veterans https://www.thebatavian.com/ en https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png veterans https://www.thebatavian.com/ Local Matters © 2008-2023 The Batavian. All Rights Reserved. Wed, 17 Jul 2024 08:29:50 -0400 https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png Tue, 25 Jun 2024 16:45:00 -0400 Farmers market coupons for veterans will be available on Thursday https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/farmers-market-coupons-for-veterans-will-be-available-on-thursday/639881 Press Release:

On Thursday, June 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Veterans Benefits Advisor will be at the Genesee Country Farmers Market. Distribution of the 2024 Farmers Market coupons will be available for Veterans.  

Genesee Office for the Aging will be at the Genesee Country Farmers Market each Friday in July (5, 12, 19 and 26) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. distributing 2024 Farmers Market Coupons. Qualified seniors must be at least 60 years old and earn no more than $2322 a month for 1 person or $3152 a month for 2 people.

The market is now located in the parking lot across from O'Lacys on School Street between Center and Jackson Streets.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/farmers-market-coupons-for-veterans-will-be-available-on-thursday/639881#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/farmers-market-coupons-for-veterans-will-be-available-on-thursday/639881 Jun 25, 2024, 4:45pm veterans Farmers market coupons for veterans will be available on Thursday Press Release <p>Press Release:</p><blockquote><p>On Thursday, June 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Veterans Benefits Advisor will be at the Genesee Country Farmers Market. Distribution of the 2024 Farmers Market coupons will be available for Veterans. &nbsp;</p><p>Genesee Office for the Aging will be at the Genesee Country Farmers Market</p></blockquote>
Tenney votes for legislation to intended to help veterans and military families https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/tenney-votes-for-legislation-to-intended-to-help-veterans-and-military-families Press Release:

Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-24) today voted in favor of H.R. 8580, the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2025, to fund essential military construction projects and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

This legislation passed the House by a vote of 209-197.

"Ensuring our nation's servicemembers and veterans have access to top-tier benefits, facilities, and care while strengthening our national security is essential to our country's prosperity," said Congresswoman Tenney. "H.R. 8580 guarantees that servicemembers, veterans, and their families are supported and receive the benefits they are owed for their service and sacrifice. The bill provides a vital investment in U.S. military infrastructure by improving Department of Defense facilities and enhancing the lives of military families through much-needed funding for family housing and child development centers. Additionally, this bill takes steps to uphold pro-life principles, protect our veterans’ Second Amendment rights, and crack down on the Biden administration’s “woke” policies. By passing this bill through regular order, House Republicans reaffirm our commitment to uphold Congress's power of the purse and curb the wasteful spending of the Biden Administration while supporting our military. Voting in favor of this bill today reaffirms my commitment to our veterans and active-duty military by ensuring their housing, health care programs, and benefits are fully funded while bolstering our national security."

Key Provisions in the FY25 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Bill:

  • Provides $337.4 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fully fund veterans’ health care, benefits and VA programs
  • Includes $2 billion for Military Family Housing
  • Supplies $75 million above the enacted level for child development centers
  • Issues $1.1 billion for investments in the Indo-Pacific region to improve the United States strategic posture in the region
  • Prohibits funding to promote or advance critical race theory and the Biden Administration’s DEI agenda
  • Bans taxpayer dollars from being used for abortions
  • Protects Veterans’ Second Amendment rights by prohibiting the VA from reporting a veteran to NICS for using a fiduciary to apply for a lawful purchase
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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/tenney-votes-for-legislation-to-intended-to-help-veterans-and-military-families#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/tenney-votes-for-legislation-to-intended-to-help-veterans-and-military-families Jun 7, 2024, 7:50am veterans Tenney votes for legislation to intended to help veterans and military families Press Release <p>Press Release:</p><blockquote><p>Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-24) today voted in favor of H.R. 8580, the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2025, to fund essential military construction projects and the Department of Veterans Affairs.</p><p>This legislation passed the House by a vote of 209-197.</p><p>"Ensuring</p></blockquote>
Decorative Painters group presents hand-painted boxes to patients at VA Hospital https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/decorative-painters-group-presents-hand-painted-boxes-to-patients-at-va-hospital
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On Wednesday, the Genesee Country Decorative Painters presented more than two dozen hand-painted decorative boxes for staff at the VA Hospital in Batavia to hand out to patients.

