Board of Directors
The Foundation Projects for 2017
The Foundation will give awards and grants to organizations and individuals that the Foundation deems worthy of said grants and awards for the advancement of the cause of Veterans and their families.
Awards and grants have been given out to a variety of community based projects and events such as the Watchfire to ensure the continuance of this extremely popular public event yearly over the Memorial Day Holiday at the New York State Fairgrounds with attendance figures in the range of 10,000 to 14,000 people. The Watchfire is the premier Memorial Day event of Central New York. There are no admission nor parking fees.
The Francis House hospice receives an annual award to help allay the expenses of Veteran end of life care.
VVA Chapter 103: to assist in the funding of the Chapter operational needs and worthy projects. The monies given to the Chapter ensure a yearly scholarship grant for the membership, their family both for a full time college scholarship and as a part time college student. This would include trade schools for members and family. Thousands of donated dollars have helped our Veterans and families receive a quality education.
Syracuse Veteran Center has been a long time recipient of Foundation donations to continue worthy programs and to furnish pre-paid gift card from the Aldi Stores to allow a destitute Veteran the opportunity to receive food until their circumstances improve or get more permanent funding. Aldi Stores sell no alcohol or tobacco products so our gift goes farther there. The Veteran Center also receives a grant for a Christmas Party for those who administer the programs and for those who partake of the fine services.
The Syracuse VAMC has an excellent program through the Volunteer Service Office to distribute clothing for Veterans who have a need to replace the clothing or lack of clothing as they enter the VAMC for treatment. The Foundation, in conjunction with VVA 103, financially sponsors the purchase of undergarments and exercise clothing to help underwrite this excellent program.
The Foundation financially assists Clear Path for Veterans. Past donations funded the purchase of commercial kitchen equipment, funding for service dogs and the associated training, veterinary and equipment expenses. The 2016 donation funded construction of a pavilion on the Clear Path for Veterans campus.
The American Legion gives away gifts at Christmas and the holidays to Syracuse, NY VAMC inpatients to help cheer them at that time of year. The VAMC auditorium is transformed into a gift shop and the permanent resident Veterans of the VAMC community living center are allowed to choose one or two gifts to be sent to family members. The American Legion wraps the selected gift(s) and ships to the Veteran's family members. The gift selection and shipment is done free of any charges to the Veteran.
The Vietnam Veterans of CNY Foundation Donald M. Benack, Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament
The golf tournament is a heavily attended annual event and is the main fund raiser for the Foundation. It is named after the Late Judge Donald M. Benack, Jr., one of the Founders and past President of the Foundation. He was responsible for setting up the Tournament and was a very positive influence on the Veteran community in Central New York. The Tournament is played at the Pompey Hills Country Club set in the beautiful hills in southern Onondaga County. Long noted for its view of the City of Syracuse and the well-manicured golf course. The Pompey Club serves a large mid-game lunch and offers an excellent clubhouse for the after game banquet and awards. Richard Madden is the Chair of the Tournament and any inquires may be made to him at our web site as to team and sponsor information.