On May 21st Honor Our Troops and Veterans for Armed Forces Day
Senator Stavisky encourages New Yorkers to support troops and their families
(Whitestone, NY) On the third Saturday of May each year the nation honors our bravest citizens, and Senator Toby Ann Stavisky encourages all New Yorkers to take a moment to show their appreciation and support to our troops, and the families who support them.
“The men and women of the military dedicate their lives to protecting our freedoms and way of life – it is our duty to give our support and appreciation,” Senator Stavisky said. “Armed Forces Day provides us with the perfect opportunity to thank them for all that they do.”
Armed Forces Day was created in 1949 to honor Americans serving in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard following the consolidation of the military services in the Department of Defense. The first celebration included parades, open houses, receptions and air shows. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy established the day as an official American holiday.
Last year, the Senate Democratic Conference showed strong support for veterans and soldiers by passing comprehensive legislation to extend benefits and protections. Included in the package were benefits to improve health and well being, educational opportunity, housing assistance, helping soldiers being deployed with matrimonial services, tax relief and voting protections.
“The Democratic Conference and I have been vocal, active supporters of our military personnel, and we will remain committed to these brave men and women who protect our nation and our freedoms. I urge all New Yorkers to do the same on not only this day, but throughout the entire year,” Senator Stavisky concluded.
It is important to understand that you can help. There are organizations throughout the state and city that provide assistance to current soldiers, veterans and their families, such as the Veterans Affairs Harbor Health System, which has locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.
Also, the Wounded Warrior Project helps the thousands of wounded warriors returning home from the current conflicts and to provide assistance to their families. Visit their website at www.woundedwarriorproject.org .
If you or a family member are a veteran, visit http://veteransupportcenter.org  to get information on the assistance available.