Wishing all of our Veterans the very best on this day and every day.
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Leading Veteran Advocacy Organization hosting event on October 7th to re-launch much needed transport for Long Islands under-served veterans and to register veterans and other First Responders who were impacted by 9/11
VEDI and LIVIF partner to revamp Binsack Watson Van and Call Attention to vital WTC resources for First Responders
New York, NY – Veterans Entrepreneurial Development Initiatives, Inc. (VEDI) and its local affiliate Long Island Veterans Initiatives (LIVIF) will be hosting a “Chili Cook-off Event” on Saturday, October 7th.
Location: Sunrise Detachment Marine Corps League – 99 New York Avenue, Massapequa, NY 11758 from 12PM – 6PM.
The purpose of the event is to bring together fire fighters, veterans, other first responders and their families to generate funding for its Binsack-Watson Veterans Express (B-W VE), a 10 passenger van donated by FREE and Rides Unlimited in order to transport veterans to the VA hospitals, VetCenters and other appointments. In addition they hope to generate awareness regarding the WTC monitoring program.
The Binsack- Watson Veterans Express revamp reflects the first level of VEDI/LIVIF’s long term goal to address the lack of transportation and delivery services for veterans in need. “We are seeking at least $50,000 to convert the Binsack-Watson Veterans Express into a mini mobile unit that can accommodate passengers, particularly veterans who often need rides to job interviews, medical appointments, supermarkets or require materials delivered to them. Current programs do not provide for the ‘outside the box’ or ‘last minute’ requests,” states Eric Farina, Co-Founder, LIVIF. “Too often, we have seen veterans who lost out on job opportunities because they could not get to an interview or older veterans living in fear in their homes who cannot get out to buy groceries. B-W VE has addressed this in the past and we are gearing it up to do even more now.”
Equally important is the rise in certified cancers and other illnesses that are impacting First Responders who worked around Ground Zero following the terror attacks on 9-11 that are creating a major outreach crisis for these volunteers to register with the WTC Monitoring Program. “By calling attention to this potential health crisis we hope to provide much needed resources to veterans, fire fighters, police officers and others who volunteered at Ground Zero before major diseases take over their lives and wipes out their resources,” stated Meta J. Mereday, Founder of VEDI, Inc and a 9-11 First Responder. “We will be providing contact information for all who volunteered so they can find out what their options are to protect themselves and provide for their families. In addition to the 2,977 innocent people who lost their lives on September 11th, we are losing responders at an increasing rate because of cancers and other ailments being diagnosed too late for treatment.”
According to Victory Media, Veterans (including spouses and children) represents an underserved population with over $1 trillion in purchasing power and an uncompromised consumer base. Current programs only address singular issues with little integration, thus many gaps in service continue to exist. VEDI, Inc. was established to collaborate with various organizations to create an effective national model to build programs that will grow veteran businesses and increase veteran employment. LIVIF was founded to bring together the disjointed programs and services that currently exist on Long Island and to create proactive models to assist the many under-served veterans on Long Island. Nassau-Suffolk Counties have the largest veteran population in New York State. Farina added, “When it comes to veteran care, the parades and handshakes are appreciated, but a home, a regular meal, being able to support families and hold our heads high – that is essential.”
Suggesting donations for the October 7th Chilli Event is $50 . All checks are made payable to “VEDI, Inc.”and your contribution is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
Media Contact: Tiffany Braxton, Midnight Management 860 698-0643
DrugRehab.com has launched a resource page, “Veterans and Addiction” solely dedicated to veterans recovering and or dealing with addiction. The new page focuses on an issue which is prevalent within the United States Military, and addresses not only the root causes but provides the necessary assistance for veterans who are ready for recovery.
If you are a veteran struggling with addiction or know of one who is, there is help online for you through DrugRehab.com today. Visit the page directly for HELP, more information or for other resources related to addiction.
For veterans dealing with more advanced issues such as PTSD and addiction DrugReb.com provides access to an advanced approach to care and recovery, and has a separate page which any veteran can access from this link HERE.
#VeteransMatter – As you go about celebrating during this upcoming Memorial Holiday Weekend, please remember what the holiday is all about. Take some time to pay homage in your own way to the many soldiers who sacrificed their lives for our country.
