Fellow Veterans, Friends, and Colleagues,

On Tuesday, July 28, the NYC Veterans Alliance is proud to present the FORUM ON NYC VETERANS POLICY at the New York Public Library:


Tuesday, July 28

6:00-8:00 PM

South Court Auditorium

Stephen A. Schwartzman Building, New York Public Library

5th Avenue at 42nd Street

Event is free and open to the public. Free tickets can be reserved at:


Please join us for an in-depth discussion about city-level policies affecting the lives of NYC’s 220,000 veterans and service members, as well as the estimated 250,000 spouses and dependents who rely on them. Taken together, this means that one in every sixteen New Yorkers is in some way affected by city-level veterans policies. This discussion follows the release of the NYC Veterans Alliance report, Change is Essential: A Community Weighs in on Veterans Policy, and will address current issues, challenges, and potential solutions to improve the lives of NYC veterans, service members, and their families. The purpose of the discussion is to inform and allow the audience to ask questions, and not to endorse any specific political position.

Our evening will include special guests and a distinguished panel of veterans and advocates:

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. Air Force Veteran, Veteran Transition Manager for New York at IAVA’s Rapid Response Referral Program

Coco Culhane - Founder and Director of the Veteran Advocacy Project at the Urban Justice Center

Immediately following the event, please join us to continue the discussion and to connect with one another a few blocks from the Library at:

Galway Pub

7 East 36th Street

Between 5th Ave and Madison

Space is reserved beginning at 8 PM for the NYC Veterans Alliance

We are grateful to the New York Public Library for generously allowing us to use a stunning auditorium in one of NYC’s landmark buildings free of charge. We are also immensely grateful to our event sponsors, who support this educational event by allowing us to pay veterans to provide photography and videography services, as well as the printing services of a veteran-owned business to produce the event programs:

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)

Army Week Association

SempeRide Transportation

We are also proud to have at least twenty organizations that offer services to NYC veterans supporting this event, and they will be listed in the event programs. If your organization is not yet listed, please feel free to contact me before July 22nd if you would like to be included.

We are expecting a large turnout, so please ensure you have a seat by reserving your free tickets online at We can only guarantee your seat if you arrive before the event starts at 6 PM, however.

Thanks for your continued support.

I hope to see you there!

Kristen L. Rouse

U.S. Army Veteran

Interim Director, NYC Veterans Alliance