A Tribute to Jerry Donnellan Founder of V V A Chapter 333
              True Advocate for all of Veterans Needs

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Bronze Plaque dedicated at  Nyack State Park on May 31st 2021 in his honor. 
 

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Summary of Jerry's Accomplishments for Veterans as Told by Pat Mc Glade
 

  • Director of Veterans Service Agency for 30 years 

  • Founder of VVA Chapter #333 in 1987

  • Organized the Memorial Day Watchfires, initiated during Revolutionary War,  to honor those who did not return

  • Formed the New York Vets in 1992

  • Established the Camp Shanks Museum in Orangetown, NY 

  • Proposed Community Veterans Medical Clinics be established locally, such as in Rockland County in 1996

  • Opened Rockland's first homeless shelter, MIA, in Valley Cottage, NY

  • Created the Annual Buffalo Soldiers' Award and the Women Veterans Recognition Award

  • Honored those who served in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Global War on Terror by creating the Rockland County Service Medal

  • Honored the Korean War veterans of "The Forgotten War" with a memorial to Rockland's KIA at Gary Onderdonk Veterans Cemetery

  • Brought the Korean Vets together by organizing the Korean Vets Eagle Chapter  

  • Arranged for the Vietnam "Moving Wall" to be viewed by our local veterans at RCC Suffern,  NY for those who could not travel to Washington, DC


 

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His Stories 

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