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NYC Department of Veterans' Services Newsletter: Pride Week

Deputy Commissioner Roth on celebrating Pride during the pandemic, reopening support for veteran-owned businesses, DVS in the field, & more.

NYC Department of Veterans' Services (DVS) Weekly Newsletter


** Celebrating Pride Week
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** Message from Deputy Commissioner Jeff Roth
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My grandfather carried a pocket-sized bible during WWII as his unit marched to defeat tyranny. I carried that same bible during my first deployment, not knowing where that path would lead. I felt inspired to scrawl my name under his on the inside cover while taking in the magnificence of a sunrise from the summit of Mt. Sinai.

George S. Roth 1943
Jeffrey D. Roth 2004

I wondered how he felt when he penned his name and recorded the year. Was he emboldened? Was he afraid? Did monotony fuse each day with the next?

I’m also reminded of my brother. He died in the Army. And of my other grandfather, who served in WWII and Vietnam. What paths did they walk?

That bible is with me now in the Middle East. This time, I’m protecting the force from the pandemic. The pages are worn and tattered, my spirit is not.

Somehow, this little book reminds me that this is all part of something bigger, woven into the larger struggle of human life with its fragility, ups and downs, and celebrations.

Pride this year isn't marked with parades of millions marching in harmony. It is subdued. But for me, Pride is there nonetheless. Pride in knowing that who I am is part of our human story. Pride that I meet each day, and give of who I am to the work at hand. Pride knowing that with each step forward, we are one step closer to the promise of meeting the sunrise.

- DVS Deputy Commissioner Jeff Roth

Jeff Roth is currently stationed in Afghanistan, serving with the New York Army National Guard's 42nd Infantry Division.


** VA Resources for LGBT Veterans
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https://www.nyharbor.va.gov/services/lgbt/index.asp

LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator
Every VA medical center has an LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator who can support LGBT veterans to address their health care needs. Learn more about the LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator at the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System here (https://www.nyharbor.va.gov/services/lgbt/index.asp) .

LGBTQ Support Groups
The Brooklyn and Manhattan VA campuses offer support groups for LGBT veterans. The support groups provide a safe and supportive space for LGBTQ veterans to share current and past struggles. Learn more here (https://www.nyharbor.va.gov/services/lgbt/index.asp) .


** DVS in the Field
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** Donating Masks to Veteran Organizations
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Team DVS went into the field this week to deliver thousands of face masks to shelters and healthcare providers serving NYC veterans including Volunteer of America's Patriot House, the James J. Peters VA Medical Center (https://www.bronx.va.gov/) , the Bronx Vet Center (https://www.va.gov/directory/guide/facility.asp?ID=741) , the Queens Vet Center (https://www.va.gov/find-locations/facility/vc_0109V) , the Howard Johnson Hotel (http://wyndhamhotels.com/hojo/long-island-city-new-york/howard-johnson-long-island-city/overview?CID=LC:HJ::GGL:RIO:National:45294&iata=00093796) , and the Barbara Kleiman Shelter (http://www.clinicdirectory.org/clinic/ny-barbara-kleiman-shelter.html) .

On Wednesday, Team DVS visited the Campaign Against Hunger (https://www.tcahnyc.org/) headquarters to help pack 470 meal kits for veterans and their families. Thank you to HelloFresh (https://www.hellofresh.com/) for donating food to vulnerable New Yorkers and to the New York State Division of Veterans' Services (https://veterans.ny.gov/) for making this partnership possible!


** Need to Know
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** COVID-19 Cases Drop as Testing Increases
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http://nyc.gov/covidtest

The numbers say it all: As more New Yorkers get tested for COVID19, the number of positive cases in NYC drops.

Meanwhile, the US reached its highest daily total of new COVID19 cases on Wednesday. Let's make sure NYC is not part of this trend. Wear a mask and visit http://nyc.gov/covidtest (http://nyc.gov/covidtest?fbclid=IwAR2t_u_WGhgMuG9aidu3JaHCTxPfNSxLI4cJS16RI3bEodtqmPZv_bXr0rw) to learn how to get a free test.

If you test positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has, NYC's Test & Trace Corps will give you a call to connect to health services. Please answer the phone if you get a call from:
* Test+Trace
* a 212 number
* “NYS Contact Tracing” (518-387-9993)

All calls are confidential and private.


