Monthly Archives: August 2014

FreshConnect Checks Available for Veterans and Families


FreshConnect Checks For Veterans And Families

In collaboration with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, State Veterans Counselors with the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs are offering a limited number of FreshConnect checks to Veterans and their immediate family members, as well as un-remarried surviving spouses of Veterans.

Recipients can use FreshConnect checks for fresh produce and other food items at participating farmers markets throughout New York State.

State Veterans Counselors will distribute FreshConnect checks from their offices on a first-come, first-served basis for Veterans and their immediate family members (defined as family members living in the same household as a Veteran) and un-remarried surviving spouses of Veterans.

Each recipient gets a booklet of FreshConnect checks worth a total of $20 at participating farmers’ markets.

Only one booklet of checks per household. New York State employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to receive FreshConnect checks, regardless of Veteran status.

Recipients can use FreshConnect checks until the end of the farmer’s market season (November 30, 2014).

For more information, including vendor inquiries, please call the Department of Agriculture and Markets at (718) 722-2876. For information regarding the location of Division of Veterans’ Affairs offices, please call 1-888-838-7697.

Thanks to Dave Keukelaar for this information.

Honor Flight Set for 100 year old Veteran of WW II

Friday, September 5, friends, family, Veterans, and other well wishers, will gather from all over the FingerLakes Region at the Terraces Senior Living Home on Route 88, south of the village of Newark, NY. This gathering is really a party  to give the recognition and send off for a 100 year old veteran who will be traveling to Washington, D.C. as part of Honor Flight.  Harold Smith (Retired US Army Major), who resides at the Terraces, will be featured as the guest of honor at the party, starting at 2:00 pm with departure to Rochester at 3:30 pm.  Wayne County Sheriff Virts has offered to escort this gentleman the entire way, accompanied by (we hope) 100 Patriot Riders (with one for each of his years of age).  If you can attend the party, please call the Post by Wednesday so a number can be given to the Terraces for their planning considerations.

There is some hope in the world:

Check out the following websites and youtube offerings.  These have been forwarded to our Post by fellow veterans and friends from around the country.  Take the time and watch these.  Feel free to share with any who have access to a box of “Kleenex” or are man enough to share some tears. Click on the titles to view.

A young person’s vigil on Normandy Beach :


Project Vigil: D-Day 2014, 


A boy’s $20.00 gift is more than $20.00:

Ohio Boy’s $20 Gift

Finally, Respect and Remembrance:

Contacts For Veterans’ Health Concerns

The following organizations have contacted the James R. Hickey Post #120 because we have a website that offers information regarding items of interest to veterans.  These contacts are offered for your information only. These have not  been extensively researched.  That is your responsibility if you are interested.

The First was from the Public Outreach Department for Mesothelioma Center with a claim that they are devoted to helping veterans with asbestos issues.  Their website is  The contact person provided an email address of:

The Second was from Travis Jenkins, the Outreach Coordinator of the Maritime Injury  Their website deals with cautions that should be taken when involved in maritime jobs.  Their website is

These are presented for your information only.