About Us

Veterans Reintegration Resources of Central New York is a community-based effort to strengthen the support of veterans reintegration in the region.  This effort is the result of the Voices Together Summit held at Le Moyne College in the fall of 2009 and sponsored by the Harris Beach law firm.  The summit brought together area veterans and their family members, and service providers, with the goal of identifying service needs and gaps for veterans successful reintegration in central New York.  The summit focused on Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans and their families. Conducted by the Center for Governmental Research (CGR), the summit featured an interactive process to hear first hand from veterans, families, and service providers in the region, identified service needs, and proposed solutions for mobilizing community support.

Following the summit, CGR produced a 62-page report issued by Harris Beach to the summit’s participants, and to business, community, and government leaders throughout the region.  The report, “Voices Together: A Community Conversation on Veterans’ Reintegration in the Syracuse Region,” identified five priorities for the region to accomplish veterans reintegration goals.  Those priorities include:

  1. Establish a coordinated, accessible, comprehensive network of support;
  2. Strengthen the transition and reintegration process;
  3. Heighten community awareness to avoid family members and veterans feeling isolated by the general public's lack of understanding and awareness;
  4. Build more effective outreach and engage more veterans as service providers to provide peer-to-peer support; and
  5. Engage more support for military families.

Read the Entire Report | Read the Executive Summary


Advisory Committee

An advisory committee composed of representatives from various organizations in the community is leading the implementation of many of the recommendations made in the “Voices Together” report. Advisory committee members contribute their own time to ensuring the success of this community-based effort. They are:    

American Red Cross of Central New York
Jim Mott
Assistant Director, Chapter Services

Robert M. Balick
TSgt, USAF (Ret.)

Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County
Rachna Vas
Director of Research and Development

Department of Labor
Bill Burns
Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Services

Emotional Education Services, LLC
Mary McLaughlin, Ph.D.

Harris Beach PLLC
William P. Albert
Manager, Media and Community Relations

Keuka College
Laura A. Alfieris
Admissions Counselor - Syracuse and Auburn
Center for Professional Studies

Le Moyne College
Peter Headd
Associate Director-Center for Continuing Education/Veterans Program Coordinator

Lockheed Martin
Leslie I. Smith
MS2 Customer Focus

Onondaga County
Robert W. McLean, Lt. Col. USMC (Ret.)
Director, Veterans Service Agency 

St. Joseph's College of Nursing
Kathleen Phillips, RN

SUNY Empire State College
Michael Mancini
Assistant to the Dean, Central New York Center

VESID - Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Duane Watson
District Office Manager, Syracuse

YMCA of Greater Syracuse
Barbara Moul
Member Involvement Advisor