Just days before Thanksgiving Day, Nassau County’s annual winter “Veterans Stand Down” provided hot meals, free clothing and financial benefit services to more than 125 men and women who served in our nation’s armed forces.
On Nov. 21, between 9am and 3pm, Nassau veterans visited the 1st Marine Corps. District Headquarters on Stewart Ave. in Garden City for the bi-annual event, hosted by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano in coordination with the United Veterans Organization (UVO).
County Executive Mangano and County Legislator Rose Walker joined over 200 volunteers in assisting veterans in-need at the event.
“It was great to visit with some of the bravest men and women from our area who have served this nation with honor,” said County Executive Mangano. “Events such as this provide resources to our heroes and I thank everyone who helped make this event such a success.”
Clothes and food donated from the community were available to the veterans, as well as haircuts, medical screening and enrollment in the VA health care system. Veterans also received assistance with securing entitled benefits, job counseling and legal advice. A hot Thanksgiving lunch with turkey and all the trimmings was served to all
Representatives from Nassau County government agencies participated, including the Departments of Social Services, Health, and Human Services and the Office of the Physically Challenged.
Private agencies were also on hand to assist veterans, including The Salvation Army; the law firm of Fusco, Brandstein & Rada and The Soldiers Project; as well as state and federal government agencies like the New York State Department of Labor, the Department of Veterans Affairs, New York State Division of Veterans Affairs and the Red Cross.