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Mangano Thanks Veterans Organizations For Their Help In Collecting For Hurricane Harvey Relief

Veterans Orgs for Harvey VictimsNassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano honored the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency, along with the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter 82 and the Military Order of the Purple Heart, for their work in organizing a collection for Hurricane Harvey relief. Due to their efforts, and the generous donations of Nassau County’s Veterans, over $5,000 was raised in just 3 hours. The money was collected at the annual Nassau County POW-MIA ceremony on Thursday, September 7th at Eisenhower Park.

 

“I want to thank Director Ralph Esposito and the Veterans Service Agency, as well as VVA Chapter 82 and the Military Order of the Purple Heart for their constant dedication to helping our veterans, and now for directing their generosity to the people of Texas who need it most,” said County Executive Mangano. “I also want to thank the Veterans who have sacrificed so much to protect our homes and our freedoms, and now have given so generously to help our fellow Americans who are suffering.”

 

Veterans made monetary donations throughout the POW-MIA ceremony, as well as the annual Veterans BBQ picnic that followed. Collections were handled by VVA Chapter 82 and the Military Order of the Purple Heart. VVA Chapter 82 presented a check for $5100, which they are forwarding directly to the “One Star Foundation” in Houston, Texas, where it will be used for Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts.

 

The Vietnam Veterans of America is an organization dedicated to advocating for issues important to Vietnam Veterans, including: seeking full access to quality health care; seeking the fullest possible accounting of America’s POWs and MIAs; and supporting the next generation of America’s war veterans. The Military Order of the Purple Heart is an organization whose mission is to: foster an environment of goodwill and camaraderie among combat wounded veterans; promote patriotism; support necessary legislative initiatives; and to provide service to all veterans and their families.

 

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Residents Encouraged to Donate to Veteran Food Pantry

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the Veterans Services Agency (VSA) are encouraging residents to donate canned food, toiletries and books to a local food pantry for veterans in need. Veterans may visit the pantry at the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency, located at 2201 Hempstead Turnpike, Building Q in East Meadow, Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (closed on holidays). All non-perishable donations are welcome!

 

“My administration is committed to providing a better life for our veterans,” said County Executive Mangano. “Whether veterans are in need of benefit assistance, housing or canned food and toiletries, the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency is here to help. If you serve, you deserve!”

 

The VSA advocates for hometown heroes and their dependents with the United States Veterans Administration, as well as New York State and Nassau County agencies. VSA Counselors are available to educate veterans on programs and benefits which they are entitled to, as well as assist individuals with financial and economic issues.

 

Nassau – an officially declared Purple Heart County – hosts an Annual Veteran’s Assistance Day along with United Veterans Organization (UVO) which provides free food, clothing and access to valuable services for veterans in need. This year’s event will be held on Tuesday, July 11th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the American Legion in Hempstead. The County will also host a POW-MIA Memorial Service in Eisenhower Park on Thursday, September 7th at 11:00 a.m. Immediately following the service, County Executive Mangano and the VSA will host 2,000 veterans at Nassau County’s 7th Annual Veterans BBQ in Eisenhower Park.

 

Since taking office in 2010, County Executive Mangano has enhanced services for Nassau’s 100,000 veterans, including free transportation to the Northport VA Hospital and the East Meadow Clinic. The Mangano administration also established 42 homes, located on Mitchel Field, to provide affordable housing for veterans and their families and an additional 18 homes for active-duty military personnel. Additionally, the County helped rehabilitate five two-bedroom townhouses in Hempstead for homeless veterans and their families.

 

For more information, veterans may visit the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency at 2201 Hempstead Turnpike, Building Q, in East Meadow or can call (516) 572-6565. If transportation is needed, veterans may call (516) 572-6526.

 

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Calling All Female Veterans!

Mangano Invites Female Veterans To Women In The Military Recognition Ceremony

 

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the Veterans Service Agency invites female veterans and those on active duty to attend Nassau County’s 2nd Annual Women in the Military Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday, May 10th from 11am-2pm at the Museum of American Armor, located at 1303 Round Swamp Road in Old Bethpage. This year’s ceremony honors five female WWII Veterans and brings together women with unique shared military experience, for camaraderie, empowerment, advocacy and charity. To attend, individuals must RSVP to (516) 572-6565.

 

County Executive Mangano stated, “Throughout history, women have taken on a variety of roles and ranks in our military and have served our nation with commitment, honor and leadership. Together, we will pause to recognize and thank women in the military for their contributions toward protecting freedom and democracy around the globe.”

 

Last year, County Executive Mangano proclaimed the first week in May as “Women in the Military Week” in Nassau, and announced the forming of Women in the Military (W.I.M.) Inc. which is headquartered in the County.

 

About the Nassau County VSA

The mission of the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency (VSA), in partnership with the Veterans Affairs both federal and state, is to provide all veterans and their dependents with the benefits they have earned; expand community outreach; and enhance the quality of life of the Nassau County veteran community. The VSA serves as an advocate for veterans’ compensation, pension, education, employment, training, referrals, vocational rehabilitation, and additional benefits for survivors, burial, and health care. The agency provides free transportation for veterans to the Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital in Northport or the VA health clinics in East Meadow and Valley Stream.