VEDI’s goal is to always be able to provide resources to help move our veterans forward here on the home-front.
To Donate to VEDI visit our GoFundMe Page.
This past Monday, May 15, 2017 as part of Bronx Week, Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz Jr. and The Borough President’s Advisory Council celebrated Bronx Veterans with a breakfast and award ceremony at Maestro’s Catering Hall.
It was a beautiful celebration which honored Bronx Veteran Heroes and organizations, as well as a special segment in remembrance of Bronx County’s Fallen Heroes – Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Gary Axelrod, Host of BronxTalk and Founder of ThisIsTheBronx.info served as Master of Ceremony.
The list of honorees included:
Another highlight of the morning included words from a 107 year old war veteran in attendance (footage below). It was such a special day, full of love, appreciation and lots of smiles. Thank you to Ruben Diaz Jr. and the entire Bronx Borough President’s Veterans Advisory Council for putting together an amazing event for our veterans.
Special thanks to Carmen Rodriguez and Terri Ham for the invite and all of the work that these ladies do surrounding veterans.
Enjoy a quick Goggle video recap of the event below…
More event images…
New York, NY – March 24, 2017 – This is real, our Veterans are facing some tough situations here on the home-front and more needs to be done! Below are words from Veterans Entrepreneurial Development Initiatives (VEDI) Founder, Meta Mereday.
“I am hoping that you can SPREAD THE WORD or JOIN ME at the Nassau County Supreme Court, 100 Supreme Court Blvd, Mineola, 10 AM , in Judge Thomas Adam’s court room.
A Korean War Veteran and Nassau County resident is facing foreclosure and eviction – Again!. Veterans Entrepreneurial Development Initiatives and Long Island Veterans Initiatives were able to keep the couple in their home and not split up living in separate shelters and their lives disrupted. Unfortunately, the veteran is now a widower and still fighting to remain in his home! He lost his wife last summer and fell on hard times again! Should he lose his house as well? We spend millions on parades and fly-overs during sports events in surface support of our veterans. This is a real life situation…can we count on you?”
VEDI needs you, there are countless other situations similar to this and some worse, please spread the word on the work that VEDI is doing and consider donating to the Cause. Every little bit helps this organization assist our Veterans on a grass-roots level and beyond. Remember #DoMoreGiveMore.
To Donate click on the following link to the VEDI GoFundMe Page.
Email VEDI@MidnightManagement for more information on getting involved with the organization.
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LEADING VETERANS GROUP TO LAUNCH A COMPREHENSIVE VETERAN RESOURCE GUIDE
VEDI, Inc will generate publication to inform, engage and empower the veteran community
NEW YORK, NY (February 21, 2017) – VEDI, INC. is launching a campaign to develop a comprehensive resource and support guide that will provide much needed information and collaboration tools to effectively reach the estimated and untapped multi-trillion dollar veteran community. With a focus on entrepreneurial development and economic empowerment, VEDI, Inc will partner with public and private sector entities to generate the research data and support material to provide a much needed road map for veterans to better access business development, community engagement and support services to provide the long term sustainability that is lacking within the veteran community. In addition, major corporations, government agencies and educational institutions will be able to connect with grass roots and emerging veteran service organizations to bridge the many gaps that exist causing the myriad of problems that our returning heroes face.
“Our military are the best trained and highly disciplined while on active duty, but upon return to the home front, their civilian lives are complete opposites with high unemployment, suicides, business failures and substance abuse,” stated Meta J. Mereday, Founder, VEDI, Inc. This guide will set a new dynamic in the veteran community with a focus on the “Total Veteran” – and not media-hyped stereotypes. This guide will provide vital resource information, community service models, best practices for business development, career and family enhancement tips, educational tips with tools, post-deployment success strategies, legal – financial information and veteran statistics and trends.
“Too often, veterans are returning home ill-equipped to make the transition, lacking the necessary tools and information and it has caused too many to fall victim to negative lifestyles that lead to abuses,” stated Stephen Bailey, Veteran and Managing Consultant, Top Flight, LLC., a veteran owned development and logistic company working with VEDI to develop the guide format. “We look forward to partnering with VEDI to develop this guide and to build the platform around it to maximize veteran empowerment and to build up the veteran community. VEDI continues to lead the way in innovative models to change the dynamic in a positive way for our returning veterans.”
