Orange County Veterans Service Agency, NY

Orange County Veterans Service Agency, NY Information on Orange County, NY veterans' events and resources. Updates on services for all military members and their families.
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Welcome to the page for the Orange County, NY, Veterans Services Agency. Like and share our page, and watch for our posts to stay current on events and resources. Learn about the veterans and active duty service members in our area. Send us your stories to be featured on our page. Refer us to any veteran you know who needs assistance. It is our privilege to serve our county's veterans.

Mission: Assisting veterans in Orange County New York with accessing their VA benefits. Providing assistance and support to all Orange County,NY, service members and their families.

Let us never forget to honor our fallen. Have a safe and happy Memorial Day. 🇺🇸
05/25/2020

Let us never forget to honor our fallen.

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day.

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05/24/2020
U.S. Navy

U.S. Navy

Twenty-four notes. It's a simple melody, 150 years old, that can express our gratitude when words fail. Taps honors the men and women who have laid down their lives and paid the ultimate sacrifice for the cause of freedom. Fair winds and following seas, shipmates. #MemorialDay

05/23/2020
U.S. Marine Corps

U.S. Marine Corps

Although time may separate us from the past and social distancing separates us physically in the present, we are united by reverence to the warrior spirit that lives on.

04/17/2020

❗️❗️IMPORTANT NOTICE:❗️❗️

The Orange County Veterans 2020 Spring Picnic and Resource Fair May 2nd **IS CANCELLED**

In compliance with required social distancing for the COVID-19 Pandemic, we regret to report that the annual Orange County Veterans 2020 Spring Picnic and Resource Fair has been cancelled. Please check this page periodically for updates on future scheduled veteran events. Thank you!

Thank you to the Orange County Youth Bureau!
04/08/2020

Thank you to the Orange County Youth Bureau!

Highlighting Orange County Veterans Services Agency’s role with providing essential human services to residents during COVID-19 pandemic:
Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus offers gratitude to members of the Orange County Government’s workforce who continue to provide essential services to those in need during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Orange County Veterans Service Agency, NY (VSA) continues to deliver approximately 200 bags of non-perishable foods per week to needy veterans and their families. The VSA is providing rides to Castle Point VA Medical Center from strategic pick-up spots throughout the county for veterans requiring essential care such as chemotherapy, vital infusions and dialysis. The VSA is also processing claims via fax, email and phone.

For more information about the Orange County Veterans Services Agency, please visit https://www.orangecountygov.com/624/Veterans-Service-Agency.

Continue to Follow us for highlights of other resources and services that have been provided to residents by County departments throughout these past few weeks. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post featuring the Orange County’s Crisis Call Center and the Orange County Department of Mental Health.

For full article about other departments featured, please visit https://www.orangecountygov.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1011. For more information, contact Justin Rodriguez, Assistant to the County Executive for Communications and Media Relations at 845.291.3255 or [email protected].

04/07/2020
FOX 13 News - Tampa Bay

Something light hearted during hard times!
God Bless Our Veterans!

QUARANTINE 'CAN'T STOP THE FEELING'! This 97-year-old World War II veteran isn't letting the coronavirus pandemic dampen his spirits! The former Navy pilot has some dance moves that are sure to put a smile on your face! 🇺🇸 STORY: https://bit.ly/2RwFRDx

03/19/2020

In response to the COVID-19 virus, our Cemetery is taking precautions. Please read our FAQs below:

VETERANS CEMETERY FAQs:
Q: Can I still bury my loved one at the Veterans Cemetery?

A: Yes, your eligible loved one may still be interred at OCVC although there have been severe restrictions placed upon attendance.

Q: Will my family be able to attend the funeral service at the time of the interment?

A: No. During this state of emergency, OCVC is conducting direct interment only. This means that only your funeral director will transport your loved on to the cemetery where they will be met by cemetery staff.

Q: Will I be presented with a folded flag by the military?

