June 24, 2010

Congress Introduces Bill to Fight Veteran Unemployment

The proposed Veteran Employment Act bill of 2010 is aimed at addressing the 17.9% unemployment rate facing returning Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans (according to the Labor Department). Apparently, thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans have come home to find their military training of little value in today's civilian economy. The bill has yet to be voted on.

VA Secretary Announces New Hotline for Homeless Veterans

Veterans Hotline at 1-877-4AID VET/1-877-424-3838

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has established a new telephone hotline to provide emergency support and resources to homeless Veterans in upstate New York with the VA Medical Center in Canandaigua. Family members, workers at community agencies and non-VA providers also may call to find out about the many programs and services available. For more information on the call center, click here: http://www1.va.gov/HOMELESS/NationalCallCenter.asp.

United Way’s Mobile Free Dental Program

The van will operate six days a week, providing a full range of dental services to needy residents in Hempstead, Central Islip, Bay Shore, Brentwood and Riverhead. The van will make twice-a-week visits (Tuesdays and Thursdays) to the Family Service League’s Iovino South Shore Family Center in Bay Shore, the site of today’s announcement, and the Hagedorn Community Center in Hempstead on Mondays and Wednesdays.

On Fridays, served by North Shore-LIJ clinicians:, Deepdale CARES, 57-17 Marathon Pkwy in Little Neck; NORC WOW, 83-51 268th St. Floral Park; Project Independence at Clinton G. Memorial Park, 1601 Marcus Ave., New Hyde Park; Plainview/Old Bethpage CARES, Mid Island, 45 Manetto Hill Road, Plainview; and Hands on Huntington, 423 Park Ave., Huntington.. For more information call 516-483-1110.
Website: http://www.northshorelij.com/NSLIJ/12042007

Welcome Aboard John Tuosto: Ph D, RLCSW, CASAC

John has joined the Nassau County Veteran Center team. John retired from the V. A. after 26 years of service working as a counselor helping Veterans adjust to civilian life. His area of expertise is PTSD and Veteran Benefits. His Team leader is Jeanne Morrison: LMSW, LCSW, Staff Member Veteran Counselor: Alice Psirakis, LCSW, and Office Manager: Judy Sabellico. The Center provides quality readjustment service in caring manner, assisting veterans and their family member toward a successful post-war adjustment Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 am 5:00

pm (516) 572-8455.Office is located on the right wing of the VSA.

PhD: Health Sciences,
RLMSW: Registered Licensed Master Social Worker,
CASAC: Certificated Alcohol and Substance Abuse counselor
LMSW; Licensed Master Social Worker,
LCSW: Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Veterans Service Agency Internship

For Veterans and college students pursuing careers in social work, the VA offers internships. Responsible Veterans and students with a passion for Veterans’ issues can apply. Contact: Patrick Yngstrom at Veterans Service Agency at 516-572-8457
Veteran Service Agency Calendar

The “Moving Vietnam Wall” was on display from June 10 –June 14 at Greis Park in Lynbrook. The “Moving Wall" is the half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., which had been touring the country for more than twenty years. "The Wall" shared the experience with those who did not have the opportunity to go to Washington.

Nassau County Veteran Summer Stand Down; Monday July 26 @ 900am-300pm American Legion: 160 Marvin Avenue, Hempstead, NY 11550-5957 (516) 486-9532

Other Events

Korean War Breakfast

Thursday June 17th 9:30 a.m. @ the Marriott Hotel in Melville, NY commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. Veterans from all wars should attend.

West Point Boat Ride: Greater NY-Statue of Liberty Chapter

Saturday, June 19, Boarding, 1:00pm Returns 4:30pm. Boat ride up the Hudson River, which includes food and refreshments. Cost is $18 per adult and $5 per child (12 years or under) Contact: Robert Farkas @ (212) 787-8758 or email robert.n.garkas@us.army.mil

US Veteran MC: St Albans VA Hospital: Run for Veterans

Held Sunday Morning, July 4: the American Legion Post 390 Hempstead, 160 Marvin and Greenwich Ave near Peninsula Blvd. Registration S10 riders/S5 passenger 8:00am-10:00 am for Continental Breakfast KSU@10 am to St Albans VA Hospital, Queens to attend American Legion BBQ for veteran patients.
Contact:Menance-USAMPVET@aol.com/MpmasterBlaster@aol.com or visit US Veterans MC; website@usvteransmc.net

Get Your VA Card: Veterans Health Care Enrollment Event

Thursday July 8 @ Levittown American Legion Post 1711
3123 Jerusalem Road; 11am-3pm and 6pm to 800pm

Newsletter Request

Veterans wishing to receive their newsletter via e-mail, please send request to dturner@nassaucountyny.gov