WNY Heroes News & Announcements

WNY Heroes Welcomes Volunteer Coordinator, Diane Gilbert!

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!!

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Local Veteran Profile: Paul Schwartzmeyer

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.

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R2D2 Makes Friends with WNYHeroes at Buffalo Maker Faire

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.

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WNYHeroes Leads Superhero Walk!

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.

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Now: Donating Made Easy at an ATM Near You!!

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.

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Restaurant Opportunity

If you’re a Veteran looking to get into the restaurant business, this might be worth a look. It’s just outside the gate at Niagara Air Reserve Station!

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WNY Heroes Female Group Holds 1st Meeting!

Adapt and overcome…sounds like a great mantra for our newest group. “We can go from heels to boots and back to heels again! If you stumble there will be someone to help you up, or fall on the ground and laugh with you!” says Lynn Magistrale, program coordinator and 22 year Navy and Air Force Veteran. Based on all of the positive comments resulting from their recent facebook post, the group’s size is going to increase, welcoming any woman that’s looking for a group of ladies that can relate.

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Local Veteran Profile: Adam Hoopengardner

Adam served in the Navy on three different aircraft carriers, maintaining F-14’s and F/A-18’s fighter jets before becoming a recruiter in Western New York. Today, Adam’s heavily involved in the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association. He and his family have been assisted through six of our programs. Recently, he, his family, and friends attended our volunteer night. When asked for a testimonial for this newsletter, Adam said…
“I like to use the analogy of a boat with a little leak…I was taking on too much ‘water’…and WNYHeroes stepped in and gave me the bucket…After getting on my feet…they sent my daughter to gymnastics…along with the Pawsitive [for Heroes] program and Operation B.O.O.T.S., they are working with me to re engage…WNYHeroes is Heaven sent and out there to help, judgement free…”

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Recent Law Puts Frauds on Notice

Now it’s state law! Misrepresentation of having a service or emotional support animal is a criminal offense. Knowingly misidentifying a dog as a guide, service, therapy, or hearing dog could $100 and 15 days in jail. It should be noted that while the Americans with Disabilities Act only qualifies dogs, and miniature ponies as “service animals” on the ground, the Department of Transportation allows for a wider definition of the term “service animal” in the air.

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Gala Committee Working on Nov. 9th Event!

It’ll be here before you know it! The 9th annual Red, White and Blue Gala will be held, once again, at the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls, NY. and once again, the Gala committee is hard at work making sure all the “t”s are crossed and all the “i”s are dotted. One important improvement is that the casino has taken further measures to ensure our smoke free event won’t be affected by casino patrons who smoke. Those patrons must now stay in the more distant, gaming area if they choose to smoke.

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Upcoming Events

Thu 21

18th Annual Buffalo Stand Down

June 21 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Buffalo
United States
Thu 21

Strike For Vets League!

June 21 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cheektowaga
United States
Sun 24

Grand Lady Cruise!!

June 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Buffalo NY
United States
Thu 28

Strike For Vets League!

June 28 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cheektowaga
United States
Fri 29

B.O.O.T.S. (Fishing on Lake Erie, with Innovative Outdoors!)

June 29 @ 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dunkirk
United States

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