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New York State Industries for the Disabled to Present Battle Buddy Center Plaque to Hudson Valley Community College

For Release: Thursday, March 6, 2014
Contact: Paul Quirini (518) 694-0243 / (mobile) (518) 496-1652 /

New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. (NYSID) will present a Battle Buddy Center plaque to Hudson Valley Community College at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 7 on the campus at 80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy.

The event will take place in the Armed Forces Study Room on the second floor of the Marvin Library Learning Commons.

Among those scheduled to attend:

  • Ron Romano, NYSID president and CEO
  • President Drew Matonak, Hudson Valley Community College
  • Col. Eric Hesse, director, and Todd Rosenfield, project manager, with the New York State Division of Veterans' Affairs
  • Carrie Farley, founding member of the college's Armed Forces Club and president of the American Gold Star Mothers, Albany Chapter
  • Student veteran members of HVCC's Armed Forces Club

Battle Buddy Centers are based on the military concept of a "Battle Buddy," which partners members of the military to assist each other both in and out of combat.

Known as the Armed Forces Study Room, Hudson Valley's Battle Buddy Center is dedicated in memory of Staff Sergeant Derek Farley who was killed in action in Afghanistan. His mother, Carrie, was instrumental in the opening of the Armed Forces Study Room, which serves as a home for student veterans, providing a space for quiet study where student veterans can get away from the hustle and bustle of campus.

NYSID's Battle Buddy Centers have collectively hosted more than 3,000 visits by veterans since September 2011; Hudson Valley alone has hosted nearly 700 veteran visits since its opening on November 15, 2012. The college's Battle Buddy Center was made possible through grant funding from NYSID and support from The Altamont Program, Inc. in Schenectady.

"We recognize that creating educational and employment opportunities for service-disabled veterans and other New Yorkers who face barriers to employment is not only the right thing to do, it also improves our state's economy and strengthens our communities," said Ron Romano, NYSID president and CEO. "Based upon the current veteran population and the anticipated growth of veterans" programs and services on campus, NYSID is pleased to collaborate with Hudson Valley Community College and The Altamont Program Inc. in this Battle Buddy Center and to present them with their Battle Buddy Center plaque."

"We are continually looking for ways to support our student veterans and the opening of our Armed Forces Study Room in 2012 was a big step forward. This designation as a Battle Buddy Center reinforces that commitment and recognizes NYSID, which provided such generous support for the study room," said President Drew Matonak.

In addition to Hudson Valley Community College, NYSID has participated in the opening of Battle Buddy Centers at the following locations: Columbia-Greene Community College; SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge; Fedcap Rehabilitation Services in New York City; and Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango.

The Battle Buddy Center plaque is featured prominently inside NYSID's Battle Buddy Centers across New York State. NYSID's Battle Buddy Center plaque features silhouettes of three servicemembers in combat gear, underneath the NYSID logo after which it is modeled. The words "Battle Buddy Center" appear across the three servicemembers, while the phrase "Supporting veterans across New York State" is written at the bottom.

Established in 1975, NYSID is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation which creates employment opportunities for nearly 7,000 New Yorkers with disabilities annually. NYSID supports job creation efforts for a diverse group of New Yorkers with disabilities through a statewide network of 177 community rehabilitation agencies and private sector business partners and assists with veterans' support programs, promoting quality of life for veterans as they reconnect to the New York State workforce. For more information, visit: