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Semper4Veterans Blazing Path To Serve LI By Christy Hinko

Carlos Espinoza (right) of Semper4Veterans has recently donated 30 jackets for the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency volunteer drivers’ program. The Long Island-based, nonprofit organization Semper4Veterans is blazing new paths and setting new standards for serving returning veterans and their families. Marine Corps veteran Carlos Espinoza, executive director of Semper4Veterans, who has been providing support to disabled, active, needy veterans across Long Island since 2009, recently donated 30 jackets for the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency volunteer drivers programs, as well as helping to maintain the agency’s fleet vehicles throughout the year. The organization has also provided groceries, clothing, and other living expenses to many of the referred veterans, becoming a lifeline for some. “The organization has changed the lives of many local heroes and their families throughout Long Island,” said Nassau County Veterans Service Agency Director Joe Pascarella. Espinoza was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps during the Gulf War era, spending most of his military transition at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital in Northport due to an injury suffered while on active duty. “It all started since I had been going to the VA, and talked to a lot of the veterans and they’d tell me their problems, how they can’t even afford to put food on the table, or buy warm clothes when it’s cold out. I promised myself that when I finished college, I would start a non-profit organization that was going to help veterans and their families,” said Espinoza. Semper4Veterans gets referrals directly from Nassau County Veterans Service Agency and other local agencies that are designed to support veterans. Often, these agencies refer veterans to Espinoza when they are unable to provide services or unable to continue services. The primary goal of Espinoza’s organization is


to provide assistance for families in need of groceries, clothing, utility bill payments, transportation fees, home repairs and other necessary living expenses. “I feel like a lot of people don’t know what we [veterans] go through, not only when we serve, but when we come home,” said Espinoza. “We have to change the way that we think; we have to adapt, it’s hard.” Donations from private citizens, food drives, and fundraising are just some of the ways that Semper4Veterans has been able to build momentum and its resources to continue serving local veterans. Its service force consists solely of volunteers. “His [Espinoza’s] dedication and drive to support his fellow veterans is remarkable; he’s been a blessing to Salvation Army Northport Veterans’ Residence,” said Salvation Army’s Program Director Deborah Rodriguez. “He looks at each individual person and what their needs are, he doesn’t group all of the veterans into a group.” Semper4Veterans keeps the needs of Long Island veterans a priority. In 2009, a national database of veteran demographics, VetPop2007, estimated that approximately 97,000 veterans live in Nassau and Suffolk counties, combined. Over the course of Semper4Veterans’ existence,

Espinoza’s good work has helped hundreds of families, including helping a local vet with airfare to Texas for a special rehabilitative surgery, providing rent for a soon-to-be evicted tenant, providing basic living needs for a single mother, and since 2009 Semper4Veterans has provided meals to over 1,000 veterans in need. In November 2011, Espinoza was honored by the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano for contributing to the veterans’ service success in the county. This past

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August, Espinoza was honored with the Nassau County Distinguished Service To Veterans award. Making him the youngest veteran to receive the award in the county’s history. “Mr. Espinoza is a credit to New York State, the Long Island Veterans community and a true role model for all of our nation’s youth,” said Nassau County Veterans Agency Deputy Director Scott Castillo. “In our discussions, his indomitable spirit, dedication, strength, and love of his country and community were evident; I am confident that Semper4Veterans will continue to promote the necessary essential services for all our veterans in need.” Semper4Veterans accepts monetary, food, clothing, and service donations. Any gently used clothes like shirts, sweaters, jackets, hats, shoes, and pants will be given to veterans on Long Island. Semper4Veterans will also arrange for donations to be picked up. Donors can contact the organization through its website www. or by email at



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By Christy Hinko Based on the success of a program founded by the Levittown Chamber of Commerce, County Clerk Maureen O’Connell recently launched a county-wide veteran discount program, the Veterans Recognition Program. The county clerk’s office will record a veteran’s discharge papers (DD-214) free of charge. Upon recording the original copy, the veteran is provided with an identification card, enabling them to take advantage of numerous discounts on goods and services

being offered by local businesses. Currently, over 100 local businesses are participating in the program and each business is given a window decal to show their participation. “As Nassau County Clerk, I am honored to provide services to our veterans that at the same time support our local businesses and economy,” said County Clerk O’Connell. “The backbone to our vibrant communities here in Nassau County is the men and women who served our country and exemplify true public service and the downtowns that support our residents here at home.”

