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Posted on: March 3, 2022

DA Hoovler VA Healthcare System to create a Coalition to Prevent Veterans from Committing Suicide

Orange County News
 
For Immediate Release                                Contact: Christopher Borek 
Wednesday, March 2, 2022                    845.291.3276, 845.238.4245c 

 

District Attorney Hoovler and Veterans Suicide Prevention Coalition 

Thank Businesses and Others Who Helped Distribute 

Materials to Prevent Veterans from Harming Themselves

 

District Attorney Hoovler joined Hudson Valley VA Healthcare System to create a Coalition to Prevent Veterans from Committing Suicide 

 

Over 230 Orange County Businesses and Organizations Aided in  

Distribution of Veterans Administration Anti-Suicide Materials

 

Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler, and Carl LoFaro from the Hudson Valley VA Health Care System, announced that the Orange County Coalition to Prevent Veteran Suicide, aided by over 230 Orange County businesses and organizations have distributed Veteran’s Administration anti-suicide materials throughout Orange County and surrounding areas.  In November 2021, District Attorney Hoovler joined with the Hudson Valley VA Healthcare System to form an Orange County Veterans Suicide Prevention Coalition. Suicide numbers in Orange County are alarmingly high.  Nationwide, about seventeen veterans succumb to suicide every day.  Veteran suicide rates are fifty percent higher than non-veteran suicide rates.  In an effort to reduce this sad statistic, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office partnered the Hudson Valley VA Healthcare System to create the Orange County Veterans Suicide Prevention Coalition.  

 

Over the last few weeks the Orange County Coalition to Prevent Veteran Suicide has been visiting local stores, businesses, and organizations, in, around and near Orange County, to ask for their help in preventing veteran suicide in their communities. The response was nothing short of fantastic. More than two-hundred-thirty stores, businesses and organizations are displaying Veteran Crisis Line resources in the form of cards, magnets, stickers, posters, coasters, pill organizers, and stress balls to increase awareness and promote access to this important resource for veterans in crisis.  The Coalition also distributed over 1650 gun locks, an option for veterans and others to use, should they decide to, to reduce access to the firearm for the veteran during a time of crisis. Research shows that barriers between a person with suicidal thoughts and the means to carry them out saves lives.  In addition to gun locks, over 6000 veteran crisis line awareness resources were distributed. 

 

Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler and Mr. Carl LoFaro of the Hudson Valley VA Health Care System remind everyone that both veteran and youth suicides are a big problem in Orange County and across the country. Fortunately, community members can be part of the solution by learning about the warning signs of a mental health crisis and how to access the 24/7 Veterans Crisis Line.   

 

The response from Orange County’s residents has been overwhelming. Orange County has the highest percentage of veterans in the Mid-Hudson region. Many businesses have already shown support for service members and veterans by giving veterans discounts.  Whether they are veteran-owned and operated, like Monroe’s Amendola’s Pizza and Restaurant, or institutions like Benny Haven’s Pub in Highland Falls, which has been serving West Point Cadets since before the Civil War, these businesses have one thing in common they all are eager to help end veteran suicide in their communities.  Government offices and law enforcement agencies have also been essential partners. Firearms dealers have been crucial partners in the distribution of gun locks to veterans wanting this resource. 

 

“I am proud that the people of Orange County have always shown such strong support for our veterans and active-duty military,” said District Attorney David M. Hoovler. “When you see Veteran Crisis Line resources on a store counter, take one for yourself, and a veteran in your life, and mention it to the owner that their actions on behalf of veterans are appreciated.”  

 

Listed below, in no particular order, are some of the over 230 stores, businesses and organizations that are helping the Orange County Coalition to Prevent Veteran Suicide by handing out Veteran Crisis Line resources.  The Coalition apologizes if they inadvertently missed any business or group that is helping hand out veteran crisis items, your help is appreciated by the people of Orange County and the Coalition.

