Food and Nutrition Service for US Military Veterans

God's Love We Deliver is introducing a new service, Connected: the Food and Nutrition Service for US Military Veterans living with a Mental Health and/or Substance Use Challenge.  This service provides medically-tailored meals, nutrition counseling, and trauma-informed care to NYC veterans living with activities of daily living (ADL) limitations and one or more of the following diagnoses: PTSD, anxiety disorder, major depression, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia, and/or substance use disorder.

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VA 2022 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report

The purpose of VA’s National Suicide Prevention report is to COUNT every Veteran suicide so we can PREVENT every Veteran suicide. Preventing Veteran suicide and saving lives is our top clinical priority at VA, and we take every step possible to make sure that our Veteran suicide data is accurate—because the first step to SOLVING this problem is UNDERSTANDING it. Our methodology for creating this report is well-established and consistent, based on verified data from the CDC and DoD, and meets the quality and standards of a peer-reviewed publication. In the interest of full transparency, we release these yearly reports detailing how we come to the conclusions in the Annual Report.

Here are some major conclusions from this year’s report:

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VA's Largest Research Program Needs Women Veterans!

The Million Veteran Program (MVP) is a national research program to learn how genes, lifestyle, and military exposures affect health and illness.

Since launching in 2011, over 900,000 veterans have joined MVP, making it one of the world’s largest programs on genetics and health.

They aim to enroll one million veterans in 2023 and want women to have a seat at the table in their research. If more women join MVP, they can strengthen their research findings for women veterans of all backgrounds. Sign up now:

Click here to learn more and to sign up to participate.


#UniformAccess Storytelling Project

Our stories are the strongest tools we have for creating change. Share your story of accessing reproductive health care while serving or as a veteran. Stories will be compiled as part of public comment and a storytelling campaign based on your preferences indicated in the form here


Submit Your Comment to VA Interim Final Rule on Reproductive Health Services

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently released an Interim Final Rule on Reproductive Health Services that allows the Department to provide abortion counseling to all veterans and abortion care in the cases of rape, incest, and when the pregnancy threatens the life or health of the patient. Take a moment to submit public comment on the rule using the toolkit provided here.


#UniformAccess Grassroots Week of Action

A grassroots coalition of advocates and organizations will be hosting a Week of Action in Washington DC September 27-October 1, 2022 to defend the reproductive rights of service members, veterans, and their loved ones and demanding action on military sexual assault. As part of this week of action, advocates will be meeting with Members of Congress on September 27 and 28. We invite you to join these meetings by filling out the form here. For questions, please reach out to Jackii Wang with the National Women's Law Center ([email protected]).


Minority Vets 2022 Equity, Inclusion & Justice Summit

Minority Veterans of America will host the 2022 Equity, Inclusion & Justice Summit virtually on October 15-16. 

The Equity, Inclusion, & Justice Summit is back for the third year and we're building our best event yet!  The past two years have been a rollercoaster for many of us. Our equity has been challenged. Our inclusion has been challenged. The core of justice has been challenged. Each of us has felt a range of emotions including confusion, grief, and anxiety. But it’s time to remember our strength. To remind ourselves that equity, inclusion, and justice are not just words. They’re a way of life and at this year’s Summit, we are determined to build our roadmap back to joy.

You will leave Summit knowing that together we are strong, we are equitable, and we are a united force for change. We remember our journey. Together we are a community. We were created for this moment. We will bring joy. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

Pre-conference workshops will also be offered on October 14.

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Pace University SBDC Free 1:1 Small Business Advisement

Pace University's Small Business Development Center (https://www.pacesbdc.org/) provides in-depth and confidential 1:1 business advisement to help small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs grow or launch their business venture, all at no cost. From helping to access financing to identifying contract opportunities, from marketing and sales strategies to business planning, our experienced and NYS-certified business advisors have the expertise to help your business reach its full potential. Contact the Pace SBDC (https://www.pacesbdc.org/contact) to learn more and arrange a meeting (in-person or virtual) with a Business Advisor.

