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Join us for our next Veterans’ Summit on Monday, March 27 from 9:30 a.m. – noon at our Albany office. Scheduled presenters include:

Frank Bourke, Ph.D., executive director, and Richard Gray, Ph.D., research director, Research and Recognition Project

U.S. Army Capt. Patrick Curran, MBA, instructor/developer, Green to Gold for Veterans Personal Finance and Career Development course, Rockland Community College

Debbie Pennock, founder, A Beacon Of Love, Inc.

Meghan Conroy Florkowski, director of entrepreneurship programs, Syracuse University

We’ve also reached out to several NYS legislators, including:

Senator George Amedore (R/C-46), member of the NYS Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs

Senator Kathleen Marchione (R-43), member of the NYS Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs

Assemblymember Angelo Santabarbara (D-111), member of the NYS Assembly Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

Assemblymember Carrie Woerner (D-113), member of the NYS Assembly Committee on Small Business

Visit our NYSID Veterans' Resources & News page on Facebook and like, share or comment on our posts. You'll find information and photos on NYSID's Battle Buddy Centers, Veterans' Summits, veterans' initiatives and more.

NYSID supports job creation efforts for service veterans through our member agencies and assists other veterans' support programs, promoting quality of life for veterans as they reconnect to the New York State workforce.

NYSID has hosted quarterly Veterans' Summits since 2009, providing an in-person clearinghouse for individuals and organizations supporting veterans with disabilities in New York State.

NYSID supports Battle Buddy Centers, which are safe havens for veterans to socialize with their fellow veterans and receive services they need. Visit http://www.battlebuddycenter.com.


NYSID also maintains a Veterans Contact Directory which lists veterans' service provider government agencies and not-for-profit organizations available in New York State counties.

We hope you find these videos and articles informative, and we encourage you to join NYSID in expanding veterans' outreach, employment and business initiatives.

Veterans' Summit

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December 15, 2016 NYSID Hosts Veterans’ Summit to Spread Warmth During Holidays

October 5, 2016 Vets’ Summit Promotes Lively Dialogue Among Diverse Audience

Pictured l-r: Congressman Chris Gibson (R-Kinderhook); Sergeant Major Michael Mack; NYS Senator George Amedore (R/C-46); Michael Abrams; and Thomas Rielly

June 22, 2016 Legislators, Military Leaders and Media Pack Veterans’ Summit

Pictured l-r: Peter Bedrossian; Major General Tony German; U.S. Army Col. Kevin Hicks (Retired); Zachary Randolph; and former Congressman Michael McNulty (D-Green Island)

March 9, 2016 Veterans’ Summit Draws Huge Crowd With Dynamic Presenters

Pictured l-r: Matthew Coon and Michael Abrams, Four Block; Shawn Sutton and Martin Dinan, The College of Saint Rose

University at Albany, Capital District Patriot Flight Highlight December 2 Veterans' Summit

Pictured l-r: Frank DeSorbo and Brenda Kirkwood

NYSID hosted its quarterly Veterans' Summit on December 2 at its Albany office.

Presenters included:


Brenda Kirkwood, MPH, DrPH, director of the Online Master of Public Health program at the University at Albany’s School of Public Health. This fully online, part-time program provides an opportunity for public health professionals and others interested in the field to obtain a master’s degree in Public Health.


Frank DeSorbo, president of Capital District Patriot Flight Inc. The group provides World War II and Korean War veterans with the opportunity to personally visit the memorials in Washington DC that were built to recognize their sacrifice to our nation.

Janet Tanguay, entrepreneurship manager for the Capital Region Chamber, recommends the Veterans’ Summit to anyone who wants to learn about job opportunities for veterans.

“When we opened our Veterans’ Business Assistance Center at the Capital Region Chamber to help veterans start new businesses, it was a new venture for us. NYSID’s Veterans’ Summit was the event that everyone kept recommending we attend to connect with other people and organizations that were assisting veterans as well,” she said. “The advice certainly proved to be true. These quarterly meetings are filled with people from all over New York State in a variety of sectors including education, business, social services, health industries and more and each time I learn something new and make great connections. I highly recommend the Veterans’ Summit to anyone looking to network with the veteran community.”


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