 

The Coalition’s work is just beginning. In a few weeks, the Coalition plans to put out Veteran Crisis Line resources in the ice cream shops and garden centers when they open for the spring to reach even more veterans.  We want to speak to groups in person about preventing veteran and youth   suicide as well as contacting insurance companies and other businesses with veteran clients to share these important resources.  If you would like additional Veteran Crisis Line materials to display in your business or organization or have questions, please contact Mr. Carl LoFaro by email at carl.lofaro@va.gov and we will quickly send you resources.

 

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office and the Hudson Valley VA Health Care System specifically thank the following for all for their efforts on behalf of our veteran community in Orange County, New York:

 

Veterans Service Organizations

  1. The American Legion Post #488 – Monroe
  2. The American Legion Post #1308 – Pine Bush
  3. The American Legion Post #1420 – Newburgh
  4. Arthur Finnegan American Legion Post #1443 – Greenwood Lake
  5. Osborn-Fitzsimmons Post 521 – Montgomery
  6. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 161 – Port Jervis
  7. Veterans of Foreign Wars Tri-State Naval Ship #7241 – Port Jervis
  8. Vet Center - Middletown

 

Restaurants, Deli’s and Taverns

  1. Amendola’s Pizza and Restaurant – Monroe
  2. #1 Pizza Slice – Port Jervis
  3. Cascarino’s Brick Oven Pizzeria & Ristorante – Montgomery
  4. Murphy’s Tavern – Greenwood Lake
  5. Wards Bridge Inn – Montgomery
  6. Allan’s Mediterranean Grill - Middletown
  7. Allan’s Falafel -Chester
  8. Kelly Jeans Bar – Goshen
  9. Arlene and Tom’s Diner - Port Jervis
  10. Goshen Diner – Goshen
  11. Elsie’s Luncheonette - Goshen
  12. Steve’s Deli – Goshen
  13. Copper Bottom Bar & Grille – Florida
  14. Halligans Public House – Warwick
  15. Irish Whisper Pub – Greenwood Lake
  16. Fratello – Warwick
  17. Delancey’s – Goshen
  18. Sweeney’s Irish Pub - Walden
  19. Copperfield’s Kildare Pub- Montgomery
  20. O’Toole’s Pub - Monroe
  21. Chester Diner - Chester
  22. Orange County Bagels – Walden
  23. Orange County Bagels – Goshen
  24. Mike’s Deli and Pizza – Montgomery
  25. Christopher’s Bistro – Chester
  26. Loughran’s Pub – Salisbury Mills
  27. Iron Café Coffee Shop - Montgomery
  28. Franco’s Pizzeria – Walden
  29. Craft Brew Bar – Goshen
  30. Java Blue Coffee Shop – Montgomery
  31. Hook and Ladder Saloon – Washingtonville
  32. Tina’s Pizza Café & Restaurant – Chester
  33. The Captain’s Table – Monroe
  34. Mario’s – Woodbury
  35. Chester Village Deli and Catering – Chester
  36. Siena’s - Pine Bush
  37. Jace & Bailey’s Italian Kitchen – Pine Bush
  38. The Erie Hotel and Restaurant – Port Jervis
  39. Village Pizza – Montague, New Jersey
  40. Eduardo’s Restaurant – Salisbury Mills
  41. Benny Haven’s Pub – Highland Falls
  42. McDonalds – Highland Falls
  43. Schade’s Restaurant – Highland Falls
  44. South Gate Tavern – Highland Falls
  45. Tony’s Pizzeria & Restaurant – Highland Falls
  46. DQ Grill & Chill – Middletown
  47. Colonial Diner – Middletown
  48. Olde Erie Brew Pub & Grille – Middletown
  49. Tosco’s Pizzeria & Restaurant – Pine Bush
  50. Cup & Saucer Classic Diner – Pine Bush
  51. Quaker Creek Store – Goshen
  52. Steve’s Tuxedo – Tuxedo
  53. Starbucks – Newburgh
  54. LongHorn Steakhouse – Newburgh
  55. Crossroads Café – Harriman
  56. Cosimo’s Brick Oven Ristorante & Bar – Woodbury
  57. Cosimo’s Brick Oven Ristorante & Bar – Middletown
  58. Matson’s Deli & Cafe – New Windsor

 

 Retail Businesses

 