NYC DVS Build-a-Thon Furniture Giveaway

Are you a veteran in need of stools or tables?  If so, please reach out to [email protected] or 1-616-818-0289.

Click here for the flyer with furniture dimensions.


DE-CRUIT Veteran Theater Arts Workshop

DE-CRUIT is offering a free veteran theater arts workshop that will run on Tuesday & Thursday nights from September 28 to October 14.

DE-CRUIT is a veteran-led, nationally recognized program that uses techniques from theater arts and verses from Shakespeare to support healthy, productive lives for military veterans. 


For more information, contact:

Ayesha Ganguly

[email protected]

1-206-612-2509

Click here for the program flyer.


Enter to Win Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular Tickets from BSF!

Blue Star Families is welcoming you to NYC with the Radio City Rockettes! Register for the opportunity to enjoy tickets to the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall!

Lucky families will have the opportunity to enjoy up to four tickets to the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall on Monday, November 28th at 8 PM ET. The entry period is open September 15th-October 2nd, 2022.

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Employing US Vets Conference

This year's Employing US Vets Conference will be held virtually on Thursday, October 13, 11am-4pm ET.

Hosted by VETS Indexes, this semi-annual conference includes discussions of best practices and challenges related to veteran employment, recognition of companies going above and beyond for vets and their families, and lots of opportunities to network. The bi-yearly conference is designed to offer attendees actionable tools and information to establish and build upon veteran initiatives. It also provides a great opportunity to network with peers from leading companies.

Click here for the full agenda and list of speakers.

Click here for more information and to apply.


VetsinTech Fall 2022 Gala Registration is Open!

VetsinTech will host the 8th Annual Fall Gala, "Vets 2.0 Beyond the Transition" on Friday, November 11, 6-11pm PT at the Marines' Memorial Club & Hotel in San Francisco to celebrate Veterans' Day.

This event will also be livecast (9pm-2am ET) to viewers online who are unable to make it in person.

The evening will commence with an open bar cocktail reception and silent auction. Our leading sponsors, host committee, and special guests will join us at an exclusive VIP cocktail reception.

The gala will also feature an exquisite dinner with entertainment, awards, and a live auction, followed by two hours of open bar as we celebrate our service members and gala attendees.

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Veteran Arts Show Submission Applications Available

The Veteran Arts Showcase is now accepting submissions for this year's showcase which will take place Friday, November 18th through Sunday, November 20th.

The Veteran Arts Showcase is an annual event held at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York. The Showcase features visual artists, crafters, writers, poets, musicians, and performers who are active-duty military, veterans, or their family members. Exhibits, films, presentations and performances continue all weekend long. They especially encourage the civilian community to join them in celebration of current and former members of the Armed Forces and their families. This is more than just an Art Showcase!

Application Deadline: Friday, October 21st

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GRECC Webinar: Stress Reduction for Caregivers

The GRECC (Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Centers) DEP (Dementia Education Program), funded by the VA Geriatrics Scholars Program, invites all caregivers of veterans with dementia to join them virtually via Microsoft Teams for educational groups designed to improve self-care and reduce stress.

Caregivers will:

Receive the latest evidence-based information

Participate in group discussion, reflection, and journaling exercises to increase awareness of feelings, emotions, and personal areas of strength

Groups are free for caregivers thanks to VA Geriatric Scholars Program with generous funding from the Office of Rural Health.

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Fordham University Free Veterans Writing Workshop

Fordham University and the Fordham Veterans Initiative invite you to participate in the Veterans Writing Workshop (VWW) Fall 2022 semester.  There is a choice between a virtual workshop that will take place online via Zoom and an in-person workshop that will be held at Fordham's Westchester campus.  The workshop is FREE for all US Veterans.

**Registration begins on Wednesday, Septmeber 14.**

Registration is limited to 18 persons per workshop.  Once a workshop has reached capacity, you will be placed on a waiting list and given the opportunity to audit the workshop.

