Members of VFW Post 2913 and the Post Auxiliary joined with other posts across the county to thank Suffolk County Commander Sabrina Lacy at her testimonial dinner.
Dave Rogers Sr. Vice Commander of Post 2913 and Junior Vice Commander for Suffolk County Council met with the Suffolk County Veterans Advisory Board to discuss issues concerning veterans across Suffolk County. Included in those talks were the topics of “Liver Fluke”, the Suffolk County Court and the Veterans Homeless Shelter at the North Port VA.
“Liver Fluke” is an on going issue that the Suffolk County Veterans Service is trying to get more answers on. At this time there has only been a small study done on Liver Fluke (50 Veterans) it was found that in that study 25% of the participants have some form of Liver Fluke and 1 of those in the study has died from Liver Fluke related illnesses and another has had massive surgery to remove growths caused by Liver Fluke. The Suffolk County Veterans Advisory Board is asking that another 1000 Vietnam and Korean War veterans be tested.
Suffolk County Veterans Court has a new judge The Hon. John P. Cohalan, Jr. The Hon. John. J. Toomey has retired from this position and we would like to wish him well as he served the veterans of Suffolk and the Courts with Honor. Judge Cohalan looks forward to continuing to serve the veterans of Suffolk County. Along with the court is the mentoring program, in were there are 12 mentors (all veterans) who work with veterans in need through the courts. Currently there are 11 men and 1 woman on the Mentoring program to work with veterans who need help getting back to a healthy life.
Building 11 (Beacon House) the Homeless Shelter for veterans at the Northport VA has been closed due to the pipes in the heating room bursting. The facility houses 43 veterans (men and women) who need the services of the Northport VA medical facility and treatment programs. Due to its shutdown those veterans have had to be replaced throughout Long Island’s other shelters, making it difficult to get to their programs. It has also added increased stress on the shelters run by Beacon House as they are now at MAXED CAPACITY. Any veterans now seeking emergency shelter may now be turned away due to lack of beds. The other concern to the program is that those veterans who were in treatment for drug and alcohol abuse had to leave most of their belongings behind, taking only what they can carry. This disruption in their program and housing may cause some of these veterans to fall back on bad habits.
Suffolk County Veterans Service will continue to address these issues both at the Northport VA and also with the Veterans Board in Washington.
Jayne-Latin VFW Post 2913 would like to take this time to thank all those that made this a special year. Thanks to the hard work and dedications of our comrades, the support from the local community and the donations and sponsorship from both individuals and companies in the area we were able to do a lot of great things this year. Besides our annual marching in parades, placing flags and wreaths for comrades no longer with us, and talking at schools. This year we also spoke at the Cub Scouts, helped Judged the Patchogue Holiday Boat Parade, were able to continue bringing service dogs to the LISVH, donated to American Vet Dogs, Sponsor Harmony Cafe, do a Coffee with a Veteran, a holiday show at the LISVH, help a spouse who lost her soldier, contribute to the National Home for Children, donate shoes to homeless veterans at United Veterans Beacon House and Utica Community Center, help sponsor a program to honor veterans in Patchogue, sponsor the Arts on Terry Street Arts Fair, a veteran art show, the Walls of War Tour, helped select the Class of 2017 Pat-Med Hall of Fame, participate in Alive After Five, and Suffolk County Marathon, lay wreaths for Wreaths Across America at Calverton National Cemetery, helped with the dedication to new headstones at Union Cemetery in Patchogue, get a tree replaced for the Plaque in Swan Lake dedicated to Vietnam Veterans, continue our support to the Seniors Club, and local churches, attended some 20+ events in the community. All this while working with sponsors to upgrade our hall, get new appliances including a new range for our hall kitchen, a TV for the hall, and redo our lounge bathroom.
None of this is possible without the support of our community, our great sponsors and supporters like Country Foot Care, Home Depot Foundation, Patriot Mobility, Wekerle Insurance, The Greater Patchogue Foundation and Chamber of Commerce, The Village of Patchogue, Patchogue Department of Public Works, The Long Island Advance, Greater Patchogue, Pat-Med Red and Black, The Mayor and Trustees of Patchogue, Legislator Rob Calarco, Councilman Neil Foley, Town Supervior Ed Romain, Suffolk County Executive Steve Ballone, Suffolk County Veterans Services, Long Island Abate, State Senator Tom Croci, Congressman Lee Zeldin, Suffolk County Council VFW, The American Legion Post 269, AMVETS Post 111, Joseph P. Dwyer Peer to Peer Program, S:US, Salvation Army, Team Red White and Blue, American Vet Dogs.
We also appreciate the businesses in Patchogue that show their support to veterans like the Village Idiot, Bobbique, Local, Arooga’s, Island Empanada, Roast Coffee and Tea, Fulton’s Gate, The Tap Room, Toast Coffeehouse, Torro Tappas and Tequila, Rhum’s, That Meetball Place, The BrickHouse Brewery, Amazing Olive, The Colony Shop, BLUMs, Kilwin’s, Swell Taco, Del Fuego, Rudi’s.
We look forward to doing all these things and more in the New Year, continuing our mission to help and support veterans, contributing to the community, and our personal mission or helping homeless veterans get back on their feet, supporting veteran artists, and honoring those that have given all for our freedom in this country.
May this New Year be filled with joy and bless from our family to yours.