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I am a 26-year old; wife, mother, college student, federal employee, and a Soldier.  My husband, SGT Andy Sanchez Sr., is on his second deployment in Afghanistan.  We have a two year old son, Andy Sanchez Jr.


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Calendar of Events

 

AUG 19, 2014 - SALUTE TO OUR HOMETOWN HEROES
5:30pm – 7:30pm Glennpeter Jewelers Diamond Centre • 1544 Central Ave.Albany  More Info

MAY 22, 2014 - SARATOGA SPRINGS MEMORIAL DAY PARADE 6PM 

MAY 26, 2014 - TROY, VETERANS OF LANSINGBURGH MEMORIAL DAY PARADE, 10AM

JULY 30, 2014 - OPERATION PATH, LAKE PLACID OLYMPIC TRAINING CENTER (OPERATION PATH)

JULY OR AUGUST - I AM HONORED TO SHARE GLENNPETER JEWELERS AT THE DIAMOND CENTER, COLONIE WILL BE HOSTING A FUND RAISER FOR  PATRIOT HILLS.  WE ARE HOSTING AN OPEN HOUSE TO MEET OUR UNITED STATES MILITARY HEROES.  OPEN TO ALL.  LIMITED TO 200

OCTOBER 12, 2014 - HUDSON MOHAWK RUNNERS MARATHON

SIGN UP STARTS APRIL 22, 2014

E-mail Committee Chair Cathy Murray after April 22, 2014  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  OPERATION P.A.T.H.  Lake Placid, New York, Wednesday July 30, 2014

Operation P.A.T.H. is dedicated to bringing our country’s veterans together with their teenage children for a day of stress free fun so they can reconnect. This outing was created in response to a need seen by a Patriot Hills volunteer, Matthew Murray. He wanted to provide military parents returning from deployment an opportunity to spent time with their teenage children. Parents And Teens Hanging is all about giving veterans and teens the opportunity to get to know each other again. It is for spending time together doing an exciting, possibly once in a life time activity, in a place that they will always remember. The Olympic Venues in Lake Placid is that perfect place. Operation P.A.T.H. gives every participant a special day to spend together full of opportunities to talk, laugh and have fun.

Operation P.A.T.H. is free of charge to all participants.

It provides transportation, a breakfast snack, lunch and dinner to everyone. It includes an Olympic pass to 4 Olympic venues and the Olympic Museum. The day starts with a bobsled ride and the opportunity to shoot like a Biathlete at the Mt Van Hovenburg facilities. They travel to the Olympic Jumping Complex for a Wet and Wild Show and a chair lift to the top of the 90 meter ski jump tower. After lunch it is off to Whiteface Mountain. A ride on the Cloud Splitter gondola takes participants up to the summit of Little Whiteface where the magnificent views are inspiring. Dinner is in the Village of Lake Placid near the Olympic Museum which displays the village’s long Olympic history.

Operation PATH is made possible by donations and fund raising. Your tax deductible donation is guaranteed that 100% will go to funding the trip. If you are interesting in helping Operation PATH in 2014 – please donate through this website. Your help is appreciated. Thank you!

Operation PATH has already made a difference for the 2012 participants:

“I just wanted to reach out and thank you, sincerely, for an EXTREMELY enjoyable and well-coordinated day with my son and a whole host of other great Americans. I have told and re-told many folks of your incredibly successful efforts and in an email, I just can't say how much I appreciate it.” Jeannine M. Mannarino, President. 

“I know that you heard this story from more than one veteran that day, but Operation PATH was the first proprietary day that I have had with my 14 year old son due in part to a very demanding military career that has kept me away more than I'd like.”

“I want to again thank you for an awesome day that you provided. We talked about it on the way home from the bus drop-off and each thought the Bobsled was the highlight however all aspects were exceptional.”

Let’s do this again! You can help. Please donate today.  

This special event can be donated directly too. Operation PATH.  This donation will be set aside for July 30th event.   

