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News Release

October 27, 2011      

For Further Information Contact:
William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

Dutchess County Veterans Appreciation Day


Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus and Division of Veterans Services Director Nelson Eddy Rivera, USN (Ret) have announced the 6th Annual Dutchess County Veterans Appreciation Day will be held on Saturday, November 5th, 2011 at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the Roosevelt Library and Home in Hyde Park.  The event will take place from 10am until 1pm.   The highlight of the event will be a Medal Presentation Ceremony beginning at 12 noon.

“We invite all Dutchess County residents to join us at this moving annual event when we come together as a community to say THANK YOU to our veterans who have served our country and have sacrificed to preserve our freedoms,” said County Executive Steinhaus. “This event is also an important way for veterans and their families to learn more about the resources that are available to them, some which they may not be aware of.”

The Veterans Appreciation Day celebrates all those who have honorably served our country.  There will be representatives from various Federal, State and local agencies to provide information about services available to local veterans and their families including health benefits for Veterans, state benefits, life insurance, county services and much more.

County Executive Steinhaus will present three local veterans with medals earned for their service in World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War.   The Medal Presentation Ceremony, held at 12noon, is considered to be the highlight of the Veteran’s Appreciation Day event.  A number of medals and certificates will be presented including two Purple Heart awards.  “One of the greatest privileges I have had as County Executive is standing before one of our veterans and pinning a medal that represents their service, their sacrifice and their honor,” said Steinhaus.

New this year, Castle Point staff will be available to register veterans for  Department of Veterans Affairs Health Benefits and take photos for the Veterans Information Card (VIC).

Dutchess County Clerk Kendall will also be on hand to issue the "RETURN THE FAVOR (Find and Assist Veteran of Record)" Discount Program Card.   The FAVOR card entitles veterans to discounts at more than 50 retailers and service businesses throughout Dutchess County.    To get their FAVOR card, veterans should bring a copy of their Honorably Discharged Full-Time Active Duty Separation Papers (DD214, WD-AGO, Navpers 553, etc.) and a picture ID showing Dutchess County as their county of residence.

Event attendees can take also advantage of complimentary admission to the FDR Presidential Library and Museum as well as a complimentary viewing of the "A Rendezvous with History" film.  

Division of Veterans Services Director Nelson Eddy Rivera, USN (Ret) said, “We are so proud of each and every man and woman who has served and is currently serving in our military.    This event lets us celebrate their service and gives us an opportunity to share information about the wealth of services available to them and their families.”

The Dutchess County Veterans Appreciation Day is open to all veterans and their families as well as the general public.  For further information, please contact the Dutchess County Division of Veterans Services at 845-486-2060 or visit


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