VOC Welcomes Dylan Potter to Board of Directors

Originally from Marcellus, New York, Dylan is a 2010 graduate of West Point where he was commissioned as an infantry officer. During his time on active duty, Dylan served in a variety of leadership roles in the 10th Mountain Division and 2nd Ranger Battalion. During his tenure, Dylan deployed three times to Afghanistan and once to Iraq. After completing company command, Dylan transitioned to the New York National Guard where he currently serves as the Battalion Operations Officer (S3) of the 2-108th Infantry Battalion.

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Chris Stocking
Dressed in Blue: A Final Wish Comes True

Corporal Fred M. Loret’s greatest desire, is to be buried in his dress blues. Having served in the United States Marine Corps from 1960-1964, his time in service to his country had a profound impact on his life. He spends much of his time regaling his family and friends about his service time in Okinawa Japan, where he served as an infantry soldier starting at the age of seventeen.

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Chris Stocking
Honoring Those Impacted by 9/11 - A Letter From Executive Director Laura Stradley

Earlier this year, through the efforts of many advocates and impassioned people, we successfully reminded Congress of the responsibility our government has to care for those whose health has been impacted by the exposures on September 11th.   Just over a month ago, the President signed into law the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund which is a bill that will provide health care benefits for first responders and survivors of the 9/11 attacks for the next 70 years.

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Chris Stocking
You Saw Us Through Our Hardship - And We Thank You

Although we did not recoup the full $250,000, you helped bring our mission to life for the people who need us most. Your willingness to share our message brought more veterans through our doors this summer. In fact, we saw a 15% increase in new veterans utilizing our services during the month of July. Your voice made a powerful impact on the brave men and women who served our nation, and for that we thank you.

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A Message From Veterans Outreach Center Executive Director - Thank You For Your Support!

Hello friends,

Let me start by saying how proud I am to be a part of Veterans Outreach Center and this community. When we initially shared news of the New York State funding cut and called on you, the community, you responded in full force. You shared our story; you made a financial contribution; and overall you showed us just how much you care about veterans, their families, and the services Veterans Outreach Center provides.

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Veterans Outreach Center Needs Your Help Now More Than Ever

At Veterans Outreach Center, we are dedicated to ensuring that our local veterans have the services and support they need to thrive after military service. From employment services and transitional housing, to Veterans Treatment Court and massage therapy, we have a wide variety of services to support veterans who may be grappling with the lingering effects of combat, social isolation, or other transitional challenges. However, without the support of our local communities and legislators, the critical work we do every day is not possible.

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Four Days-30,000 Flags: Veterans Outreach Center Celebrates Flag Day

There are over 63,000 veterans living in Monroe County and the Fingerlakes Region. Each of them have shown their love of country through military service.  Starting June 13 through June 16, hundreds of volunteers will be handing out free flags across the region to call attention to issues facing veterans today. This four-day event serves to honor the symbol of our nation and help raise money for needed services at VOC.

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VOC Receives Grant to Fund Free 47-Hour Armed Security Guard Certification Course for 6 Veterans

Veterans Outreach Center is looking for six veterans interested in a career as an armed security guard. Thanks to a generous donation, these veterans will be funded for a free 47-hour armed guard certification through Valor Training Group. Classes are anticipated to begin in July, and slots are on a first-come first-served basis. Class schedule is TBD based upon trainer and shooting range schedules.

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VOC Partners With OACES to Offer Free Electrical Boot Camp Classes for Veterans

Veterans Outreach Center is partnering with OACES to offer a free introductory class to their full electrical program, which is free for veterans. Participants will learn basic electrical theory and residential wiring in a hands-on setting. Those that complete the eight classes will receive a certificate of completion, and many students are placed in the industry after they successfully complete the full-time OACES course.

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You Can Support Veterans by Attending the Following Community Events

5/11/2019 - Blind Draw Dart Tournament/Fundraiser at My Apartment Bar & Grill/Fundraiser with 50/50 and % of total sales from bar to VOC

  • 5/18/2019 - Ruck for Roc 4.0 at 293 Peck Road / food and money collected to benefit Richards House

  • 5/27/2019 - Pet$avers /Store Promotion benefitting VOC / All Stores / Donation of 10% of Store Proceeds on Memorial Day benefit VOC

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VOC Counts on Community Donations to Keep Veterans & the Quartermaster Program Going Strong

When active military personnel need supplies and provisions, they are usually told to “See the Quartermaster.” At VOC, our Quartermaster Program serves a similar purpose. We count on the generosity of others to be able to provide food and clothing to our veterans and their families. The VOC Quartermaster Program has been in full operation since August of 2018.  Under the supervision of Tammara Van Sickle, hundreds of at risk veterans each year acquire suits and professional attire for job interviews, court appearances or other formal occasions.  They also receive cold weather gear including coats, hats and gloves.  

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Consider Choosing Veterans Outreach Center for This Year's United Way Campaign

The United Way Campaign is going on now! When the time comes to fill out your donor form, consider directing your campaign commitment to support veterans in your community with our United Way donor designation ID # 1119.  We can send a United message to every veteran that Rochester cares. Your generosity provides food, clothing, shelter, employment training and so much more for veterans and their families.

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Kristie Robertson-Coyne Joins Veteran Outreach Center Board of Directors

Kristie Robertson-Coyne joined the Veterans Outreach Center Board of Directors in March. As the Senior Director of Advancement at University of Rochester’s Wilmot Cancer Center, Kristie is excited about putting her extensive experience to work on behalf of the veterans we serve.

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VOC Executive Director and Local Officials Pay Tribute to Vietnam Veterans

VOC Executive Director Laura Stradley, Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and local officials paid tribute to Vietnam Veterans during the county’s annual “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day” at the Roger Robach Community Center on March 29th. First proclaimed in 2012 and then officially designated in 2017 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day, the holiday is marked by ceremonies and celebration across the U.S.

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Veterans Outreach Center Hosts Groundbreaking for New Liberty Landing Affordable Housing Complex for Veterans

Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new VOC Liberty Landing affordable housing complex were held Friday, April 5th at the corner of Scio and Delevan Streets! Once complete, the 33-unit apartment building will give housing preference to veterans and their families.  Moreover, 10 of the units will be set aside entirely for service-disabled and / or homeless veterans.  VOC Liberty Landing is a combined effort between Conifer Realty, LLC and VOC.  It will be the first permanent housing complex specifically dedicated to housing veterans in Monroe County! 

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