THANK YOU! Jeannine

April,  May, June, July, August 2014: The Albany Housing Coalition, with support from  Capital Region Nordic Alliance, will offer endurance events to give competitive  athletes a taste of being in the military.  Running, pushups, situps, land navigation, and backpacking challenges  will separate the men from the boys, the women from the girls. Open to  everyone who likes to physically suffer and help not-for-profit agencies at the  same time. Stay tuned for details.


 

Saturday, May 17 (Armed Forces Day), at 9:00 AM

Albany Housing Coalition Military Challenge. Albany Pine Bush. Complete the Mogadishu Mile.

Randomly-formed teams of five, each wearing 25-pound packs, carry a member of their team for one mile. Russ Meyer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Erik Schlimmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Open to

everyone.

 

Friday and Saturday, June 13 and 14

New York State Mission of Mercy free dental work day. Hudson Valley Community College, Edward

McDonough Sports Complex. 800.255.2100 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Open to everyone.

 

Saturday, June 14 (Flag Day), at 9:00 AM

Albany Housing Coalition Military Challenge. Kinderhook. Meet the Army Ranger School run

standard. Five miles under 40:00. Russ Meyer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Erik Schlimmer at

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Saturday, June 21, at 9:00 AM

Albany Housing Coalition Veteran Awareness Walk. Walk or run a five-mile section of the Mohawk-

Hudson Bike-Hike Trail in Niskayuna. Enjoy refreshments and local food. Funds benefit Albany

Housing Coalition and Capital Region Nordic Alliance. Donation of $20. Russ Meyer at

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Saturday, July 19, at 9:00 AM

Albany Housing Coalition Military Challenge. Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail in Niskayuna. Expert

Infantryman road march challenge. Russ Meyer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Erik Schlimmer at

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Saturday, August 30, at 8:00 AM

Albany Housing Coalition Military Challenge. Cole Hill State Forest in Berne. Special Forces

extended-distance orienteering event. Teams of two allowed. Russ Meyer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or

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Sunday, September 13, 2014

Patriot Highlander Challenge. Over the hills and through the woods via a “Tough Mudder” style

course of mud, obstacles, and more mud. Six-mile course, three-mile course, kids’ course. Sunny

Knolls Farm, 211 Little York Road, Cobleskill. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Open to everyone.

 

Ongoing series – Wednesdays from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Voice of a Vet in Hoosick Falls offers free coffee and camaraderie. Hoosick Falls Community Alliance Church, 484 Hill Road. Gail Smith at 518.817.7286. Open to veterans.

 

Ongoing series – Thursdays at 10:30 AM

Albany Stratton Medical Center offers free career counseling. Sixth floor, room 603C. Career network to help refine job skills, secure housing, and connect with resources. 518.626.5150. Open to veterans.

 

Ongoing series – Thursdays from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (first and third Thursdays of the month)

Albany Stratton Medical Center support group for partners of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation

Enduring Freedom, and Operation New Dawn veterans. Room A1033. Cat Lynch at 518.626.5433.

Ongoing series – Saturdays from 10:00 AM to noon (third Saturdays of the month, runs until mid-May) Albany Veterans Writing Group. Meets at the University of Albany’s Writing Center in Humanities Building 140. 518.438.9763. Open to veterans and their families.

 

Ongoing series – February, March, and April. Five Mondays and one Friday.

Free yoga at the Albany Stratton Medical, third floor auditorium. April 25. Times vary. RSVP with Cat Lynch. 518.626.5433. Open to PTSD counseling patients.

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Cool  website of the week: http://www.specialops.org/

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Erik  Schlimmer Veteran Community Coordinator

Army  veteran; paratrooper

phone:  518.694.0641 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.https://www.facebook.com/socialoutreachsupport

Albany  Housing Coalition Veteran Services 278 Clinton Avenue Albany, New York  12210 

My  other life: http://www.transadk.com/