United Way of Long Island and United Veterans Beacon House officials were beaming on Nov. 13 at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for an energy efficient home at 40 Depot Rd. in Huntington Station. The home for five veterans with special needs was built by veterans from United Way’s five-year-old VetsBuild program. About half of the program’s 150 graduates have been Beacon House clients; the Bay Shore nonprofit runs 40 homeless shelters for veterans and others. The ribbon-cutting was preceded by a…..
Nov. 9: So I had two final speaking engagements this week at libraries that had filled their spring calendars but booked me for this fall: at the Bay Shore Library Nov. 6 and the Half Hollow Hills Library Nov. 8. I set up at 6:30 at Bay Shore for my 7 p.m. talk, putting my poster and some books and fliers out on a table. A few minutes later, men started filing in. They were wearing camouflaged jackets, caps and…..
Nov. 6: For years, Vietnam combat veteran Louis A. Falco heard stories of veterans with PTSD falling through the cracks and ending up as suicides. Three years ago, he decided to do something about it. With support from friends and Rotary Clubs, he helped create the Hicksville-based Operation-Initiative Foundation, whose purpose is to identify and get help for some of the estimated 31,000 Long Island veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and their estimated 96,000 caregivers. The foundation has…..