** Economic Impact Payment Deadline
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https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments

The deadline (https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.irs.gov%2Fnewsroom%2F159-million-economic-impact-payments-processed-low-income-people-and-others-who-arent-required-to-file-tax-returns-can-quickly-register-for-payment-with-irs-non-filers-tool&data=02%7C01%7CGFeliciano%40veterans.nyc.gov%7C20448fe7b5624835dc5d08d816ad4b5c%7C32f56fc75f814e22a95b15da66513bef%7C0%7C0%7C637284280958204440&sdata=dLd5zLcMY2%2Fq2uAtOzEhRyXEbr9hYZASGTgvO3oF1KE%3D&reserved=0) to claim your Economic Impact Payments (https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments) (EIP) is October 15th, 2020.

To receive your EIP payment you can file a 2019 tax return. If you are not required to file a tax return because your income is under $12,200 (single filers) or under $24,400 (joint filers) you can register for your payment as a “non-filer” on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website (https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here) .

Professional financial counselors from NYC Financial Empowerment Centers (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/dca/consumers/get-free-financial-counseling.page) are available by phone to answer your questions and make sure you get your stimulus payment.
Visit nyc.gov/TalkMoney to book an appointment.


** Veteran Entrepreneurs
& Business Owners
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** Summit for Veteran Entrepreneurs
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https://vflsummit2020.splashthat.com/

Attention veteran entrepreneurs: The annual NYU Veterans Future Lab Summit (http://ow.ly/Bs6J50A9hQ0) is back. Join pioneering veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs, top-tier investors, and industry leaders for a discussion on post-pandemic strategies and high-growth investment opportunities.

Speakers include DVS Commissioner James Hendon, filmmaker and best-selling author Sebastian Junger (http://www.sebastianjunger.com/) , Taylor McLemore (Techstars (https://www.techstars.com/) & Patriot Boot Camp (https://patriotbootcamp.org/) ), and Charlynda Scales (Mutt’s Sauce (https://www.muttssauce.com/) ).

RSVP here (http://ow.ly/Bs6J50A9hQ0) .

WHEN: June 29-30 | 10 am - 2 pm


** Reopening Support from SBS
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https://www1.nyc.gov/site/sbs/index.page
The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/sbs/index.page) is offering an array of support and resources to ensure businesses reopen safely:

Marketplace
Visit SBS's PPE + Reopening marketplace
here (http://nyc.gov/business) to find face coverings, PPE, cleaning supplies, portable furniture, and more.

Hotline
If you have questions about reopening your business call SBS's hotline at 888-SBS4NYC or visit
http://nyc.gov/business (https://t.co/Ui1UpdG3He?amp=1) .

Webinars & Workshops
NYC SBS is hosting online workshops to help business owners navigate reopening. See a full list of upcoming virtual workshops and webinars
here (http://nycsmallbizcourses.eventbrite.com) .


** COVID-19 Veteran Resources
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** Rental Assistance
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The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program (https://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/ssvf/docs/SSVF_Program_Guide_December_2018_FINAL.pdf) provides rental assistance to eligible veterans. To receive services you must currently have a household income that does not exceed 50% of the area median income. For more information about the SSVF program email SSVF@va.gov (mailto:SSVF@va.gov) or call 1-877-737–0111.


** Tax Prep
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Preparers from NYC Free Tax Prep can help you file taxes if you earn $64,000 or less (families) or $45,000 or less (single filer). Learn more about NYC Free Tax Prep here (http://nyc.gov/taxprep) .


** Career Support

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Veterans facing unemployment due to COVID-19 or struggling to transition to civilian life can visit Novoresume (https://novoresume.com/career-blog/veteran-jobs) . The website provides tips on writing a great resume and cover letter and helps veterans prepare for job interviews.
For a complete list of resources visit our COVID-19 Resource page (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/covid-19/resources.page) .


** Virtual Veterans Events
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** VetVo Virtual Share Event
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https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WdD0h52cTlmjloKDdPYlrw
Veteran Voices Newsletter (https://www.vetvonews.com/) is hosting a virtual networking event for veterans to share viewpoints on community service.

