Boots on the Ground NY
'Leaving No Veteran Behind'
What’s happening in May, it’s going to be a busy month, here’s some of things happening
May 5th – Our Annual Fundraiser at Mulcahys
7th Annual Robert Cafici Memorial, this is the event that pays the rent at the VAC, a place where Veterans come together.
May 12th – Honor Flight Long Island at MacArthur Airport
Welcome Home & Motorcycle Escorts
May 20th – Balls, Brews and Boots at Meetball of Patchogue
Food and beer tasting with portion of proceeds given to BOTGNY
April 21st & May 19th – BOTGNY Food drives
We are in critical need of food items presently
Please check our website for more details at
Currently we are in dire needs of funds for our Veteran Support Program
VETERAN PEER NIGHTS AT THE VAC
Tuesday night at the VAC is a Male Veteran peer night
(doors open 6:45PM)
Thursday night at the VAC is a Female Veteran peer night
(doors open 6pm)
Either stop in to chat with other Veterans, watch TV, play a game of pool, break bread with us, or assist us as we always have activities that help us accomplish our Veteran outreach missions.
The food and personal care pantries are available all evening.
Some weeks the group may go to outside activities, bowling, movies, sporting events, adventure park, etc. so please check event each week, or call the VAC at leave a message at 631-615-2200
On Tuesday May 15th, we will be going bowling, as we do every 3rd Tuesday. Meet up at the VAC at 1900 hrs, we will be leaving at 1945 after we have dinner. All Veterans invited. Evening costs such as lane, food, shoes and games all covered by BOTGNY thru community donations.
Always check our Facebook or website for upcoming activities at the VAC.
Please help us spread the word to Veterans, there is a place to go.
Anything said in the VAC stays in the VAC & sometimes you just need to be around other Veterans for the comraderies
Chow, snacks, refreshments & food all available so come hungry.
(we are also always appreciative of home cooked meals and snacks being dropped off for this event, for years we have had community members and restaurants donating food for our group activity nights, we ask that chow be dropped off at 6:45 pm, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or for any supporters or visit this link for more information: https://mealtrain.com/yl68vm
The Peer nights are Veteran & Service member evening only.
(sorry no spouses, family members, kids, etc.)
The ‘VAC’ (Veteran Activity Center) is located at
GET INVOLVED - STAY CONNECTED!
Food pantry collection drive
Saturday April 21st
Food pantry collection day as is every 3rd Saturday of the month.
We'll be open for a few hours for collections 1000 hrs-1500 hrs.
Currently our Food pantry is critically low
What we need: Canned foods, such as soups, meals in a can, chef boy r dee, Chili. Cans / packets of tuna fish, turkey, chicken, fruit, etc. Frozen Foods- (we have 2 freezers and 2 fridges). Pasta and sauce, Mac and cheese. Rice dishes. Boxed foods, cereals, carbs, breakfast bars, etc. Coffee, (cans and k-cups). Snacks, (individual packets).
We are urgently in need of: Peanut butter and jelly, Packets/cans of chicken and tuna, Cereals, Oatmeal's, Rice, drink mixes, crackers, coffee, cans of tomatoes sauces, soups, cans of fruit, condiments, Frozen foods, cooking essentials, such as oil and seasonings, kid’s food such as chef boy r di, mac and cheese, kids type snacks and drinks
(we are currently well stocked on cans of vegetable, beans and chili.)
And always new packages of socks, underwear, sweatshirts and pants for our hospitalized Veterans. We are in very in need of shower shoes for patients hospitalized in inpatient programs.
We can also use gift cards to store such as Stop-n-Shop, King Kullen, Walmart
Cards can be mail to PO Box 675 Bellport NY 11713
We are also always collecting items to ship to the Troops
Beef jerky, packets /cans of chicken and tuna, snack bags, nut mixes, protein snacks, drink mixes, meals in a can, socks, underwear, note pads, flashlights, batteries, small travel games, playing cards
Coffee and Letters and Notes from the states.
You can bring items down this Saturday between 11-3 pm if you wish to pack them so we can ship out to the Troops next week.
Interested in Security Guard Work?
Would you like to start a career or part time employment as a Security Guard?
And there is currently plenty of work available.
Boots on the Ground NY has formed a partnership with Neary Confidential Investigative Service Security Training Academy. (A Veteran owned and operated business) located at 38 Oak Street, Suite 4, Patchogue, NY 11772
Neary offers Veterans free tuition fees for the 8 Hour Pre-Assignment Training Course which is the first step to become a licensed Security Guard in the State of New York. Boots on the Ground NY will assist with state fees for application. (veterans & military only)
The Security Training Academy’s Director and Lead Instructor, CWO2 Tim Neary, USCG (Ret.) will assist you with the Security Guard application and help you along the way with any questions you have with the process.
Call 631-730-5694, leave a message and someone will get back to you.
Veterans / Military Service Members – keep in mind we are here for you, we have your back. Stop in during peer nights and learn more.
The VAC is an amazing thing. Veterans can just walk in, no need to be a member, utilize the pantries that have food, frozen foods, pet food, toiletries, cleaning supplies, break bread and have chow with us or just a cup of joe, make new friends, reminisce, have a laugh or get a shoulder to lean on or maybe just an ear to listen. Camaraderie. Be a backbone in the mission. Through networking with other attendees maybe find a job, a place to live, so many wonderful things just by getting off the couch and visiting us on a Tuesday night.
Veterans! Get involved and stay connected.
Its been a busy year so far
We shipped 1000’s of care package boxes to Military members around the world. Helped dozens of Veterans transition into housing by supplying them with household furniture, furnishings, new beds, food, clothing
BOTGNY is making a huge difference assisting Veterans right here on Long Island
Thank you for all of those that donated items and came into the VAC to help sort, pack and label for the care package missions.
To make a tax deductible financial donation please click on www.BootsontheGroundNY.com/donate or you can mail a check payable to Boots on the Ground NY at PO Box 675 Bellport NY 11713
On behalf of the Veterans we assist and that utilize the VAC,
We Thank You.
A note from BOTGNY Founder
This has already been a tough week. Not my life but for a few Veterans that came to us for help this week. So here we are trying to figure out how to help these Men that served our Nation honorably. You have no idea how hard it is for me to keep emotions in when a brother Veteran starts tearing up while telling me the situation. These Men have families and children. I, we need your help to help some veterans in bad ways this month, I can’t give details, but you know what we do at Boots on the Ground NY. If you can pitch in a few bucks please do so at www.bootsonthegroundny.com/donate
My goal this week is $1500 raised, your donation is tax deductible and appreciated
Thank you for your support!
Founder / President
Boots on the Ground NY
a 501c19 Veteran organization - Fed #27-4279559
BOTGNY is 100 % Volunteer and your donation goes exactly where you expect it to. (never a salary or paycheck)