Visit www.nassaucounty VeteransRecognitionProgram_000. html for a complete list of Veterans Recognition Program participating businesses. Call the county clerk’s office at 516571-2660 for information, including the Veterans Peddlers License Program. Veterans are also eligible for myriad service programs in Nassau County. Many require a DD-214 or other proof of service. For information about county veteran services contact the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency at 2201 Hempstead Tpke, Building “Q” in East Meadow or by phone at 516-572-6565.

911 Veterans. This year she will do the same, with the goal of helping more veterans this year that in years past. Baker-Murphy began the turkey distribution more than four years ago and has grown the distribution to more than 300 birds last year. The turkeys, averaging about

10 pounds, will be given to veterans again this year, while supplies last, at the Veterans Service Agency, 2201 Hempstead Tpke, Building “Q” in East Meadow at NUMC. Date and times will be announced closer to the date. For information contact Scott Castillo at 516-572-6565.

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Veterans Day was originally called “Armistice Day” when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed this day in November 1919. Armistice is when warring parties agree to stop fighting and “Armistice Day” recognizes the end of World War I when hostilities ceased on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m., 1918 (11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month). On May 13, 1938, Armistice Day was declared a legal holiday, a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace. Originally Armistice Day only honored veterans of World War I. On Nov. 11, 1947, Raymond Weeks, a World War II veteran, organized a “National Veterans Day” parade in Birmingham, AL to recognize veterans of all wars. This celebration led to Congress changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954 to recognize veterans of all U.S. wars. Veterans Day And Memorial Day Memorial Day is for remembering and honoring military personnel who have died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of a wound sustained in battle. Veterans Day is intended to thank all those who honorably served in the military — in war time or peace time.

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Hofstra Law Hosts Veterans Legal Clinic

When veterans return home, not only are their lives changed by their experiences overseas, but they may confront new legal hardships. Nassau County has one of the highest veteran populations in the nation. The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University will be hosting a free Veterans Legal Clinic on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the law school from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. “The Veterans Legal Clinic is a clear example of how we support students who want to turn their personal passion into action;” said Dean of Hofstra Law Eric Lane. “We encourage campus groups to take leadership roles and get ground-up experience in areas they truly care about.” At the clinic, organized by the Hofstra Veterans Legal Assistance Project, Hofstra Law students will be working with practicing attorneys and will learn practical skills in client interviewing, case management and research.

| Veterans Calendar Army PFC Robert A. Atkins of Port Washington at Army Chemical Center/Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland during the Korean War. Circa 1951.

Rosalyn Naval, a military veteran who received her law degree from Hofstra Law in May, is now a judge advocate general. She said, “Hofstra Law’s Veterans’ Legal Assistance Clinic was the product of, among other things, my lifelong commitment to service realized through the legal tools and practical skills provided to me as a student at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University.” The clinic is open to all veterans and offers a free consultation with attorneys who specialize in VA benefits and claims, family law, Social Security disability, employment, USERRA, housing, bankruptcy, debtor/creditor matters, landlord-tenant disputes, elder law, tax, wills, estates, Medicare and Medicaid, and more. This is the second time Hofstra Law is holding this clinic. Appointments are required. For information or to schedule a consultation, contact the Hofstra Veterans Legal Assistance Project at VLAP@ or call 516-463-7302.

The Last Flight On Nov. 8 at 1 p.m., showing of the war drama, The Last Flight, at the East Meadow Library, 1886 Front Street, is free and open to the public.

Army First Lieutenant Richard Ertel, of Roslyn, served during Vietnam, 1968-70. Picture taken in June 1970, while on patrol in Cambodia. Ertel now lives in Port Washington.

Friday, Nov. 8 Wounded Warrior Auction The New Hyde Park Fire Department will hold its annual Operation Wounded Warrior Benefit Auction on Nov. 8 from 7 p.m. to midnight, at the New Hyde Park Fire Headquarters at 1555 Jericho Turnpike. Admission is $30 donation at the door, includes food, beer, wine, soda. For information call 516-3548834 or 516-945-4927.

SSG John Chalker, of Port Washington, 69th NY Infantry Regiment, Vietnam Era, Desert Storm, Ground Zero, Iraq 2004-05, Purple Heart recipient. Nassau County Field Of Honor Through the month of November, visit the Theodore Roosevelt Building lawn at Old Country Road and Franklin Avenue in Mineola to see the Field Of Honor, dedicated to veterans, past and actively serving. Flag dedications can be purchased for $35. Call John DiGiglia at 631-337-1603.

