(Long Island, NY) Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano hosted a Veterans Stand Down on Tuesday, July 12, at American Legion Post 390 in Hempstead. 145 homeless veterans and their families attended the Stand Down event, which was hosted by the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency (VSA), with assistance from 240 veteran volunteers representing all service organizations.
“My administration is committed to serving our veterans and ensuring resources are provided to them once they return home from service,” said County Executive Mangano. “Nassau County Stand Downs have assisted veterans in securing benefits, job counseling, legal advice and dental care. I thank all those good citizens who donate their time to making this event a success.”
Pictured From Left to Right: Ralph Lopez, Post Commander, American Legion Post 390; Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano; Mary Burns; James Merritte; and Marie Christopher, 2nd Vice President, American Legion Post 390. Photo Credit: Nassau County.
Veterans received assistance with securing entitled benefits, job counseling and legal advice. Clothes and food donated from the community were made available to the veterans, as well as a BBQ, haircuts, medical screenings, enrollment in the Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system and dental cleaning offered by Dental on the Go.
Representatives from Nassau County government agencies who participated, included: the departments of Social Services, Health, and Human Services, as well as The Salvation Army, the New York State Department of Labor, The Department of Veterans Affairs, New York State Division of Veterans Affairs and The Red Cross.
For more information on Veteran Service Agency programs, veterans may visit the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency at 2201 Hempstead Turnpike, Building Q, in East Meadow or can call (516)-572-6565. If transportation is needed, veterans may call (516) 572-6526.