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Photo from CNY Vet Expo 2012 at SUNIT
(courtesy of Falcon Designs)

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Photo from CNY Vet Expo at SUNYIT, 2012
(courtesy of Falcon Designs)


Stand Down & Stand-Down Defined:

STAND DOWN: a) to go off duty, b) to withdraw from a contest, a position of leadership, or a state of alert or readiness

STAND-DOWN:  one part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ efforts to provide services to homeless veterans.  Stand-Downs are typically one to three day events providing services to homeless Veterans such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services, such as housing, employment and substance abuse treatment.  Stand- Downs are collaborative events, coordinated between local VAs, other government agencies, and community agencies who serve the homeless.

The 7th Annual Central NY Veterans Expo and Art Blast
held at SUNYIT in Utica, NY is an event that connects veterans and their families directly to area providers.
The expo begins with a service fair at 10 a.m. with local and regional agencies and businesses including the VA and many not-for-profit service providers. Special services for homeless veterans are also available. The opening ceremony from 11:30 - 12:30 will include our keynote speaker, Patrick W. Welch, Ph.D., Sgt. USMC retired - Veterans Hall of Fame inductee 2010.  (Please see the Expo Event Schedule below and Art Blast info.)

When:  Wednesday, October 9, 2013
What Hours:  10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where:  SUNYIT, Campus Center Gymnasium,
              575 Residential Drive, Utica, NY 13502
              Campus Map: http://www.sunyit.edu/home5/cmsfiles/directions/campus_map.pdf

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Vet Expo Service Fair - 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - service fair opens
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - lunch available
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Opening ceremony, keynote speaker, Patrick W. Welch, Ph.D,
                                                 Sgt. USMC (retired), 2010 Veterans Hall of Fame Award
  2:00 p.m. - service fair closes
Transportation is available.

1)  There will be a shuttle leaving from the CNY Veterans Outreach Center, 726 Washington St., Utica, NY. The shuttle will leave every half hour from the Outreach Center starting at 10 a.m. and the last shuttle back to the Outreach Center will leave the service fair at 2 p.m.
    Map to the Center:

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2) There is a Utica bus that has a regular route to SUNYIT.
     Please click here for the bus schedule.
Refer to route #129 on the schedule.

  A free lunch is available from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. if you are pre-registered as an attendee or exhibitor.

If you want to attend the 2013 CNY Vet Expo, please click here to register.

For volunteer questions and to volunteer, please click here.

For donation questions and to donate funds, foods, or services, please click here.

For exhibitor questions and to apply as an exhibitor, please click here.

Our main contact for other GENERAL QUESTIONS about the 2013 CNY Vet Expo is Jessica Perusse.
Email:  Jessica.Perusse@va.gov
Telephone:  315-425-4400 x57417

    The VA will be available for enrollment on site.
                    Please bring your DD-214 to enroll.

The Art Blast  is a new addition to our Expo and Stand-Down this year - put together by a local artist who served in Afghanistan in 2003-2004 and is associated with the Ashlar Center for Narrative Arts in Hamilton, NY. The theme of this exhibit is to "share the timeless truths of war...by creating a space for combat veterans to reveal the emotional realities of war through their visual art. Art can be abstract or literal, painting or sculpture, - whatever format best suits the veterans need for uncensored expression, anonymity, safety or distance".

This show gives the viewer the opportunity to open to the rarely encountered emotional realities of war that only the veteran artist can offer. 
The Art Blast runs from 10/09 - 10/11. That's 3 days! You won’t want to miss it!

Art Blast info and application (call to artists)