A: Not at this time. Even though military honor guard was not present at the interment, your loved one is still eligible for military honors in the future. At that time the flag will be presented.

Q: How do I arrange military honors for a later date?

A: Our office will keep records of all Veteran interments that were absent an Honor Guard. After the restriction has been lifted you may contact our office and arrange a memorial service.

Q: Will I still be able to visit my loved one’s grave?

A: Yes. As of 3/17/2020, the cemetery grounds remain open from dawn until dusk every day. You may visit your loved one at any time following the interment as long as you keep to the state mandated gathering limitations.

Q: Can I still order my loved one’s Veterans Grave Marker?

A: Yes. Government issued markers can still be ordered. HOWEVER, all communication is done remotely. Please call the office at 845-291-2470 to discuss options.

Q: Will the cemetery still be cared for?

A: Yes. When you visit the cemetery, you will see that the cemetery staff is still hard at work keeping our grounds beautiful. The staff will be maintaining "safe social distance" from any visitors.

Q: Can I use the restroom during my visit?

A: No. The office, including restrooms, are closed to all non-employees.

Q: Can I drop off my flag for retirement? I can’t find the flag drop box.

A: Our flag drop box is temporarily being utilized as a document drop box. Please do not place flags in the box at this time. Flag Retirements will resume after restrictions have been lifted.

In response to the COVID-19 situation, Here are the precautions our office is taking:Q: Can I still file a VA CLAIM or c...
03/19/2020

In response to the COVID-19 situation, Here are the precautions our office is taking:

Q: Can I still file a VA CLAIM or check the CLAIM status?

A: Yes. Claims with the Veterans Administration will be handled remotely by phone/fax/email. There will be drop-off and pick-up boxes situated at the front of the building for any paperwork. The boxes will be checked routinely. The office will be taking calls and appointments will take place by phone, as necessary.

Q: Is the Orange County Veterans Service Agency office open to the public?

A: No. The OCVSA office has been indefinitely closed to visitors. Anyone with questions pertaining to veterans’ benefits, transportation, funerals, food delivery, or any other veterans related issues is asked to call 845-291-2470 for more information.

Q: Will the VETERANS’ SHUTTLE still run?

A: Our shuttle will still run. We are only giving rides to veterans going to Castle Point and Bronx VA Hospitals for essential appointments (chemotherapy, dialysis, infusions) with a maximum of three (3) riders a day. This is to minimize the amount of people near one another in an enclosed space. Please call 845 291-2470 to reserve transportation for ESSENTIAL MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS ONLY!

Q: Will the VETERANS’ FOOD PANTRY still deliver bags of food?

A: Yes, our food deliveries will continue with safety precautions. Our delivery drivers will be dropping off the bags of food to the homes and making as little social contact with the recipients as possible.

Amazing turnout for the Wreaths Across America  and Holiday Decorations clean up! Finished in record time! Thank you to ...
01/25/2020

Amazing turnout for the Wreaths Across America and Holiday Decorations clean up! Finished in record time!

Thank you to all who showed up! And a special Thank You to the #NamKnights !

•••Reminder!•••Service Connected veterans will have access to base Exchanges and Commissaries starting January 1st 2020!
12/18/2019

•••Reminder!•••

Service Connected veterans will have access to base Exchanges and Commissaries starting January 1st 2020!

12/04/2019
Orange County Veterans Service Agency, NY

Last Year's Wreath Delivery!
Join us for 2019!

December 13th around 10am through Main St in the Village of Goshen!

Thank you to our police and fire escorts!!

Thank you, Smith Transport !!

Featured in the video:
Goshen Village Police Dept, NYS Troopers, Orange County Sheriff's Office, New York Monroe Police Department, Crawford PD, City of Newburgh Police Department, Harriman Police Department, Town of Woodbury Police Dept., Warwick Police Department, Town of Chester Police Department NY

🎄🎄🎄JOIN US 🎄🎄🎄December 13th at 10amThe wreaths are coming!!The gift of THOUSANDS of Christmas Wreaths will work it’s way...
12/04/2019

🎄🎄🎄JOIN US 🎄🎄🎄
December 13th at 10am

The wreaths are coming!!

