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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

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.

0:1 min Welcome and opening remarks from Lieutenant Governor McKee

Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem

0:2 min Opening Remarks From Our Sponsors

0:6 min Wade Knudson, Deputy Naval Power, of Raytheon

0:9 min Susan Pomfret, Senior VP, HECM Lending of CrossCountry Mortgage

0:11 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.

0:24 min 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.

0:39 min 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.

0:50 min 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.

1:09 min Rachael Garcia, MSW, VSO Veteran & Military Advocate

  • The Aid and Attendance Benefit-What is it, Who Qualifies, and How to Apply

1:30 min 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.

1:57 min “Father Phil” Salois Closing prayer & moment of silence

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