Huntington: In anticipation of Veterans Day, Legislator Stephanie Bontempi (R-18th L.D.) is working diligently with her colleagues to pass two key pieces of legislation aiming to bring more awareness to issues affecting veterans and those caring for them.
“Every year in November, we come together as Americans to pay our respects to those who have served our country, as we should,” said Bontempi. “However, the challenges that so many veterans face often involve the intervention and assistance of family and friends. It is my hope that by shedding more light on this entire situation and showing appreciation for those providing aid, more people will step up to help a veteran in need.”
The first piece of legislation, slated for the October general meeting, will establish November 1st as “Veterans Family Caregivers Day” in Suffolk County, starting in 2023 and to continue in perpetuity. This legislation includes a variety of illustrative examples to highlight the wonderful things people do for the veterans in their lives. Whether it is providing help in the form of emotional support, assisting with household chores and/or other miscellaneous tasks, so many people are actively improving the lives of veterans, but are under the radar.
The second piece, also slated for the October general meeting, seeks to once again have the County observe “Operation Green Light for Veterans.” This event will encourage both homeowners and businesses to display a green light – from November 6th through Veterans Day – in their respective windows to honor the sacrifices and contributions of veterans, while simultaneously being mindful of their challenges.
“It is imperative that we express our thanks to our veterans and stay informed on the issues affecting them and their caregivers,” added Bontempi.
To learn more about Operation Green Light for Veterans, visit: https://www.nysac.org/issues/veterans-affairs/operation-green-light/;