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You Served, You Deserve!

The Islip Public Library will host a free Veterans’ Healthcare Enrollment Event on Thursday, November 19th from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Find out about new and improved Veterans Affairs (VA) programs, including MyHealtheVet; VA Caregiver Support Services; Disabled American Veteran (DAV) Transportation Opportunities, and much more from the Community Outreach Team of the Northport VA Medical Center.

This caring team will answer important questions regarding eligibility for care and programs. Using their new mobile resource unit, VA staff will assist you in the application process*, offer hypertension screenings, and provide first-time physical exams for new VA enrollees.

VA ID cards are issued for veterans eligible for VA healthcare. This card is not the same as those issued by

the Suffolk/Nassau County Veterans Services Agency.

*Please bring a copy of your DD214/military separation papers if applying for VA benefits.

Important: Pre-registration through the Northport VA is required.

Please call: VA Community Relations Department at (631) 261-4400 Ext.7084/7082/5250

Do you know why Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11th every year?

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and November 11th became a national holiday beginning in 1938.

There are approximately 23.2 million military veterans in the United States.

The VA health care system had 54 hospitals in 1930, since then it has expanded to include 171 medical centers; more than 350 outpatient, community, and outreach clinics; 126 nursing home care units; and 35 live-in care facilities for injured or disabled vets.

Laurie Aitken

Laurie Aitken

Laurie Aitken has been a librarian at the Islip Public Library since 1997. She is the programming librarian and books almost all of our adult programs. Laurie lives with her husband, two sons, and four chihuahuas. Her interests include reading (mostly nonfiction about dogs and about Christianity), going to the gym, and volunteering at her church. Click here to subscribe to Laurie Aitken's blog posts!

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