canteen:


Pickups on the FIRST and THIRD Wednesdays in Madison County:

9:30 a.m.: American Legion Post 169 in Oneida

9:50 a.m.: Tower 1 at Oneida Housing Authority

10:15 a.m.: American Legion Post 140 in Canastota

 

Pickups on the SECOND and FOURTH Wednesdays in Onondaga County:

9:30 a.m.: Behavioral Health Clinic (620 Erie Bldv. West)

9:50 a.m.: Syracuse VA Medical Center (meet at the flags at the main entrance)

10:10 a.m.: VanKeuren Square Apartments

 

The van will depart Clear Path for Veterans at 2 p.m. for the return trip. Call Clear Path at (315) 687-3300 to sign up for a ride.

 
Recurring events at Clear Path:

 
CANTEEN - 11 AM to 1 PM Wednesdays (Sponsored by Dominion Energy)


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
WOOD CARVING WITH NORM ALTMAN

WEDNESDAYS

Although our Great Room sees the most activity every Wednesday due to Canteen, our woodshop is often quite busy with Norm Altman leading wood carving sessions every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon. All materials are provided and no experience is necessary. You do not need to register for wood carving.Arlene Pritzker, who has attended a couple of sessions, said, "I find it very relaxing and informative. ... Norm is a great instructor and the attendees are very friendly and enthusiastic about their projects. It's very enjoyable."


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." 

Visit our front desk or call (315) 687-3300 to place a reservation for your preferred seating.

FINANCIAL COACHING: 'EVALUATING FINANCIAL SERVICE PROVIDERS, PRODUCTS and SERVICES'

Reminders:

PURCHASES AT AMAZON SUPPORT CLEAR PATH
 

If you shop on Amazon this holiday season, please choose Clear Path for Veterans as your beneficiary for your Amazon Smile donation. The Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5 percent of the purchase price from your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to Clear Path. (Most purchases are eligible for AmazonSmile; recurring subscribe-and-save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.) To sign up - it does not cost anything and does not change your Amazon experience - visit http://smile.amazon.com to link your account, then search for Clear Path For Veterans.

WOOD CARVING WITH NORM ALTMAN

WEDNESDAYS

Although our Great Room sees the most activity every Wednesday due to Canteen, our woodshop is often quite busy with Norm Altman leading wood carving sessions every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon. All materials are provided and no experience is necessary. You do not need to register for wood carving.

Arlene Pritzker, who has attended a couple of sessions, said, "I find it very relaxing and informative. ... Norm is a great instructor and the attendees are very friendly and enthusiastic about their projects. It's very enjoyable."
 

WELLNESS OFFERINGS REGISTRATION NOW ONLINE


Looking for upcoming art workshops, wellness modalities, fundraisers and other preregistration events at or for Clear Path for Veterans?


Recurring events at Clear Path:

CANTEEN - 11 AM to 1 PM Wednesdays (except Dec. 26)

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.

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Onondaga Veterans Services - http://www.ongov.net/veterans/index.html

Clear Path for Veterans Calendar  -http://www.clearpath4vets.com/calender

Salute Our Veterans, Shades of Green at Disney Resorts -Disney

VFW Youth Scholarship - https://www.vfw.org/VOD/


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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 eric.amberge@apgtech.com  


                                                  Wheelchair Request Form                                                        

POINT OF SERVICE CONTACT REPRESENTATIVES AND #'S

Dial the extension provided when calling from within the VAMC. Dial (315) 425-4400 and the extension provided when calling from outside VAMC.


Floor 1S Outpatient Procedures- Marissa McGuire x52349

Floor 4 SCI Tiffany Reeser x52694

Floor 5A Deborah Boland x52369

Floor 6B/ICU Pam Stauter x52548

Floor 6C Laurie McClelland x53492

Floor 7B Pamela Scripa x56575

Floor 7C Toni Pianella x52588

Adv. Illness/Palliative Care Ruth Strodel x53438

Ambulance Bills Business Office x54337

Anticoagulation Clinic Michael Compeau x56520

Audiology Trista Channels x54640

Beneficiary Transportation Shane Deveraux x52524

Behavioral Health Bethany Stewart x56500

Cardiology Lisa Losito x53829

Chaplin Service Richard D, Brown x56596

Chiropractic Care Bill Bryant x52481

Community Living Center 8th Floor Kelly Sheldon x52803

Community Health Mari Grace Martell x54675

CPAP Clinic Jason Bova/Susuan Sammis x52768

Community Health Cynthia Rizzo x54675

Compensation and Pension Colleen Metcalf 425-2613

DAV Joesph Schneider x54353

Dental Kyle Elliot x52090

Dermatology Michael Compeau x56520

Diabete/Endocrine Michael Compeau x56520

Emergency Dept Daniel McKillop x54102

GI/Edoscopy Lucinda Walts x53788

Health Aide Services Ron Unger x52455

Health Information Management Srv Patricia Drogo x53303

Heart Catherization Lab Lisa Losito x53829

Hematology/Oncology Michael Compeau x56520

Homeless Coordinator Jessica Perusse x53953

Home Based Primary Care Kathy Gorman 315-425-4301

Home Health Aide Srv Ron Unger x52455

Home Telehealth Paula Becker x53824

Home Oxygen Rita Rein x 51097

Imaging Melissa Bottroff x51097

Infectious Disease Michael Compeau x56520

Information Security Barth Brawdy 315-425-4620

Impatient Discharge Planning Case Mgr Debbie Missoff x54421

Interventional Radiology Lucinda Walts x53788



Town of Elbridge Veterans Outreach Services


Outreach Coordinator:  Cyntheia  C. Meili

Phone:  1-315-572-7439

Email:  veteransoutreach@townofelbridge.com


315-689-9031

Fax 315-689-3122


5 Route 31, P.O. Box 568,  Jordan, New York  13080