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The gallery below is an example of how VETS HERD. cares for and empowers area Vets by lending a hand-up, not a hand-out.

On Friday, June 4, 2010 VETS HERD. launched our first broad-based community initiative in support of a recently returned Marine. Staff Sergeant John Stanz has been awarded the Purple Heart twice and was severely injured during his last tour of duty. As a result of those injuries, Staff Sergeant Stanz has been severely impaired and is in need of a renovated home to suit his special needs. It is our intent to undertake these renovations by securing all materials, labor and associated resources from community donations and volunteers.

Since then the addition for Staff Sergeant Stanz has been completed to grateful, rave reviews, we have reviewed and selected other projects that we are currently raising funds to complete. If you would like to assist or donate to VETS HERD’s mission, please use the form on the CONTACT US page to let the Vets know you value their contributions and sacrifices!


Troops of volunteers from VETS H.E.R.D, AmeriCorps Vista and Home Depot descended upon the  VFW Post 7275

Troops of volunteers from VETS H.E.R.D, AmeriCorps Vista and Home Depot descended upon the  VFW Post 7275, Lancaster, New York  on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. The VFW Post’s exterior building was painted, landscaping was done around an existing gazebo along with a handicap ramp built for accessibility to the gazebo.  A storage shed was also built. All materials needed where donated by Home Depot. The organizations joined forces as their way of giving back to the communities Veterans.


Trauma-Informed Care presentation

VETS HERD hosted a free Trauma-Informed Care presentation held at Magruders in Lancaster, September 26th and 27th, 2012. The seminar was both informative and interesting. The presenter was a representative from the U.S.Department of Labor. All those that are service providers working with Women Veterans were encouraged to attend. NYS Department of Labor, Women’s Division, VETS H.E.R.D. and Brylin sponsored the event.


Group Hopes to ‘HERD’ Support for Veterans Motorcycle Run

Submitted by Lisa Johnson, Community Reporter, WGRZ,Friday, August 24th, 2012, 12:00pm

August, 24th, 2012 A group of Depew and Lancaster residents hopes the area’s first Vets H.E.R.D. Motorcycle Poker Run will raise awareness about the lack of veterans’ services in the community.

Rider registration will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012 at Quaker Steak and Lube, 6727 Transit Road, Lancaster, with a motorcycle blessing at 11:45 a.m. The cost will be $20 per driver and $5 per passenger. Pre-registration may be completed at

Participants will ride from noon to 4 p.m., with three stops before ending back at Quaker Steak and Lube. A concert featuring Widow Maker will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., and various vendors will be on site throughout the event.

The mission of Helping Empower Returning and Disabled Veterans (H.E.R.D.) is to ensure that no veteran or service member is forgotten upon returning from duty while rallying for the resources that our country’s heroes deserve.


 Veterans Day Celebration and Fundraiser Tonawanda Castle

November 9th, 2012 Tonawanda Castle is a proud supporter of the Vets H.E.R.D. Foundation.  Please take this opportunity to learn more about this wonderful foundation and the services available to Veterans in Western New York. A fundraiser, took place on Friday, November 9th, 2012 Featuring The Alex Rene Big Swing Band- Hors D’Oeuvres were available.


Veterans Day parade thanks those who served

By: Stephen Watson, The Buffalo News Saturday, November 24, 2012

November 10th, 2012  A collection of veterans groups and community organizations is putting on a Veterans Day parade in downtown Buffalo to welcome home veterans from every era.

The parade is billed as an opportunity to thank those who have served their country and organizers are encouraging people to participate in or watch the parade, which follows a route along Delaware Avenue. It takes place Nov. 10, 2012 the day before Veterans Day.

This is the fourth year that the agencies have coordinated a Veterans Day parade, but organizers hope this year’s parade is the biggest, said Evangeline Conley, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Buffalo.

The parade is meant to welcome home veterans of every age and era, not just those who have returned in recent years from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Conley said.

A team of organizers put on Veterans Day parades in 2009 and again in 2010 that went along Delaware Avenue from Summer Street to Niagara Square. Last year, the parade was moved to Delaware Park’s Ring Road.

