Saturday, April 26, 2008

NYS Health Initiative for Returning Veterans and Their Families

On April 22, 2008, at the Rochester Veterans Outreach Center (VOC), New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) President and CEO James R. Knickman announced a $2 million veterans health initiative. The NYSHealth Initiative for Returning Veterans and Their Families will highlight the fact that the health, mental health, and substance use issues experienced by veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are public health issues. The initiative will address veterans' reintegration needs and strengthening collaboration between the public and private sectors.

Dr. Knickman was joined at the Rochester event by VOC President and CEO Thomas Cray, Western Region Deputy Director of New York State Division of Veterans Affairs Edward Simmons, MG John Batiste, New York State Senator Joseph Robach, and Veteran Member Associate of Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America Andrew Roberts.

NYSHealth is initially funding the Rochester VOC and the Jewish Board of Family & Children's Services in the Bronx to assist returning veterans with a variety of reintegration and care coordination needs. For more information on these projects and the initiative, visit the 'Features' section of our homepage at

Below is a sampling of media coverage of the Rochester event and the NYSHealth Initiative for Returning Veterans and Their Families:

'Returning Soldiers' Needs to be Studied,' Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

'Veterans Outreach Center to get $372K to Address Veterans' Needs,' Democrat & Chronicle

'Grant will Help Vets Deal with PTSD,' WXXI

'Vets Center Gets Money for Study,' WHAM 13

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'Veteran Services Receive Money,' RNews

'Veterans Health,' Crain's Health Pulse

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