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NYC Department of Veterans' Services (DVS)
December 2017 Newsletter

 

DVS' monthly newsletter will share information about DVS programs and initiatives, upcoming and recent events, and news affecting NYC veterans and their families. To recommend content or find more information, please connect with us at www.nyc.gov/vets, on social media @nycveterans, or via email at press@veterans.nyc.gov.

Highlights: Housing Homeless Veterans

DVS in the News
October 27th was move in day for five formerly homeless veterans at Stanley Commons. 

Housing and Support Services is DVS' most robust line of action, tackling the issue of chronic veteran homelessness. DVS works in collaboration with other city agencies, including New York City Housing Authority and New York City Department of Buildings, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and various shelters and housing complexes.

The Stanley Commons, a 240-unit building complex, is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio's 10-year affordable housing plan.

If you are interested in renting to a vet, contact housing@veterans.nyc.gov or
call 212-416-5250.   
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Highlights: DVS Public Engagement in November

VOC at KBCC
VOC at Hostos
VOC at BMCC
VOC at Hunter
Clockwise: Commissioner Loree Sutton & First Lady Chirlane McCray at the Veterans' Day Breakfast at Gracie Mansion; U.S. Air Force Honor Guard at the wreath-laying ceremony; soldier saluting at Veterans' Day parade
Veterans Day 2017

DVS kicked off Veterans Day 2017 at Gracie Mansion with a Veterans Day Breakfast. The featured service was the U.S.Air Force. The crowd then moved to Madison Square Park for the Veterans Day Wreath-Laying Ceremony and the Annual Parade, led by Grand Marshal Buzz Aldrin
TOW Cast
Salute to Service: Theater of War
 
The 9/11 Memorial & Museum hosted a special performance of Theater of War as part of the annual Salute to Service, a tribute honoring veterans, active-duty service members, and their families. The performance was followed by a powerful audience discussion led by a panel of 9/11 and military community members. 
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Fighting the Mental Health Stigma
 
On November 1st, DVS hosted a free film screening and panel discussion of the A&E Network's film "Call Me Crazy." Following the screening, panelists Annette Tucker Osborne, Sharran Chambers-Murphy, and Dr. Claire Green-Forde (pictured here) led participants in a discussion of their experiences and conversations about mental illness.
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Veterans Justice Symposium
 
On November 15th, Nicole Branca, DVS Assistant Commissioner of Housing, attended the 2017 Veterans Justice Symposium, hosted by Brooklyn Legal Services. Commissioner Carmelyn Malalis, NYC Commission on Human Rights, gave the keynote address. AC Branca and other panelists discussed the challenges of ending veterans' homelessness.  
 
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Featured community resources

NYC Well

NYC Well  

NYC Well counselors are available at any hour of any day in almost any language.  They can provide suicide prevention and crisis counseling, peer support and short-term counseling, assistance scheduling appointments or accessing other mental health services, and follow-ups.
Call 1-888-NYC-WELL, text “WELL” to 65173, or visit their website to chat online.

Veterans in Residence 

The WeWork Veterans in Residence program is an initiative in partnership with Bunker Labs aimed at helping US military veterans pursue their life’s work. Whether a veteran is starting a new business, looking to build their network, or trying to find their next career - the WeWork Veterans in Residence program provides veterans the space, services, and community they need.

 

CHNNYC

Community Healthcare Network 

Community Healthcare Network offers specialized trained staff to serve patients who have served in the military and their families. They offer a wide range of services and take most insurance. 
Proudly serving those who have served at www.chnnyc.org and 212-426-0088. 

DVS Office Hours

Each month, DVS holds Office Hours at Civic Hall (118 W 22nd St., 12th Fl). This gathering provides a time for veterans, service members, and family to voice their opinions and concerns, and discuss issues impacting the NYC veteran community. 

Our next office hours will be held on Wednesday, January 24th from 5-7 pm.

Contact awichowski@veterans.nyc.gov for more information. 
 

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Upcoming events

ACLU Transgender People in the Military at Hunter College 47-49 E 65th St.
Dec. 4, 6:30 - 8 pm 

Blue Star Families "Life, Recalculated" Webinar 
Dec. 5, 7 - 9 pm

NYS Health Conversation with Veterans' Service Leaders in New York at 1385 Broadway, 23rd Floor
Dec. 12, 12-1:30 pm  

David Lynch Foundation's Transcendental Mediation Course at 228 E 45th St., 14th Floor*
Dec. 12 - 15 

Veterans Advisory Board Meeting at 9 Bond St., 5th Floor
Dec. 12, 6 pm 

Theater of War performance at Queens Library, Flushing
Dec. 13, 6:30-8:30 pm 


Hercules in East New York at The CAMBA's Cornerstone
Dec. 14, 7-9 pm

"I Dream of Peace" Lecture at The Salmagundi Club, 47 5th Ave.
Dec. 17, 1 pm


* indicates registration required
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DVS in your borough 
Connect with DVS without ever leaving your borough! DVS satellite site locations below:
Brooklyn:       Brooklyn Workforce 1 Career Center, 9 Bond Street, 5th floor:                                                    Mon & Wed 10-2pm

Bronx:            Bronx County Building, 851 Grand Concourse, Room 209:                                                        Tue - Thu 10-2pm

Manhattan:   Manhattan Borough President's Office, 431 W 125th Street:                                                        Mon & Fri 10-2pm

Queens:       Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd, Room 222:                                                              Tue - Thu 10-2pm

Staten Island: Staten Island Borough Hall, 10 Richmond Terrace, Rm G-15:                                                    Tue-Wed 10am-2pm; 
                        College of Staten Island, 2800 Victory Boulevard Campus Center, Rm 216:                              Mon-Thu 10-2pm
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Team DVS in the Community 

CLS
Chou, Simon
Team DVS
New York City Department of Veterans' Services 
1 Centre Street, Suite 2208
New York, NY 10007 
(212) 416-5250
www.nyc.gov/vets


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