Saturday, Nov. 9 Veterans Day Cockpit Weekend The American Airpower Museum, in conjunction with the Cradle of Aviation, will present the annual “2 for 1 Open Cockpit Week-End” on Nov. 9 and Nov. 10. Entry receipts during those two days from the Cradle of Aviation on Museum Row in Garden City, will be honored by the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport, to permit equal free tickets to the American Airpower Museum. The Cradle of Aviation will accept American Airpower Museum receipts to obtain equal number of entrances to the Cradle of Aviation.

Army Staff Sergeant Sidney Frank served in England, Ireland, France and Germany. He fought in the Normandy Invasion. Photo circa 1945.

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Specialist 4th Class John S. Fackre of Williston Park served in the Army Adjutant General Corps. He served in accounting, data processing, and as an illustrator. Photo circa 1967, Cam Rahn Bay, South Vietnam.

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Staff Sergeant George Douglas Johnson of Westbury, circa 1942. Johnson earned the Congressional Jubilee of Liberty Medal on June 5, 2005.

Veterans Day Service The Long Island National Cemetery (LINC) will hold its Veterans Day service on Nov. 10 at 1:30 p.m.

Army Master Sergeant Frank R.J. Hennessey Veterans Art Exhibit served from 1984-91, and enlisted in the NY The Veterans Health Alliance of Air National Guard, serving through 2012. Long Island is hosting its first Veterans Art Exhibit at the Quogue Library, annual Veterans Tribute Concert at 100 90 Quogue Street, during the month Periwinkle Road in Levittown at 2 p.m. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. All are welcome of November. Artists selected for the to attend. Admission is free, but donashow will be recognized at a reception tions are needed, including: underwear on Nov. 10 from 3 to 5 p.m. For inforArmy Private First Class Joseph J. Cianci (women’s and men’s S, M, L), scarves, mation call 516-489-2322, ext. 1260. served in WWII until 1944, discharged lotion, pajamas, slippers (non-slip), in San Luis Obispo, CA. Pictured with his bar soap, hair brushes, combs, canned Air Force Sergeant unit, Company 1, 321st Infantry, 81st coffee, denture adhesive, deodorant, Stan Oransky, who Wildcats, second row, left, circa 1944. served from 1968gloves, body wash, nail clippers, postage 72, was home from stamps, phone cards, quad-razors, Vets Appreciation Football Game Wright Patterson Stony Brook Vets Appreciation Army PFC Frank AFB in Ohio to Football Game will be held on Saturday, Harry Friedman of East Hills, on the ship, Iadevia of Westbury, spend time with his Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. at Stony Brook University. returning from Germany after 14 months of served in WWII, then-fiancee Susan war. He was in the 381st Combat Engineers. from 1943-45. Harris, now wife, Sunday, Nov. 10 Photo taken in before being transMilitary Ministry Germany circa 1944. ferred to Ramstein The Parkway Community Church at UVO Veterans Day Ceremony He earned a Purple Air Base, Germany. 95 Stewart Avenue in Hicksville will hold Join the United Veterans’ Heart, a Bronze Circa 1970. Organization on Nov. 10 at 10 a.m at the its Veterans worship service on Nov. 10 Star, and five Battle Star medals. Veterans’ Memorial in Eisenhower Park. at 10 a.m. The ministry will then hold its see CALENDAR on page 8C


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‘Big Ralph’ Mastalio Park Rededication In celebration of Veterans Day, at 9:30 a.m., Mayor Ralph Suozzi, the Glen Cove Youth Bureau and the American Legion Young-Simmons Post 1765 will be hosting a re-dedication ceremony in memory of Ralph Mastalio at Big Ralph Park located at Kelly Street. The late war veteran and Glen Cove resident Ralph Mastalio was immortalized with the dedication of “Big Ralph” Park in his memory on June 13, 1965. Mastalio served in both World Wars.

