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.
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.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more