Panel Discussion: VA Home Loans

Moderator Phoebe Gavin discusses an audience question about using VA home loans in NYC with panelists Lee Covino, Coco Culhane, Brett Morash, Tireak Tulloch, and Vadim Panasyuk.

Forum on NYC Veterans Policy

Presented by the NYC Veterans Alliance
July 28, 2015 - New York Public Library

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Panel Discussion: Military Reservists

Moderator Phoebe Gavin discusses the unique challenges faced by Reservists with panelists Lee Covino, Coco Culhane, Brett Morash, Tireak Tulloch, and Vadim Panasyuk.

Forum on NYC Veterans Policy

Presented by the NYC Veterans Alliance
July 28, 2015 - New York Public Library

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Panel Discussion: Women Veterans

Moderator Phoebe Gavin discusses an audience question about women veterans with panelists Lee Covino, Coco Culhane, Brett Morash, Tireak Tulloch, and Vadim Panasyuk.

Forum on NYC Veterans Policy

Presented by the NYC Veterans Alliance
July 28, 2015 - New York Public Library

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John Oliver at the Forum on NYC Veterans Policy

We are very excited to announce a special guest at Tuesday’s FORUM ON NYC VETERANS POLICY:

John Oliver, Emmy-winning writer, renowned comedian, and host of the Peabody Award-winning HBO news-satire show, Last Week Tonight, will make a special appearance on Tuesday evening. A great supporter of veterans causes, John has volunteered his time to entertain troops and veterans, and to perform at charity fundraisers benefiting veterans and their families. John is the husband of an Army veteran who served in Iraq, and is a valued member of our NYC veterans community. We greatly appreciate his appearance at our event to highlight the importance of NYC veterans policy in the lives of our city’s veterans, service members, and their families.

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Announcement! July 28: FORUM ON NYC VETERANS POLICY

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:

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"Soft Rollout" of IDNYC's Veteran Designation - Go Get One, But Be Prepared

The good news is that NYC government has finally implemented the veteran designation we were promised last year by Mayor de Blasio, and that we’ve gotten exactly what we asked for in the Change is Essential report we released last month, plus a several additional benefits. We appreciate all the work that MOVA and many dedicated officials at City Hall and the City Council put into what we believe to be a very solid program that recognizes NYC veterans in accordance with the City Charter. This is a good thing.

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Progress, Although More to Do on Veteran Homelessness in NYC

Even as overall homelessness in NYC has risen to an all-time high under Mayor de Blasio, there has been considerable progress in reducing veteran homelessness due to robust resources from the federal government to tackle the problem nationwide. A Capital New York article this week touted NYC's successes in reducing veteran homelessness:

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Veteran ID Cards: Feds Ahead of NYC?

Veterans have long wanted an easier way to prove their veteran status than carrying around copies of their DD214s, and it looks like the federal government is on the verge of passing legislation to create official veterans ID cards, separate from Veterans Health Administration ID cards issued only to veterans that meet eligibility requirements for health care. Read this morning's news story about this here.

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Oversight of NYC Funds Going to Veterans Organizations

Last week the City Council released the list of organizations to receive discretionary funds for Fiscal Year 2016 for providing veterans services. These are critical funds, and organizations have provided valuable direct assistance and services to veterans in NYC. These funds provided by the City Council are entirely separate from the budget of the Mayor's Office of Veterans Affairs (MOVA), and are not overseen in any formal way by MOVA.

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2016 Budget Increase for Veterans: Not Victory, But An Important Step Forward

Following pressure from the NYC Veterans Alliance, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, and veterans and advocates across NYC, our city government has responded by including more funding for veterans and veterans services in the 2016 budget. This is truly an important step forward, and we appreciate the many City Council members who pushed for the funding increase, and we appreciate that Mayor de Blasio has, at long last, finally supported these additions to the budget. But we must be clear: NYC still has a long way yet to go before we can declare victory.

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