Brooklyn Marine Corps Event

6TH COMMUNICATION BATTALION | ALPHA COMPANY FLOYD BENETT FIELD | BROOKLYN, NYC The Marines of 6th Communication Battalion honored America's first casualties in the Global War on Terror. during the 100th Anniversary of the Marine Corps Reserve, in Brooklyn, NY. The 6th Communication Battalion Marines: Sgt. Major Michael Curtin, and Gunnery Sgt. Matthew Garvey - died saving the lives of others on September 11th, 2001, as members of the New York City Police, and Fire...

Veteran Supreme Court Initiative

Veterans Treatment Court | NYS Unified Court System Most veterans are strengthened by their military service, but the combat experience has left a growing number of veterans diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injuries. One in five veterans has symptoms of a mental health disorder or cognitive impairment.  One in six veterans who served in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from a form of substance abuse upon returning from their tour...

Veterans Scholarship Awards

Elmsford Rotary | Tarrytown Hilton, NY Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members from more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels. Official members of the Rotary's: Elmsford Chapter–District 7320, are a dedicated and diverse team of community leaders who share a passion for...

Community Impact Awards

Douglaston Manor | Queens, New York Veterans Rebuilding Life was honored to attend the Times Ledger's Annual Impact Awards Ceremony, held at the beautiful Douglaston Manor, located in Queens, NY. Veterans Rebuilding Life was formally recognized at this year's Gala for their continued support of the local veteran community, by providing pro bono humanitarian services to NYC vets, through VRL's base-of-operations located in Astoria - Queens, NY. Seen above from right, is last year's Impact...

Why Veterans Miss War

Despite what veterans do for our country, they are not a protected class. In fact, veterans are often treated as an expendable commodity by the civilian class, which makes up 98% of the total American population. Whether the intent is malicious, (like the predatory lenders seeking to exploit veteran benefits), or with indifference, like celebrating veterans day without ever supporting a veterans charity. Regardless of the intent, this treatment often results in a veterans isolating...

Veterans Memorial Initiative

HONORING SACRIFICE THROUGH SERVICE How do we honor the fallen? How do we translate our appreciation for their sacrifice in a meaningful way? Stone memorials stand in every park, yet we pass them blindly, accustomed to their presence and oblivious to what they represent. We, the men and women who created VRL and support this organization’s activities, were inspired by the sacrifice of our brothers in arms and wanted to create a memorial that would...

A Mix of Relief and Worry

Press Release | New York Newsday® | Reporter Michael Amon Mixed emotions washed over Dimitry and Genny Popow as they watched Barack Obama's speech last night . On one hand the couple was relieved. Their son, Marine Sgt. Andrei (Dre) Popow wouldn't have to return to the seen of the hellish battle she fought in 2004 and 2005 during the Iraq Campaign's darkest moments. But Sgt. Popow may see combat again – in Afghanistan –...

Manhattan Veterans Day Parade

Veterans Rebuilding Life was honored by the city of New York who invited members to ride the lead–float in the Manhattan Veterans Day Parade. Accompanying VRL, were the Montford Point Marine Association (seen above) a nonprofit military veteran's group, founded to memorialize the legacy of the first African Americans to serve in the United States Marine Corps. The first African American U.S. Marines were trained at Camp Montford Point, in Jacksonville, North Carolina, from 1942...

Donovan’s Memorial Fundraising Event

Event Hosted by Donovan's of Woodside | Queens, NY VRL's latest event was hosted by New York City's landmarked Irish pub: Donovan's of Woodside. The award-winning restaurant and tavern opened its doors in-support of Veterans Rebuilding Life, when the owners learned that the organization was attempting to raise the cost of a memorial, to honor the first casualties in the history of the war on terror. Seen above, are VRL members; Natasha Ryder and Kevin...

Military Family Day

CORONA PARK BBQ EVENT | QUEENS, NYC Thanks to Everyone Who Came Out to Make VRL's First Annual Family Day Picnic & BBQ a Tremendous Success! With your support, we exceeded the fundraising goal to support American Veterans returning from Afghanistan, by providing them with professional training in a variety of trades, to be followed by full-time employment opportunities in the civilian workforce through our new program: VET: Veteran Employment Training. The program is scheduled...

Beer Garden Fundraising Event

HOSTED BY: DUBLINER'S BEER GARDEN SPONSORED BY: THE BAYONNE BOMBERS RFC The 14th Annual Belgian Beer Night was held at the The Dubliner – Hoboken, New Jersey’s largest rooftop bar, in-support of Veterans Rebuilding Life for the second year in a row! What started out as a few kegs on a patio, has grown to be one of the most anticipated fundraising events in town, as Belgian Beer Nite continues to bring people together over a pint for a...

NYC Fleet Week Promotion Ceremony

SEPTEMBER 11TH MEMORIAL PARK | GROUND ZERO, NYC The Thousands of Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen from U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard ships arrived in Manhattan for Fleet Week in New York City. Since 1984, Fleet Week New York is the City's celebration of America's amphibious military branches of service, including the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, and Marines. The annual event provides an opportunity for the people of New York and surrounding Tristate area,...

Rooftop Beer Garden Event

SPONSORED BY THE BAYONNE BOMBERS RUGBY CLUB Veterans Rebuilding Life celebrated the Third Annual Belgian Beer Event, sponsored by the Bayonne Bombers – Rugby Football League, longtime supporters of VRL and the military community of which we serve. Founded in 1989, the Bayonne Rugby Football Club competes in Division two of the newly formed Empire Rugby Football Union (RFU) within the Northeast RFU of U.S. Rugby. Drawing mostly from Hoboken, Bayonne and Jersey City, NJ and...

Denise Richardson Interviews VRL

Digital Media Broadcast; Beyond The Bells | Narrated By Denise Richardson Television and radio personality Denise Richardson, interviews three founding members of: Veterans Rebuilding Life (VRL). She asks who they were before and after the war, and what they hope to achieve as a New York based nonprofit. MORE UPDATES