Joe Robach Wants Veterans to Know about new services at VOC

As veterans residing in Monroe County prepare for an upcoming trip on Honor Flight, it is important to remind all men and women, who fought so courageously for our country, of the many services which are provided by the Veterans Outreach Center, Inc.  Senator Joe Robach, over the years, has worked very closely and has supported the VOC and veterans for their tremendous contributions to our community, and for the services in which they provide for out veteran population.

The Wellness and Supportive services the VOC provides,  ensure veterans’ success by overcoming barriers to economic well-being, employment, physical and mental health.  In most cases, veterans seeking assistance, work with an individual case worker to ensure their needs are being met.

Another service which VOC provides are the educational counseling services.  With so many veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, many vets are now enrolling in college under the Post 9/11 GI Bill.  The objective of this service is to assist with issued both inside and out of the classroom, and also to assist with the transition back to a civilian lifestyle.

Another service which VOC has provided for many years now, is the free-of-charge Veteran Benefit Counseling.  This services provides aid to veterans looking to enroll in the VA health care system, applying for disability benefits, or even a person seeking help in choosing health care coverage from their employer.

A relatively new service which VOC is now offering is the Green Initiative for Veteran Employment.  G.I.V.E. is an employment retraining project created to encourage local companies to adapt environmentally friendly practices while providing training employment to military veterans in the community.  Currently, veterans involved in this program have over a 90%  job placement rate. Senator Joe Robach values the work of VOC to assist veterans from all eras and will continue to work to ensure funding for this great organization continues well into the future.

For more information about veteran services, contact the office of Joe Robach.

JOE ROBACH SUPPORTS CELL PHONE PROGRAM FOR SOLDIERS AND VETERANS

Joe Robach wants to inform soldiers and veterans about a wonderful non-profit that provides cell phones for soldiers.  Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing cost-free communication services to active duty military members and veterans.  This program collects cell phones, and their accessories, and helps turn them into prepaid calling cards to be distributed to US military personnel stated overseas.

Since its inception in 2004, Cell Phones for Soldiers has worked to keep military families connected by providing FREE communication tools to those serving overseas in the United States military. In seven years, the registered 501(c)(3) has provided troops with more than 2 million prepaid calling cards, equating to more than 150 million minutes of FREE talk time.

Cell Phones for Soldiers hopes to continue its mission to provide troops with FREE calls home through and the recycling of used mobile phones. Used mobile phones from all service providers are accepted. Each donated device valued at $5, will provide troops with 2.5 hours of FREE talk time.  For residents living in the Town of Greece or the greater Rochester area, you can drop off your used cell phone to Assemblyman Reilich’s district office (a certified drop-off site) on West Ridge Road.  This program is vital in keeping military families connected.  Joe Robach believes that it provides a tremendous service to soldiers and veterans as well as their loved ones. 

For more information on veterans issues, please contact the office of Joe Robach.