Helen Ronin said that every year, the group selects one or two community projects. This year, they decided to give back to the VA for its ongoing support of the group. The VA allows the group to meet regularly in the hospital's auditorium.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/decorative-painters-group-presents-hand-painted-boxes-to-patients-at-va-hospital#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/decorative-painters-group-presents-hand-painted-boxes-to-patients-at-va-hospital Jun 5, 2024, 4:29pm veterans Decorative Painters group presents hand-painted boxes to patients at VA Hospital Howard Owens <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-06/va-care-boxes-hand-painted.jpg?itok=q3MdITxm" width="800" height="533" alt="painters club va center gift boxes" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <p>On Wednesday, the Genesee Country Decorative Painters presented more than two dozen hand-painted decorative boxes for staff at the VA Hospital in Batavia to hand out to patients.</p><p>Helen Ronin said that every year, the group selects one or two community projects. This year, they decided to give back to the VA for its ongoing support of the group. The VA allows the group to meet regularly in the hospital's auditorium.</p>
Batavia Downs provides 2,500 concert tickets for summer series to area veterans https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/batavia-downs-provides-2500-concert-tickets-for-summer-series-to-area-veterans/639497
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Press release:

Officials from Batavia Downs Gaming and Hotel presented 2,250 complimentary tickets to William Joyce, Director of the Genesee County Veterans Service Agency. The tickets included 250 Tickets from each of Batavia’s Rockin’ the Downs Summer Concerts.

“This marks the 6th year in a row that Batavia Downs supported our local Veterans with free tickets to our shows, “said Batavia Downs CEO and President Henry Wojtaszek.  “Giving back to our local Veterans for all they’ve done for our country is something we are proud of.”

Tickets for the concert series can be purchased at BataviaConcerts.com.  Performances include:

  • June 21st       Smashmouth
  • June 28th      Barracuda (Heart Tribute)
  • July 5th          April Wine & Carl Dixon
  • July 12th        Clay Walker
  • July 19th        Peace Frog (Doors Tribute)
  • July 26th       Bacon Brothers
  • August 2nd   Rumours ATL & Practically Petty (Fleetwood Mac and Tom Petty Tribute)
  • August 9th    38 Special
  • August 16th  Tommy DeCarlo/Jason Scheff and August Zadra (The Music of Boston, Chicago and Styx)

 

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/batavia-downs-provides-2500-concert-tickets-for-summer-series-to-area-veterans/639497#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/batavia-downs-provides-2500-concert-tickets-for-summer-series-to-area-veterans/639497 May 22, 2024, 12:57pm veterans Batavia Downs provides 2,500 concert tickets for summer series to area veterans Press Release <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-05/batavia-downs-ticket-giveaway.jpg?itok=fCZWKyoC" width="800" height="533" alt="veterans batavia downs tickets" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <p>Press release:</p><blockquote><p>Officials from Batavia Downs Gaming and Hotel presented 2,250 complimentary tickets to William Joyce, Director of the Genesee County Veterans Service Agency. The tickets included 250 Tickets from each of Batavia’s Rockin’ the Downs Summer Concerts.</p><p>“This marks the 6th year in a row that Batavia Downs</p></blockquote>
Hawley visits Jackson Primary students for his annual Valentines for Veterans program https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/hawley-visits-jackson-primary-students-for-his-annual-valentines-for-veterans-program
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Submitted photo of Assemblyman Steve Hawley with students at Jackson Primary.

Press Release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C-Batavia) hosted his annual Valentines for Veterans program. Hawley teamed up with Jackson Primary and Robert Morris School to deliver over 150 handmade valentines from students to the residents at The New York State Veterans Home at Batavia. 

During this time, Hawley spoke to students about the importance of veterans and their service to our nation. Hawley hopes this event will raise awareness of veterans' issues and show the community’s appreciation for their service and sacrifice for our country.

