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WNY Heroes News & Announcements
Many thanks to Paul Teutul (Paul Sr.) of Orange County Choppers & American Chopper for building a custom bike in support of the WNY Veterans Memorial to be built at Knox Farm State Park. Paul accepted one of our WNY Heroes challenge coins in E. Aurora.
Actually, nothing went wrong, unless you feel bad for the pigs who served as the main course thanks to Dinosaur Barbeque, who catered the event for the more than 25 hungry Veterans who took part. Chances at a swing set and in-door security system were also raffled off thanks to the generousity of I.S. Technologies, who donated not only the items themselves, but also the delivery and installation of both items. The winners were selected after the female Veterans group had their chance at both items as well. The Veterans will receive the donated items on June 7th.
Lincoln Park Arena! She may be small, but she’s a very big reason why this Vietnam Vet. feels more at ease out in heavily populated venues. WNY Heroes joined local businesses in recognizing local heroes at the event. Our organization was given the honor of presenting the awards on stage in front of local community members and dignitaries.
Why wasn’t the “D” included in this title? Let’s save the word “disorder” for something that isn’t a NORMAL reaction to an abnormal situation. As many already know, one of our most successful programs is Pawsitive for Heroes. It exists because there aren’t any governmental agencies out there providing these animals, arranging for training and paying for that training, for local combat Veterans with PTS in Western New York.
As for Operation BOOTS, well, it hasn’t been around that long but what an impact it has made! Many have heard about how some who’ve served don’t talk about their experiences with others who haven’t “been there” or “done that”. It’s true, but get a bunch of those Veterans together, and good luck shutting them up!! It’s a real lesson in what’s often left out of the history courses, and let’s not even talk about their special, colorful use of “language arts”. 😊
June 6 marks the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy, and the costly allied victory over German occupied France, marking the beginning of the end of World War II. Once these men came home, there wasn’t any organization out there offering them services dogs, help with rent, mortgage, utilities, peer to peer support, or assistance with their children’s school supplies and activities. Thankfully, times have changed and so has the quality of life for those we serve.
WNY Heroes was grateful for the opportunity to see off another group of local Veterans taking part in the latest Honor Flight trip to our nation’s capital. Various community groups were there as well, with the support bringing at least one Veteran to tears. Strangers wished them well, and of course, thanked them all for their service and sacrifices. Some of these seniors had never been to Washington D.C. to see the monuments to their own service, and the sacrifice of so many of their brothers and sisters in arms.
WNYHeroes was proud to support a fellow organization working to assist Veterans in WNY. We presented the Hogs & Heroes Foundation NY Chapter 3 with a $1,500 check along with a 32” flatscreen HD TV and a Shop-vac, all towards their upcoming meat raffle. Thank you Christopher Gresham (AKA Lawman) for all that you do.
A group of Veterans & their “plus one’s” enjoyed a Sabres game and visit from analyst and former net minder Marty Biron. Biron, a naturalized American citizen, said “[The Veterans] were the highlight of the night…”. Marty was recently presented with a 3×5 US flag by WNYHeroes.
Cannot say thank you enough to our United Steel Workers local 135L Veterans group for their amazing support of $5,000 for our Pawsitive for Heroes Service dog program. Thank you for believing in us and changing the life for a Veteran.
WNYHeroes is proud to announce our partnership with The Hope Project of WNY, Inc. watching their volunteers tirelessly organizing and working with wonderful people in our community in their beautiful space looking for assistance all while keeping their dignity! The Volunteers need to be applauded, and their fearless leader Dee should be applauded as well for her tireless efforts to keep her organization growing and putting herself last in HOPEs of helping yet one more family! Proud to work closely with all of them, knowing they will help assist our veterans and others right here in WNY!