Upcoming Schedule from Clear Path for Veterans
WOOD CARVING WITH NORM ALTMAN
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."
ANNUAL TRIBUTE TREE CEREMONY
The Tribute Tree is prominently located as you drive up to Clear Path for Veterans. The bulbs on the tree acknowledge the memory of Veterans gone and honors those who have served. Red bulbs symbolize those were killed in action and remain lit on the tree year-round. All who make or made a donation in 2018 to have a loved one memorialized or honored on The Tribute Tree are invited for a special tree lighting ceremony 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 where all those names will be read aloud. We will also be joined by the Chittenango Select Choir for a few selections following the reading of the names. You can read complete details about The Tribute Tree and find an online donation form here.
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'
Join Certified Financial Coach Steven C. Schanely for a "Evaluating Financial Service Providers, Products & Services" 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 (315) 687-3300 to register.
WRAPSODY AT DESTINY USA, SYRACUSE
THROUGH DEC. 24
Clear Path for Veterans has again been chosen as one of the non-profit organizations to benefit from Wrapsody gift wrapping at Destiny USA. From Dec. 1 through Dec. 24, the Clear Path volunteers will be stationed on the second floor between JCPenney and Macy's to wrap your gifts of any size for a donation. If you would like to volunteer at the station, call our front desk at (315) 687-3300 for details.
HOLIDAY BUNDLES AT CLEAR PATH
For the upcoming holidays, Clear Path is offering unique merchandise bundles for sale in our lobby. These bundles include special pricing, unique items, and an exclusive opportunity to purchase discounted tickets to our 2019 Red, White & Blue Barbecue. Watch the top banner on our website for the sale to go live next week.
K9 MINGLE CLASSES FOR DECEMBER
Upcoming dates on our K9 Mingle schedule include:
Focus Module - 6:15 p.m. Dec. 3
Basic I - 6 p.m. Dec. 5
Advanced - 7 p.m. Dec. 5
Basic II - 5:30 p.m. Dec. 11
Agility-For-Fun - 6:45 p.m. Dec. 11
Basic I - 6 p.m. Dec. 13
Body Language - 6:15 p.m. Dec. 17
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.
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
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:
COMBAT VETS ANONYMOUS - 6:15-7:30 PM every other Monday - Dec. 10, 24
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Town of Elbridge
5 Route 31, P.O. Box 568, Jordan, New York 13080