August 1, 2010

Submitted by Scott Castillo

Research May Lead to Better Treatment for ALS-Like Disease

WASHINGTON -- Researchers with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy (CSTE) at Boston University School of Medicine have provided the first pathological evidence of a link between repeated head injuries—such as those experienced by athletes in contact sports such as boxing, football, and hockey—and a disease (chronic traumatic Encephalomyopathy) that resembles amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The results will appear in the September issue of the Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology. Read more go to:

Deadline to submit Stop Loss a pay claim is October 21, 2010

Stop Loss for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans: Available, $500 per month to all OEF/OIF veterans who were held back on active duty between September 11, 2001 and September 30, 2009. You can file a claim for retroactive Stop Loss payment at the Nassau County Veteran Service Agency, please contact Scott Castillo at (516)572-8451 or

UP Coming Events

POW MIA CANDLE LIGHT VIGIL, September 25, 2010. Time: 6:30 p.m. Eisenhower Park, Parking Field 6.

Mom’s With Busy Needles: Eleanor and Martin Luchton and their family of knitters have been knitting blankets, lap throws for wheelchair bound veterans in the hospital. Martin is retiring. Anyone who is interested in taking his place should call 516-433-9038. Knitters are welcome!
A special thank you to Eleanor and Martin.

All Veteran Job Fair 2010

Nassau County Veteran Service Agency “Welcome Back Warriors” Introduces the All Veterans Job Fair 2010 on Monday October 4: Held @ the Center for Homeland Security located at 510 Grumman Road West in Bethpage.
Contact Scott Castillo (516) 571-8451

Newsletter Request

Veterans wishing to receive their newsletter via e-mail, please send request to Please include your full name and then your e-mail address.

Kudos to Merrick American Legion Post # 1282. On Saturday August 14, 2010 the post honored fifteen veterans from The Stony Brook State Veterans Home with a barbeque complete with entertainment provided by the internationally known Irish Step Dancers. A wonderful time was had by all in attendance.