“As a veteran myself, I understand the sacrifices our veterans have made to keep our country free,” said Hawley. “This is why every year I put on our Valentines for Veterans program to get our community involved in supporting our veterans. I’m thankful to the faculty and students at Jackson Primary and Robert Morris School for partnering with us this year and I hope to continue to put this event on for years to come.”

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/hawley-visits-jackson-primary-students-for-his-annual-valentines-for-veterans-program#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/hawley-visits-jackson-primary-students-for-his-annual-valentines-for-veterans-program Feb 12, 2024, 1:45pm veterans Hawley visits Jackson Primary students for his annual Valentines for Veterans program Press Release <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="hawley-at-jackson-primary.jpg" class="image-style-large" height="618" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-02/hawley-at-jackson-primary.jpg?itok=xm6HUFSS" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>Submitted photo of Assemblyman Steve Hawley with students at Jackson Primary.</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>Press Release:</p><blockquote><p>Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C-Batavia) hosted his annual Valentines for Veterans program. Hawley teamed up with Jackson Primary and Robert Morris School to deliver over 150 handmade valentines from students to the residents at The New York State Veterans Home at Batavia.&nbsp;</p><p>During this time, Hawley spoke to</p></blockquote>
Batavia Downs donates $7K to Veterans Court https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/batavia-downs-donates-7k-to-veterans-court/637281
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Press release:

Batavia Downs Gaming President and CEO Henry Wojtaszek presented representatives from the Rochester Veterans Treatment Court with a check for $7,000 to help support their efforts of assisting Veterans within the court system.

On Oct. 21, a Vets night dinner was held at Batavia Downs in conjunction with a night of live racing.  Proceeds from live and penny auctions were collected in support of the Rochester Veterans Treatment Court.

“We are appreciative to Sean Schiano from Batavia Downs for thinking of us, “said Ray Melens, Lead Mentor for the Monroe County Veterans Court.  “The funds are so important for us to continue our work as we look to assist Veterans who find themselves within the court system.  We strive to identify and treat the underlying issues facing many Veterans to help them get back on the right path.”

“Veterans have a special meaning for Batavia Downs, “said Wojtaszek.  “So many of our own employees volunteered their time, as well as donated many of the baskets for our Penny Auction.  One of our directors, Michael Horton, was the auctioneer for the live-action which helped raise additional funds.”

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Veterans Services Officer inducted into Hall of Fame for his dedicated service to veterans https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/veterans-services-officer-inducted-into-hall-of-fame-for-his-dedicated-service-to
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Command Sergeant Major William Joyce (U.S. Army, Retired) of Pembroke, and the Genesee County Veterans Services Officer, upon his induction into the New York Senate Veterans Hall of Fame on Friday at Botts Fiorito American Legion Post No. 576 in Le Roy.
Photo by Howard Owens.

It was obvious on Friday that Bill Joyce is a man surrounded by a family that loves him, and he loves his wife, daughters, and grandchildren.

But he also loves the veterans he serves.

"I can remember the Christmas parties and some of the fondest memories of my sparkly little dress with my sparkly little shoes," said his daughter Jacqueline Joyce. "Watching my dad's troops laugh and joke with him. And the random memory I have of him holding a newborn baby and sitting next to him and watching him look down in awe. It was in that moment I understood. This was his second family. That was what resonated with me. This is my dad's second family, his veterans."

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/veterans-services-officer-inducted-into-hall-of-fame-for-his-dedicated-service-to#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/veterans-services-officer-inducted-into-hall-of-fame-for-his-dedicated-service-to Nov 19, 2023, 8:00am veterans Veterans Services Officer inducted into Hall of Fame for his dedicated service to veterans Howard Owens <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="bill joyce veterans service officer hall of fame" class="image-style-large" height="532" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-11/bill-joyce-veterans-hall-of-fame-2023.jpg?itok=6-MqwY2z" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>Command Sergeant Major William Joyce (U.S. Army, Retired) of Pembroke, and the Genesee County Veterans Services Officer, upon his induction into the New York Senate Veterans Hall of Fame on Friday at Botts Fiorito American Legion Post No. 576 in Le Roy.</em><br><em>Photo by Howard Owens.</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>It was obvious on Friday that Bill Joyce is a man surrounded by a family that loves him, and he loves his wife, daughters, and grandchildren.</p><p>But he also loves the veterans he serves.</p><p>"I can remember the Christmas parties and some of the fondest memories of my sparkly little dress with my sparkly little shoes," said his daughter Jacqueline Joyce. "Watching my dad's troops laugh and joke with him. And the random memory I have of him holding a newborn baby and sitting next to him and watching him look down in awe. It was in that moment I understood. This was his second family. That was what resonated with me. This is my dad's second family, his veterans."</p>
Photo: Veterans shown appreciation for service at Northgate https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photo-veterans-shown-appreciation-for-service-at-northgate/637258
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Northgate Church hosted a Veterans Appreciation Evening on Thursday, which was attended by more than 40 people, including couple of dozen local veterans.

