Senator Lee Zeldin (R,C,I—Shirley) was joined by local leaders and veterans on Thursday, April 3, 2014, to announce the continuation and expansion of one of his most significant legislative achievements to date: the PFC Joseph Dwyer PTSD Peer-to-Peer Veterans Support program.
The unique program, which provides our heroes with support and guidance to combat the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), has served 450 Suffolk County veterans since its inception. Given its success, the 2014-2015 state budget has expanded the program to include 12 counties across the state.
ALBANY—On March 20, 2014, Senator Lee Zeldin (R, C, I—Shirley) inducted a local hero into the NYS Senate's Veterans Hall of Fame: VFW State Commander Michael Pascal.
A resident of Suffolk County for the past 41 years, Commander Pascal served the U.S. Army from 1966 thru 1969. He honorably served in the Vietnam War and his passion for serving his fellow veterans has stayed with him far beyond his years of service in uniform.
“Please take a minute to join me in thanking those, like Commander Pascal, who have sacrificed their lives-on and off the battlefield-in defense of our nation, our Constitution, and our freedoms,” said Senator Zeldin. “Thank you to all of our servicemen and women for your selfless commitment.”
RONKONKOMA—This past Memorial Day, Senator Lee Zeldin (R,C,I—Shirley) addressed local veterans and community members following the Lake Ronkonkoma Memorial Day Parade at Raynor Beach Park, thanking them for their service and honoring their fallen comrades.
Senator Zeldin is pictured above with community veterans during the address.
After the last mile of the parades have been walked and the barbeque flames have been extinguished—the flame of devotion to our veterans must be further extended. In honoring our veterans, those who have sacrificed the entirety of their lives to protect our own, it is critical that we carry the spirit of this past weekend with us far beyond a short holiday.
Memorial Day is about celebrating and remembering those who have lost their lives in service to our great nation. Words will never be enough to say thank you.
Yet, what better way to honor those we have lost than to ensure that their brothers and sisters in arms are treated with the highest caliber of respect and are afforded the very best care upon their return?
RONKONKOMA—On Wednesday, June 2, 2014, Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R,C—Shirley) welcomed home long-time friend and Islip Town Supervisor, Commander Tom Croci, USN-Intel officer, from his 3rd deployment to Afghanistan.
On this last deployment, Commander Croci was stationed in Afghanistan from September 28, 2013-June 22, 2014 while supporting special operations forces. A Hero’s welcome was held at MacArthur Airport in his honor and Senator Zeldin was on hand to present the Supervisor with a proclamation and to thank him for his dedicated service to our nation.
Senator Zeldin is pictured above with Commander Croci during the ceremony.
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