The gift of THOUSANDS of Christmas Wreaths will work it’s way through the Village of Goshen on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13th around 10:00am.

This precious delivery will be escorted by Police, Fire and EMS from all corners of Orange County.

Please join us in welcoming these special gifts to our Orange County Veterans as it works it’s way down WEST MAIN ST through the village square and on to MAIN ST on its way to the Orange County Veterans Cemetery.

Pause from your day and step outside as the escort passes by!

Flags for waving are available for free at the Orange County Veterans Service Agency located at 111 Craigville Rd. Stop by and pick up flags for your group or business or call Dave Andryshak at 845-494-3768.

PLEASE SHARE! 🎄🎄🎄

11/08/2019

In honor of Veterans' Day, each grave in our cemetery has a flag.

While our employees make every attempt to make sure the flags stay upright and fix them when they fall, these winds are knocking the flags down after hours.

If you visit our beautiful cemetery and see a flag down, we ask that you honor our veterans and our Nation's flag by picking them up and re-installing them.

Thank You! Have a great Veterans' Day weekend!

Vet 2 Vet - Orange County, NY
09/25/2019

Vet 2 Vet - Orange County, NY

Please help us get our homeless and at-risk Veterans to the Veteran Stand-Down event being hosted by the Middletown ELKS this Saturday from 9am-2pm. There will be items and services available and a special area specifically for women veterans. A free hot breakfast is available for all veterans.

The 29th Annual Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival
07/10/2019

The 29th Annual Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival

We are looking for any military, active duty or retired, service members to be a part of an honor ceremony with the Warrior Wagon this Friday and Saturday evening at The 28th Annual Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, in Rhinebeck, New York.
This unique experience comes with free admission to the festival for you and your family. Please email [email protected] with the day you would like to participate in the ceremony, date and branch of service with rank and how many tickets you need for you and your family.
Thank you for your service.

We had a little visitor to the cemetery this morning! Looks like this little one is honoring Memorial Day too 🇺🇸
05/23/2019

We had a little visitor to the cemetery this morning! Looks like this little one is honoring Memorial Day too 🇺🇸

Orange County Government
05/05/2019

Orange County Government

The County hosted what is always a wonderful outing, the Veterans Spring Picnic and Resource Fair, on Saturday at Thomas Bull Memorial Park. The annual Veterans Spring Picnic is a great opportunity to show our local military members how much we appreciate them. We are all grateful for their services and sacrifices.

03/28/2019

WOW! We can't believe the outpouring of support the residents of Orange County gave to our troops overseas in harms way! Our office, along with the Orange County Government Executive's office, would like to thank all those who made their donations! We've had hundreds of pounds of donations over the last weeks.

We will be making the final shipment this Friday, March 29th, with assistance from United For The Troops

Donations for this drive will no longer be accepted at our office after Friday.

Thank you again Orange County! And please like and share this post to spread the word!

What a wonderful turnout to honor our veterans and their families 💕
12/17/2018
Photos: Wreaths Across America ceremony in Goshen

What a wonderful turnout to honor our veterans and their families 💕

A Wreaths Across America ceremony to honor fallen veterans was held at the Orange County Veterans Cemetery in Goshen on Saturday.

12/13/2018

Thank you to our police and fire escorts!!

Thank you, Smith Transport !!

Featured in the video:
Goshen Village Police Dept, NYS Troopers, Orange County Sheriff's Office, New York Monroe Police Department, Crawford PD, City of Newburgh Police Department, Harriman Police Department, Town of Woodbury Police Dept., Warwick Police Department, Town of Chester Police Department NY

The Wreaths Are On Their Way!!!Thanks Jennifer Jo Hillegass for the photo!
12/13/2018

The Wreaths Are On Their Way!!!

