The Nassau County Veteran Services Agency (VSA) staff, partnered with Long Island Cares veterans outreach staff this week, to distribute free frozen turkeys, for the holidays, to nearly 100 veterans from across the County.
The Nassau veterans, who called ahead to reserve a turkey, came to the County agency’s East Meadow site – where they got their turkey, and some trimmings on the side as well. Canned vegetables and fruits were among the extras. The Veterans were from a variety of eras, including those recently returned from serving overseas in Afghanistan and Iraq.
This is the fifth consecutive year, the Nassau County VSA and Long Island Cares Harry Chapin Food Bank are partnering to distribute free frozen turkeys and holiday trimmings to veterans. The two distributed hundreds of turkeys over the past four years at the VSA.
The Nassau County Veterans Service Agency works in conjunction with Veterans Affairs, both federal and state, as well as other county agencies and departments, to provide all veterans and their dependents with the benefits they have earned; and to expand community outreach and enhance the quality of life of, the County’s veteran community. It also provides returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with information on the GI Bill, employment opportunities, VA claims, and referrals. The agency regularly provides free transportation for veterans to either the Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital in Northport or the VA health clinic in East Meadow.
Long Island Cares’ Veterans Project Mobile Outreach Unit has been operational since 2010, working collaboratively with several local veterans organizations to provide emergency food, household supplies, personal care products, pet food, information and referral services, and other support services for veterans, military personnel and their families in Nassau and Suffolk counties. The Vets Project also includes a Mobile Pantry, Military Appreciation Tuesdays at its Freeport and Suffolk locations, and professional consultation to assist veterans and their families with additional resources they might not be familiar with.