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It is the VETERAN,
not the preacher,
who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the VETERAN,
not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the VETERAN,
not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the VETERAN,
not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble.

It is the VETERAN,
not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the VETERAN,
not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.

We are the Committee for the Families of Iraq & Afghanistan War Veterans. We are a group of dedicated individuals here to help our veterans & their families.

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Orange County Veterans Spring Picnic and Resource Fair

The Committee for Families of War Vets was at the Orange County Veterans Spring Picnic and Resource Fair held at the Thomas Bull Memorial Park-Day Camp Pavilion, 211 Route 416; Hamptonburgh, NY from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Saturday, May 10th. The event offered veterans updated information and assistance from representatives of a variety of government agencies and veteran organizations, paired with a FREE family picnic-style barbecue. On hand was Christian Farrell, the new Director of the Orange County Veterans Service Agency, and retired director, Tony Zippo and members of the Committee.

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IMG_4450Representatives from the Committee for Families of War Vets  were on hand as the 105th Airlift Wing hosted an Army going-away ceremony on Sunday March 9 for 115 men and women of the New York Army National Guard’s 1569th Transportation Company. Approximately 600 guests attended.

IMG_4398The ceremony was held in a giant hangar built to house the C-5A Galaxy.

The 1569th Soldiers will spend a year away from home, heading to Afghanistan in May following post-mobilization training in Fort Hood, Texas.

VIPs at the ceremony included Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, N.Y. 18th congressional district and the City of Newburgh Mayor, Judy Kennedy. Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus, a Lieutenant in the Naval Reserves and New York Naval Militia and a founder of the Committee for Families of War Veterans was the guest speaker.

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This Pre-deployment event was sponsored by ShopRite. ShopRite has supported the Committee for the Families of War Veterans since its inception and has helped countless veterans throughout the region as well as other organizations dedicated to helping them. A heartfelt thanks to ShopRite for this event and so much more!