Hearings on Helping Veterans
October 25th, 2011

The New York State Assembly along with the Senate Puerto Rican Hispanic Task Force will be holding a televised town hall meeting tomorrow in conjunction with Time Warner Cable to discuss issues facing returning veterans. The meeting called, “New York Cares About Veterans” will take place from 6 -7:30 p.m..

The discussion, according to the press release, will include issues like the governments preparedness to provide services to veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, providing veterans with jobs housing and education opportunities and what kind of help the military offers returning veterans. The Gazette recently took a look at the services provided to veterans by Mayor Michael Bloombergs Office of Veterans Affairs. A a number of city council members were shocked by the lack of services provided by OVA. The following press release contains locations where you can attend the state-wide town hall:

The New York State Assembly/Senate Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force, along with HITN-TV and Time Warner Cable, will be hosting the second statewide Town Hall meeting. The meeting will be held at various locations across the state on Wednesday, October 26th, 2011 from 6:00 pm to7:30 pm. The topic of the statewide Town Hall meeting is: New York State Cares About Veterans.

This Town Hall meeting will focus on the concerns that confront our returning veterans and discuss what can be done to help veterans assimilate back into the community after serving on behalf of this nation. Education, Employment Opportunities, Health/Mental Health and Housing, are among the topics of discussion regarding veterans. It is imperative that, as a state, we make sure that our veterans are accounted for in these areas.

The questions that will be addressed in the meeting are:

Soldiers are leaving the battlefield to fight another war at homea war against economic instability, unemployment and homelessness. They also face a host of health conditions including post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), alcohol and drug abuse, suicide and other medical needs. According to your experience, what do you think can be done at the policy level to ensure that these brave and noble men and women receive the proper services that they need, and deserve?
There are Federal laws in place to aid veterans who return from war. Are they appropriate and strong enough to ensure that all veterans, including National Guard and reservists, are able to return to society without the loss of jobs, housing, health, and education opportunities? If not, what recommendations can we make to the federal government to secure their stability? What can be done at the state level to close the gap?
Does the military have enough services to address the needs of women serving in the armed forces, both in the job and when they leave service? Is there enough support for families left in the communities when men and women are called to active duty (overseas missions). How can state and local governments support these families?

The statewide Town Hall meeting will be available for viewing on the Somosnewyork.org website. To review the results from the first town hall meeting on Economic Development please visit our website at Somosnewyork.org

The general public is invited to attend at the various locations.

List locations with addresses and local moderators

Location of Town Hal

Local Moderator


New York- East Harlem Employment Services


240 E 123st New York 10035

Bronx- Kingsbridge Heights Community Center


3101 Kingsbridge Terrace

Bronx, NY 10463

Brooklyn- Opportunity For A Better Tomorrow

Assemblyman Felix Ortiz

25 Thornton St. Brooklyn 11206

Long Island- Circulo de la Hispanidad in Hempstead

Assemblyman Phil Ramos

26 West Park Ave, Long Beach New York, 11561

Amsterdam- Centro Civico


143E. Main St. Amsterdam 12010

Buffalo-Hispanic United of Buffalo


254 Virginia St. Buffalo 14201

Rochester- Ibero American Action Leagues

Minority Leader Brian Kolb

817 East main street Rochester 14605

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