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11/1 Sunday

Team Vets Day

  • NYC Marathon

The New York City Marathon, sponsored by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), ushers in November with resounding cheers as 50,000 runners take to the streets. Among the many runners will be a team of veterans – Team Red, White & Blue – who will run the course together to bring awareness to U.S. military members, veterans and their service and sacrifice. The New York City Marathon, one of the world’s largest and most popular marathons, starts in Staten Island and finishes in the iconic Central Park. Here’s a link to the course so you can keep an eye out for our veterans. For more information, click here.

Official VetRewards Card Savings (through November 30)

  • NYC & National Retailers

Receive the recognition you deserve for serving your country by presenting the VetRewards Card at New York City and national retailers for exclusive military savings extended to veterans and their families by a coalition of Veterans Advantage’s patriotic partners. These everyday discounts are good all month, and 365 days a year.


11/5 Thursday

Got Your 6 Storytellers

  • HBO Theater
    1100 Avenue of the Americas (at 42nd Street)
    New York, NY

Got Your 6 is a campaign that brings together nonprofit organizations, Hollywood icons and government partners to foster dialogue between veterans and civilians. Got Your 6 empowers veterans to be community leaders. This year’s New York City event will feature nine Got Your 6 Storytellers, eager to share their phenomenal experiences, stories and leadership. For more information, click here.

Veterans Justice Symposium

  • Legal Services NYC
    40 Worth Street
    New York, NY 10013
    Suite 606

The Veterans Justice Symposium explains how local and state governments can help address veteran needs that might not otherwise be adequately addressed by the Veterans Administration (VA). The symposium will include New York City policymakers and veterans discussing New York initiatives and resources. For more information, click here.

Veteran Dinner & Facility Tour

  • Shankman Auditorium, North Shore-LIJ Franklin Hospital
    900 Franklin Ave.
    Valley Stream, NY 11580

North Shore LIJ-Franklin Hospital invites you to a veteran dinner and facility tour with the hospital’s executive director, Catherine Hottendorf. Juan Serrano – program director of the Office of Military and Veterans Liaison Services and VALOR co-chair – will be speaking at the dinner. Those interested in attending should RSVP to Helen White by October 30, 2015. For more information, click here.


11/7 Saturday

Veterans Day Savings at Bed Bath & Beyond

  • Bed Bath & Beyond locations nationwide

In honor of Veterans Day, Bed Bath & Beyond is offering 20% off an entire in-store purchase made between Nov. 7 and Nov. 11 by military members, military retirees, veterans, and their immediate family members through Veterans Advantage. Participating stores also include Christmas Tree Shops, Buy Buy Baby, Harmon Face Values, Harmon Discount, & Cost Plus World Markets. Simply show your VetRewards Card from Veterans Advantage in store at checkout and save 20% on your entire cart.

Cub Scouts and Other Youth Volunteers Clean the Eternal Light Monument

  • Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010

Cub Scouts and other youth volunteers come together to clean Madison Square Park’s Eternal Light Flagstaff, an ornamental pedestal dedicated to those who served in World War I. Cub Scouts and volunteers prepare the Eternal Light Monument for the conclusion of the annual Veterans Day Parade, during which a wreath will be placed on the monument. For photos from last year’s cleaning, click here.


11/8Sunday

Veterans Day Savings at Bed Bath & Beyond

  • Bed Bath & Beyond locations nationwide

In honor of Veterans Day, Bed Bath & Beyond is offering 20% off an entire in-store purchase made between Nov. 7 and Nov. 11 by military members, military retirees, veterans, and their immediate family members through Veterans Advantage. Participating stores also include Christmas Tree Shops, Buy Buy Baby, Harmon Face Values, Harmon Discount, & Cost Plus World Markets. Simply show your VetRewards Card from Veterans Advantage in store at checkout and save 20% on your entire cart.

Traditional Catholic Mass, Veteran-Focused

  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral
    5th Ave. (Between 50th and 51st Streets)
    New York, NY 10022

Join us as we share a veteran-focused mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Veterans and U.S. military members should arrive by 9:45 a.m. to follow the color guard into St. Patrick’s. For more information, click here.

Brooklyn War Memorial Revitalization

  • Brooklyn War Memorial
    195 Cadman Plaza W
    Brooklyn, NY 11201

Currently, the Brooklyn War Memorial is closed to the public, but The Mission Continues New York Service Platoons are coming together to revitalize the memorial. Veterans, service members and supporters can join in by planting daffodils, painting, and more. Sign up here or just show up ready to help!