 

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Home Help for Heroes Application

NHS Brooklyn Community Development Corporation invites disabled veterans and frail, elderly veterans to apply for Home Help for Heroes.  This program offers FREE home-accessibility improvements including ramps, walk-in showers, grab bars, chair lifts, door widening, kitchen modifications, and more.

Income limits apply.

For more information, contact:

Angela Cummings

[email protected]

1-718-469-4679

Click here for the printable application.


WRIISC Free Online Training Modules on Post-Deployment Health

The War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC), a national program and core service of Health Outcomes Military Exposure (HOME) within the Veterans Health Administration, is pleased to offer a series of on-demand training modules in Post-Deployment Health in collaboration with the Employee Education System (EES). 

Training is availabe via the VA's Talent Management System (TMS) and the Training Finder Real-Time Affiliate-Integrated Network (TRAIN).

For details about the training modules and links to the modules, click here for the WRIISC flyer.


Voices from War Fall Workshop Registration is Open

Voices from War has opened registration for the Fall Writing Workshops.

Register to:

Learn from published writers and fellow veterans and family members.

Read engaging fiction, memoir, essays, and poetry on the subject of war…

Discuss practical strategies and create deeper content for writing the stories and poetry that express your vision and/or experiences.

Add to a more diverse representation of veteran stories.

Come participate in a community of diverse, veteran & military family #writers.

 

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Bunker Labs Veterans in Residence Applications Open

Bunker Labs is now accepting applications to the Veterans in Residence program.

Veterans in Residence is a business incubator that provides veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs and business owners with co-working space, local community, a national business network, and targeted support to grow their business.

Application deadline is Friday, September 30th.

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Employing US Vets Conference

This year's Employing US Vets Conference will be held virtually on Thursday, October 13, 11am-4pm ET.

Hosted by VETS Indexes, this semi-annual conference included discussions of best practices and challenges related to veteran employment, recognition of companies going above and beyond for vets and their families, and lots of opportunities to network. The bi-yearly conference is designed to offer attendees actionable tools and information to establish and build upon veteran initiatives. It also provides a great opportunity to network with peers from leading companies.

Click here for more information and to apply.


VFW-SVA Legislative Fellowship Opportunity

In keeping with the VFW's commitment to student veterans' success, every year the VFW teams up with Student Veterans of America (SVA) to host the VFW-SVA Legislative Fellowship program, providing exemplary VFW members who are student veterans the opportunity to make their voices heard on Capitol Hill and in their community.

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2023 Fellowship class. Applications will be accepted Aug. 15, 2022, through Oct. 15, 2022.

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MVJ-Washington Post Fellowship Opportunity

Military Veterans in Journalism (MVJ) is thrilled to announce the return of the MVJ-Washington Post Internship! The Washington Post is setting aside one seat in their Summer 2023 internship class for a military veteran journalist.

The Washington Post’s internship program is 10 weeks long, and the chosen intern will be treated as an employee of The Post. Interns will be paid. For summer 2022, the salary was $750 per week.

This will be an important early career step for veterans working to advance within the media field. You'll receive advice, guidance, and editorial support from an award-winning national newsroom team while gaining on-the-job experience.

 

 

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DOJ Elder Justice Initiative

The Department of Justice's Elder Justice Initiative aims to protect older veterans from abuse and fraud.

Click here to access the DOJ flyer on this important initiative.


New Politics Leadership Academy Answering the Call

New Politics Leadership Academy has opened applications for its Fall 2022 Answering the Call program.

New Politics Leadership Academy is revitalizing American politics by recruiting and developing Servant Leaders. Their programs educate and train these outstanding individuals to serve in the political arena and build a pipeline of A-level staff to help them win.

Answering the Call (ATC)

Answering the Call is their servant leader-to-political arena introductory course. This five-session leadership development opportunity invites Servant Leaders to reflect on the values that compelled them to serve in the first place, clarify their core values, and explore if they feel called to serve again through politics.

