Connecting Our NYC Metro Veterans Community

This is a public listing of submitted events & resources, maintained as a nonprofit project of NYC Veterans Alliance. During the COVID-19 emergency, please be advised that in-person events have been cancelled. For future events, please contact the event organizer. 

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:

  • Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 09:00 AM

    NYSBA Servicemembers And The Election Webinar

    The New York State Bar Association hosts a webinar for servicemembers and deployed military personnel to discuss voting in the upcoming election on October 21, 9-10am. A panel of experts will review options for voting including absentee ballots and voting in person.

    Register here.

  • Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 11:00 AM

    VA Surmounting Social Isolation & Loneliness

    The Department of Veterans Affairs offers a webinar in Surmounting Social Isolation & Loneliness: Mindfulness Meditation on October 21, 11am-12:30pm. 

    When we develop a cough or a fever, it’s likely a sign that something is not quite right with our physical health. But what about when we feel lonely? High-quality relationships are vital for our health and well-being and loneliness might be a sign that something is not quite right with our emotional health. This session explores the differences between social isolation and loneliness, the potential risks to our personal and relational health, and provides tips for how to effectively cope and manage.

    Register here.

  • Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 12:00 PM

    Six Months in Review: COVID-19 Lessons for Military Families

    Join Blue Star Families and the Association of Defense Communities for a virtual discussion, Six Months in Review: COVID-19 Lessons for Military Families and Defense Communities on October 21, 12-2pm (EST).

    Discover important Pain Points Poll findings, including the unprecedented financial stressors facing military families and promising practices for helping military families navigate their unique education needs during a pandemic.

    Highlights include:

    – A discussion with senior leadership

    – A Norfolk, Virginia case study

    – Lessons learned

    Topic-specific briefings on finances, education, installations, and data analysis.

    Register here.

  • Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 01:30 PM

    NYC DVS & Nourish NY Food Distribution

    NYC Department of Veterans' Services and Nourish NY have partnered to offer Food Distribution on October 21, 1:30-3pm, to veterans and military families facing food insecurity.

    Prepacked meal bags consist of perishable items such as: protein, dairy, grocery & produce to make two nutritional meals per bag. 

    Organizations that want to schedule a pick-up can email Latisha Russaw.

  • Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 03:00 PM

    Travis Manion Foundation Virtual Character Story Readings

    Travis Manion Foundation offers a Virtual Character Story Reading (for 2nd to 5th graders) on October 21, 3pm (EST). TMF's Northeast team offers opportunities for your child to participate in conversations about character, service and leadership through both guided discussions and story readings.

    Character Does Matter strengthens character and leadership skills in young adults. Grounded in the evidence-based field of Positive Psychology, the program uses a strengths-based approach to foster character traits in the next generation through a combination of informal discussions and activity-based learning. By sharing stories of real people who exemplify great character and leadership, Character Does Matter demonstrates what it means to live the “If Not Me, Then Who…” ethos – and challenges students to do the same.
    Register here.
  • Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 03:00 PM
    online in New York, NY

    COVID-19: 6 Months in Review

    Watch this virtual event from the COVID-19 Military Support Initiative, Association of Defense Communities, and Blue Star Families: 6 Months in Review on October 21, 3-4pm (EST).

    The global pandemic has impacted the military community in ways we could never have imagined. What have we learned? What have we done? What is the way forward? 
    Critical Updates & Lessons Learned:
    • How financial stressors have impacted military families

    • Navigating complex educational challenges

    • State, local, and installation response best practices, featuring a case study of Norfolk, Virginia

    • Expert briefings on finances, education, installations, and data analysis

    Featuring Special Guests:

    • General John Hyten, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Mrs. Laura Hyten 

    • Dr. Paul Lawrence, Undersecretary of Veterans Affairs for Benefits

    • Dr. Lynda Davis, Chief Veterans Experience Officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs

    • Carlos Hopkins, Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs

    Free event - register here. Capacity is limited. 

    COVID-19 Military Support Initiative is powered by Booz Allen Hamilton.

    Check out past events for recordings and resources from previous COVID-19 Town Halls here.

  • Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 04:00 PM

    Homeowner and Renter Benefit Online Presentation

    The NYC Department of Finance offers a Homeowner and Renter Benefit Online Presentation on October 21, 4pm (EST). Learn about property tax benefits for seniors, people with disabilities, veterans, and clergy members. Learn how to freeze your rent. Learn how to reduce your property tax bill. Learn about eligibility and how to apply. 

    Register here.

  • Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 06:00 PM

    Virtual Veterans Advisory Board Meeting

    Join NYC Department of Veterans Services for a Virtual Veterans Advisory Board Meeting on October 21, 6-8pm (EST). The meeting is designed to inform constituents about the City's efforts to support veterans and their families. Veterans, military families, advocates, and supporters are all invited to join. Participants are invited to share their stories, advocate for what's important to them, and ask questions directly to NYC officials. 

    Please email questions to before the start of the event. Participants can also chat questions during the meeting.

    Register for the meeting here. You can also join the meeting via phone: 646-992-2010. Use the Access Code: 173 553 1973.

  • Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 07:00 PM

    FSW Money Management Workshop

    Family Services of Westchester (FSW) offers an online Money Management Workshop, The Secret to Financial Self-Care & Spending Triggers, on October 21, 7-8pm (EST). Sponsored by Vet2Vet, PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Peer Support Project.

    RSVP with Andrea Molina.

  • Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 07:00 PM

    Hunter@Home Book Discussion with Phil Klay

    In the modern world, everything is connected, including how we kill. Join Hunter@Home for a thrilling evening as author and Hunter College alum Phil Klay (MFA ‘11) discusses his debut novel Missionaries with author Matt Gallagher on October 21, 7pm (EST).
    In Missionaries, Klay, also an Iraq War veteran, examines the globalization of violence through the interlocking stories of four characters and the conflicts that define their lives. Drawing on six years of research in America and Colombia into the effects of the modern way of war on regular people, Klay has written a novel of extraordinary suspense infused with geopolitical sophistication and storytelling instincts that are second to none. Missionaries is a window not only into modern war, but into the individual lives that go on long after the drones have left the skies.
    Register for the virtual event here.