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Calling All Veterans Day

Virtual Calling All Veterans Day is an opportunity to receive information on resources and benefits from subject mater experts that will empower independent aging for Veterans of all eras, their spouses, or their aging parents. Originally scheduled to take place at the URI Ryan Center in the Spring, due to COVID, Virtual Calling All Veterans Day will be live streamed on RI Elder Info’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.  Subject matter experts will provide meaningful information to viewers. Speakers will answer your questions in real time. Any question that can’t be answered during the event will be followed up on. This is an opportunity for the community members to gather information and resources that empower their own independent aging.

Virtual Calling All Veterans Day will be an opportunity for over 9,000 WWII, Korean Veterans and their families, to learn what resources are available for themselves and their spouses to age independently.

Virtual Calling All Veterans Day will enable our 21,000 Vietnam Veterans to learn what regulations and benefits have been changed and updated since they returned home. Many will find they are now eligible for more services than they might expect.

Our younger Veterans,- 15,000+ Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, and Operation Enduring Freedom Veterans are returning home and finding themselves in the role of caregiver for aging parents.  Virtual Calling All Veterans Day is an opportunity for younger Veterans to learn about information and resources available to assist them as caregivers for aging parents.

Virtual Calling All Veterans Day is also an opportunity for our community to come together to support organizations that make sure our Veterans are not aging alone, in need of friendship, comradery or support.  There will be multiple organizations presenting that are seeking volunteers.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Live streaming begins at 10am on RI Elder Info’s Facebook page and Youtube Channel

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

10:05-10:10 AM Opening Remarks From Our Sponsors

Wade Knudson, Deputy Naval Power, of Raytheon

Susan Pomfret, Senior VP, HECM Lending of CrossCountry Mortgage

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

A Special Thank You to:

Office of Lieutenant Governor McKee

RI Office of Veterans Services

Thank You to Our Premier Sponsor:

Thank You to Our Major Sponsors:

Thank You to Our Supporters:

For All Questions and Volunteering Opportunities:

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