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Free Golf For Vets Nassau County will honor veterans and active-duty military personnel for their service with free golf at Eisenhower Park’s 18-hole Blue Course and the 9-hole courses at Cantiague Park, Christopher Morley Park, Bay Park, and North Woodmere Park, on Nov. 11. Golf cart fees will be discounted for veterans and active-duty military with a Nassau

National Veterans Awareness Week St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue will hold a series of events during Veterans Awareness Week. • Monday, Nov. 11, 12:40 – 1:35 p.m.: Veterans Day Celebration to honor veterans at SJC and in the community • Tuesday, Nov.12, 12:40 – 1:35 p.m.: Student Veteran Panel to share stories and answer questions on deployment and military culture

Army Spec 3 Mike Walsh, of Syosset, served in the Korean War, from July 1954-56. He is a member of American Legion Post 175.

• Wednesday, Nov. 13, 12:40 – 2:40 p.m.: Veterans’ Vision — an art talk by Art Therapist Gina Trezza and reception by veterans from the Northport Veterans Administration and the Long Island State Veterans Home • Wednesday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Veterans’ Resource Day to receive information on local organizations that support veterans For information or to attend one of the events, call 631-687-2678 or email

Bryant Piontkowski of Roslyn, circa Garden City Veterans Service 1967 at Kaneohe Members of the William Bradford Bay Marine Air Station Oahu, Ha- Turner Post Unit #265 will honor waii. Served Navy veterans on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the from 1966-70. memorial on Seventh Street. For information call 516-747-3889.

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CALENDAR from page 8C Air Force Staff Sergeant Edward J. Keenan of Syosset served in the Korean War from 1951-54, stationed in Kanamachi, Japan. Photo circa 1952. Farmingdale Veterans Service The American Legion Post 449 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 516 will hold their combined service on Monday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. on the Village Green on Main Street.

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park monument at Pulaski Road and Broadway. Call 516-458-7881 for information.

Pancake Breakfast Williston Park Fire Department will present its annual Operation Wounded Warrior Pancake Breakfast on Nov. 17 from 8 a.m. to noon. at the Williston Park Fire House at 454 Willis Avenue. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children. 50/50 raffle will also be available.

Vincent Beltrani of Farmingdale served in the Army’s 5th RCP, pictured here in 1953 with his rifle in Korea.

Syosset Veterans Service The VFW and American Legion of Syosset will hold a joint service on Nov. 11 at 10:45 a.m. at the flagpole memorial at Underhill Road and Jackson Avenue.

Navy First Class John R. Keating, of Massapequa, Contact your local VFW or served in WWII American Legion post for additional from 1944-54. He services. served at the Naval Research LaboratoFriday, Nov. 15 ry in Washington, D.C., and aboard Veterans Share & Care Open the USS PCER-859 House in the Pacific. Veterans and their families are Photo circa 1944. invited to attend a Family & Children’s Greenlawn Legion Veterans Day Association Share & Care Open House Ceremony on Nov. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 The American Legion Greenlawn a.m. at the Hicksville Counseling Post 1244 will hold its annual Veterans Center, 180 Broadway, 2nd floor. This Day Observance on Nov. 11 at 11 breakfast will celebrate service men a.m. at the Greenlawn Memorial and women and provide them with

Vietnam Service Tribute The Farmingdale Bethpage Historical Society of Long Island and the Village of Naval Reserve Aviation Radioman Antho- Farmingdale will honor all Vietnam serny F. Longo, of Farmingdale, served on the vice members on Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. at the patrol bombers that made strikes at Leyte, Farmingdale Library, 116 Merrits Road. Mindoro, and Luzon. He was presented the Program is free and open to the public. Distinguished Flying Cross and a Gold Star For information call 516-420-7913.

in lieu of a second Air Medal. A citation was earned on Nov. 30, 1945, from the Secretary Of The Navy. After his military service, Longo retired after serving the New York Fire Department for 30 years.

important information on navigating life after military service. In addition, the Honorable Anna R. Anzalone of the Veterans Treatment Court will be honored for her service to veterans. Information will be available about PTSD, family stress, anger issues, DWI, alcohol or substance abuse issues or other life challenges. All veterans and their families are invited to attend; reserve via email to:

Specialist Michael Manchin, of Farmingdale, was drafted in 1965 during the Vietnam War and served as military police. He was honorably discharged in 1967 and attended Adelphi University. He joined the Nassau County Police Department in 1972 and retired as a Detective Sergeant in 1998. Photo 1965, Fort Dix, NJ.

