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Veterans Day, November 11, is again upon us. As veterans, servicemembers, elected officials, and others prepare to march down 5th Avenue on Tuesday, military veterans throughout the city continue to attempt navigating life as civilians. In New York, services for veterans have continually been called into question. Critics cite inadequate funding and staffing at the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs (MOVA).
NEW YORK - With support from the de Blasio administration, and veteran advocates, it appears a third round of reform is headed to the Veteran Advisory Board (VAB).
The VAB, established in 1987, is charged with advising the Mayor's Office of Veterans' Affairs (MOVA) on all matters concerning veterans. After years of VAB inactivity, advocates pushed for reform via City Council legislation and in 2002 and 2006 changes were made to better organize the board.
...[On] Tuesday [July 28th] at 6 p.m. the NYC Veterans Alliance is holding a forum on NYC Veterans Policy. John Oliver, host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, is set to make opening remarks. A panel discussion will include panelists Phoebe Gavin, U.S. Army Veteran, Freelance writer; Lee Covino, U.S. Army Veteran, Former Vice-Chairman of the NYC Veterans Advisory Board; Brett Morash, U.S. Navy Veteran, Vice President of Veterans Services for Services for the UnderServed; Tireak Tulloch, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, Veteran Advocate; Julienne Williams, U.S.
City officials said Thursday that New York is on course to house all of its homeless veterans by the end of this year. At a City Council hearing held by the general welfare and veterans committees, de Blasio administration representatives said they would meet a previous promise to find housing for all military veterans without.
Joshua Bunn was a rifleman in one of the bloodiest valleys in Afghanistan, where his infantry unit killed hundreds of enemy fighters and lost more comrades than any other battalion in the Marine Corps in 2008.
“We were so far out in Taliban country we rarely got resupply,” Mr. Bunn, 27, said in an interview from his apartment in Jonesboro, Ark. “We just got rockets and small-arms fire every day.”
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams on Monday cut the ribbon on an expansion of his free legal services clinic at Brooklyn Borough Hall, which will provide critical resources for Brooklyn families who want to claim their rights under the law but cannot afford to hire an attorney.
A joint hearing of the council’s Veterans and Mental Health committees examined an issue probed recently by the Center for Investigative Reporting: a massive national backlog of government benefits for returning veterans.
New York veterans face some of the worst delays in the country, nearly two years in obtaining first-time approvals for government disability benefits available to former servicemen and women injured as a result of their military duties. That’s around twice the national rate.
A steady stream of hands shot in the air as the speaker asked audience members to indicate if they had served their country, beginning with Vietnam and ending post-9/11.
By all accounts, Kris Goldsmith started out as a good soldier.
He enlisted in the Army in 2003, and landed in Iraq two years later. He was trained to direct air and artillery bombardments, but was later given a new job: to chronicle for intelligence officials—in photos, interviews and written accounts—everything his unit encountered.
On May 15, 2005, the unit encountered a mass grave in a trash dump. As Goldsmith took photos in the 140-degree heat, surrounded by sewage, he watched the flies lift off the corpses and land on him.
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- BP Adams Expands Free Legal Services Clinic Borough Hall The Brooklyn Eagle4/19/2016 In collaboration with the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyer’s Project, Brooklyn Legal...
- Report Finds Sharp Increase in Veterans Denied V.A. Benefits The New York Times3/30/2016 A study shows that many veterans are being denied benefits from the V.A. Research has shown...
- City Set to Hit Functional Zero Veteran Homelessness, Though Challenges Remain Gotham Gazette11/13/2015 City officials have announced that New York was on course to house all of its homeless...
- City's Veterans Community Meets to Assess Policy, Build Cohesion Gotham Gazette7/29/2015 Veterans and advocates discuss the issues facing the veteran community in NYC--including...
- The Week Ahead in New York Politics, July 27 2015 Gotham Gazette7/26/2015 An important week for veterans in New York City.
- VAB Reform Bills Appear Fast-Tracked Gotham Gazette2/10/2015 With support from the de Blasio administration and veteran advocates, it appears a third round...
- With a Legal Assist, Traumatized Veterans Seek Status Upgrade Politico2/6/2015 Army Veteran, Kris Goldsmith, seeks a discharge upgrade following his return home from Iraq....
- New York City and Its Military Veterans Gotham Gazette11/7/2014 Reflecting on the lives of veterans in New York City.