IHS Soldier Story Day

Ithaca High School
Social Studies Department
1401 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca NY 14850
(607) 274-2188

April 22, 2015

The Social Studies Department at Ithaca High School is currently planning our 18th Annual “Soldier Story Day” to be held on Friday, May 22nd , 2015.

Our event offers area veterans an opportunity to relate their unique experiences and perspectives on America’s wars from WWII to the current War on Terror with our high school students. History is brought to life in our classrooms as veteran speakers educate students about the important contributions made by members of our military organizations. Continue reading

VCNG Leadership roles available

It is that time when we begin to think about new leadership for the VCNG, as our current members will complete their commitments in June.  If you are interested in taking on a leadership role within the VCNG, please let co-chair Emily Franco know prior to April 20, when we will discuss this topic at our monthly meeting.  The various positions are described in our Charter and any one of our officers will be happy to talk with you more about their duties if you have questions.

We have accomplished many of our original goals and are starting to plan the future direction of our group. We want your input! Please take a few minutes to share how the VCNG can better serve your needs.

Elimination of Net Worth Determinations

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) currently collects income and net worth (asset) information from Veterans who apply for enrollment in VA health care to determine eligibility and/or copay responsibility. To align VA’s health care program with other federal health care programs’ financial assessment requirements, effective January 1, 2015, VA will no longer collect Veterans’ net worth information for purposes of financial assessment for health benefits.

For mare details see the Net Worth Fact Sheet

7th Annual Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway of Valor Tribute Ride

The 7th Annual Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway of Valor Tribute Ride will take place on N.Y. State Route 38 and is to draw attention to the highway that was named to honor Vietnam Veterans.

This ride is sponsored by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapters #377, 480, and 704 and by Chapter 17 of the Blue Knights.

The 7th Annual Ride begins at the Owego Free Academy School on Sheldon Guile Blvd., in Owego, NY on Saturday July 11, 2015.

The 100 mile ride kicks off at 10am from Owego and then will stop in Groton, NY for gas and food, before it continues on to the American Legion in Hannibal, NY, where there will once again be food and entertainment. The ride is free and is open to the public.

Please register between 8:00 & 9:30am the day of the ride.

For more information about the ride, call Dan @ (607) 229-8153, or Harvey @ (607) 898-3507 or Bill @ (607)222-6357.

See the 2015 Tribute Ride flier

First REC Signature Lecture

The Recruitment & Employment Center (REC) first signature lecture featuring James Schmeling, Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), Syracuse University was held on 26 March 2015. The presentation, packed with useful information, is available here Cornell-HR-IVMF-McKinsey-100000Jobs

If you have any questions, need assistance, or simply want to share ideas for consideration regarding recruiting and hiring veterans, feel free to contact our office.

Edgar J. Johnson

Staffing Consultant

Recruitment & Employment Center



Binghamton Vet Center Garden Club

Whether you are an avid gardener or are just looking to learn more about growing fruits, vegetables or flowers the Garden Club is a great place to get your hands in the dirt and get grounded. We are looking for veterans interested in helping us maintain a “VINES” garden plot a few blocks away on Pine St. This should be a good opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer.

If you are interested, let your counselor know or call at (607)722-2393 and we’ll get you signed up and give you further information!!

Garden Club

Trauma Research Education for Undergraduates (REU) Program

The Trauma Research Education for Undergraduates (REU) Program is a joint effort by Syracuse University, SUNY Upstate Medical University, and SUNY Oswego designed to improve access to research experiences for groups typically underrepresented in research. The program is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The entire program spans one year and is designed as follows:

  • First, students will attend an intensive four-week summer program (June 1-26, 2015) that will involve coursework, mentored student-faculty interaction, and the development of a research project. A $3,000 stipend does accompany this summer session; room and board at Syracuse University is included at no cost to the student (but is optional).
  • Second, students are expected to conduct their research under the continued mentorship of REU faculty during the following Fall semester.
  • Finally, students (with their mentors) are expected to present research findings in the following Spring at a national or international conference.  For undergraduates interested in pursuing a graduate education, it is sometimes difficult to find meaningful research experiences and mentoring. This program is designed to provide research training to both increase your skills in conducting trauma research but also increase your ability to gain admission to competitive graduate programs.

Admission requirements

  1. Veteran Status (U.S. Armed Forces) is preferred but not required – a limited number of spaces will be available for non-veterans interested in this program.
  2. Completion of college-level courses in Psychology Methods and Statistics, or the equivalent.
  3. Current GPA of 3.0 or higher, and;
  4. Completed application by April 15, 2015.
  5. We are particularly interested in applications from women and minorities.