Hundreds Of Veterans Attend Summer Stand-Down

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Nassau County Executive Laura Curran welcomes members of the Vietnam War Veterans Association. (Photo courtesy of Nassau County)

The Nassau County Veterans Services Agency recently welcomed hundreds to the annual Veterans Summer Stand-Down at the Freeport Armory, offering a Free Veterans BBQ, VA Enrollment, support services, pantry items, clothing, haircuts and one-on-one counseling provided by many representatives from federal, state and local agencies.

“This was one of the biggest Veterans Stand-Downs we’ve had in recent history, and I’m so grateful for the incredible men and women at our VSA, and every volunteer who helped make this meaningful event such a success,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran.

“Throughout the years, the county’s stand-downs have provided critical assistance to veterans, from helping to secure VA benefits to providing job counseling, dental care and a free haircut. Especially as we conclude celebration of our nation’s independence, it’s important we let those who served our country know that we are thankful for their service. It’s even more important that we demonstrate our gratitude through action.”

Representatives from several Nassau County government agencies participated, including 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. Local providers assisted with shelter, case management, housing, medical and other necessary services to those in need.

“The men and women of the Veterans Services Agency were proud to host this successful stand-down, and I want to thank our volunteers and partners for helping make this event such a success,” said Ralph Esposito, director of the Nassau County Veterans Agency. “Nassau County will continue to strengthen our commitment to serving our Vets and ensure dignity for all those who served our great country.”

“Through the Veterans Stand-Down, we reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that every person who served the United States in uniform receives the resources they need to thrive,” said Minority Leader Kevan M. Abrahams (D-Freeport).“I am proud to join County Executive Curran and my colleagues in this effort to assist those who gave so freely of themselves in service to our country.”

The mission of the stand-down is to provide essential critical services to our less fortunate veterans and help inform them of what services they are entitled to. The stand-down allows veterans the opportunity to receive all services provided, free of charge. At no point during the stand-down, is there any cost to the veteran in attendance.

“Programs like the Veterans Stand-Down transform our gratitude into action by connecting veterans with the services they need to succeed,” said Nassau County Legislator Debra Mulé (D-Freeport). “I applaud everyone who contributed their time and labor toward making today’s event a meaningful destination for our neighbors who served our nation in the armed forces.”

—Submitted by Nassau County

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