Veterans program expands after unexpected donation
POUGHKEEPSIE – Dependent real estatethe property management team behind Admiral Halsey Senior Village in Poughkeepsie hosted the “Admiral Salutes Veterans” event in honor VetZerosupport initiative for veterans of Hudson River Housing, Wednesday. VetZero representative Tommy Zurhellen learned that Reliant was contributing $7,500 to the VetZero program during the occasional event.
The event, which was attended by several Admiral Halsey residents, many of whom are veterans, included an overview of VetZero’s mission and services. The organization exists to end veteran homelessness and suicides. After brief remarks from New York State Senator Sue Serino, Zurhellen and Christa Hines of Hudson River Housing, Reliant CEO and USMA graduate Matt Holladay presented an oversized check for $7,500 $ to Zurhellen, founder of VetZero.
An exceptionally popular VetZero service is the “Heroes Driving Heroes” driving program. The program provides free rides for local veterans to destinations such as Castle Point Medical Center and the Dutchess County Veterans Services Office using a dedicated vehicle. Hines noted that many veterans struggle to get to medical appointments and since unveiling last year, the vehicle has made 1,000 trips that veterans need.
Zurhellen, naval veteran, Marist teacher and author of “The Low Road: Walking the Walk for Veteranshis memoir, describing his march across America to bring attention to veterans’ issues, was touched by Reliant’s support. “This generous donation will help us add the second VetZero Heroes vehicle to help even more local vets in our community get to where they need to go,” he said. He took the time to speak with veterans residing in Admiral Halsey Tower and to promote the Heroes Driving Heroes service. Veterans needing service information or needing a ride are encouraged to call 833-VET-ZERO (833-838-9376).
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