Long Islanders Contribute $90,000 to Support Military Families on LI through Operation LIVE UNITED

More than $90,000 was raised during United Way of Long Island’s Operation LIVE UNITED event in support of Long Island’s military families. On Flag Day, June 14, thousands of Long Islanders proudly wore an Operation LIVE UNITED tee shirt to salute the men and women who fight for our freedom, and their families.

Proceeds from Operation LIVE UNITED will benefit United Way’s Military Family Assistance Project, which partners with local nonprofit organizations, to provide emergency financial aid, case management and job training/employment assistance to military personnel who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Bethpage Federal Credit Union—Operation LIVE UNITED’s Admiral Sponsor, raising more than $75,000 since 2010—kicked off the effort by offering tee shirts at its Jones Beach Air Show during Memorial Day Weekend. BFCU Photo

New York has the most consecutive National Guard activations in the country since September 11, 2001. Military personnel are forced to leave their families behind, overwhelmed by fewer resources and myriad other personal stresses. When discharged, they return home faced with physical, emotional and financial struggles as they transition back into civilian employment. United Way’s Military Family Assistance Project helps address the emergency needs of local military personnel and their families living through multiple deployments. Partner agencies include Clubhouse of Suffolk/SC United Veterans, Family Service League, Hope for the Warriors, Mental Health Association of Nassau County, Transitional Services of New York for Long Island and United Veterans Beacon House.

More than 90 companies participated in Operation LIVE UNITED this year and included: National Grid, Suffolk Transportation Services, Inc., Eastern Suffolk BOCES, Travelers, Teachers Federal Credit Union, Garfunkel Wild, P.C., RWDSU Local 338, Newsday, and many more. For a complete list of participating organizations, visit www.unitedwayli.org/liveunited.

The Operation LIVE UNITED shirt signifies a cohesive effort to better our community by reaching out a hand to those who fight for our freedom. The uniformity of this movement across Long Island sends a message of people coming together, living united, to make a difference and inspire hope. To see event photos or to find out more about how your company can run an Operation LIVE UNITED campaign in honor of Veteran’s Day, visit www.unitedwayli.org/liveunited.

Photo:  Theresa A. Regnante, (center) President & CEO of United Way of Long Island with representatives from Bethpage Federal Credit Union