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Veterans Day Free Meals And Discounts By Christy Hinko Each year, more and more local and national businesses are giving back to the veteran community and offering specials to veterans on Nov. 11. Most restaurant chains advise calling ahead to specific locations, not all franchises honor the specials offered nationally. Veterans (non-retired status), please also take note that not all stores and restaurant chains will honor a DD-214 or your Veteran ID card that is issued by the VA as proof of your veteran (non-retired) status. Most assume that if you are a veteran, you should have an ID card similar to a Retiree card (blue) or Service member ID card (peach). This is not always the case. To avoid this issue, call ahead to clarify what is needed to receive your discount or deal. Applebee’s — All veterans and active-duty military eat free from a limited menu on Veteran’s Day. This deal is dine-in only and beverages and gratuity are not included. Proof of military service such as a service ID card, current LES statement, photograph in uniform, be wearing your uniform, a veterans’ organization card such as American Legion, or a DD-214. Call ahead to confirm participation.

Chili’s — veterans and service members can dine for free from a special six-item menu on Veterans Day. Denny’s of Westbury and Levittown — Free all you can eat pancakes from 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11 for all active, retirees, and veterans with a valid military ID or proof of military service. Famous Dave’s in Westbury — Offers for free or discounted meals on Veterans Day vary by location. Friendly’s — Get a free Big Two Do Breakfast and coffee on Veterans Day. Green Turtle in Franklin Square — 15% off veteran’s bill everyday. Hooters in Farmingdale — All veterans and service members get 10 free wings with the purchase of a drink. Little Caesars Pizza — free Crazy Bread. Call ahead to verify participation. Olive Garden — Free entree,with garlic sticks and choice of soup or salad. Proof of service required. Outback Steakhouse — A free Bloomin’ Onion and beverage.

Red Robin in Carle Place — All veterans and active military get a free Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries on Nov. 11.

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Subway Restaurants — Free sixinch sub or flatbread available to vets on Veterans Day.

Payless Shoesource — Discount every day. See store for details.

Texas Roadhouse in East Meadow — Free meals available from opening until 4 p.m. on Veterans Day. T.G.I. Friday’s — Veterans and service members can buy one meal and get another free. UNO Chicago Grill of Bayside, Forest Hills, Long Island City — UNO is offering a 19.43 percent discount on food and non-alcoholic beverage beverages to vets and military. — A free downloadable MP3 album includes 12 songs performed by military bands and ensembles from now through Nov. 11. Home Depot — Offers a 10 percent discount to all veterans on Veterans Day. Home Depot offers a 10 percent discount year-round to active duty military and retirees. Lowe’s — All veterans receive the 10 percent discount for purchases of up to $5,000. A 10 percent discount is available year-round to active-duty



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Build-a-Bear Workshop — Receive a 20 percent discount on any one transaction at the workshop. Many stores and restaurants have participated in Veterans Day offers in the past, but were not confirmed at the time of print including: Arby’s in Hicksville and Flushing, California Pizza Kitchen in Westbury, Harmon Face Values, On The Border in Hicksville, Red Lobster in Carle Place and Hicksville, Tim Horton’s Cafe, and Wendy’s.

Tips Before Heading Out Contact the local business before heading out. Some offers change from year to year. Be sure to bring proof of military service, uniform photo or be in uniform. Proof of military service varies by company. Many of the restaurant offers are for dine-in only. Some offers are not advertised, so just ask.

Mobile VA Registration Northport VA Hospital will be registering veterans for VA services on Nov. 20 at the One Stop Center at 301 West Old Country Road in Hicksville. Call 516-873-5670 for information.

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Party City — Veteran’s Discount Card offered, valid every day.

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County Winter Standdown The winter standdown for veterans services, and food and clothing distribution will be held on Nov. 19, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Freeport Recreation Center. Call Scott Castillo for information at 516-572-6565.



Pearl Harbor Anniversary The Long Island Air Force Association presents the 72nd Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, memorial ceremony on Dec. 7 at 10:30 a.m. at the American Airpower Museum in East Farmingdale.

Amry SP/4 Joe Ingino, is a 1967 graduate of Hicksville High School. He is the past president of the Nassau County Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 82 and presently serves as the chapter’s 1st vice president. Ingino was drafted and served with the 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam 1968-70. Photo circa 1968, after graduating from basic training.





Army Specialist Claudio Penge, of Hicksville, attended ordinance guided missile school at Redston Arsenal, then was transferred to Germany, attached to the 162nd Ordinance Det., 5th Missile Batt., 6th Artty, from 1965-67.

