ACTIVE MILITARY

VETERANS CRISIS LINE

The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearingindividuals is available.

SUFFOLK COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE AGENCY

(631) 853-VETS (our Hauppauge Office at 100 Veterans Memorial Highway), or (631) 852-1410 (our Riverhead Office at 300 Center Drive), or via email at servingheros@suffolkcountyny.gov or veteransinfo@suffolkcountyny.gov .

VA DISABILITY CLAIMS

To apply for VA Benefits click here: VA CLAIMS

MY HEALTHEVET

Provides veterans with access to their healthcare they receive through the VA Hospital. Track appointments, update information, talk with your doctors, refill prescriptions.

EBENEFITS

Allows veterans to manage and track their benefits from their service and with the VA.

SUFFOLK COUNTY UNITED VETERANS

Serve the homeless Veterans of Suffolk County. They offer housing programs provide emergency shelter, along with transitional and permanent housing. Case management, peer support, educational assistance/job training, transportation, & two food pantries all support the Veteran to heal &reintegrate successfully back into the community.

Contact their office: (631) 924-8088 or go to their website mhaw.org

MILITARY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (MAP)

Our Military Assistance Program (MAP) is the outstretched hand between the local VFW and military community, offering support around the world.

Since 2005, MAP has sponsored events supporting over 2 million service members and their families.

A large part of MAP is the Adopt-a-Unit program, providing VFW Posts and their Auxiliaries the opportunity to adopt hundreds of military units around the world. Adopt-a-Unit’s goal is to develop supportive relationships with units before, during and after deployments to help deliver the vast network of resources the VFW has available to the military.

If you are a service member or a Family Readiness Group leader interested in participating in this program, contact the MAP office today.

OPERATION UPLINK

As the largest organization of combat veterans, we understand the importance of keeping military families in touch. That’s why in 1996 we launched the VFW Operation Uplink™ program – a calling program for deployed service members that provides free phone time to active-duty military personnel and hospitalized veterans.

Operation Uplink initially provided calling cards to deployed and hospitalized troops, but on Mother’s Day in 2006, due to the growing popularity of the program, and thanks to the generosity of corporate donors like Sport Clips Haircuts and Harleysville Insurance, the program began hosting “Free Call Days.”

The program is the only one of its kind, providing at least three designated days each month when deployed service members can make FREE phone calls home to the U.S. from their Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR) center or military DSN line.

Free Call Days have provided more than 7.6 million free connections for service members and their families.

If you have questions or would like to request phone time for your loved one, contact Operation Uplink today.

S:US.ORG

Reintegration to civilian life is the toughest challenge veterans face. This is true for those who served decades ago or in recent conflicts.  Seventy percent live with chronic mental illness and substance use disorders. Of the nearly 3,000 veterans and their families we serve, most satisfy the federal guidelines for “very low income”. We are among NYC’s largest veterans’ services providers. In addition to serving veterans with the greatest barriers to independence and a full community embrace, we serve the needs of veterans at the highest risk of suicide.