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:

  • Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 05:00 PM

    Intrepid Virtual Astronomy Live

    The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum presents Virtual Astronomy Live: Food in Space on October 15, 5-7pm (EST). 

    Hear about the nutrition and the food selection for astronauts. See how food is packaged for space and taste testing patterns within the Space Food Systems Lab at NASA with ISS Food System Manager, Ryan Dowdy. Viewers will also hear from former NASA Astronaut Michaal Massimino, who will share his stories while in space about the food he ate and some fun facts about his time in space.

    The event is hosted and co-produced by John “Das” Galloway, founder of the Kerbal Space Academy, and moderated by Summer Ash, an astrophysicist, rocket scientist and freelance writer.

    RSVP here.

  • Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 01:00 PM
    Heights Senior Center in Bronx, NY

    NYC DVS & Nourish NY Food Distribution

    NYC Department of Veterans' Services and Nourish NY have partnered to offer Food Distribution on October 17, 1-3pm, 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. Anyone who wishes to volunteer to pack up meals may do so 9am-12pm on the day of. 

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

  • Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 03:00 PM
    Online in New York, NY

    Warrior Writers Virtual Workshop

    Attend the Warrior Writers Virtual Workshop on October 18, 3-5pm (EST). This generative creative writing workshop will offer prompts that cover a variety of military issues and experiences. This encourages sharing stories, opinions, and ideas for productive writing/reflecting/story-telling and art-making. A highlight of these workshops for many veterans is having a space to release bottled-up thoughts and emotions among others who understand, creating a sense of empowerment in the ability to tell their own story. By creating an open and accepting atmosphere, Warrior Writers build a community of support. Workshops are for any service member or veteran regardless of experiences with writing, combat, art, deployment, etc.

    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 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.
  • Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 03:00 PM

    ADC 2020 Virtual Summit Series: What's Next?

    In a fast‐changing world, ADC's mission remains the same – supporting the military and our military families. We can’t gather in D.C., but we can bring D.C. to you. Introducing the Summit Series, a new way to engage with defense leaders and network with ADC’s community: Five topics. Five weeks. One Community.

    On October 22, 3pm (EST), attend Are You Ready for What's Next? - The Future of Our National Defense. There is a growing consensus in Congress and DoD that we are entering a new era of great power competition and in order to be prepared for the threat posed by near‐peer competitors the military must re‐align its strategic military doctrines, culture, and service programs and budgets. But what exactly will those re‐alignments look like? And what are the implications for installations and defense communities? This discussion will explore these questions as top military leaders and defense experts dive into these complex issues.

    Register here for free (military, DoD and other Federal staff only).

    Learn more here:

  • Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 07:00 PM

    Operation Warrior Shield Saluting Our Heroes

    Join Operation Warrior Shield's virtual Fall Gala: Saluting Our Heroes on October 22, 7-8:30pm (EST). 

    Hosts: Chief Master Sgt. (ret.) Ed Schloeman and veterans advocate Anne Akers

    Emcee: journalist Jane Hanson

    Celebrity guests: actress Susan Lucci; actress Loretta Swit; actor JW Cortes; chef Andre Rush; actress Scarlet Johhansson.

    Featured speakers: NYC DVS Commissioner James Hendon; David Lynch Foundation CEO Bob Roth; Brooklyn Boro President Eric Adams; NYPD Deputy Chief Charles Scholl.

    Purchase your ticket here.

  • Friday, October 23, 2020 at 11:00 AM
    Online in New York, NY

    Warrior Writers Virtual Coffee Hour

    Warrior Writers offers a Virtual Coffee Hour on October 23, 11am-12pm.

    This informal hangout is just a time to connect, check in, share ideas/resources and be yourselves.
    Register here.
  • Friday, October 23, 2020 at 01:00 PM

    Edge4Vets NYC Job Prep Workshop

    Attend Edge4Vets Online NYC Job Prep Workshop on October 23-November 6, 1-2:30pm (EST). 

    They prepare you to translate your skills from the military into tools for civilian success - then they connect you to HR reps at their partner companies who share job openings that can match your skills and interests. The goal is to help you land a job that can lead to a career - for the LIFE you want!

    The full program will be offered online.

    RSVP here.

  • Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 07:00 PM

    Poetic Theater Productions Virtual Veteran Voices Showcase

    Poetic Theater Productions presents a pay-what-you-can online reading of original work by veterans and the family members of veterans on October 24, 7-8:30pm. There will be a panel discussion with the participants after the event. Please consider sticking around on Zoom to participate in that.

    Warrior cultures of the past such as the Greeks, Romans, and Native Americans welcomed their military home in rituals of storytelling. Following in that tradition, the Veteran Voices program seeks to create a compassionate environment for veterans and the family members of veterans to speak their truths, share their experiences, and bear witness together. Throughout the workshop series, they use writing and storytelling as tools to foster creativity, compassion, and camaraderie both among the participants and among the audience members of the final performance.

    RSVP for the event here.