Phil Strehl is the commander of the American Legion Post 449 in Farmingdale, served as Army Military Police from 1962-68. Pictured with retiring County Legislator Joseph Belesi, who served as a combat infantryman in Vietnam, earning a Purple Heart in 1968.

CWO3 Roy Tringali, USNR (Ret) of Hicksville served in the Cold War from 1956-94 with the Fleet Service Squadron 104 North Africa Morocco, VA-66 F9-F Grumman Cougar, Submarine Support Groton, CT, as the NY Naval Militia president, and with the Naval Enlisted Reserve Association Greater New York. Marine Corps Sergeant William Walden is a 1965 graduate of Hicksville High School and is the commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars William M. Gouse Jr, Post 3211. He enlisted in June 1967 and served until August 1971. After completing Air Navigation School, he became a navigator flying in Marine Corps KC-130, C-54, and C-117 aircraft. He served in Vietnam and later in Iwakuni, Japan, 1970-71. Photo taken at the Marine VMGR-152 compound at the Danang, Vietnam Airbase in February 1970.

Radioman First Class Salvatore A Citrano, of Farmingdale, WWII veteran, served in the Naval Amphibious Forces and participated in the invasions of Normandy, France and also Okinawa, Japan, from 1943-46 aboard Landing Ship Tank (LST) 674 and LST 762. He is a life member of VFW Post #516. Picture circa 1944.

Navy Radioman Second Class Christy Hinko of New Hyde Park, served from 1993-98 in Chinhae, South Korea as a liaison to the Republic of Korean Naval Communications and aboard the USS Nimitz as database manager for shipboard communications, completing one Westpac and one world tour with the ship. She served as a reservist in Chicago for one year after her enlistment.

Navy Fire Controlman Constantio “Gus� Scutari of Syosset served in WWII from November 1942 to March 1946 aboard the USS Haynsworth. He was 24 years old when a kamikaze plane struck his ship and instantly killed 14 of his closest comrades. Scutari is a member of the American Legion Eugene S. Smith Post 175, is a past commander of the Syosset VFW. He was recently named to the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame. Photo circa December 1942.

VETERAN’S HEALTH ALLIANCE OF LONG ISLAND Long Island: A Veteran Friendly Community

DID YOU KNOW? That Long Island is home to over 138,000 veterans, and that we have the 2nd largest veterans population in the U.S.? The Veterans Health Alliance of Long Island is a collaborative effort of veterans and family members, the VA Medical Center in Northport, County Veteran Service Agencies, VET Centers, state and local mental health, local universities, non-profit agencies and elected officials. The mission of the Alliance is to: Promote the health and well-being of Long Island veterans and their family members through advocacy, and a broad array of services. The Alliance: outreaches veterans to inform them of the availability of benefits and services, provides training for veterans, family members, and social service providers, conducts advocacy with elected officials regarding the need for veteran services, and provides direct services and peer support to veterans and their families.

NASSAU COUNTY Vet2VET PEER NETWORKING GROUPS Ready to Lead, Ready to Follow, Never Quit ➡ ➡ ➡ ➡

Seeking a connection with your fellow Nassau County Veterans? Need the support of buddies to overcome personal challenges? Looking to achieve greater heights in your career or personal life? Want to continue your “service” by reaching out to fellow veterans in need?

Nassau County will be conducting “Vet2Vet” Peer Networking groups, using the National Vet2Vet model founded by Moe Armstrong, a decorated Vietnam Veteran. Vet2Vet will be small groups of veterans, “who will meet weekly, to share knowledge, provide mutual support, and share resources. Groups will maintain confidentiality, and are open to veterans of all generations, regardless of discharge status. For ease of access, Vet2Vet Groups will be offered at various times (afternoon, evening) and in various Nassau County locations. Groups will be co-facilitated by a diverse team of fellow veterans who have been trained in providing veteran peer support.

MEETING TIMES AND LOCATIONS: (Starting the week of Oct. 7, 2013) Mondays 5:15 p.m. Mental Health Association 16 Main St. Hempstead (Park in municipal lot across the street. Use the side parking lot side entrance closet to the gated area)

Thursdays 2:00 p.m. North Massapequa Community Center 214 North Albany Ave., Massapequa



**More locations and dates to be added soon!

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