USS New York Arrives in NYC

  • Pier 88S
    12th Ave and W. 48th Street
    New York, NY 10019

Details TBD


11/9 Monday

Veterans Day Savings at Bed Bath & Beyond

  • Bed Bath & Beyond locations nationwide

In honor of Veterans Day, Bed Bath & Beyond is offering 20% off an entire in-store purchase made between Nov. 7 and Nov. 11 by military members, military retirees, veterans, and their immediate family members through Veterans Advantage. Participating stores also include Christmas Tree Shops, Buy Buy Baby, Harmon Face Values, Harmon Discount, & Cost Plus World Markets. Simply show your VetRewards Card from Veterans Advantage in store at checkout and save 20% on your entire cart.

Arts in the Armed Forces

  • Studio 54
    254 W 54th Street
    New York, NY 10019

Arts in the Armed Forces (AITAF) educates, inspires and entertains all U.S. military members, veterans and their families by engaging them in the performance arts. This year, a staged reading of Kenneth Lonergan’s Lobby Hero will be performed. Tickets are free to active duty service members, veterans and their families. Civilian tickets are $200. For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here.

Launch of Prosper Labs: An Incubator for Veteran-Owned Businesses

  • 20 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Details TBD


11/10 Tuesday

Veterans Day Savings at Bed Bath & Beyond

  • Bed Bath & Beyond locations nationwide

In honor of Veterans Day, Bed Bath & Beyond is offering 20% off an entire in-store purchase made between Nov. 7 and Nov. 11 by military members, military retirees, veterans, and their immediate family members through Veterans Advantage. Participating stores also include Christmas Tree Shops, Buy Buy Baby, Harmon Face Values, Harmon Discount, & Cost Plus World Markets. Simply show your VetRewards Card from Veterans Advantage in store at checkout and save 20% on your entire cart.

“Stand Up for Heroes” Concert – Woodruff Foundation

  • Madison Square Garden
    4 Pennsylvania Plaza
    New York, NY 10001

This year’s Stand Up for Heroes Concert will feature performances by Chris Botti, Seth Meyers, John Oliver, Ray Romano, Bruce Springsteen and Jon Stewart. Supported by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival, this is the ninth annual Stand Up for Heroes Concert. For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here

United States Marine Corps Birthday (UWVC)

  • The Union League Club
    38 East 37th Street
    New York, NY 10016
  • This event is invitation only.

Join us as we celebrate the United States Marine Corps Birthday at the Union League Club.

Band of Pride Concert

  • Father Duffy Statue, Times Square
    Manhattan, NY 10036

Details TBD

5th Annual Veterans on Wall Street (VOWS) Veteran Employment Symposium and Hiring Fair

  • Goldman Sachs Conference Center
    200 West Street
    New York, NY 10282

Join Veterans on Wall Street (VOWS) for their annual symposium on veteran employment and hiring. Follow this link for more information and registration.

We Stand for Female Veterans – Stand Up Comedy

  • The Village Underground
    130 W 3rd Street
    New York, NY

Join us for an evening of comedy to benefit homeless female veterans. Profits from all tickets and donations will go to the Rural Preservation Company’s Guardian House – one of only two homeless shelters for female veterans in New York State. To purchase tickets and learn more about the event, click here.


11/11 Wednesday

Veterans Day Savings at Bed Bath & Beyond

  • Bed Bath & Beyond locations nationwide

In honor of Veterans Day, Bed Bath & Beyond is offering 20% off an entire in-store purchase made between Nov. 7 and Nov. 11 by military members, military retirees, veterans, and their immediate family members through Veterans Advantage. Participating stores also include Christmas Tree Shops, Buy Buy Baby, Harmon Face Values, Harmon Discount, & Cost Plus World Markets. Simply show your VetRewards Card from Veterans Advantage in store at checkout and save 20% on your entire cart.

NYC Mayor’s Veterans Breakfast

  • The Prince George Ballroom
    15 E 27th St.
    New York, NY 10016
  • by invitation only

Mayor Bill de Blasio will honor veterans, military members and their families during a private breakfast hosted at The Prince George Ballroom.

Wreath Ceremony/The Eternal Flame

  • Madison Square Park
    Madison Ave.
    New York, NY 10010

The United War Veterans Council will hold a traditional wreath-laying ceremony at the Eternal Light Monument in Madison Square Park at 10 a.m. The ceremony will also feature speakers, performers, a rifle salute and the playing of Taps. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

Annual NYC Veterans Day Parade

  • Fifth Ave. from 26th Street to 52nd Street
    New York, NY

The annual NYC Veterans Day Parade will feature over 250 groups and 20,000 participants! Veterans from all eras and present-day military units will march alongside civic and youth groups, floats and the country’s top marching bands. The event is free to the public. For more information, click here.