This program is offered virtually twice each year, first in the spring and again in the fall. Join them for small-group, facilitated discussions with other service-minded individuals asking the same question you are: am I fit for politics?

Apply here.


How to Save the Veterans Crisis Line Number to Your Phone

The new Veterans Crisis Line is 988. 

They have published a step-by-step guide to saving the number into your phone.

For more information about the Veterans Crisis Line, visit the website here.


NYC DVS Veteran Resource Guide

The New York City Department of Veterans' Services (DVS) has published a Veteran Resource Guide that contains information about veteran resource centers, DVS programs, and more.

Click here to access the guide.


Tickets Now On Sale for Ohio Rock for VetsAid 2022

Joe Walsh & Friends present Ohio Rock for VetsAid 2022 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH on Sunday, November 13, 6pm.  Tickets are now on sale!

James Gang to reunite for "One Last Ride"

Special guest David Grohl

Nine Inch Nails

The Black Keys

The Breeders

Purchase tickets here.


GI Film Festival San Diego Now Accepting Submissions for 2023

The GI Film Festival San Diego is now accepting submissions for the May 2023 festival.  The next juried festival, May 15-20, 2023, will be held in central San Diego, CA. The festival includes the Local Film Showcase, which features San Diego’s filmmakers, events, people, or places.  

Submissions of military-themed films are open to filmmakers of every level from first-timers to pros.  Submissions are also accepted from filmmakers who serve, or have served in the military, regardless of whether or not the film submission is military-themed. 

 

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MVJ 2022 Convention

Military Veterans in Journalism will host the 2022 MVP Convention in Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 6 - Saturday, October 8.

#MVJ2022 is the preeminent experience for the journalism world to put #MoreVetsInNews.

This year’s annual gathering will be our first ever in-person convention.

Journalists, non-profit professionals, newsroom leaders, and other supporters of newsroom diversity will gather in Washington, D.C. at the Reserve Organization of America to share, learn and connect with each other while focusing on supporting the under-represented community of military veterans in journalism.

This convention is an opportunity for organizations to engage with military veterans directly and learn more about their community. Recruiters can meet one-on-one for interviews, creating an intentional recruitment experience.

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Veteran Filmmaker Fellowship Program

The Inaugural Veteran Filmmaker Program (VFF) is anticipated to run remotely from Sept - Dec 2022 and will provide a series of free lectures and discussions on filmmaking and screenwriting.  These weekly lectures will cover both the fundamentals of screenwriting and a survey of the collaborative elements of filmmaking.  The VFF Program will provide a supportive environment under which VFF participants can begin to formulate and outline a feature length screenplay of their own.  VFF participants will also gain a fundamental understanding of the various collaborative functions necessary to bring a script to screen.     

The VETERAN FILMMAKER FELLOWSHIP is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded by veterans to provide a therapeutic and creative outlet to affected veterans, to open pathways to film industry careers for veterans, and to educate, inspire, and empower America's veterans to tell their unique stories through the collaborative arts of screenwriting and film. 

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Make the Connection Veterans Mental Health

The US Deparment of Veterans Affairs encourages you to Make the Connection with veterans who understand your struggles because they've been there too.  Discover how veterans like you have overcome life's challenges. 

Don't be afraid to reach out.  Make the Connection today!

You can also find local support resources here.


Federal Stand Down Grants Available

The US Department of Labor's Veteran Employment and Training Service is offering Stand Down Grants from $7,000-$10,000.

A Stand Down is a non-competitive grant that is awarded to organizations to provide basic services to homeless veterans such as showers, haircuts, attention to health concerns, and other collaborative services to give participants a greater sense of self and an opportunity to improve their chances of securing and maintaining employment. Veterans experiencing homelessness do not always have access to basic hygiene supplies that are necessary to maintain their health and appearance. Also, the lack of shelter limits their ability to prepare for and present themselves at job interviews or be contacted for follow-up. These grants funds must be used to enhance employment and training opportunities or to promote the self-sufficiency of homeless veterans through paid work.