 

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Nassau County 5K/10K Walk, Run To Support Veterans

Run for Veterans

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, in partnership with the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency and Semper4Veterans,  announced a 5K/10K Walk and Run for Veterans on Saturday, August 26th from 9:00am-12:00pm at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

 

“My administration is committed to serving our veterans and ensuring resources are provided to them once they return home from service,” said County Executive Mangano. “I thank Semper4Veterans for partnering with us for this event, and helping to provide much needed assistance to our local veterans, including rental assistance, employment, food, clothing and other living expenses.”

 

The 5K/10K Veterans Walk & Run 2017 will help disadvantaged veterans with much needed assistance to include housing, suicide prevention and help sponsor the bi-annual stand down event. All donations and race proceeds will assist local veterans through the Semper4Veterans Organization.

 

Awards will be presented for the fastest runners of the 5K and 10K races. Donations will be accepted in place of walking or running.

 

Interested participants can pre-register online at www.runsignup.com or go directly to www.runsignup.com/nassauveteransrun2017 . Race Day Registration will be permitted on the day of the event from 7:00am-8:30am. The cost of race entry is $30.00.

 

For questions regarding registration, sponsorship or event information, call 516-572-6521.

 

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World War II Veteran Joseph Filipiak of East Meadow Honored

Joseph FilipiakNassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency honored Joseph Filipiak, a World War II Veteran of the U.S. Navy, with a citation on Thursday, December 15th. After serving his nation, Joseph married and settled down in North Merrick, where he raised his family and lived in his home for more than 60 years. He currently resides at Sunrise Assisted Living in East Meadow.

 

“On behalf of the residents of Nassau County, I want to thank Joseph Filipiak and all of the veterans who served our country in times of war and peace and our servicemen and women who are now defending freedom around the world,” said County Executive Mangano. “We owe a deep debt of gratitude to all of our veterans and their families who shouldered those same burdens, days or decades ago, and thank them for the America we cherish today.”

 

Pictured above (left to right) are County Executive Edward P. Mangano; Barbara Johnson, daughter; Honoree Joseph Filipiak, WWII Veteran; Christopher Johnson, grandson; and Ralph Esposito, Director of Veterans Services.

 

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Northwell Health Honors Mangano For Supporting Hometown Heroes

As we approach Memorial Day, CEO Michael Dowling took a moment during Northwell Health’s Annual Veterans Luncheon Ceremony to honor Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano with an award for his partnership and support on services for veterans. The Mangano administration has partnered with Northwell Health on initiatives that helped hundreds of hometown heroes and active duty military find career opportunities. The Nassau County Veterans Service Agency has also assisted thousands of veterans with obtaining benefits to which they are entitled.

 

“I thank Northwell Health for their continued leadership and commitment to our veterans and active duty military,” said County Executive Mangano. “My administration is proud to assist those who served in the United States Armed Forces and I urge all those in need of assistance to contact the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency.”

 

The luncheon, which honors past and current members of the military, was held at the new headquarters of Northwell Health’s Office of Military and Veterans Liaison Services, located at 2000 Marcus Avenue in Lake Success.

 

In October 2015, County Executive Mangano partnered with Northwell Health to host a free Barracks to Business program at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola. The program provided assistance in translating the invaluable military skills earned as a veteran into civilian work experience and focused on resume development and interview skills. Veterans were also given the opportunity to apply for positions at Northwell Health and 238 veterans have since been hired by the health system. Additionally, the Mangano administration has partnered with Northwell Health to host an Annual Active Duty Military Holiday Party.

 

This year’s Memorial Day Luncheon Ceremony featured keynote speaker Kevin Lacz – a former Navy SEAL sniper, breacher, and combat medic, who served two platoons in Iraq with real-life American Sniper Chris Kyle. Kevin starred as himself in the Academy Award nominated film – American Sniper.

 

For more information on Veteran Service Agency programs, veterans may visit the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency at 2201 Hempstead Turnpike, Building Q, in East Meadow or can call (516)-572-6565. If transportation is needed, veterans may call (516) 572-6526.

 

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Mangano Inducted As Son Of The American Legion

The American Legion

Frank Colon, Past County Commander of the American Legion; John Hassett III; County Executive Edward Mangano; Abigail Hassett; John L. Hassett Jr. M.D.; and Director of Veterans Services for Nassau County Ralph Esposito

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano was inducted into the Sons of the American Legion (SAL), Malverne Squadron, by Nassau County Veterans Service Agency Director Ralph Esposito and Past County Commander of the American Legion Frank Colon on May 9th. John L. Hassett Jr, MD, presented the County Executive with a cap, honoring him with membership into the American Legion as a son of a veteran. County Executive Mangano’s father, John Mangano, Sr. served the United States Army in the Korean War.

 

Founded in 1932, SAL exists to honor the service and sacrifice of Legionnaires. SAL members include those whose parents or grandparents served in the United States Armed Forces and were eligible for American Legion membership. Members of the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion and Legion Riders comprise the Legion Family, which has a combined membership of nearly 4.2 million.

