Please join us on Monday, October 14th from 11 am to 2 pm at Grafton Lakes State Park for food, fun and games!
A free BBQ chicken lunch will be served at 12:30 pm. Anyone who has served in the military is invited, regardless of status or county of residence - so please share this event with your fellow service members. This is a great opportunity to connect with others who share your experience and passion for serving in the Armed Forces.
Grafton Lakes State Park offers many wonderful amenities, such as a playground, hiking trails and volleyball court. We are planning to bring some fun of our own...including a scavenger hunt with prizes for various age categories.
Please register on-line or call 518.279.7861 so that we can send you an admission pass for free entrance into the park.
This is Fred Stay, a 91 year old Marine who served as a tail gunner in a B-25 in the Pacific. He retired from the Watervliet Arsenal at age 55, and has been hunting and fishing ever since.
Fred is just one of many WWII Veterans in Rensselaer County. On Saturday, October 26th, Heroes at Home will join with Voice of a Vet and the Hoosick Falls American Legion to honor our WWII Veterans with a flag raising ceremony, an historical display, award presentations, Patriot Guard Riders and a free lunch. The event will be held at the Hoosick Falls Armory from 10 am to noon. Please RSVP to Gail at 518.686.9888 by Wednesday, October 16th.
The public is invited to attend. If you live in Hoosick Falls and have a family member who served in WWII, please let us know so we can include them in our recognitions.
Are you or someone you care about experiencing problems with sleeping, eating, increased drug or alcohol use, anxiety or depression? Are you having difficulty coping with combat related trauma, reintegration or relationships? The Veterans Crisis Line has a new feature, the Veterans Self-Check Quiz, that can help you gain a better understanding of how stress or trauma is affecting you or your loved one. The check list takes about 10 minutes and a trained counselor will review your responses and provide options for follow-up that may be helpful. They are also available to engage in an anonymous, on-line chat if you have any questions or want to further discuss your options. Only a doctor or mental health professional can diagnose Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or other mental health issues. However, if you or a loved one are experiencing problems that affect your daily living, this checklist can help you better understand your experiences and feelings, and connect you with a helping professional.
Please visit the Troy Record On-line to view an Opinion article written by Amy Molloy.
Do you have… the strength of a warrior, the courage of a fighter, the heart of a hero? We are looking for Veterans and family members who are willing to share their own experiences and offer support to others in a confidential, non-judgmental relationship.
Peer mentors provide:
Peer mentors do not act as counselors. They will receive training in recognizing symptoms of PTSD, as well as identifying and reviewing suicide risk. Peer mentors will be provided with post-meeting supervision to maintain a level of safety and comfort for both themselves and the person seeking support.