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Pictured: Jay Quaintance, SUNY Sullivan interim president, accepts a $10,000 check and Battle Buddy Center plaque from Paul Quirini, NYSID outreach and communications specialist, during the May 1 dedication ceremony

NYSID celebrated education and employment opportunities for student veterans with the dedication of its Battle Buddy Center on May 1 at SUNY Sullivan, in collaboration with SullivanArc/Sullivan Industries and New Hope Community, Inc.

Based on the military concept of a "Battle Buddy," which partners soldiers to assist each other both in and out of combat, Battle Buddy Centers offer activities to encourage camaraderie and foster veterans to give and receive mutual support. NYSID's 13 Battle Buddy Center locations have collectively hosted more than 65,000 visits by veterans since September 2011.

Mid-Hudson News and the Sullivan County Democrat covered the standing-room-only event. For more information, visit our news blog.

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

PDF Veterans' Summit Presenters

June 14, 2017 Stratton VA Medical Center, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Battle Buddy Centers Highlight NYSID Veterans' Summit

Penny Deasy and Maureen Corbett, Albany Stratton VA Medical Center, were among the presenters for NYSID's recent Veterans' Summit

Albany Stratton VA Medical Center

SUNY Oswego and SUNY Canton Battle Buddy Centers

March 27, 2017 NYSID Recognized for Support of Guard and Reserve During Summit

Pictured l-r: U.S. Army Capt. Patrick Curran, Debbie Pennock, Richard Gray, Ph.D., and Meghan Conroy Florkowski

March 27 PowerPoint presentations


Please join us for our next Veterans' Summit on Wednesday, June 14.

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

Pictured l-r: Harold Horace, Jenifer Whiston, Mary Ellen Whitney, Maj. David Erickson and Michael Cognetti

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)