Connecting Our NYC Metro Veterans Community

This is a public listing of submitted events & resources, maintained as a nonprofit project of NYC Veterans Alliance. Do you need resources or help during the COVID-19 emergency? See Veterans Mutual Aid - NYC Metro. We welcome you to request any help you may need, whether you'd like a fellow veteran to give you a call to check in, or you need food assistance or other help:

  • Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 12:00 PM

    Veterans Property Tax Exemption Info Session

    The NYC Veterans Property Tax Exemption is available to eligible veterans of foreign wars, expeditionary medalists, veterans with honorable discharges, spouses/widow(er)s of veterans, and Gold Star parents. Learn more about this exemption during a virtual info session on February 27, 12-1pm (EST).

    This event is first come, first served. There will be a Q&A after the presentation.

    Register here. Once your registration is confirmed, a form will be sent out to every participant that should be completed and returned before the event.

  • Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 07:00 PM

    Veteran Voices The Interview Sessions: Maria Salazar

    Poetic Theater Productions presents Veteran Voices: The Interview Sessions, a new series of intimate artist conversations interviewing veterans whose art as actors, poets, visual artists, and playwrights are featured frequently in Poetic Theater Productions' programming. The new series highlights the individuals behind the art, and the importance of art on their journey as veterans reintegrating into civilian life. In 90 minutes, fellow veterans Jenny Pacanowski (featured in NY Times, ABC, Turner Classics) and Omar Columbus (CA and NY poet and gallery curator) connect with the featured artist, share clips of previous Veteran Voices performances, and share new works in development. Audiences are welcome and encouraged to ask questions. Get to know the veterans (and family members of veterans) behind the voices you hear in Poetic's shows.

    Hear from Maria Salazar on February 27, 7-8:30pm (EST). Maria is a Peruvian-American sculptor, painter, poet, and a former logistics specialist in the Marine Corps. She founded the nonprofit project Claymore Vets whose mission is to use creative exploration with clay to provide veterans with a safe outlet to ignite interpersonal dialogue to foster reconnection and growth.

    Register here.

  • Monday, March 01, 2021 at 12:00 PM

    How to Apply for a Veteran ID Card

    Learn How to Apply for a Veteran ID Card during a virtual info session on March 1, 12-1pm (EST).

    A Veteran ID Card (VIC) is a form of photo ID you can use to get discounts offered to Veterans at many stores, businesses, and restaurants. When you have this card, you won’t need to carry around your military discharge papers or share sensitive personal information to receive discounts. If you have a VIC, you don’t need to request another type of photo ID card to prove you’re a Veteran or to get retail or business discounts.

    Register here. Once your registration is confirmed, a form will be sent out to every participant that should be completed and returned before the event.

  • Tuesday, March 02, 2021 at 11:00 AM

    ADC Understanding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Association of Defense Communities (ADC), with support from Booz Allen Hamilton, conducted a national survey between December 2, 2020 - January 8, 2021 to better understand the state of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in America’s defense communities. Join ADC on March 2, 11am (EST) for an overview of the report, a discussion of findings, and opportunities for addressing DEI issues in communities. A link to the full report will be distributed at the end of the webinar.
    The report overview will be followed by a panel discussion featuring:

    • Rep. Anthony Brown (MD-4)
    • Andrea Adkins-Hutchins, Military Spouse Advocate
    • Mo McDonald, ADC Director
    • Command Sgt. Maj. Victor Angry (ret.), District Supervisor, Prince Williams County, Va.

    Register here.

  • Tuesday, March 02, 2021 at 01:00 PM

    Hiring Our Heroes Virtual Elevator Pitch Workshop

    Join Hiring Our Heroes for an interactive workshop on Creating a Great Elevator Pitch on March 2, 1-2pm (EST).

    Learn how to introduce yourself with confidence and network your way to career success. This interactive workshop will include two parts: a best practices presentation followed by an interactive workshop where participants will have a chance to work in small groups to refine and practice their elevator pitch.

    Register here.

