WNY Heroes News & Announcements

Coldwell Banker Integrity Real Estate Is There for Veterans!

Thanks go out to the brokers and owners of Coldwell Banker Integrity Real Estate, Nina Nanula, Alisa Talarico, and Sam Talarico. Support like theirs helps keep Veterans’ cars running through Operation Automotive, lowers higher education costs through our William J. Kramp scholarship, sends kids to camp via Operation Purple and Camp Star, and allows children of Veterans to stay off the streets and participate in extra-curricular activities with the financial assistance we offer through WNYHeroes’ “Litter Heroes” program.

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Pawsitive For Heroes Preps Next Generation of Service Dogs

Aug. 21 saw a combat Veteran come into our office with his new puppy who’ll be entering our Pawsitive for Heroes program when he gets a little older. As a service dog, he’ll assist the former Marine thanks to our donors. The Veteran spoke with WNY Heroes President / CEO Chris Kreiger about the requirements and expectations of the dog, its owner, and the training process. Training usually takes about a year with the Veteran attending weekly sessions with their dog.

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Educating at the Erie County Fair

August 8 – 19 marked another week and a half of one of the largest county fairs in the nation. Each of the past several years, WNYHeroes has been setting up shop in the air-conditioned State Police building, speaking with people about the assistance we offer. Usually the conversation starts with our volunteers saying “Hi! Have you ever heard of Western New York Heroes before?” Then fair go’ers usually start sharing their family’s stories of service and sacrifice. That’s how relationships are developed, assistance is explained, and the first stepped toward improving Veterans’ lives is taken.

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BOOTS Visits Hidden Valley Animal Adventure

Aug. 21 saw our Veterans and their children in Varysburg, NY. Participating in an actual safari tour! Animals included water buffalo, cattle lamas, camels and pigs. Dinner followed some serious hand washing, and none of the animals appeared on the menu. More than 20 people attended the event that was sponsored by Battle Buddies On Our Troops Side (BOOTS).

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WNYHeroes To Be Honored

On Sept. 22 American Legion Jesse Clipper Post 430 will honor us with their Community Veteran Service Award for exceptional service to veterans and active duty service members. Pvt. Jesse Clipper of the 317th Engineers, was from Buffalo, was wounded in France, and hospitalized for several weeks. Soon afterwards he was gassed and had two additional stays in the hospital. He died on February 21, 1919. The post helps us all remember the valiant service of all negroes in all wars.

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Operation Backpack on Pace to Break Own Record

So far, over 50 children will go back school with free supplies from WNYHeroes. Parents just fill out the application found on our website, bring in birth certificates, a DD-214, and a supply list until Sept. 14 any Mon., Wed. or Fri. From 3-6pm. We’ll have the child select from a variety of backpacks while we fill it with supplies. All mom or dad needs to do is write a brief “Thank You” note to our donors, like Fiserv Lending Solutions for their generosity.

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Operation Automotive At it Again!

Our 11th car was given away recently to a Vietnam Veteran with a brother suffering from Alzheimer’s, who is also a Veteran! Thank you to Amton Automotive and Channels 4 and 7 for coming out and interviewing these men.

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Nov. 9 Gala Coming Up Quick!

This year’s master of ceremonies will be Rob Lederman and charging stations will be available thanks to Metro PCS. This year’s sponsors will include the Buffalo Sabres, the Buffalo Bills, HSBC Bank, Northrup-Grumman, and Empower Federal Credit Union to name a few. See you at the Seneca Niagara Casino!

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Local Coast Guard Vet Gives Back Piece by Piece

Coast Guard Veteran Ryan Eberhardt not only made and donated the soldiers cross on display in our office, he’s also been donating his time to other local Veterans in need.:
“This started when a friend asked me if I would help a Vietnam veteran. At the time I was a hobby woodworker and was up for a challenge…he had explained that he would like to be able to celebrate Christmas with his family in this “newer” kitchen…Three months later it was all done just in time for Christmas. This job didn’t cost the Veteran anything, I was able to get donations with the help of WNYHeroes. After this kitchen my wife and I started our company in the hopes of being able to do more.”

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That’s Just How We Roll!

Thank you Amton Automotive and Valvoline Instant Oil Change for pulling this vehicle together for us to be able to donate this to our local Disabled American Veterans chapter in Batavia, NY. This vehicle will be used to transport our local heroes to and from doctor appointments. The vehicle is donated to them through our Operation Automotive program.

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