Virtual Calling All Veterans Day Agenda
(Time may vary slightly)
10 AM Welcome and opening remarks from Lieutenant Governor McKee
Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem
10:10-10:20 AM Lawrence Connell, Director of the VA Providence Healthcare System
Director Connell is the newly appointed Director of the Providence VA Medical Center. The Providence VA is dedicated to providing high quality comprehensive outpatient and inpatient health care to Veterans residing in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts.
10:30-10:40 AM Dora Vasquez-Hellner VFW Jr Vice Commander VFW of RI
As the nation’s oldest major war veterans’ organization, the VFW has an impeccable and longstanding record of service and stewardship. More than 4.5 million patriotic Americans, both members and non-members, entrust the VFW with financial contributions and dedicate millions of volunteer hours.
10:40-10:50 AM Director Kasim Yarn State of Rhode Island Office of Veterans Affairs
The RI Office of Veterans Affairs forms strong and successful partnerships locally, regionally and nationwide to address veterans’ issues in Rhode Island, in order to set conditions to reduce homeless veterans, veterans living in poverty, veteran unemployment rates, ensure veterans receive proper medical care, while continuing quality customer service at the RI Veterans Home and RI Veterans Memorial Cemetery and ensure every Veteran has an opportunity to make it in Rhode Island.
10:55-11:05 AM Amanda Beck Dogs on Deployment
Dogs on Deployment is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit providing a central network for America’s Heroes to find volunteers willing to board their pets while they are deployed or have other service commitments, making them unable to temporarily care for their pets. No pet should ever be surrendered to a shelter due to a service commitment.
11:10-11:25 AM Rachael Garcia, MSW, VSO Veteran & Military Advocate
- The Aid and Attendance Benefit-What is it, Who Qualifies, and How to Apply
11:30-11:50 AM Paul Santilli Veteran Outreach Specialist “Providence” Vet Center
We are the people in the VA who welcome home war Veterans with honor by providing readjustment counseling in a caring manner. Vet Centers understand and appreciate Veterans’ war experiences while assisting them and their family members toward a successful post-war adjustment in or near their community.
11:55-12:00 PM “Father Phil” Salois Closing prayer & moment of silence