  • Tuesday, March 02, 2021 at 02:00 PM
    Online in New York, NY

    MOAA Combating Ageism Job Search Webinar

    Military Officers Association of America offers a webinar on Combating Ageism: Job Search Tips for Transitioning Servicemembers, Veterans, and Military Spouses on March 2, 2-3pm (EST). 

    On the 50th anniversary of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the nation’s workforce watchdog, concluded that “age discrimination remains a significant and costly problem for workers, their families and our economy.” In a separate 2018 AARP workplace survey, nearly 2 out of 3 workers ages 45 and older have seen or experienced age discrimination on the job.

    Given the average age of a veteran is 58 years old, with the largest group of veterans between the ages of 45 and 64 still in their prime working years, you may unfortunately experience prejudice and discrimination when you are applying for jobs or seeking career advancement opportunities. In this virtual webinar, hear steps you can take to help reduce potential age bias from employers. Topics include:

    • Why age bias exists.
    • Résumé tips for more mature veteran candidates.
    • How to avoid potential age bias in your interview.
    • And much more!

    Join MOAA and special guest speaker, Kenneth L. Johnson, founder and president of East Coast Executives, the world’s premier diversity recruitment firm, as he arms you with tips and strategies to avoid ageism in your post-military career.   

    Register here.

  • Tuesday, March 02, 2021 at 06:00 PM

    Travis Manion Foundation Northeast Virtual Social

    Join Travis Manion Foundation on March 2, 6-7pm (EST) for the Northeast Virtual Regional Social. Connect, say hi to TMF staff from the region, enjoy some fun games and camaraderie and learn more about exciting programming ahead!

    RSVP here.

  • Tuesday, March 02, 2021 at 07:00 PM

    Blue Star Families Book Club

    Neighbor START (Serving, Thriving, and Reading Together) is coming to the New York area! It’s 100% virtual and appropriate for all adults—whether you’re military-connected or not. One evening per week for four weeks, the literary facilitator will captivate and engage you in moderated dialogue.

    Begin each discussion on Zoom, spend a little time getting to know one another, and then dive into discussions of family, home, and other relatable topics. Blue Star Families will provide all the readings, and none are too long. They’ve even included poetry, which can be read in minutes and discussed for hours!

    Register here for the session on March 2, 7-8:30pm (EST).

  • Wednesday, March 03, 2021 at 11:00 AM

    VA Virtual Employment Seminar

    Join VA Community Employment Coordinators when they host Amazon, The Bureau of Federal Prisons and NYC Workforce 1 in an Employment Seminar on March 3, 11am-12:30pm (EST). They will speak about applying to their organization, current openings and company culture.

    All veterans are welcome to join this session to learn more about the work environment of these companies and any tips/useful information about the hiring process and positions available. Please
    have questions ready as there will be a Q&A session after the presentations.

    Register here.

  • Wednesday, March 03, 2021 at 03:00 PM

    Leaders Eat Last: Food Insecurity and Wellness

    Join Bob Woodruff Foundation for an expert panel discussion about food insecurity and wellness on March 3, 3-4pm (EST).

    In this second panel, moderated by best-selling author and BWF co-founder Lee Woodruff, they’ll examine the connection between food insecurity and wellness on the individual and community level. The panelists will speak to how food insecurity impacts physical health outcomes, mental and behavioral health in both adults and children, social determinants of health, and suicide risk.

    The panel will feature remarks from BWF Chief Executive Officer Anne Marie Dougherty and Craig Newmark - BWF board member, founder of Craig Newmark Philanthropies and craigslist, and champion for food security and veteran well-being - and BWF Chief Program Officer Margaret “Meg” Harrell, PhD, will play the role of discussant. The expert panelists include:

    • Diana Brostow, PhD, MPH, RDN, Dept of Veterans Affairs; University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
    • Cindy Leung, ScD, MPH, University of Michigan School of Public Health
    • Nathaniel Mohatt, PhD, Dept of Veterans Affairs; University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine

    Register here.

    The first panel, moderated by ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff, focused on defining hunger and food insecurity, and examined what food insecurity looks like for veterans and military families. If you missed it, you can watch it here.