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:

  • Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 09:00 AM
    Online in New York, NY

    MOAA Strategic Money Matters

    Military Officers Association of America offers Strategic Money Matters on July 14, 9-11am (EST). 

    While most base-level financial programs focus on tactical issues (family budgets, credit ratings, loans/debts, savings, and cash flow, for example), this class focuses on strategic money management: Wealth creation, investments, investment concepts, and strategies.

    Based on experience and feedback, MOAA audiences asked for more education in these areas. This class will help participants understand:

    • The Thrift Saving Plan (TSP). What it is. How it works. Why participate. What the investment options are, what they mean, and how to use each one.
    • How to build wealth. Types of accounts. Tax issues. Setting target amounts for retirement. Planning for retirement.
    • Investment risks. What are the risks, and how do investors manage risks to build wealth.
    • The difference between ownership and savings in building wealth.
    • How humans are not hardwired to manage money because we are driven by our emotions - and how we can fight these tendencies.
    • How we are taught the wrong investment mindset by the financial media and financial service industries. Break down the myths to provide understandable, proven, and usable knowledge.

    Your instructor, Lt. Col. Shane Ostrom, USAF (Ret), worked in the investment business and, as a Certified Financial Planner, provides honest, unbiased, information without sales pitches or catches. MOAA is not a financial service firm; there are no products and no clients. They provide unbiased, trustworthy financial and consumer education from certified financial instructors experienced in the financial industry.

    Register here.

    www.moaa.org

  • Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 11:30 AM
    Online

    NYSHealth Webinar: Impact of COVID-19 on New York City's Veterans

    NYSHealth invites you to attend a new webinar series, Practically Speaking: The Impact of COVID-19 on New York City's Veterans on July 14, 11:30am-12pm, that will share actionable ideas to better serve New Yorkers during the COVID-19 pandemic. This session will focus on the impact of the pandemic on New York City’s veterans.

    As New York continues to recover from the pandemic, its exact toll on veterans is not yet known. VA hospitals in the New York City region have reported more than 1,500 active cases, but more than half of all veterans do not qualify for VA health care, so the number of infections is likely much higher.

    Countless government and community-led organizations, such as New York City’s Department of Veterans’ Services, have been on the ground since the first days of the pandemic to try to understand the impact of the virus on the veteran community, deploying resources like mental health, housing, and employment assistance to veterans in need.

    Attend this webinar discussion with Lt. Col. (Ret.) James Hendon, Director of New York City's Department of Veterans' Services (DVS), to discuss the toll that COVID-19 has placed on New York City’s veteran community; what DVS has done to lead response efforts; and potential challenges and solutions to help New York City’s veterans navigate the pandemic. This 30-minute webinar will feature a short discussion followed by audience Q&A.

    RSVP here.

  • Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM
    Online

    Voting: What People with Disabilities Need to Know

    The Capital District Center for Independence Inc. hosts a virtual information session on July 15, 11am-12pm to inform people with disabilities on how to safely vote in the upcoming election.

    RSVP here.

    www.cdciweb.com

  • Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 12:00 PM
    Online

    Team RWB Virtual Down Dog A Day

    Join Team RWB Yoga for the Down Dog A Day week-long challenge on July 15. Start or end your day with one of the Team RWB Yoga instructors for a pre-recorded 10-minute meditation or yoga practice. Everyone who completes 7 days of any type of yoga or meditation and checks in will qualify to win Team RWB yoga gear.

    Click here for more information.

    See more virtual fitness opportunities here.

  • Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 01:00 PM
    Online

    Congressman Max Rose Virtual Veterans Service Day

    Attend the Congressman Max Rose Virtual Veterans Service Day Roundtable Zoom on July 15, 1pm (EST).

    This roundtable is designed to:

    1. Share recent VA updates pertaining to COVID-19
    2. Lay out how the Congressman's office will resume monthly Veterans Service Day beginning July 30
    3. Provide information about valuable resources specifically for the veteran community
    4. Hear from you! about your concerns within the veteran community

    Guest presenters:

    • Kristen Rouse, NYS DVS Deputy Director for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
    • George Mills, Director of Veterans Engagement, Jericho Project
    • Charles Hall, VAMC (Brooklyn VA Chaplain)
    • Tony Tse, NYS Benefits Advisor

    Register here.

  • Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 08:00 PM
    Online

    Warrior Writers Caucus Space

    Warrior Writers offers an online Caucus Space on July 15, 8-10pm (EST) for POC and non-POC. There will be two sessions, one for people of color to connect as well as time for white folks to talk about white privilege and how to be better allies.

    Register here to attend.

  • Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 10:00 AM
    Online

    Travis Manion Foundation Summer Reading Session

    Summer can be a great opportunity to get in some reading. Through a new virtual effort, Travis Manion Foundation's Northeast team will offer opportunities for your child to participate in conversations about new stories, while discussing character and leadership skills.

    TMF Character Does Matter mentor and Navy veteran Jimmy White will lead a conversation about the book Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews on July 16, 10am (EST). This engaging story follows musician Troy Andrews - nicknamed "Trombone Shorty" - and is a celebration of the rich cultural history of New Orleans and the power of music. The group will view a read-along recording of the book, available here: www.storylineonline.net/books/trombone-shorty.

    This presentation is best geared to 3rd-5th graders. Register here to receive a Zoom link for the presentation.

  • Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 02:00 PM
    Online

    Theater of War with Bravehound

    This special event on July 16, 2-4pm is a collaboration with Bravehound, a Scottish charity that supports veterans and their families in the United Kingdom. Theater of War is proud to open this event up to the public, fostering healing dialogue with the Bravehound community. Featuring performances by Jason Isaacs, Lesley Sharp, Nyasha Hatendi, David Elliot, and Patrick Walshe McBride.

    Theater of War is an innovative public health project that presents readings of scenes from ancient Greek plays - Sophocles’ Ajax and Philoctetes - as a catalyst for guided discussions about the challenges faced by service members, veterans, and their families. Using Sophocles’ plays to forge a common vocabulary for openly discussing the visible and invisible wounds of war, these events are aimed at generating compassion and understanding between diverse audiences.

    Register here. Registered audience members will receive a Zoom link prior to the event.

    All of Theater of War Productions' events follow the same format:

    • The actors will read the play.
    • Four community panelists will kick off the discussion with their gut responses to what resonated with them across time
    • Discussion is opened to the audience, facilitated by Bryan Doerries. During the discussion, raise your hand using the button at the bottom center of the screen. If called upon, you will be promoted to speak and you will be visible and heard by the entire audience for the duration of your comments. If you would prefer not to be seen, please disable your video when entering the event.

    theaterofwar.com

  • Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 03:00 PM
    Online in New York, NY

    COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall

    Watch this Town Hall from the COVID-19 Military Support Initiative, Association of Defense Communities, and Blue Star Families: Relying on Creativity to Cope with Stress on July 16, 3-4pm (EST).

    Join Arts in the Armed Forces (AITAF) as Hollywood and Broadway actors and directors participate in a robust conversation speaking to the following questions: How does creativity play a role in your daily life in the military? How has art sustained you through difficult times?

    AITAF will also discuss upcoming opportunities for engagement and scholarships, and attendees will have the chance to ask actors and directors questions.

    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 Town Halls here.

  • Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 03:00 PM
    Online

    Swords to Plowshares: Meeting the Needs of Student Veterans on Your Campus

    Swords to Plowshares presents a free webinar Combat to Community: Meeting the Needs of Student Veterans on Your Campus on July 16, 3-4pm (EST). 

    The webinar will offer tips for higher education professionals and administrators working with and interacting with student veterans. Education benefits, including the GI Bill, are often not enough to sustain veterans throughout college, and students will often look to resources on campus to supplement their needs. College and university student services professionals, administrators, and faculty are in a unique position to respond and intervene.

    This webinar will improve the ability to:

    • Identify needs of student veterans,
    • Implement critical resources on campuses, and
    • Refer veterans to support services and resources.

    Presenter: Victor Inzunza, Marine Corps Veteran, Policy Analyst at Swords to Plowshares

    Register here.

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