VFW Annual Veterans Day Commemoration

  • WWI Memorial, Ocean View Cemetery
    3315 Amboy Rd
    Staten Island, NY 10306

Veterans of Foreign Wars will host their annual Veterans Day commemoration ceremony at the WWI memorial at the Ocean View Cemetery in Staten Island at 10:30 a.m.

Veterans Unity Reception – Post Parade

  • 4 West 43rd Street
    New York, NY 10036

A post-parade reception will be hosted by the United War Veterans Council at the Gateway Art Center near Times Square. The reception will host members of various New York City veterans’ organizations to celebrate their common cause. For more information, click here.

Veterans Village Street Fair (also listed as the Veteran’s Day Parade Block Party)

  • 53rd St., Between Madison & 5th Ave.
    New York, NY

A block party featuring artists, crafters, merchandise and food vendors, and corporate displays with be held in conjunction with the Veterans Day Parade from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

IMAX Screening – Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam

  • AMC Loews 34th Street IMAX Theater, 312 W. 34th Street
  • by invitation only

Veterans Advantage, IMAX and HBO invite veterans and their familes to a free screening of “Dear America, Letters Home from Vietnam,” from HBO. This documentary, originally published as a book by the same name by Veterans Advantage CEO Scott Higgins and fellow Vietnam veterans when he served as co-chair of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commision, is an authentic account of the Vietnam War from the actual letters of the men and women who served there. It won HBO its first Emmy nearly 30 years ago. This newly re-digitized version is being released for the 50th Commemorative Anniversary of the Vietnam War. It serves as a Veterans Day tribute to all who served and sacrificed in Vietnam.
For more information, click here.

NYC Stands for the Troops Benefit Concert

  • Concert Hall at the New York Society for Ethical Culture
    2 W. 64th Street
    New York, NY

Join some of the nation’s best musicians and comedians as they gather for NYC Stands for the Troops: A Night of Music and Laughter to Benefit Our Vets. Artists include Little Anthony, Michael Bacon, Lea Delaria, Robbie Kondor and many others. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m.

Reading of Letters and Memoirs from the Soldiers of the NYC Regiments of the Civil War

  • The Bernie Wohl Center
    647 Columbus Avenue at 92nd Street
    New York, NY 10024

Join Goddard Riverside Community Center for a special Veterans Day performance. This year’s performance is “A Reading of Letters and Memoirs from the Soldiers of the New York City Regiments of the Civil War.” The performance commemorates the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. The event is free for veterans, $10 for general audiences and $5 for seniors and students. Click here to learn more.


11/12 Thursday

CUNY Veteran Celebration Fair

  • NYC College of Technology
    300 Jay St
    Brooklyn, NY 11201

Veterans will be honored at the Veteran Celebration Fair hosted by the NYC College of Technology. A number of organizations and companies are attending, providing veteran students from CUNY College campuses the opportunity to mingle and build connections. For more information, email veterans@citytech.cuny.edu.

All Veteran Artist Program

  • David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
    10 Lincoln Center Plaza
    New York, NY 10023

The Veteran Artist Program presents their 2015 NYC Veterans Day Showcase in partnership with Lincoln Center and Wild Turkey Bourbon. The show will feature work by professional veteran artists in music, theater, film, dance, poetry and prose, and will be hosted by James P. Connolly. The event will start at 7:30 p.m. and admission is free. For more information, click here.

IAVA Dinner

  • Cipriani
    110 East 42nd St.
    New York, NY 10017
  • by invitation only

The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) – a veteran empowerment organization addressing health and benefit issues faced by veterans – will host their ninth annual Heroes Gala, with special guest Stephen Colbert, at Cipriani. For more information, click here.

Chelsea Opera Presents: “Glory Denied”

  • St. Peter’s Church
    346 West 20th Street
    New York, NY 10011

Glory Denied is the true story of Col. Floyd “Jim” Thompson, the longest-held prisoner of war in American history. Adapted from Tom Philpott’s book of the same name, Glory Denied is a powerful musical account of Col. Thompson’s story. The event is free to active duty military and all veterans receive a special discount on tickets. Learn more about the event, which starts at 7:30 p.m., and buy tickets here.


11/14 Saturday

Women Veterans Writers Group

  • Suffolk Community College
    533 College Rd
    Selden, NY 11784

All female veterans are invited to the Women Veterans Writers Group, hosted by Veterans Legacy and Professors on Wheels at Suffolk County Community College. Ina Casali, a grant professor and Vietnam veteran, will lead the group and help attendees develop their stories and prepare them for presentation or publication. Registration is required. Email casaliw@sunysuffolk.edu for more information.

