Supporting Our Western New York Veterans
The newest member of our team is Blue Star Mom, Ms. Diane Gilbert. When Diane isn’t giving others opportunities to volunteer with us, she’s working as an administrative support assistant at the US Army Corps of Engineers. Prior to that, Diane was a family readiness support assistant with the 98th Div. and 301st regional support group of the Army Reserve. She has three sons. Son, Brett Johnson is a senior NCO in the Civil Engineering squadron of the 107th Attack Wing of the NY Air National Guard. Diane enjoys camping, fishing, stock car racing, music and of course, volunteering. Welcome aboard Diane!!read more
Paul served eight years in the Marine Corps and two more in the Army in the military police. As a result of his time in Iraq, Paul has worked through anxiety, high blood pressure, and other effects of post-traumatic stress.
“This program has brought me to a different level where I feel that…I don’t have to gamble with medications that would have a negative effect…” “Without [Pawsitive for Heroes] I would have been helpless getting a service dog because of the financial aspects…” “Within a week or two, I was off medication and my blood pressure was back to normal”. “I couldn’t do it without WNY Heroes.” Today, Paul constantly gives back by donating his time and effort to the Pawsitve for Heroes program. Paul’s service dog is a labrador / pitbull mix.
After supporting Children’s Hospital, WNYHeroes was grateful to attend this year’s Buffalo Makers’ Faire and let more people know about all the great things we do. Believe it or not, R2 wasn’t aware that about 80% of all donations go to helping local veterans. Many thanks to Mr. Bill Rider at the Park School for the free table space.read more
May 12th saw WNYHeroes lead the way during the superhero walk to benefit the Oshei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo. Mother nature helped out by stopping the rain in time for our volunteers to stand by at checkpoints, while board members and staff walked the short route. The best part was seeing all the young patients waving to the marchers from their rooms far above with their handmade signs, thanking all involved in the walk for thinking of them. The walk also provided another example of how properly trained service dogs from our Pawsitive for Heroes program, made participating that much easier for those who’ve served.read more
Your tax deductible donation to WNYHeroes can be done digitally at nearby ATMs. Just look for our logo and use either your credit card or bank card. Remember, 80% of your donation goes to helping the Veterans of Western New York. How do we keep overhead so low? A huge reason is that our employees, who are also veterans, don’t rely on the organization for their benefits.read more
WNY Heroes Inc.
Since its inception in 2007, WNY Heroes, Inc. has grown exponentially, becoming a critical lifesustaining vehicle for veterans and their families by providing immediate financial assistance to those in need. Now, more than ever, the need is constant and growing in alarming fashion with so many veterans returning home. We are certain that the recent news of delays in getting services through the VA, that these brave and heroic men & women face upon their return, will further impact the need for program services within our organization. Below are the programs WNY Heroes, Inc. provides. On any given night, over 1700 homeless veterans are living on the streets, in parks, under bridges and behind dumpsters in WNY. Last known statistics 172,000 veterans reside in the 8 counties of WNY.
- WNYHeroes will not leave any service members behind, we will help in ANY way we can.
- We strive to find the best services available in the WNY Community for Veterans and Service members.
- We strive to keep WNY Veterans and Service Members up-to-date on the latest information using web friendly tools.
- WNYHeroes assists disabled and needy war Veterans and Service members, their dependents, and the widows and children of deceased veterans.
- We strive to show our appreciation and support of Veterans and Service members and their families.
Hometown Hero of the Week
WNY Heroes and WYRK are giving the soldiers who are currently fighting or have fought in the past some recognition by choosing a new Hometown Hero each Friday and featuring them here on WYRK.com.