  1. Richard’s Army Surplus – Port Jervis
  2. Harriman Army Navy – Harriman
  3. Harriman Clothing Co. – Harriman
  4. Stewart’s Shops – Maybrook
  5. Stewart’s Shops – Walden
  6. Stewart’s Shops – Newburgh
  7. Stewart’s Shops – Goshen
  8. Stewart’s Shops – Washingtonville
  9. Quik Mart – Montague, New Jersey
  10. Ollie’s – Middletown
  11. Tractor Supply – New Windsor
  12. Tractor Supply – Pine Bush
  13. Agway Farm & Garden – Cobleskill
  14. Adams Fairacre Farms – Newburgh
  15. Broad Leaf Books – Pine Bush
  16. Beck’s Hardware – Pine Bush
  17. Entenmann’s Bakery Outlet – Goshen
  18. Montgomery Book Exchange – Montgomery
  19. Verizon Wireless Zone – Montgomery
  20. Otisville Hardware – Otisville

 

Post Offices

  1. Port Jervis Post Office
  2. Washingtonville Post Office
  3. Maybrook Post Office
  4. Highland Falls Post Office 
  5. Tuxedo Post Office
  6. Chester Post Office
  7. Sparrow Bush Post Office

 

Youth Activity Centers

  1. Kennett School of Gymnastics – Goshen
  2. Icetime Sports – Newburgh

 

Beer, Wine and Spirits Stores 

 

  1. Dana Distributers – Goshen
  2. Valley Supreme Liquors – Pine Bush
  3. Country Wines & Liquor – Montgomery
  4. Hops Brewhouse/Pine Bush Beverage - Pine Bush
  5. Beer World – Pine Bush
  6. Consumer’s Discount Wines & Liquors Inc. Middletown
  7. Green Label Wine and Liquor – Salisbury Mills
  8. Discount Wine & Liquor – Blooming Grove
  9. High Withers Wine & Spirits – Goshen
  10. Thruway Liquor Store – Walden

 

Sporting Goods Stores

  1. Thruway Sporting Goods – Walden
  2. Davis Sporting Goods – Sloatsburg 
  3. Davis Sporting Goods – Goshen
  4. Pike County Outfitters – Milford, Pennsylvania
  5. G’s Gun Shop - Blooming Grove
  6. Gun Lady – Port Jervis
  7. Master Class Gun Shop – Monroe
  8. Stokes Sport Shop – Branchville, New Jersey
  9. Cobleskill Outdoor Sports – Cobleskill
  10. Pioneer Shooting Center – Mount Vernon, NY
  11. Trout Town Flies – Roscoe
  12. Stagliano Taxidermy Studio – Walker Valley

 

Banking/Finance/Insurance

  1. Walden Savings Bank – Washingtonville
  2. Walden Savings Bank – Montgomery
  3. Walden Savings Bank – Pine Bush
  4. Pine Bush Agents, Inc. 
  5. H & R Block – Montgomery
  6. Quick Insurance – Washingtonville

 

Schools,  Museums and Churches

 

  1. West Point Visitor’s Center – Highland Falls
  2. Orange County Community College
  3. Westchester Community College – White Plains
  4. Burke Catholic High School – Goshen
  5. The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor – New Windsor
  6. New Windsor Cantonment 
  7. New York Military Academy – Cornwall
  8. St. Columba Church – Chester

 

Libraries

  1. Moffat Library – Washingtonville
  2. Goshen Library 
  3. Monroe Free Library 
  4. Highland Falls Library
  5. Cornwall Public Library

 

Petcare

  1. Northern Bear Pet Food & Supplies – Florida
  2. Cornwall Veterinary Hospital
  3. Petsmart – Middletown
  4. Monhagen Veterinary Hospital – Middletown

 

Autocare

  1. Goshen Sunoco, Inc.
  2. Firestone Tires - Port Jervis
  3. AutoZone – Walden
  4. Mavis Tires – Walden
  5. Johnstons Subaru – Middletown
  6. Johnstons Toyota – New Hampton

 

Haircare and Salons

  1. Hair Kare – Montgomery
  2. JJay’s Barber Shop – Pine Bush

 