Register here (https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WdD0h52cTlmjloKDdPYlrw)
WHEN: June 27 | 5 pm – 7 pm


** Collecting & Sharing LGBTQ Stories
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https://vibrant.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwofuGtpjIrEtxJVZ-3Pk4UN0XDbFTO1T5Y


** VA Women Veteran Q&A
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Join the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Flinkprotect.cudasvc.com%2Furl%3Fa%3Dhttps%253a%252f%252fwww.intrepidmuseum.org%252f%26c%3DE%2C1%2C1RayiXlqwTjSweC-9hy2gUjuX-MLYpF8dGXazT0ONXZFwDVkb67Wsd6272sANzwuaVMvR2-rke-_u48utYrsCnUsBZiMJRvh24Q3ZTPPgcSj4wkd3QOaSlP52j_uTg%2C%2C%26typo%3D1&data=02%7C01%7Cgfeliciano%40veterans.nyc.gov%7Ccd5b5fb3fc1340f9d49708d819470c06%7C32f56fc75f814e22a95b15da66513bef%7C0%7C0%7C637287140229345190&sdata=n2OaRFhKiq%2F32Ib3a0qDHxWKeOT04mrM%2FJgZQErIEKM%3D&reserved=0) and SAGEVets
(https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Flinkprotect.cudasvc.com%2Furl%3Fa%3Dhttps%253a%252f%252fsagenyc.org%252fnyc%252fsagevets%252findex.cfm%26c%3DE%2C1%2CjG8SJvTYp8Eannp4jKcmLpM-X11-zK04f_gg_BxTWaXOI6cYtTNTQJrR9JDldMYEiTcqZZbiVN6ypiIn986oUxnfW_WFx8UGtdLksDQaLA%2C%2C%26typo%3D1&data=02%7C01%7Cgfeliciano%40veterans.nyc.gov%7Ccd5b5fb3fc1340f9d49708d819470c06%7C32f56fc75f814e22a95b15da66513bef%7C0%7C0%7C637287140229345190&sdata=ezvNArd2aPPV5rhCXMX354Yg8e%2BRmrQPJsslmymmthA%3D&reserved=0) for a virtual conversation about the experiences and challenges of LGBTQ service members.

Register here (https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fzoom.us%2Fmeeting%2Fregister%2FtJYvc-ippzgpG9AWMegV3a07P5KhT5ItS3Dc&data=02%7C01%7Cgfeliciano%40veterans.nyc.gov%7Ccd5b5fb3fc1340f9d49708d819470c06%7C32f56fc75f814e22a95b15da66513bef%7C0%7C0%7C637287140229345190&sdata=iPrGkP%2BwD2TWuXawUUefqHvc5VUrQFlMGxhj%2F4qdJWM%3D&reserved=0)
WHEN: Monday, June 29 | 12 pm -1 pm
https://bddy.me/2CmDvCj

RallyPoint (https://www.rallypoint.com/) will host a live Q&A with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs to focus on women veterans.

Submit your questions for the VA and subject matter experts now by visiting the
RallyPoint website (https://bddy.me/2CmDvCj) .

Register
here (https://www.rallypoint.com/answers/veterans-experience-live-vetxl-women-together-live-q-a-with-the-va-in-support-of-women-veterans-what-are-your-questions) .
WHEN: Tuesday, June 30th | 3 pm

For a complete calendar of upcoming events, visit OurVeterans.NYC (http://ourveterans.nyc/) .


** PTSD Awareness Month
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If you or a veteran you know is struggling with the recent surge of fireworks in the City, call the Veterans Crisis Line at 800-273-8255 (press 1), text 838255, or access CRISIS CHAT here (https://bit.ly/3dqzXfi) .

You can find more mental health resources, including 1-on-1 support, here (https://on.nyc.gov/2CiPJM7) .
Please follow us at www.nyc.gov/vets (http://nyc.gov/vets) , on social media @nycveterans (https://twitter.com/nycveterans) , or via email at connect@veterans.nyc.gov (mailto:press@veterans.nyc.gov?subject=Newsletter%20feedback%20) . For the latest information regarding COVID-19's impact on NYC's Veteran community visit the DVS COVID-19 resource page. (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/veterans/covid-19/covid-19.page)
http://www.facebook.com/nycveterans
http://www.twitter.com/nycveterans
https://www.instagram.com/nycveterans/
https://www.linkedin.com/company/new-york-city-department-of-veterans/

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