The maximum amount awarded per applicant, in a fiscal year (October 1 – September 30) is $7,000 for a one-day event and $10,000 for a multi-day event. An organization may apply for multiple grant awards as long as the organization is conducting SD events in different geographic areas. Grants may be awarded to multiple organizations that conduct SD events in the same general area as long as there is no commingling of federal funds.

Click here for more information.


MVJ Journalism Grants Available

Military Veterans in Journalism (MVJ) now offers Journalism Grants for quality stories about issues related to disabilities in the military veteran community.

This program helps aspiring journalists grow professionally in their reporting careers and publish quality stories about issues related to disabilities in the military veteran community. Grant amounts vary depending on the story, and start at $500. MVJ has a total budget of $50,000 for all grants under this program, so they recommend interested parties apply as soon as possible.

MVJ is not a publishing organization – nor do they plan to be. But they care about developing the careers of military vets in journalism. So, if you are selected, they can help you shape your story and assist in getting the story placed. They'd like you to have an idea of where you want to publish your story.

Click here for more information and to apply.


ACCESS NYC

ACCESS NYC is an online public screening tool that you can use to determine the City, State, and Federal health and human service benefit programs for which you are potentially eligible to enroll.

Find help in NYC with food, money, housing, work and more on ACCESS NYC.


Join the Team RWB 2022 Marine Corp Marathon Team!

Join Team RWB's race team for the 47th Marine Corps Marathon!

Team Red, White & Blue is honored to have been selected as a Marine Corps Marathon Charity Partner. This year, Team RWB’s goal is to raise $175,000. Every dollar raised helps them with their mission to enrich veterans lives. With your support, they can ensure every veteran finds belonging and gains access to the life-changing impact of Team RWB. Together, you will forge the leading veterans health and wellness community to support increased physical and mental health. 

What does it mean to run for Team RWB on a Charity Bib?

Skip the lottery! This year, Team RWB Charity entries are available for a registration fee on a first come, first served basis. In addition to the registration fee, participants must also agree to the $800 fundraising commitment. In exchange for raising $800 to support their veteran enrichment programs, Team RWB will provide you with a guaranteed entry in the 47th Marine Corps Marathon. 

 

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Worried About a Veteran Suicide Prevention Resource Site

WorriedAboutaVeteran.org (WAV) is an innovative website that was developed as a resource for family members and loved ones of military Service members and Veterans in New York State. Its purpose is to support families with information and resources around firearm safety and lowering suicide risk.

This website is the culmination of dedicated efforts by the New York State Governor’s Challenge team over the past two years. A comprehensive approach to the creation of this website included several public and private partnerships and collaborations with the co-creators of Counseling for Lethal Means (CALM) Training. Incorporating perspectives from families and Veterans with lived experience was critical.  Thirty interviews were conducted with family members and loved ones who lost a Veteran to firearm suicide, experienced a Veteran firearm suicide attempt, and/or lived with a Veteran who owned firearms.

This website includes video vignettes of family situations involving firearms including examples of how to detect concerning behaviors, start conversations about safety, ask for help, and navigate safe storage options.

Are you worried about a veteran?

Visit the WAV website here.


VetsinTech MilSpouse Summit 2022

VetsinTech is hosting a MilSpouse Tech Summit on Wednesday, Sep 20, 2022, 12-4pm ET (9am-12pm PT)

The goal of this summit is to empower, educate and employ military spouses.  VetsinTech is excited to have a powerhouse of military spouses leading the education, employment, and entrepreneurship tracks.

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Operation Family Resiliency

Team RWB has joined Humana Military's Military Health and Resilience Collective Impact Project alongside the Military Family Advisory Network and Blue Star Families.  The collective is designed uniquely to provide holistic support to military families, focusing in particular on physical health, mental health, and influencing policy.  The collective has launched Operation Family Resiliency (OFR) with the goal of advancing military families through physical, nutritional, mindfulness and sleep tools.

