Buffalo EDI: Presentations

Buffalo EDI: Presentations

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Outreach, Transition and Economic Development (OTED) invited service members, Veterans, and their family members to the in-person Buffalo EDI Presentations. Attendees learned about connecting to VA benefits and resources, and much more.

There was two days of presentations.

Day One Presentations: September 14, 2022 1:45 p.m.-4:00 p.m. EDT

Day Two Presentations: September 15, 2022 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EDT

Attendees were able to:

Attend workshops and presentations that can help with your individual needs at any given time in your process of returning to civilian life.  

Learn how VA benefits and resources will make your transition from military to civilian life easier for you and your loved ones.

Learn about the available benefits as well as new financial practices and strategies that optimize long-term success.

Day One: Presentation Schedule

Time Presentation Speaker
1:45 p.m.–2:10 p.m. NYS Veterans Home Nicole Gallagher, Administrator
2:10 p.m.–2:35 p.m. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Jeffrey Pirrone, Executive Director
2:35 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Erie County Senior Services Kimberly Leonard, Assistant Long Term Care Coordinator
3:00 p.m.–3:25 p.m. WNY Independent Living Center Todd Vaarwerk, Chief Policy Officer
3:25 p.m.–3:50 p.m. Elizabeth Dole Foundation Shirley Stanton, Registered Nurse, BSN, MSHA
3:50 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks Donna Mallia, Director

Day Two: Presentation Schedule

Time Presentation Speaker
10:30 a.m.–11:05 a.m. Women Veterans Health: Fully Integrated Health Care Options Amy Malik, Women’s Veteran Program Manager
11:05 a.m.–11:40 a.m. Career/Job Searching Services for Veterans and Eligible Spouses, NY State Department of Labor (DOL) Matejka Baumgardner, NYSDOL DVOP
11:40 a.m.–12:25 p.m. VA Benefits 101 Peter Nastasi, Assistant Education Officer; Antoinette Zingale, VSC Manager; Sue Fitzgibbons, VRE Officer
12:25 p.m.–12:30 p.m. Closing Remarks Donna Mallia, Director

*Master of Ceremonies quickly introduced each speaker during day one and day two presentations.

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09/14/2022 @ 01:45 PM (EDT) to
09/15/2022 @ 12:30 PM (EDT)

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