Thanks Jennifer Jo Hillegass for the photo!

Your wreaths are on the way!

12/13/2018

📣📣 Attention Goshen! 📣📣

Our Wreaths Across America - Official Page delivery is coming today! Please join us in welcoming the truck as it makes its way down Main Street at 11am today!

It will be escorted by vehicles of FIRST RESPONDERS!

See you there!

12/07/2018

📣📣 Seeking Volunteers!! 📣📣

Our grounds crew is hard at work preparing the cemetery for the Wreaths Across America Ceremony on December 15th at 12pm.

If you can help, please stop by and help us finish placing the wreath stands on our over 3,000 graves.

Just stop by and see Dave, our cemetery supervisor, to get started helping.

The Newburgh Free Library is holding a Veterans Art Show throughout the month of November. 🎨And they are looking for ent...
10/23/2018

The Newburgh Free Library is holding a Veterans Art Show throughout the month of November. 🎨

And they are looking for entries of art in various mixed media including oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, mixed media, crafts, photography and sculptures. 🎨

Contact the library at 845-563-3644 for more information 🇺🇸

Here are some details about the event:Tours Dental Health will offer free screenings, basic X-rays and a cleaning for ve...
10/04/2018

Here are some details about the event:

Tours Dental Health will offer free screenings, basic X-rays and a cleaning for veterans, military and their families (including children) and they will not require ID.

They will be able to accommodate about 150 patients so space is limited and this is only for one day!

The event will start at 9am and they will have a special media event at 9:30am. Appointments will be available at 10am, 11:30am and 2:30pm but people will be invited to arrive 1 hour early for free food, entertainment, crafts, health education, giveaways and more.

To make an appointment you can call 914-594-2700 number and just mention the event.

Orange County Government
10/01/2018

Orange County Government

The County’s Veterans Service Agency (VSA) held a ceremony to honor the 40 County residents who died 100 years ago today on the same day during World War I. The 40 Orange County residents served in Companies E and L of the 107th Regiment of the 27th Division and were killed in action during the Battle of the Hindenburg Line in Northern France. Breaking through the Hindenburg Line helped the U.S. and its allies win World War I, which ended on November 11th, 1918. We appreciate everyone that attended the wonderful ceremony.

Free admission for Veterans at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown NY on November 7.
09/26/2018

Free admission for Veterans at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown NY on November 7.

Resort World Catskills is hosting a job fair at The American Legion Post 151 in Middletown NY on Tuesday June 26 from 10...
06/18/2018

Resort World Catskills is hosting a job fair at The American Legion Post 151 in Middletown NY on Tuesday June 26 from 10am to 6pm.

Due to great demand, we will be hosting another showing at the theater at 7:15pm today. Seating at this showing is first...
01/24/2018

Due to great demand, we will be hosting another showing at the theater at 7:15pm today. Seating at this showing is first come, first serve.

Please share to spread the information.

