NYS VETERANS FACT SHEET under the VA section outlines Veteran Benefits for New York State Veterans!

Ceremonial Rifle and Static Display Inventories

Ceremonial Rifle and Static Display Inventories forms and requirements have been updated and are new and the VFW is quite sure our posts do not have the new forms.  Rifle inventories are required 3 years from the date of issue.  Also, an annual certification is required for static displays such as canons, tank, mortar, etc. along with a 35mm photograph.  A separate form is required for each piece of equipment on display. Completed inventory forms are required to be sent to the below address following any inventory:

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Department of Defense Authorizes Service Stars on the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
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Frequently Asked Questions By members

1. I received an email/postcard/phone call from a company asking for my personal information. They said they were working on a directory for New York VFW. Is this a legitimate project, or is it a scam?

We have partnered with PCI (also known as Publishing Concepts) to produce our new members directory. PCI is a company located in Dallas, TX that publishes directories for educational institutions, fraternities, sororities and military organizations across the nation. This project allows New York VFW to receive important updates to our database so we know more about our members and how we can better serve you and future members.

2. How do I know my information will only be used for directory purposes?

New York VFW has a contractual agreement with PCI that states:
a. The names, addresses and information provided to PCI by New York VFW for the publication of the Directory will be held confidential by PCI, except to the extent that they are utilized in, or in the preparation of, the Directory and except as required by court order or law.

The Directory will be made available only to members of New York VFW. Upon completion of the project, PCI will return to New York VFW any and all electronic files that have been supplied by New York VFW or produced by PCI in connection with the production of the Directory.

3. I would like to verify and update my information. How may I do this?

If you have received a postcard or an email with a telephone number, you may call the number to speak with a dedicated representative for the New York VFW project. The representative will verify all the information we have on file for you and make any updates where needed.

If you have received an email with an embedded link, you may go to the online site to review your information. If you have questions, you may call PCI’s customer service desk at 1.800.982.1590.

4. Can anyone purchase a directory?

The New York VFW members Directory is available for sale only to New York VFW members.

5. When will I receive my directory?

The total duration of the directory project is about 12 months. Since we began the project in March 2017, the directories will be distributed in March 2018.

6. Can I choose some or all of my information not to be printed in the directory?

When you call to update your information, you can tell the representative what information you would prefer to have excluded. You may also communicate this information to the PCI customer service desk (1.800.982.1590) or to the Department.

7. I ordered a directory/package over the phone and would like to cancel my order. How do I do this?

Call the PCI customer service help desk at 1.800.982.1590, and they will take care of this for you.

2016 Department of New York State Convention Elects Dennis Sullivan as 2016-2017 State Commander

img1img2State Commander Dennis Sullivan outlined his goals for his new administration and the New York VFW.  His podium banner makes his future endeavors clear and outlines his heartfelt desires for a strong and vibrant Veterans of Foreign Wars in New York State.  Some of his goals are to get everyone involved, committed, participating, cooperating and excited for the future of the New York VFW.  Determined, yet fun-loving, his concern for every member and veteran is obvious when he talks to his VFW family.  There is a smile from Dennis, combined with always wanting to know how any single member feels and he’s eager to hear their concerns.

Commander Sullivan’s top line officers, Senior Vice Commander Michael Burke and Junior Vice Commander Eugene Ratigliano, have vowed to support and work tirelessly for the Commander and of course the VFW implementing their goals, desires and individual programs right along with the Commanders.

img3All the nominated command team and line officers were uncontested with the State Adjutant casting one unanimous vote for each candidate.  Each officer spoke to the members with enthusiasm and determination and implored them to get involved, committed and passionate for the VFW and the veterans they serve.

img4With the usual pomp and circumstance the newly elected officers took their oaths of office with pride and allegiance to the great VFW organization, their fellow members and veterans.

img5As the colors passed all stood at attention and saluted the flag of our country which was a site that not only humbles the greatest of us but invigorates the best of us in the VFW.  Memories of wars and battles will never fade; some will be haunted by those past and present encounters with evil for the rest of their days.  But those memories spawn hope that those veterans who survived the horrors of war will be drawn to the cause that honors those that paid the ultimate price in a foreign land for their country in the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The new essay contest themes for 2016-2017 are as follows:

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Hawley presents incoming Orleans County Vets service agency director with American and NYS flags

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DOC in the Running for National Jr. Vice Commander-in-Chief

At the Department Spring Conference held in Ellenville, New York on March 27, 2015, the Council of Administration unanimously without exception endorsed William “Doc” Schmitz as our candidate for the high office of National Jr. Vice Commander-in-Chief.

Many if not all of you know of “Doc’s” contributions and achievements in the VFW, as well as his dedication to our organization and its mission. I have enclosed a copy of his bio for you to share with your Comrades.

The following Past State Commanders of the Department of New York support William “Doc” Schmitz as New York’s Candidate for Jr. Vice Commander-in-Chief.

We collectively ask that you support William “Doc” Schmitz as New York’s Candidate for Jr. Vice Commander-in-Chief.

Melvin Garrett, 1981-82
Anthony Ferrarese, 1989-90
Mario Raimondi 1991-92
James Longendyke, 1992-92
Art Koch III, 1995-96
Robert Seagraves, 2000-01
Bernard Thompson, 2001-02
Karl Rohde, 2002-03
Harold Burke Jr., 2003-04
James Vinsonhaler, 2004-05
James McNally, 2005-06
Donald Doell, 2006-07
Robert Barnhart, 2007-08
Allan Davenport, 2009-10
Jack Veazy, 2010-11
Harold Leavor, 2011-12
James Durkin, 2012-13
Michael Pascal, 2013-14

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At this link search for a name by:

Clicking on a state, then when it opens scroll down to the city and the names will appear.

Then click on their names. It should show you a picture of the person, or at least their bio and medals.

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