Suffolk County American Legion
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September 28, 2022

PUFL Reimbursement Checks
Every post should have recently received their PUFL reimbursement checks.
From this amount, posts are required to pay a per capita of $4.00 per PUFL to the Suffolk County American Legion.

Please send your check made out to SCAL and mail to:

Robert Robesch, PCC

PO Box 265

Aquebogue, NY 11931

Thank you.

Message from Dept. of NY Adjutant Jim Casey

The American Legion's "Buddy Check" program has been a great tool for our membership, and we were proud to endorse legislation that expands this program to VA. This legislation has since been included in a comprehensive package that includes dozens of bipartisan mental healthcare provisions that The American Legion supports - now we need your help to call on the Senate to pass the bill.
Join Our Action Campaign: Write Your Senators Now!
The STRONG Veterans Act (Support The Resiliency of Our Nation's Great Veterans Act) calls on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to designate a “National Buddy Check Week.” It is modeled after The American Legion’s successful Buddy Check program, which nearly 4,000 local posts a year have used to help veterans in need since 2019. It also includes dozens of provisions that come from standalone pieces of legislation The American Legion supports.
A Buddy Check Week designation is vital because it will be a concentrated effort, with the support of VA, to improve mental health outreach. That, of course, also ties in to the Legion's “Be the One” campaign to reduce the rate of veteran suicide.
The legislation promises to bring additional improvements to the mental health care of our nation’s veterans. Those include:
• Funding research on veterans mental health and treatment.
• Making the Peer Specialist Support program permanent.
• Increasing full-time staffing at VA Vet Centers and expanding eligibility for treatment.
• Expanding existing scholarship and loan programs for students and mental health providers.
In June, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the measure in a bipartisan voice vote. It now awaits action in the Senate. With only a few months left in the 117th session of Congress, we cannot afford to let this opportunity to improve mental health care for veterans lapse. You can help prevent this from happening by urging your Senators to support H.R.6411 - the STRONG Veterans Act It takes just a few moments by visiting this link.
The American Legion proudly supports this legislation, and asks that you call on your Senators to pass H.R. 6411 today!

Certification of Officer Records Reports Still Outstanding
The following posts have STILL not submitted their requires Certification of Officer Records Reports.

1st Division Posts 360, 1015, 1120 
2nd Division Posts 365, 411, 1039, 1146, 1152, 1635
3rd Division Posts 269, 352, 1533, 1766, 1888, 1633, 1845
4th Division Posts 273, 281, 803, 1045 , 
5th Division Posts 419, 433, 580, 834, 924, 1545

Submission of these reports is not optional. Submission of this form is required .This information is also needed to complete our County Directory.

Post Commanders please get these sent to Adjutant Jim Beecher ASAP:
549 Lombard St. N. Babylon, NY 11703

Also send a copy to Department of NY at  Park Blvd. Troy NY 12180 

Please click on flyer above for flyer and directions and map of the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk
Women's Military Service Award Ceremony Oct 15
Night at The Races Post 1006
The American Legion Riders of Post 1006 will host a Night at The Races fundraiser on October 8. 2022. Please see link to flyer HERE for details. 
Request For Assistance
Name: Bruce Miller
Subject: Assistance for American Legion-Setauket Post
Message: I am aware that the Town of Brookhaven will be donating funds for refurbishment of the Setauket Post. I would like to organize Legionnaires and others to help with preparation, refurbishing, straightening after work is completed in the various areas of the facility. (631) 766 - 4915 2nd Vice - Post 431, Port Jefferson Station

American Legion Weekly Legislative Status Update

Attached, please find the Weekly Legislative Update. 

 September 23, 2022

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

t: 202-263-2995  |  m: 415-686-1629

Fastest, easiest way to renew your Legion Membership!
Just have your membership card and a credit card on hand. Then click on the image above!

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
For More Information Contact Suffolk County Department of Labor
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 H
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