Medical Care

  1. Washingtonville Pharmacy
  2. V.A. Community Based Outpatient Clinic – Port Jervis
  3. V.A. Community Based Outpatient Clinic – Goshen
  4. Pine Bush Pharmacy
  5. Montgomery Family Medicine 
  6. G.M. Krebs Pediatric Associates – Suffern
  7. Blooming Grove Pharmacy
  8. Dr. Emily Rivera Brown, Middletown Pediatrics

 

Professional Firms

  1. Finkelstein & Partners LLP – Newburgh
  2. The Kleister Law Group – Washingtonville
  3. Legal Aid Society, Inc. – Goshen
  4. Michael A. Ferraro, Esq. – Cornwall
  5. Greher Law Offices P.C. – New Windsor
  6. Sautter Law Office – Middletown
  7. Buckheit Partners LLP – Warwick
  8. Dupee & Monroe, P.C. – Goshen
  9. McManus & McManus, LLP – Warwick
  10. Schoenberg Law Offices – Woodbury
  11. Larkin Ingrassia, LLP - Newburgh

 

Clubs & Organizations

  1. Black Rock Fish and Game Club – Cornwall
  2. Orange County Federation of Sportsmen
  3. Walden Sportsmen’s Club
  4. New York Shields - Orange County
  5. Monell Engine Co. WVFD – Washingtonville
  6. Montgomery Senior Center
  7. Maybrook Senior Center
  8. Middletown Elks Lodge #1097
  9. Greenwood Lake Elks Lodge #2067
  10. Our Lady of Lourdes Council #5890 Knights of Columbus – Washingtonville
  11. Newburgh Rowing Club – Newburgh
  12. Ducks Unlimited, S.U.N.Y. Cobleskill Chapter

 

 

 

Police & Government Agencies

  1. Orange County District Attorney’s Office
  2. Orange County Executive’s Office - Goshen
  3. Orange County Clerk’s Office
  4. Orange County Department of Motor Vehicles – Goshen
  5. Orange County 911 Center – Goshen
  6. Orange County D.P.W. – Goshen
  7. Orange County D.P.W. Motor Pool – Goshen
  8. New York State Police Troop F – Middletown
  9. New York State Police Troop F – Montgomery
  10. New York State D.E.C. Police Region 3 – New Paltz
  11. City of Middletown Police Department
  12. City of Port Jervis Police Department
  13. City of Newburgh Police Department
  14. Town of Mount Hope Police Department
  15. Town of Newburgh Police Department
  16. Town of Blooming Grove Police Department
  17. Town of Deerpark Police Department
  18. New York State Court Officers – Goshen
  19. New York State Court Officers – Middletown
  20. Town of Woodbury Police Department
  21. Town of Tuxedo Police Department
  22. Village of Washingtonville Police Department
  23. Village of Walden Police Department
  24. Town of Montgomery Police Department
  25. Village of Montgomery Police Department
  26. Monroe Police Department
  27. Town Hall - Blooming Grove
  28. Town Hall – Newburgh
  29. City Court & Hall – Newburgh
  30. City Court & Hall – Middletown
  31. City Court & Hall - Port Jervis
  32. Town Hall – Goshen
  33. Town Hall – Mount Hope
  34. Town Hall – Crawford
  35. Town Hall – Deerpark
  36. Town Hall – Woodbury
  37. Town Hall – Tuxedo
  38. Town Hall – Montgomery
  39. Town Hall – Wawayanda
  40. Town Hall – Greenville
  41. Town Hall – Cornwall
  42. Village Hall – Cornwall on Hudson
  43. Village Hall – Otisville
  44. Village Hall – Washingtonville
  45. Village Hall – Walden
  46. Village Hall – Highland Falls
  47. Town Hall – Highland Falls

 

Miscellaneous Service Providers

  1. WALL Radio – Middletown
  2. 2 Tone Tattoos – Montgomery
  3. Decker’s Tree Service – Arden 
  4. Town of Crawford Small Business, Tourism, Event Center – Pine Bush
  5. Quinn’s Brotherhood Cleaners – Washingtonville
  6. Atlas Security – Goshen
  7. New York Outdoor News – Fort Ann

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