 

Since taking office in 2010, County Executive Mangano has enhanced services for Nassau’s 100,000 veterans, including free transportation to the Northport VA Hospital and the East Meadow Clinic. The Mangano administration also established 42 homes, located on Mitchel Field, to provide affordable housing for veterans and their families and an additional 18 homes for active-duty military personnel. Additionally, the County helped rehabilitate five two-bedroom townhouses in Hempstead for homeless veterans and their families. Last month, Nassau County enhanced opportunities for Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses to further participate in government contracts.

 

For more information on Veteran Service Agency programs, veterans may visit the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency at 2201 Hempstead Turnpike, Building Q, in East Meadow or can call (516)-572-6565. If transportation is needed, veterans may call (516) 572-6526.

 

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Mangano: Veterans Service Agency Opens New Food Pantry For Hometown Heroes

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the Veterans Services Agency (VSA) today announced the creation of a new food pantry for veterans in need of canned food, toiletries and books. Veterans may visit the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency, located at 2201 Hempstead Turnpike, Building Q in East Meadow, Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. All donations are welcome!

 

“My administration is committed to providing a better life for our veterans,” said County Executive Mangano. “Whether veterans are in need of benefit assistance, housing or canned food and toiletries, the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency is here to help. If you serve, you deserve!”

 

The VSA advocates for hometown heroes and their dependents with the United States Veterans Administration, as well as New York State and Nassau County agencies. VSA Counselors are available to educate veterans on programs and benefits in which they are entitled to, as well as assist individuals with financial and economic issues.

 

Nassau – an officially declared Purple Heart County – hosts a Veteran Stand Down twice a year along with United Veterans Organization (UVO) which provides free food, clothing and access to valuable services for veterans in need. This year’s Stand Downs will be held on Tuesday, July 12th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the American Legion in Hempstead and on Tuesday, November 22nd from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at a location to be determined. The County will also host a POW-MIA Memorial Service in Eisenhower Park on Thursday, September 8th at 11:00 a.m. Immediately following the service, County Executive Mangano and the VSA will host 2,000 veterans at Nassau County’s 6th Annual Veterans BBQ in Eisenhower Park.

 

Since taking office in 2010, County Executive Mangano has enhanced services for Nassau’s 100,000 veterans, including free transportation to the Northport VA Hospital and the East Meadow Clinic. The Mangano administration also established 42 homes, located on Mitchel Field, to provide affordable housing for veterans and their families and an additional 18 homes for active-duty military personnel. Additionally, the County helped rehabilitate five two-bedroom townhouses in Hempstead for homeless veterans and their families.

 

For more information, veterans may visit the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency at 2201 Hempstead Turnpike, Building Q, in East Meadow or can call (516)-572-6565. If transportation is needed, veterans may call (516)-572-6526.

 

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Mangano Announces Annual Nassau County Veterans Day Parade

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency announced that the Annual Nassau County Veterans Day Parade will take place at on Saturday, November 7th. This year’s event includes a special tribute to all veterans who served during the Korean War, including former Nassau County Veterans Agency Director Joseph Pascarella who will be posthumously honored for the years of service in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War.

 

County Executive Mangano stated, “I invite residents to join us at the parade as we thank our veterans, wave American flags along the parade route, and celebrate the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces who served to protect our freedoms and democracy.”

 

The parade kicks off at 10:00 a.m. (line up at 9:30 a.m.) at the LIRR commuter parking lot on Union Avenue in Westbury, ending at 373 Maple Avenue, Westbury. Light refreshments will be served following the parade at the Cpl. James F. Walsh VFW Post #945 at 403 Maple Avenue.

 

The Annual Veterans Day Parade will include a convoy of military trucks and tanks, The American Legion County and Post, VFW County and Post, Korean War Veterans, Vietnam War Veterans, Catholic War Veterans, Jewish War Veterans, and many more. All veterans groups, Auxiliary units and Color Guards are invited to participate in the parade.

 

For more information, please contact the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency at (516) 572-6565.

 

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Mangano Recognizes American Legion-William J. Longuet Post 101 Of Westbury For Donations Of Handicap-Accessible Van

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today acknowledged the generosity of American Legion – William J. Longuet Post 101 for their donation of a handicap-accessible 2010 Toyota Sienna van to the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency. The van, valued at $36,000, will be used to provide transportation to veteran healthcare facilities in East Meadow, Valley Stream, the Northport VA Hospital and the Vet Center in Hicksville. There is no charge for this transportation service and appointments can be made by calling the (516) 572-6560.

 

County Executive Mangano stated, “My administration is committed to serving our veterans and ensuring they have respectful transportation, housing and job opportunities in Nassau County. I thank American Legion – William J. Longuet Post 101 for their generosity as this handicap-accessible van donation helps us better serve local veterans.”

 

Al Wirth, American Legion Post 101 Vice Commander, stated, “The men and woman of the American Legion Post 101 are proud to support the Veteran Service Agency and ensure veterans receive top-notch transportation to healthcare facilities and the Vet Center in Hicksville. Post Commander Vincent Ciantro and I wish to thank all those who helped contribute to the purchase of this new vehicle.”

 

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