Click here for more information.

 


Team RWB Valor Challenge

The Valor Challenge is a 12, 24, or 48-hour endurance event hosted by Team RWB to honor those who served and those we lost. Participants will test their limits by walking, rowing, cycling, pushing, or completing functional fitness workouts every four hours for the chosen challenge duration. 

In its inaugural year, the Valor Challenge kicks off with a functional fitness WOD (workout of the day) to remember Dan Manrique on his birthday, August 5. Manrique was a Marine Corps veteran and Team RWB staff member who lost his life courageously helping others at the Borderline attack in Thousand Oaks, CA. The challenge ends on August 7th, Purple Heart Day, honoring the men and women who were wounded or killed in service to our nation.  

Register here.


Workshop for Mental Health Professionals: RTM Protocol for PTSD

Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories (RTM) is a therapeutic intervention for those struggling with PTSD that works to dissociate clients from trauma memories. Workshops focused on RTM instruction will be held in July for mental health professionals looking to incorporate RTM into their clinical practice and graduate students interested in learning more about this effective intervention technique. Most licensed professionals can receive 21 Continuing Education Units for completing this workshop.

Scholarships for free tuition are available.

To learn more and register, click here.


DE-CRUIT Veteran Theater Arts Workshop

DE-CRUIT is offering a veteran theater arts workshop that will run on Monday nights from July 18 to August 22.

DE-CRUIT is a veteran-led, nationally recognized program that uses techniques from theater arts and verses from Shakespeare to support healthy, productive lives for military veterans. 

Not only is the program free, but it also pays veteran participants $200 for their participation.

For more information, contact [email protected].


Travis Manion 9/11 Race Registration is Open!

Registration is now open for the Travis Manion 9/11 Heroes Run 5k race series.  As years pass, their movement to remember and honor those who sacrificed on September 11, 2001, becomes more important. In addition to honoring the lives lost on that day, 9/11 Heroes Runs pay tribute to the thousands of veterans, active duty, and first responders who have courageously served in the wake of that national tragedy.

In partnership with GORUCK, each race location will feature a rucking division and all finishers will receive an exclusive 2022 9/11 Heroes Run TMF GORUCK patch.

Run, ruck, or walk with them this year to honor the service & sacrifice of our first responder & military heroes.

Click here for more information and to register for a race near you.


Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program

If you're a veteran who lost your job due to the COVID-19 pandemic, VA may have a solution for you. The Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP) offers education and training for a variety of high-demand jobs so you can get back to work.

Qualifying Veterans can receive up to 12 months of tuition and fees along with a monthly housing allowance.

To be eligible for VRRAP, you must be between 22 and 66 years of age, unemployed due to COVID-19, able to work, and not eligible for education or unemployment benefits.

If you do qualify, apply soon! They’ll stop accepting new VRRAP enrollments on December 11,2022—or when they reach either the funding or participant limit, whichever comes first.

Click here for more information and to apply.


Spouseforce Verano Bilingue with Personal Development and Jefa Networking Nights

Spouseforce by Blue Star Careers will launch Verano Bilingue with special programs for Latinx/Hispanic military spouses.

In each month this summer, they will host a Professional Development event and a Jefa Networking Night.

Amiga, get access to essential resources and tools that empower you through career development — from resume support to LinkedIn profile engagement, interviewing options, and addressing unique bilingual talent needs. Most importantly, you'll have the opportunity to build your network and connect with other successful Latinx leaders in the Spouseforce community.

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Yankees Tickets for Military Appreciation Games

The New York Yankees are offering six games in August where they will be showing their gratitude towards our military men and women! They will be offering discounted tickets to all active service members and veterans along with their friends and families; each ticket also comes with a hot dog, soft drink/beer as well as a customized Yankees t-shirt.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.


Voting Resources

Hope and Victory Evolves (HAVE) has compiled useful voting resources for the upcoming elections.  Check them out below.

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