Basecamp Guests: Deb Menich, Chris Johnson, Bridget Anderson, Josh Sawislak

April 26th, 2017 by
Episode Excerpt:
Sustainability is a large challenge for the entire universe. Veterans are critical in understanding it. They grow and are trained for becoming better citizens and leaving a better footprint… How can reuse something or repurpose it? Sustainability is a boots on the ground issue. It’s a big picture issue when it comes to how corporations handle things.
-Deb Menich
Topics Covered
The topic for discussion will be sustainability, in its various guises.  Broad themes will include: What does the term mean?  How do we use it in economic/financial and environmental contexts?  What implications are there for the military and veterans community?

Air Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2017


Deb Menich, UWVC Recycling and Reuse Program
Chris Johnson, Member, Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board
Bridget Anderson, Deputy Commissioner, Recycling & Sustainability, Department of Sanitation
Josh Sawislak, Global Director of Resilience, AECOM

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2016 Annual Report

April 12th, 2017 by

Dear United War Veterans Council Supporter:

I hope this message finds you well and enjoying the season.

Attached please find UWVC’s 2016 Annual Report. This is our first year producing such a document, so thank you for accepting it in April, as we have been working to fine-tune its contents.

It has been a pleasure and honor to serve as president of this fine organization. I’m grateful to our board of directors and advisory council, our supporters, partners, and volunteers, the many government agencies we work with throughout the year, and the members of our great operations team, who consistently deliver value to the New York veterans community with passion and for the right reasons.

I’m pleased to report that Mark Otto has established himself as a very effective vice president since coming aboard earlier this year. As I join our board of directors as a full member and become a volunteer president for UWVC, I will continue to work closely with Mark in his hands-on leadership role.

I hope you will take a few minutes to review the booklet. I believe it’s an effective overview of our progress and vision for the future. The entire UWVC family is committed to achieving new milestones in 2017 and beyond.

By enhancing our coordination and collaboration as individuals and groups, we are collectively advancing New York’s role as a national magnet for veterans and their families and an effective workshop for improving the ways in which we honor and support those who have served our country in uniform.

I remain deeply grateful for your interest, input, and assistance. We’ll be making some exciting announcements in the next several weeks. Please check in with us regularly online, via e-mail, or by telephone. Again, thank you.


Dan McSweeney

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BASECAMP: Housing for Veterans

April 12th, 2017 by

TOPIC: Veterans housing issues

AIR DATE: Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Nicole Branca, NYC Veterans Alliance
Adam Wawrynek, Services for the UnderServed (SUS)
Jerome Lawrence, Harlem United
David Bright, W. 95th Street Veterans Residence

Listen to the most recent episode of Basecamp, the UWVC radio show where we take an in-depth look at veterans issues. It airs live on WPAT AM930 every other Wednesday at 6:00pm. The show is hosted by Ralph Romeo with UWVC President Dan McSweeney as moderator.




Gold Star Wives Day

April 5th, 2017 by


April 5th is National Gold Star Wives Day and we had the honor of talking to Dr. Vivianne Cisneros Wersel.  As the President Emeritus and founder of the Arlington Chapter of the Gold Star Wives National Organization, Dr. Cisernos Wersel is a pioneer within the veterans community. The story of how she met her husband has a fairytale like quality. She was the “Colonel’s daughter that married the General’s Aid”. She met Lieutenant Colonel Richard “Rich” Wersel, Jr., USMC at the officer’s club in San Diego. He was the man sitting next to her and as a General’s Aid he was “already vetted so I could take him home.

At age 43 Lt. Col Wersel passed away at Camp LeJeune, NC. He died a week after he came home from his second tour of duty in Iraq. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.  The Lt. Col married a strong independent woman and despite losing her life partner Dr. Wersel’s strength of character remained in tact.  Dr. Wersel drove home from Arlington on a Friday night and went to work on Monday. “This is what he would have wanted me to do.”

Being a member of the Gold Star Wives National Organization helps with handling life’s complexities. It provides a level of support when figuring out where to move, live, or to answer questions such as “how am I going to raise my son, teach my child to drive, when do I return to work?” These are questions many of us take for granted. Having the support of the GSW is essential in making the right decisions. “It’s different than talking to girlfriends no one understands a widow like another widow.”  It is also a place where wives can talk about their husbands without feelings sad or having someone pity you. It is a judgment free zone.


Dr. Cisneros Wersel works at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as an Audiologist and continues to be a leader in the community. On April 5th  she placed a wreath with a fellow “widster” (widow sister) at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and attended a reception at the White House on behalf of Gold Star Wives Day.

Widsters For Life.

Mark’s Motivation Monday – Lisa McCabe’s 2nd Grade Class

April 2nd, 2017 by


At the 2016 NYC Veterans Day Parade I met a representative from Annin Flag Makers who presented me with a few 3×5 American flags as a gift. When I heard about a teacher who’s been teaching her students about patriotism throughout her 30+ year career I decided to make good use of one of those flags. I set out on ruck march and covered 100 miles over the coarse of a few weeks with a 45lbs Ruck while carrying the flag to spread patriotism in honor of this teacher. Upon finishing the ruck march I went to Lisa Lenartowicz McCabe’s school and presented her with the flag in front of the student body and some of her family and friends. Her 2nd grade class recited the Pledge of Allegiance and sang a few patriotic songs for me. Since then, Lisa’s students have provided the UWVC with cards that they created to thank veteran’s for their service. Our Ops Team and I hand delivered these cards to wounded veterans over Valentine’s Day. It was wonderful to witness Lisa being recognized by VFW2179 for her outstanding service to our community tonight. I presented her with the UWVC challenge coin as well. She in turn presented me with more handmade cards from her students. I look forward to delivering these cards and spreading some more joy to our wounded veterans. 

– Semper Fi, Mark Otto VP at the UWVC 🎗