November is Veterans Awareness Month

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November 11 is Veterans Day, and the Brookhaven Veterans Association (BVA) and the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) have teamed up to offer a month-long series of lectures and events at Brookhaven National Laboratory to celebrate the service the United States military veterans have provided to the country.

“This month at BNL we celebrate our veterans’ service to our country, identify available resources for vets, and remember those veterans who are less fortunate and have been troubled by addiction and homelessness,” said Scott Bradley, BVA officer and member of the Lab’s Information Technology Division. “The Lab community comes together every year in fellowship to support the veterans for their service and sacrifice — and, I can tell you, everyone appreciates the tremendous outpouring of support.”

The month’s events kick off with a lecture on Monday, November 7, at noon in Berkner B on “Long Term Care and Estate Planning for Veterans,” by lawyer Nancy Burner.

The Lab is closed to honor Veterans Day on Friday, November 11, so the BVA will partner with the Laboratory Protection Division to host the Veterans Day ceremony on Thursday, November 10, at noon, outside the Brookhaven Center under the American flag.

On Monday, November 28, at noon in Berkner B, the Lab is hosting a lecture on “Veterans Benefits & Advocacy,” presented by the Suffolk County Veterans Services Agency.

The culmination of the activities will be on Monday, December 5, in Berkner lobby, where the BVA is hosting the 1-1-1 Fundraising event to benefit the Suffolk County United Veterans. They ask all to bring: 1 used men’s clothing item, $1, and 1 item of non-perishable lunch food or toiletries – hence 1-1-1.

(Suggested items to bring include: Paper products: paper plates, cups, napkins, toilet paper, and paper towels; Laundry soap and bleach; Wind up alarm clocks; Men’s socks, underwear, t-shirts, sweatpants and jackets, shirts, shoes, heavy sweaters, hats, gloves, and heavy jackets; containers for storage of food items; personal hygiene products: deodorant, razors, shaving cream, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, soap; books: self-help/motivational books, health/diet books, cookbooks; towels, washcloths and large storage containers for vets personal items; coffee, sugar, creamer; gift certificates to chain restaurants (Olive Garden, Ruby Tuesday, Carvel, Friendly’s, etc.); home items: shower curtains, twin beds, twin sheets, pillowcases, blankets, mattress covers; lamps, dressers and night stands, used tools, computers and printers, vacuum and cleaning products. Donated items will be transported to the Veterans shelter in Yaphank.)

The SCUV runs several programs emergency shelter services, transitional housing, education, and job training, all focusing on the goal of helping veterans in need “to achieve self-sufficiency, sobriety, and independence.”

Learn more about the BVA.

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