WNY Heroes News & Announcements

Newest Links…

Check out our new links, providing our community with more resources and assistance. These cutting-edge approaches serve the Veteran as a whole person, rather than just focusing on a specific problem that needs fixing. They allow for greater choice in care, ­and equip teams with new tools to help Veterans better self-manage chronic issues such as PTSD, pain, and depression. Additionally, VA staff who practice the whole health approach find that partnering with Veteran patients leads to greater satisfaction in their work and creates stronger relationships with Veterans.

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Girl Scouts Come Through Again!

These three girls stopped by our office on Tues., April 3rd to donate “just a couple” cookies, which WNY Heroes will be distributing to local Veterans. They really do live up to their motto “To serve God and my country, To help people at all times, And to live by the Girl Scout Law.” Thanks girls!!

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Local Veteran Profile: Kevin Oliphant

Kevin served in Iraq in 2005 with the 3rd Infantry Division as a Combat Engineer. He’s originally from Wilson and is married, with three children. Kevin is one of over 30 local veterans who has a service dog trained through the Pawsitive for Heroes program. His two-year-old pitbull has been invaluable in helping Kevin cope with Post Traumatic Stress, along with counseling once a week. Kevin would like people to understand that PTS isn’t something one can “…just get over”; and not all wounds are visible.

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Equifest Nets Chance to Educate Horse Lovers in Hamburg

Did you know, according to the Americans with Disabilities Act, the only animals that can work as legitimate service animals on the ground are dogs and miniature ponies!?! Countless people stopped by the WNY Heroes table, donated very generously, and spoke with our amazing volunteers on March 24th and 25th.

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B.O.O.T.S. Invades Painting with a Twist!

Battle Buddies On Our Troops’ Side (B.O.O.T.S.) brought nine Veterans and their families together on March 31st, 2018, at a “dry” version of Painting with a Twist, in Lancaster. The program activities vary, but all offer a safe, casual, non-clinical environment that fosters teamwork, networking, and friendship among those who share a common bond. Previous activities have included fishing on lake Erie, a downtown peddle tour, fossil digging, introductory S.C.U.B.A. diving instruction, kayaking, tobogganing and sledding, Buffalo Bandits games, bowling, and more. Want to participate? Just contact us, ask about the next adventure, and sign up!

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Marine Corps League Inducts Officers, Welcomes WNY Heroes, & Puts Out Call for New Members

What a night with the Marine Corps League’s Conrad F Kania Detachment! The the few and the proud inducted their new officers Saturday, March 24th at American Legion Post 1451 in Sanborn, NY. They listened intently as WNY Heroes was given the opportunity to educate the “Devil Dogs” about what’s done for our local heroes. Commandant Paul Schultz encouraged any and all honorably discharged “Leathernecks” to join their ranks. Just give him a call at 694-4463 or 471-6462. Many of the members donated generously to WNY Heroes that evening, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t single out Mrs. Lucy Gornicki and her husband Hank, who won the 50/50 split club that night. Lucy walked over to this employee, and handed over the entire $160 to be used to help those who’ve served.

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Combat Vet Pursues Art After Army

Britten joined the Army in 2001 and served with the 1st 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, known as the “Geronimos.” He served in Afghanistan in 2003, and in Iraq from 2006-7. Britt was honorably discharged in 2008, was matched with a service dog through the Pawsitive for Heroes program, and has been recognized by the United War Veterans Council for his artwork. If you’d like to contact Britten about his art, please contact our office.

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Upcoming Events

Fri 27

B.O.O.T.S. (Smash stuff at Smash Relief Headquarters!)

April 27 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Buffalo
United States
May 03

Strike For Vets League!

May 3 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cheektowaga
United States
May 10

Strike For Vets League!

May 10 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cheektowaga
United States
May 17

Strike For Vets League!

May 17 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cheektowaga
United States
May 19

Vet Fest

May 19 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Buffalo
United States

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