The organizers are moving the parade back to the higher-visibility route along Delaware Avenue but have shortened this year’s parade route to make it easier for older veterans who wish to march, Conley said.

Veterans groups, marching bands and other organizations are invited to march or ride in the parade. Anyone interested should email and use “VETERANS” in the subject line.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. at the corner of Delaware Avenue and West Tupper Street and ends at Niagara Square.

The coordinating organizations include the VA Western New York Healthcare System, Vets H.E.R.D. and the Erie County Veterans Service Agency.


Group Brightens Christmas for Vets, Families While Helping Those Who Have Served
Submitted by Lisa Johnson, Community Reporter, WGRZ, Monday, November 26th, 2012, 1:21pm

December 22nd, 2012 A local group and Kohl’s are teaming up to bring holiday joy to area veterans and their children.

Helping Empower Returning and Disabled Veterans (also known as Vets H.E.R.D.) and Kohl’s have invited several veterans and their families to attend a holiday party Dec. 22, 2012 and $50 gift cards to the department store will be distributed to each of the 40 children present.

Philip Arnold, head of Vets H.E.R.D., said the party is the group’s way of thanking those who served the country and to illustrate that the public appreciates their commitment to protecting our freedom.

“People are out here that do care,” Arnold said.

The mission of Vets H.E.R.D. is to ensure that no veteran or service member is forgotten upon returning from duty while rallying for the resources that our country’s heroes deserve. While based in Lancaster, the non-profit organization serves veterans and current servicemen and women and their families from across Western New York, helping them to understand what benefits to which they are entitled and directing them to services, either through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or other agencies.

Arnold founded the group in 2010 after hearing complaints about the system from veterans in the community. The president of Cassillo Development, Arnold served as the local project manager when teams from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition worked to improve a neighborhood in Buffalo, and while he worked for the show, he overheard veterans discussing the inefficiencies involved with receiving their benefits.

“Veterans are forgotten,” Arnold said, adding that those who serve should easily obtain the assistance they need in returning to their families, jobs and everyday lives.

The group and its 12 volunteers have taken steps to show veterans that they are appreciated, working to renovate American Legion and Veterans posts in Niagara Falls and Lancaster on Sept. 11 and organizing this year’s Veteran’s Day Parade along Delaware Avenue in Buffalo.

“It’s a true homecoming parade,” Arnold said, adding that the event celebrated the achievements of those who not only served in past wars, but those who also are returning from conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The group’s final event of the year, the holiday party will honor invited guests with not only the distribution of gift cards, but also with a festive atmosphere including refreshments, crafts and additional giveaways. Vets H.E.R.D. is seeking donations from the community of coloring books, mittens, hats, candy canes or other small items that can be handed out during the event. Donations may be dropped off at the organization’s office at 11 W. Main St., Suite, 200, Village of Lancaster, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Veterans, those currently serving the country and their families who are seeking advice about benefits and services are invited to talk with Vets H.E.R.D. volunteers for guidance. For more information, call 901-0773 or visit


Children of  Military Families  Best Little Artist Contest

March 2013 Children with the help of Operation Com, a program offered by the Erie County Mental Health Association displayed their artwork at two area Tops Markets stores in Western New York.




Vets HERD Delivers Book to the Buffalo VA Hospital

April 23th, 2013 – Buffalo VA Hospital:
Vets HERD would like to thank the Buffalo VA Hospital for opening their doors and assisting in the distribution of new books to its residents. The event mission was to encourage adult reading. Books were made available through the generosity of the World Book Night Organization.


Local Veterans Organizations Join Forces To Bring Awareness To Homeless Veteran’s

May 25th, 2013  Kites for Vets  held at Gratwick Riverfront Park , North Tonawanda.  The event took place beginning at noon and ending at 4pm.

Hosts were:


Chapter 77 of the Vietnam Veterans of America WNY

Veterans Housing Coalition

VA Home Front Project

Kites for Vets would like to thank all of our generous donors and supporters.  Without your support, this event would have not been as successful.


July 19th, 2013 Vets HERD  participates is preparing the exterior home and garage in Blasdell, NY for a disabled Vietnam Veteran.


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