About Us

Veterans Assistance Local Ongoing Recognition

VALOR WNY logoVALOR was founded by Paul Rudnicki in 1986.  The goal of VALOR is to ensure that any needy veteran and their families have food available when they need it.  Many veterans are often in a position where they encounter great difficulty in securing assistance due to bureaucratic delays and red tape. Our goal is to make food available so that no veteran and his or her family will go hungry for even one day.

Since its inception, VALOR has donated more than $300,000 dollars to this cause.  For the past several years, VALOR has proudly achieved this with zero overhead.  One hundred percent of your donation goes directly to provide food for our veterans and their families.

VVA 77 pantry
VVA 77 pantry

The funds that VALOR receive go directly to the Food Pantry that is maintained by the Vietnam Veterans of America, Local WNY Chapter #77 in the City of Tonawanda.  If you are a Veteran (or a family member) in need of food, please call the Food Pantry at 716-693-4479 for details.

VALOR funds are also used to provide snacks and drinks for any veteran using the WNY Freedom Lounge located at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

VALOR’s Founder Paul Rudnicki

Paul Rudnicki
Paul Rudnicki speaking

Paul E. Rudnicki was born in Buffalo, New York, and is a lifelong resident of West Seneca NY.   He graduated from Bishop Timon High School, Siena College and the State University of Buffalo School of Law.

In June of 1968, Paul went on active duty with the United States Army. He was stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas, from June of 1968 to August of 1969. In August of 1969, he reported for duty in the republic of Vietnam and served there from August of 1969 to August of 1970. He served as a Military Judge and Post Judge Advocate. While serving in Vietnam, Paul was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Air Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. Upon completion of his service in Vietnam, Paul was assigned to Fort G. Meade, Maryland, and served there from September of 1970 until he left military service in March of 1972.

Upon returning to civilian life, Paul opened and still maintains a law practice in West Seneca.