Where Veterans Come Together
On Tuesday September 19 th , we will be going bowling, meet up at the VAC at 1900 hrs, we will be leaving at 1945 we have dinner. All Veterans invited. Evening costs such as lane, food, shoes and games all covered by BOTGNY
Tuesday night September 12th, we will be prepping for sending hurricane recovery supplies down South on the 12 th . Dinner at 1920 hrs. Doors open at 1700 hrs this week only (typically 6:45 PM)
Always check our Facebook or website for upcoming activities 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
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.
Tuesday Doors open by 1900 hrs., (sometimes earlier)
Thursdays doors open at 1800 hrs.
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 info@bootsonthegroundny.com)
This is a Veteran & Service member evening only.
(sorry no spouses, family members, kids, etc.)
The ‘VAC’ (Veteran Activity Center) is located at 2184 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma NY. 631-615-2200
For any supporters interested in providing a meal for our Veteran peer nights please visit this link for more information: https://mealtrain.com/yl68vm
Food pantry collection drive
Saturday September 16th, Food pantry collection day as is every 3 rd Saturday of the month. We'll be open for a few hours for collections 1000hrs-1500hrs.
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 3 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).
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.
Financial Bootcamp work shop for Veterans and Military families.
Every 2 nd Wednesday of the month, we host a financial workshop with doors opening at 1800 hrs. We have a very knowledgeable workshop leader who is also available for one on one counseling if needed
Below is the class subjects for the upcoming months
Wed. September 13, 2017- Credit & Debt Workshop: Let’s learn how to pull a Credit Report & Review! Bring your laptop or iPad if you have (not mandatory).
Wed. October 11, 2017-How to deal with a Debt Collector!
Wed. November 8, 2017- Spending Guidelines on How to Survive the Holidays / Having a Happy Holiday without guilt!
Wed. December 13, 2017-Credit & Debt Workshop
Wed. January 10, 2018-Owning a Home: Tools and resources for homebuyers-Whether you’re just thinking about buying a home or about to close, we help you take control of the process
Wed. March 14, 2018-Financial Empowerment Workshop: Building Wealth-can I do it and how do I begin? (Anyone with any income can build wealth)!
  Interested in Security Guard Work?
Would you like to start a career or part time employment as a Security Guard? 
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
Boots on the Ground NY will pay the 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 also 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.
Check out Facebook @ www.facebook.com/NCISPI & check for class dates.
Dates also posted on BOTGNY Facebook page. www.Facebook.com/BootsontheGroundNY
Any questions email us at FrankB@BootsontheGroundNY.com  or TEXT Tim @ 516-567-0519.

Veterans / Military Members – keep in mind we are here for you, we have your back. Stop in on a weeknight for peer nights and learn more.
Hurricane Recovery Supply Collection this weekend / week
Boots on the Ground NY will be doing a recovery supplies collection for the Hurricanes hitting the south again. Three storms are heading towards the US which still hasn’t recovered from Hurricane Harvey.
WHEN: Saturday 4p-6p, Sunday 9a-2p, Tuesday 4p-9p
WHERE: The VAC (Veterans Activity Center )– 2184 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma, NY.
WHAT's needed: Socks, Underwear, t-shirts, Food, Water, cleaning supplies, brooms, shovels, facemasks, eye goggles, blue tape, first aid kits / supplies, plastic rolls, tarps, heavy duty garbage bags, gloves (nitrile and leather), footwear, Toilet paper, Paper towels, generators, Flashlights / batteries, work boots, blue jeans. (clothing other than new packages of socks and underwear, & t-shirts and jeans will not be taken ). Gift cards to Lowes, Home Depot, Walmart, Gas stations also.
To make a tax deductible financial donation for supplies, gift cards and transportation / shipping 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
Please start gathering up supplies, any questions email me at FrankB@BootsontheGroundNY.com or TEXT me at 631-294-5248
I will be leaving Tuesday night and personally driving these items down to meet with responders who will be working the Florida east coast recovery efforts..
Last Tuesday night we had a collection for Recovery Supplies for Texas, we had a good showing of support and shipped over 130 boxes to Navy Flight crews ferrying medical personal through the recovery and rescue efforts and also to Veterans working with the Cajun Navy in the rescue and recovery efforts. Thank you for all of those that donated and came into the VAC to help sort, pack and label for that evenings mission.
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
Please start gathering up supplies, any questions message me.
Thank you.

Over the past few months we have shipped 1000’s of care packages to Troops in Harm’s Way serving Our Nation, a trailer full of supplies to Sailors aboard the USS McCain, last night 130 to Veterans and Military members working recovery efforts in Texas. We have granted cars and assisted with registration and insurance. We have granted $1,000 to a Vietnam Veteran who needed a vehicle when we couldn’t receive one to grant. We have assisted with clothing and food gift cards when our pantries were low or items not in stock was available. We have purchased dozens of new mattresses sets when we have assisted veterans when transitioning from shelters to housing. If you’re on our social media pages or volunteer with us, you know the passion we out into our mission. We maintain the Veterans Activity Center (“The VAC”), which between rent and utilities cost in the area of $2,500 per month. We maintain two trailers that have been used to move 100’s of veteran transitioning into housing.
We are 100% Volunteer and no one receives compensation or benefits. Our bank accounts are currently low as we do not fundraise until we need too, and we are currently at that time. We are also this month paying our annual insurances of $6,000 and our accountant bill of $4,8000.
Boots on the Ground NY is a 501c19 Veteran charity organization, all donations go towards the cause.
We are now asking for financial donations so we may continue our mission. We need to raise $10,000 over the next two months to get through the year
You can make tax deductible safe secure donations at www.BootsontheGroundNY.com/donate
there are options for one-time donations or monthly subscribed donations. Checks can also be made payable to Boots on the Ground NY and mailed to PO Box 675 Bellport NY 11713. Members will never solicit for cash.
On behalf of the Veterans we assist and that utilize the VAC, We Thank You.
Thank you for your support!
Frank Bania
Founder / President
Boots on the Ground NY
To make a tax-deductible donation that goes towards our mission: www.BootsontheGroundNY/donate
BOTGNY is 100 % Volunteer and your donation goes exactly where you intend it to.