Suffolk County American Legion
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August 24, 2022
County Commander's Message
Hi Everyone
Hope all is well. On Saturday I attended the 10th district membership work shop at Post 303 Rockville Center. It was interesting to hear about how many posts in the 10th District are at 90 percent. We need to Get Post 1 members to join a Post in their area. Posts need to get a list of post 1 members a reach out to them to try to get them to join their post.

Be well and be safe
            Steven Antonacci

2023 Department Target Dates

September 7, 2022 50%
October 6, 2022 55%
November 2, 2022 65%
December 7, 2022 75%
January 12, 2023 80%
February 8, 2023 85%
March 8, 2023 90%
April 12, 2023 95%
May 10, 2023 100%
2023 Direct Renewal Cutoff Dates
September 7, 2022
October 6, 2022
December 7, 2022
February 8, 2023
April 12, 2023
2023 Department Convention Call
June 20, 2023
The above cutoff dates are the dates that membership cards MUST be received at Department Headquarters in order to count toward the listed target or for the member not to receive the next renewal notice. Department Convention Call cutoff is the date that membership cards MUST be received at Department Headquarters in order to count toward Department Convention awards
Cassi Harden
Membership Coordinator
The American Legion Dept. of NY
1304 Park Blvd
Troy, NY 12180
(518) 463-2215 ext. 105
Fax: (518) 427-8443

Pact Act VSO Slides from VSO Meeting

The PACT Act may be the largest expansion of eligibility and benefits in the history of the VA. As a result:
  • Beginning August 10, 2022 over 20 new presumptive Service-Connected diagnoses related to toxic exposures have been added including Post 9/11, Gulf War, Agent Orange, and radiation Exposures.
  • Presumption of toxic exposures based on country and time period of deployment.
  • Also includes funding for research and training on toxic exposures, 31 major facility leases (WNY and VISN 2), and changes to rules related to hiring and retaining staff.
VA will execute a comprehensive Veteran outreach plan to make sure that every Veteran and survivor gets the care they need and the benefits they deserve. For now, here are the most important things for Veterans to know:
  1. We at VA want Veterans and survivors to apply now for their PACT Act benefits.
  2. Because these conditions have already taken a serious toll on so many Veterans and their families, we are considering all conditions established in the PACT Act to be presumptive on August 10, the date the bill was signed into law.
  3. We will be begin processing those presumptive benefits for Veterans and survivors on the earliest date possible, which is January 1stAny Veteran or survivor can learn more about the PACT Act by visiting or calling 1-800-MY-VA-411
Please see additional very informative pages from this presentation HERE.

Good Evening ALL:
I hope everyone is enjoying the Summer.  
Wanted to share an upcoming event coming up next month on September 2, 2022 .  There is a   22 mile kayak event to bring veterans together from non profit; organizations.  As you know, Long Island is the highest population of  veterans in New York State. The 22 PTSD Awareness Challenge is a 22  mile cross-sound kayak event. The goal is to increase awareness for the 22 veterans who take their own lives every day.  Please spread the  word.  If interested please fill out the form on website if you like to Kayak  the  foot pedal Kayak.:
We are now  looking for various veteran’s organizations to set up tables [The set up a table is free].
please view the website if you are interested in setting up a table. 
Please fill out form online for nonprofit. Here is the link  .  

George Taborsky

Dear Friends,
I am so incredibly pleased to once again host my Annual FREE Pancake Breakfast for Veterans and their families, this year partnering with my colleague, Senator Alexis Weik.
Senator Weik and I are proud to welcome our veterans on Saturday, August 27th, from 8:00am to 11:00am at the American Legion Post 94 located at 22 Grove Place, Babylon, NY 11702, to share breakfast and conversation.
The Breakfast, as you will recall, is free for all veterans and their family members. To ensure we have plenty of food, we are requesting folks call my office at (631) 665-2311 by August 19th to reserve your seat(s).

We look forward to seeing you there!
Senator Phil Boyle
Northport VA Medical Center Job Opening

Northport VA is recruiting for a Public Affairs Specialist and we would like you to share the below link with your members.

The Wall of Faces

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is proud to announce that after more than two decades of effort, at least one photo has been found for each of the 58,281 service members whose names are inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

“When VVMF began this effort, the goal was to put a face with a name for each of the 58,281 service members whose names are inscribed on The Wall. To ensure that visitors to The Wall understand that behind each name is a face – a person with a story of a family and friends who were forever changed by their loss. Today, the Wall of Faces tells these stories through photos and remembrances left by both friends and family members. We couldn’t have done this without the tenacious work of a small army of volunteers across the country. Their ingenuity, commitment and dedication are tremendous,” said Jim Knotts, president and CEO of VVMF.
See Video HERE

Weekly Legislative Update 

Good morning, 

Attached, please find the Weekly Legislative Update. 

Have a great weekend! 

Weekly Legislative Update August 19, 2022

Katie Isaacson | Legislative Coordinator, Legislative Division
a: 1608 K Street NW., Washington, DC 20006 |

t: 202-263-2995  |  m: 415-686-1629

Suffolk County American Legion
Veterans Peer-to-Peer Program

The purpose of the Veterans Peer-to-Peer Program is to help our veterans resolve their problems by giving them a place to go for that help. To understand how our program works is simply demonstrated and explained in the following illustration. The veteran takes a glass of water (which represents stress) in his/her hand, and while standing up, holds it out straight in front. The longer it’s held, the heavier the stress gets. A veteran peer comes along beside the veteran holding the glass, and seeing the stress, the veteran peer makes the veteran comfortable by helping him/her to sit down in a chair. This also lowers the height of the outstretched arm holding the glass, making it easier for the peer to hold the arm with the glass and reduce the stress. However, there is still stress. Then along comes a clergy who takes the glass of water (stress) away. Thus, the stress is relieved.

The Veterans Peer-To-Peer Program Was Established by the Suffolk County, New York American Legion to Reach Out and Help Our Fellow Veterans
For more information see:

Or call Rev Fred Miller at 631-395-4646
Suffolk County Department of Labor Job Listings

Weekly SCNY Job Orders 8/17

If you are interested in receiving any assistance preparing an application for one of these positions, please feel free to reach out to the Suffolk County Department of Labor at 631-853-6600. They offer the following services FREE OF CHARGE:
  • Resume Preparation
  • Interview Practice
  • Career Pathway Counseling
  • Professional Certifications/Classes
  • Wardrobe Updates

Need proper business attaire for your next job interview or job fair?
Career Couture

Suffolk County NY FORWARD
a virtual career and talent portal that is part of the Department of Labor. The portal will link job seekers with Suffolk County businesses that need workers. Veterans will get first priority for these jobs, as the county wants to honor those who have served the nation with a 24-hour hold on these postings

Facebook - Suffolk County Department of Labor
Suffolk County Department of Labor has a Facebook page with current job listings. Like and follow for career opportunities:

Suffolk County Civil Service Exams E Filing
Current List of Exams.

NY State Dept of Labor Jobs Express
Below are current job openings in New York's 10 regional economies. New Yorkers can view the region they live in, see which industries are growing and find out what jobs are available in that economic sector. Job opening numbers are updated frequently.

VetCentral Job Announcements
From Massapequa Employment Center Nassau County Workforce Partnership
Over 800 local jobs are listed on this site.

VetsWork by Long Island Cares
This program provides help for veterans seeking employment by assisting with creating a resume, writing a cover letter, learning interview skills and more. For more information, please call Fern Summer at (631) 824-6385 (email at or Michael Haynes at (631) 824-6386.
For More Information Contact Suffolk County Department of Labor
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