Veterans Reading & Writing Workshop

  • Bronx Vet Center
    2460 Webster Ave
    Bronx, NY 10458

This free workshop for veterans, hosted in collaboration with Voices from War, teams up experienced writers with students – including veterans, military spouses and select civilians – to develop storytelling talents. Each week, student work is shared and discussed with the goal of empowering veterans to craft their own stories, express their experiences of war and build a community. Registration is required. For more information, click here.

Times Square Church Veterans Reception

  • Times Square Church
    237 West 51st Street
    New York, NY 10019

Times Square Church will be hosting a reception for veterans, active duty military and police officers. Enjoy inspirational messages, music and a buffet lunch. Parking is $5 at the Hampton Inn Parking Garage on 51st and 8th Avenue. The event is Nov. 14, 2015 at 11 a.m.


11/15 Sunday

Heroes Meet Heroes

  • New York Athletic Club (NYAC)
    south end of Central Park (58th Street)
    at 7th Avenue

Join Veterans Advantage and Foot Locker at “Heroes Meet Heroes,” a free Veterans Week NYC event that brings together our U.S. active duty military, veterans and their guests with our U.S. Olympians. Guests have the opportunity to meet U.S. Olympic athletes, enjoy unlimited refreshments and watch Sunday afternoon football with their fellow military service persons. This year’s guest speakers will be Paul W. Bucha, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, and Cedric Jones, athletic director of the New York Athletic Club and former NFL star.

 

The event will be held in the historic New York Athletic Club (NYAC), located at the south end of Central Park (58th Street) at 7th Avenue, on Nov. 15, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 

To RSVP for the event, click here.


11/16 Monday

Women in Service Reception

  • Morris-Jumel Mansion
    65 Jumel Terrace
    New York, NY 10032

The United War Veterans Council will host Women in Service, an event that commemorates women’s service in the U.S. armed forces. The event will be held at the site of George Washington’s headquarters during the Battle of Harlem Heights, in which Margaret Corbin, the first woman wounded in combat service, fought. The event will be held on Nov. 16, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.


11/17 Tuesday

Talk: “War of the Encyclopaedists”

  • National September 11 Memorial
    180 Greenwich Street
    New York, NY 10007
    Museum Auditorium on the Atrium Terrace Level (Second Floor)
  • 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

“War of the Encyclopaedists” is the joint debut novel by poet Christopher Robinson and veteran Gavin Kovite. As Amazon describes the novel: “In a superb, rare literary collaboration, two major new talents join their voices to tell the story of a generation at a crossroads, and a friendship that stretches over continents and crises — from the liberal arena of Boston academia to the military occupation of Iraq — in this ambitious and electrifying debut novel.”

Dr. Elizabeth Samet will speak to the authors about the novel and the discussion will be followed by a book signing. For more information, click here.

United States Marine Corps Birthday Ball

  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
    Pier 86, W 46th St. & 12th Ave.
    New York, NY 10036
  • by invitation only

A celebration of the Marine Corps 240th birthday, which occurs a week prior on November 10.


11/18 Wednesday

Huntington Chamber’s Veterans and Women in Business: Women Veterans Breakfast and Browse

  • Huntington Chamber
    164 Main Street
    Huntington, NY

Join the Huntington Chamber’s Veterans and Women in Business Committee as they invite all female veterans to a casual morning of clothing browsing, accompanied by a light breakfast. The committee seeks to support women veterans by collecting gently-used business attire, casual clothing and shoes. You can drop off donations at the Huntington Chamber, 164 Main Street, Huntington, NY until Nov. 13. The event will be held on Nov. 18, 2015 at 8:30 a.m.

Bronx Chamber of Commerce Veterans Brunch

  • Maestro’s Caterers
    1703 Bronxdale Ave.
    Bronx, NY 10462

Join the Bronx Chamber of Commerce for brunch, followed by a job and resource fair. Members are $30, non-members are $35, and the event is complimentary for veterans and active duty military. The event will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 18, with a 10 a.m. brunch and 12 p.m. job and resource fair. Inquiries about complimentary interview tables should be emailed to Michelle@bronxchamber.org.

Ziva Meditation

  • 252 W. 38th Street #306
    New York, NY 10018

Join Ziva Meditation for a free, introductory class. It’s free of charge for veterans and police officers and will give students a foundational basis for learning about the practice of meditation. The event will be held Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.