See you there! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

Orange County to host free showing of “12 Strong” for veterans on January 24th at Monroe Cinema
Movie tells story of first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11 terrorist attacks
Goshen, N.Y. – Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus and Veterans Service Agency Director Christian Farrell will host a free showing of the new highly-acclaimed movie “12 Strong” for veterans at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, January 24th at Monroe Cinema, located at 34 Millpond Parkway.
The County coordinated the event with new Town of Monroe Supervisor Tony Cardone and the Monroe Town Board.
12 Strong, which stars Chris Hemsworth, tells the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan immediately after the September 11th terrorist attacks. They joined with local Afghan warlords to conduct missions against the Taliban. The film is based on Doug Stanton’s non-fiction book, Horse Soldiers, and will be in theaters on Friday.
“The 9/11 terrorist attacks forever changed our lives and movies such as 12 Strong are important because they portray the challenges and adversity that our service members faced overseas during combat,” Neuhaus said. “They also help us understand our veterans’ needs when they return home from the battlefield. We look forward to hosting this event, which provides Orange County veterans with an opportunity to come together, enjoy a great movie and share some of their experiences.”
Orange County Deputy Commissioner of Emergency Services Alan Mack, a decorated U.S. Army veteran, will address guests before the movie. Chief Warrant Officer Five Mack enlisted in the Army in 1981 and became a helicopter pilot in 1989. Mack was one of the first pilots to fly into Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001, bringing the same Special Forces unit depicted in 12 Strong to battle the Taliban during the start of the engagement.
“Alan Mack is a true public servant, serving with the Special Forces and other elite military units, including Delta Force and the U.S. Navy’s renowned Seal Team Six,” Neuhaus said. “Orange County is fortunate to have a man of his caliber working on behalf of our residents. He has been a tremendous asset to our talented Emergency Services team and I’m proud to call him a friend.”
Mack spent time with some members of the Special Forces he served with in Afghanistan, Hemsworth and producer Jerry Bruckheimer in New York City earlier this week. He has served as the County’s Deputy Commissioner of Emergency Services since August, 2016.
“I’m proud to share my experiences with this group of veterans and listen to some of theirs,” Mack said. “I remember the sense of urgency that we all felt during Operation Enduring Freedom and the importance of the mission. I was honored to serve with the Special Forces during the war in Afghanistan and was glad to reconnect with some of these heroes this week.”
Veterans can reserve a spot to view 12 Strong on January 24th by contacting Farrell at 291-2470 or [email protected].

Address

111 Craigville Rd
Goshen, NY
10924

General information

Christian Farrell, Director Carol Flannery, Sr. Deputy Director Barbara Allen, Veterans Specialist Andrea Estes-Conkiln, Benefits Examiner Domenick Cocchiara, Deputy Director Natalie Rostran, Deputy Director David Andryshak: Cemetery- Coordinator

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(845) 291-2470

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#America will remain the Land of the Free, only so long as it is the Home of the Brave--and America's Bravest are our Veterans. So tomorrow, Nov. 8 at 9:00 a.m., @StChristophersInc #YoungWomensLeadershipCenter will host a special #VeteransDay Celebration at #KaplanCareerAcademy, 623 Blooming Grove Turnpike in New Windsor, NY. Special guests include speaker, LTC Dave Jones of @WestPointUSMA, and a special All-Female-Cadet color guard from #JamesIONeillHighSchool #JROTC in Highland Falls, NY, plus the Young Women of @StChristophersInc will share tributes to veterans. A special brunch will follow. All veterans, including @OrangeCountyNYVeteransCoaliton members, invited. For more information, contact Dennis da Costa, 914-357-6182 or [email protected]. Happy #VeteransDay!
Veterans are at increased risk for Multiple Myeloma, an incurable blood cancer. If you or a loved one have multiple myeloma please check out our group: The next meeting of the Orange County NY Multiple Myeloma Support Group will be this coming Monday, December 17th, from 10am-noon at 30 Harriman Drive, Goshen NY. Our group is affiliated with the International Myeloma Foundation. At this meeting, we will be joined by Tim Peterson, Myeloma Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Memorial Sloan Kettering NYC. Tim will be presenting to our group on the use of supportive care medications during Myeloma treatment. We will also have time for Q&A. Tim is extremely knowledgeable about all the medications that Myeloma patients take, as well as side effect management, and more. He works directly with the Myeloma department and their patients at MSK. Be sure to bring your medication questions to this meeting, it's sure to be extremely informative! Our meetings are free, and open to all Myeloma patients and caregivers, we have refreshments provided by Takeda. I hope you can join us if you live in the area, we have an active, lively and welcoming group. Our location is easily accessible from NY's Hudson Valley, Northern NJ and Northwestern PA. RSVP (if you can) to let me know if you will be attending our Dec 17th meeting. I hope that you can make it to this very informative meeting!
Your wreaths are on the way!
All Veterans Welcomed