VEDI, Inc. is seeking program partners to assist with the data research and material compilation for the guide book. Promotional opportunities will be available for contributors to market their services that relate to veteran business development and veteran community empowerment. The launch issue will be a limited release, with Long Island as the pilot market as it is home to the largest veteran population in the Northeast Corridor with an extensive corporate base, prestigious colleges and universities and a representative population.
Veterans Entrepreneurial Development Initiatives (VEDI) Inc. is a 501(c)(3) New York State not for profit organization that was established to collaborate with various organizations to create an effective national model to grow veteran businesses, increase veteran employment and ignite veteran community empowerment. VEDI works with diverse constituencies to develop programs to increase veteran entrepreneurial and employment outreach and other services to improve infrastructure and long-term sustainability for veterans, their businesses and families.
For more information and promotional material regarding the VEDI Resource Guide, contact: Tiffany Braxton, Midnight Management PR – Email: VEDI@MidnightManagement.com – Phone: 860 698-0643.
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VEDI INC LAUNCHES “BINSACK-WATSON VETERAN EXPRESS” TO FILL IN THE SUPPORT GAP FOR VETS AND THEIR FAMILIES
Campaign for Mobile Health and Empowerment Unit to address underserved veterans where they are situated
NEW YORK, NY (February 15, 2017) – According to The Soldiers Project, approximately 25 veterans commit or attempt to commit suicide every day. As a nation that believes in saluting our returning heroes, we have not done a great job of meeting the needs of veterans once the holiday parades end. Homelessness, Unemployment, Substance Abuse, Business Failures and Domestic Violence is equally high within the veteran community and too many are sitting in silent suffering. In many cases, the issues include a lack of resources that could help veterans bridge gaps and retain their pride. Often, the problem starts with the basics – the lack of transportation and relevant resources – i.e. food, shelter, and compassionate care.
Veterans Entrepreneurial Development Initiatives (VEDI), Inc. has launched a much needed campaign to raise $1 million to meet the needs of our under –served veterans. The Binsack-Watson Express Platform was launched in remembrance of two Vietnam Veterans who were failed by the system. One was homeless for months and the other lived in a foreclosed home with no heat. Neither had transportation nor proper healthcare or support to gain the resources and attention they needed to survive, despite the millions poured into programs designed to help them. Veteran Binsack lived in bus depots and slept behind VFW Halls. Veteran Watson applied for assistance and his file was lost for months causing him to live in fear and the cold. They served their country and were dis-served by it.
The Binsack-Watson Veteran Express is designed to be a mobile support triad that will connect with veterans and their families where they are – and not subject them to the lack of sensitivity and accessibility that currently exists. The Binsack-Watson Veteran Express will provide three levels of support for underserved veteran and their families designed to rebuild and empower the veteran community. The Binsack-Watson Veteran Mini Van will provide transport for veterans to appointments, job interviews, shopping etc. The Binsack-Watson Mobile Health & Vet Transporter provides rides, on-site health care assistance and educational outreach that reaches underserved veterans and their families where they are situated. The Binsack-Watson VEDI-EHP Multi-care Mobile Health & Wellness Mobile Command Center will provide broader compassionate care and immediate resource support with “boots on the ground” capabilities to assist homeless populations.
Hosting Organizations: Veterans Entrepreneurial Development Initiatives (VEDI) Inc. is a 501(c)(3) New York State not for profit organization that was established to collaborate with various organizations to create an effective national model to build programs to grow veteran businesses, increase veteran employment and ignite veteran community empowerment. VEDI works with diverse constituencies to develop programs to increase veteran entrepreneurial and employment outreach and other services to improve infrastructure and long-term sustainability for veterans, their businesses and families.
Empowered Health Partnerships, Inc. (EHP) – is a 501 (c )(3) organization that was co-founded by world renowned nephrologist David Scott to combat the obesity epidemic which has led to the rise in diabetes and related ailments in African-American and Hispanic children; and to address health disparities in underserved communities. The veteran population has also been targeted and is vulnerable to a variety of critical conditions due to poor nutrition, delayed medical attention and lack of access.
To make a tax deductible donation, make your check payable to “VEDI, Inc” and send to; VEDI/Binsack-Watson Project; 734 Franklin Ave, Suite 532, Garden City, NY 11530.