St. Joseph’s College Care Package Project

  • St. Joseph’s College
    155 W. Roe Blvd.
    Patchogue, NY 11772

St. Joseph’s College and the SJC Student Veterans of America are collecting items for care packages that will be sent to airmen overseas in Kuwait. Most of these care packages will be sent to men and women from the immediate area, including some SJC alumni. St. Joseph’s College and the SJC Student Veterans of America will be collecting items throughout November, including snacks, toiletries and entertainment materials. To donate, visit the Veterans Lounge in O’Connor Hall, the Veterans Resource Center (Room N224) or the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership (Room N307).

Donation ideas include: beef jerky, sunflower seeds, hot chocolate and tea, chips, microwaveable food, gum and hard candies, cookies; shampoo/conditioner, body and face wash, lotion, deodorant (travel-sized), shaving cream, disposable razors, feminine hygiene products, sunblock and aloe gel; batteries, DVDs, video games, board games, dominoes/cards/dice/poker chips, pen and note pads, handheld games, white ankle socks and black winter beanies. Click here for more information.


11/19 Thursday

Veteran Home Loan Workshop

  • VFW Post 7096
    804 3rd Ave.
    Brooklyn, NY 11232

Join VFW Post 7096 for a free VA Home Loan workshop, presented by the Veterans Homebuyers Network. Created 20 years ago, the Veterans Homebuyers Network aims to educate veterans about the VA Home Loan Program and how they can become homeowners. The event will be held Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.


11/20 Friday

Veterans, Trauma & Resilience Conference

  • NY Society for Ethical Culture
    2 West 64th St.
    New York, NY

The Veterans, Trauma & Resilience Conference brings together healthcare professionals and experts in alternative medicine in New York City to explore complementary and alternative mind-body treatments of veterans’ trauma and to examine successful programs used to bring wounded veterans home to society. The conference kicks off Nov. 20, at 8 p.m. and continues Nov. 21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration required. Click here for more information.

Marine Corps Leadership Seminar

  • Lehman College
    250 Bedford Park Boulevard
    West Bronx, NY 10468

Veterans can RSVP for the Marine Corps Leadership Seminar, a workshop and networking session, held at Lehman College in the Music Building, East Dining Room. Seminar topics include making leadership decisions, team building, problem solving and leadership case studies. The event will be held on Friday, Nov. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a light breakfast and lunch provided. A reception will follow the event from 3 to 5 p.m. All students, faculty and veterans are welcome. To RSVP, click here.


11/21 Saturday

Veterans Reading & Writing Workshop

  • Bronx Vet Center
    2460 Webster Ave
    Bronx, NY 10458

This free workshop for veterans, hosted in collaboration with Voices from War, teams up experienced writers with students – including veterans, military spouses and select civilians – to develop storytelling talents. Each week, student work is shared and discussed with the goal of empowering veterans to craft their own stories, express their experiences of war and build a community. Registration is required. For more information, click here.

Voice from War Reading

  • 14th Street YMCA
    344 E 14th St
    New York, NY 10003

A reading of selected works from the Voices from War writing workshops. Voices from War offers opportunities for members of the military community to express their experiences of war through writing workshops focusing on individual stories. The workshops are free for veterans and also accept military spouses and select civilians. For more information, click here.


11/24 Tuesday

St. Joseph’s College Care Package Project

  • St. Joseph’s College
    155 W. Roe Blvd.
    Patchogue, NY 11772

St. Joseph’s College and the SJC Student Veterans of America are collecting items for care packages that will be sent to airmen overseas in Kuwait. Most of these care packages will be sent to men and women from the immediate area, including some SJC alumni. St. Joseph’s College and the SJC Student Veterans will be collecting items throughout November, including snacks, toiletries and entertainment materials. To donate, visit the Veterans Lounge in O’Connor Hall, the Veterans Resource Center (Room N224) or the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership (Room N307).

Donation ideas include: beef jerky, sunflower seeds, hot chocolate and tea, chips, microwaveable food, gum and hard candies, cookies; shampoo/conditioner, body and face wash, lotion, deodorant (travel-sized), shaving cream, disposable razors, feminine hygiene products, sunblock and aloe gel; batteries, DVDs, video games, board games, dominoes/cards/dice/poker chips, pen and note pads, handheld games, white ankle socks and black winter beanies. Click here for more information.


11/30 Wednesday

Official VetRewards Card Savings

  • NYC and National Retailers

The celebration of veterans doesn’t have to end following Veterans Week NYC. Continue to receive recognition for service by presenting the VetRewards Card at both New York City and national retailers for exclusive military savings extended to veterans and their families by a coalition of Veterans Advantage‘s patriotic partners.