Photo and info submitted by Michael Marsh.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photo-veterans-shown-appreciation-for-service-at-northgate/637258#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photo-veterans-shown-appreciation-for-service-at-northgate/637258 Nov 17, 2023, 10:00am veterans Photo: Veterans shown appreciation for service at Northgate Howard Owens <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-11/img_6639.jpg?itok=BsZ02EoV" width="800" height="517" alt="northgate veterans event" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <p>Northgate Church hosted a Veterans Appreciation Evening on Thursday, which was attended by more than 40 people, including couple of dozen local veterans.</p><p><em>Photo and info submitted by Michael Marsh.</em></p>
BHS to honor local veterans on Nov. 9 https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/bhs-to-honor-local-veterans-on-nov-9/637087 Press Release:

On Thursday, Nov. 9 the Batavia High School faculty, administration, and students are planning to celebrate and honor our Veterans in Genesee County. 

We would like to invite our Genesee County Veterans to attend our ceremony to honor and thank you for your service to our country.

All veterans are asked to arrive at 8 a.m. at Batavia High School. The ceremony will begin at 8:15 a.m. in the Batavia High School Auditorium. There will be performances from our High School Band, orchestra, and Chorus, a student representative speaker, and a keynote speaker. 

After the ceremony, we will be offering a reception for our veterans in the High School Library. 

If you are interested in attending the Veteran’s Day Ceremony, RSVP the following information:

  1. Name (Full Military Title)
  2. Years of service
  3. Military Branch

Please email or mail by Nov. 1.

Mail:

Collin Murtaug
Batavia High School
260 State Street
Batavia, NY 14020

Email: CMurtaugh@bataviacsd.org or JHaggett@bataviacsd.org. 

If you have a picture of you in uniform, please send it in with a reservation. We will return the picture on Nov. 9 at the end of the ceremony. We hope you can join us!

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HLOM hosting open house to honor Genesee County Veterans https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/hlom-hosting-open-house-to-honor-genesee-county-veterans/637006 Press Release:

On Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., the Anna Ingalsbe Lovell NSDAR chapter and the Holland Land Office Museum (HLOM) are collaborating on a special event to honor our Genesee County veterans and Vietnam War-era veterans.

All veterans plus 1 guest will have their entrance fees waived and will receive a small goodie bag; Vietnam War-era veterans, who have not yet been acknowledged by the Vietnam 50 Commemorative Committee, will also receive the DAR Certificate and an eagle pin.

Any military personnel, with an honorable discharge, who served during the Vietnam War era is eligible for the Award Certificate and eagle pin. Please pre-register your name and service for your Certificate. If you are unable to attend, please let us know by November 30 so we can arrange another time & date. Robin Laney Ettinger, a member of the NSDAR chapter, has created a limited-time email address for inquires – r.j.laney1@gmail.com.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/hlom-hosting-open-house-to-honor-genesee-county-veterans/637006#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/hlom-hosting-open-house-to-honor-genesee-county-veterans/637006 Oct 30, 2023, 9:00pm veterans HLOM hosting open house to honor Genesee County Veterans Press Release <p>Press Release:</p><blockquote><p>On Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., the Anna Ingalsbe Lovell NSDAR chapter and the Holland Land Office Museum (HLOM) are collaborating on a special event to honor our Genesee County veterans and Vietnam War-era veterans.</p><p>All veterans plus 1 guest will have their entrance</p></blockquote>