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Kristen Rouse

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  • donated 2017-09-05 17:45:36 -0400

    Donate to the NYC Veterans Alliance

    $64,568.00 raised
    GOAL: $100,000.00

    Help Us Raise $100,000 by December 15th! 

    50Bricks_logo_small.pngCraig Newmark, founder of craigslist, has launched a $100,000 matching challenge to expand and strengthen NYC Veterans Alliance programs, brick by brick.

    We are seeking 50 donors to match Craig's lead donation of $50,000 by contributing amounts between $1,000 and $5,000.

    Donors of $1,000 or more receive:

    - Public thanks and enduring recognition on our website as a 50 Brick Donor
    - A "mini brick" as a thank-you keepsake
    - Invitations to exclusive events

    CLICK HERE TO MAKE A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION - please donate online through our generous fiscal sponsor, Intersections International; all but a very small amount will go toward building and sustaining NYC Veterans Alliance programs. To mail a check, please email for instructions. Thank you! 

    TO MAKE A NON-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION - we welcome donations of any amount using the form below to help us meet our goal. Want to become a member? NYC Veterans Alliance Members make monthly dues contributions to propel our work and show their support all year round. CLICK HERE TO JOIN.

  • published A Proclamation - Thanks to You! in Our Voices 2016-07-16 14:44:07 -0400

    A Proclamation - Thanks to You!

    by Kristen L. Rouse

    On Tuesday evening, NYC Public Advocate Tish James presented the NYC Veterans Alliance with a Proclamation that says, in part:

    Be it Resolved that I, Public Advocate for the City of New York, Letitia James, recognize the NYC Veterans Alliance as an organization worthy of our highest respect and esteem; and may it further be Proclaimed, that today, June 28, 2016, is a day to honor NYC Veterans Alliance.

    This Proclamation is thanks to you! We are proud to add this to the two pens we received from Mayor Bill de Blasio when he signed bills that we advocated for into law--in addition to our string of successes over the last year that we hope you take as much pride in as we do.


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  • published Honoring Father Capodanno in Our Voices 2015-08-31 13:53:51 -0400

    Honoring Father Capodanno

    by Kristen L. Rouse

    This Friday marks the 48th anniversary of Father Vincent Robert Capodanno being killed in action in Vietnam. Father Capodanno's name is perhaps one of the most recognized in NYC, but many New Yorkers do not know the story of his service and sacrifice.

    Father Capodanno

    Father Vincent Robert Capodanno

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  • published A Powerful Voice for Student Veterans in Our Latest 2015-07-06 10:10:31 -0400

    Testimony on Veterans' Education Through SUNY Credits Act

    On March 19, the NYC Veterans Alliance was honored to have Samuel Innocent testify in support of the NYC Council's resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign the Veterans' Education Through SUNY Credits Act. Innocent is a former Army sergeant and combat medic who has gone on to become an advocate for student veterans both as a student and now as a professional. He shared some of his powerful personal story in his testimony to illustrate the importance of legislation that ensures all NY State institutions properly grant credit where it is due for military education and experience.


    Samuel Innocent testifies before the NYC Council on March 19, 2015


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  • published Survey & Success! in Our Latest 2015-07-06 10:07:36 -0400

    Survey & Success!

    Just a few weeks ago, we launched the 2015 Survey of NYC Veterans Policy Priorities, and we are well over 400 responses thus far. We’re hoping for even more, so we’re keeping the survey open until Friday, March 13.


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  • published Veterans Legislation Passed! in Our Latest 2015-07-06 10:04:17 -0400

    Statement at City Council Speaker's Press Conference

    Success!! Yesterday the NYC Council passed three bills (Ints. 611, 619, & 600) that the NYC Veterans Alliance pushed for, discussed at length, and testified on earlier this month. This was a proud day for us, and we were invited to attend Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito's press conference on these important reforms. Council Members Ulrich, Eugene, and Vallone all spoke in detail on these bills that they helped to develop with community input, and Council Speaker Mark-Viverito introduced Kristen Rouse to speak as a veteran advocate who helped with pushing these bills toward their final passage yesterday.


    Kristen Rouse speaking at City Hall alongside Council Speaker Mark-Viverito and Council Members Ulrich, Eugene, and Vallone.


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  • published Veterans Treatment Courts in Our Latest 2015-07-03 15:39:51 -0400

    Testimony on Establishing Manhattan Veterans Treatment Court

    On Wednesday, the NYC Council held a hearing on NYC's Veterans Treatment Courts in City Hall's Committee Room. Aynisa Leonardo, an experienced clinician who has served veterans for more than eight years, and who also has extensive experience with clients in the Veterans Treatment Courts operating in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, testified on behalf of the NYC Veterans Alliance, and represented your responses thus far on the 2015 Survey of NYC Veterans Priorities. It was a long, but important hearing, and Aynisa followed testimony by a number of judges and government officials, to include Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and a U.S. Army veteran asked to read the statement of Public Advocate Letitia James in support of establishing a Veterans Treatment Court in Manhattan.

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  • published Your Survey, Your Voice in Our Latest 2015-07-03 15:28:16 -0400

    Testimony on Reforming the VAB and Tracking Veterans Receiving NYC Services

    You've responded to the 2015 Survey of NYC Veterans Policy Priorities, and your voice has already been heard by public officials. Yesterday was the first-ever testimony of the NYC Veterans Alliance in a City Council hearing, and we were definitely heard.


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  • published Survey Results in Our Latest 2015-07-03 15:23:24 -0400

    Preliminary Survey Results: Week One

    It's been one week since we launched the 2015 Survey of NYC Veterans Policy Priorities, and the response has been an overwhelming success--thanks to each of you who took the survey and encouraged your friends, family members, and colleagues to participate. The survey will remain open until the end of February 2015, and the full results will be made public in early March.

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  • published Survey in Our Latest 2015-07-03 15:15:05 -0400

    2015 Survey of NYC Veterans Policy Priorities

    Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Supporters of the NYC Veterans Alliance:

    We are pleased to announce the release of the 2015 Survey of NYC Veterans Policy Priorities. We invite all veterans, family members, service providers, and civilians who care about veterans in the NYC Metro area to take this survey. We also ask that you please forward the survey link to anyone you think might be interested in having a voice on NYC veterans policy. The survey takes only about ten or fifteen minutes, and it will be open for responses through the end of February.

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