Bethpage Federal Credit Union has announced that it will increase its significant support and anchor role of United Way of Long Island’s Military Family Assistance Project and Operation LIVE UNITED campaign, which provides Long Island veterans the necessary assistance they need to live, work and raise their families on Long Island. Bethpage, a long-time supporter of United Way of Long Island, will contribute another $100,000 to the Military Family Assistance Project.
Bethpage has raised more than $75,000 over the past three years to support military families returning to Long Island, through the Operation LIVE UNITED campaign. United Way of Long Island’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/Suffolk County 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.
This contribution will enable United Way of Long Island to actively collaborate with the corporate community to take significant steps to help returning veterans find gainful employment to support their families. One outcome will be to construct a one-stop, web-based platform that can be accessed by returning veterans seeking employment and other support services, and by corporations looking to hire them.
“Bethpage Federal Credit Union is a true supporter of Long Island families. Through its work with the annual Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach, they have seen firsthand, the unique circumstances of returning Long Island veterans, and have done a tremendous job in supporting Operation LIVE UNITED,” said Theresa Regnante, President and CEO, United Way of Long Island. “This gift will take our program to a new level by allowing us to support even more military personnel like we’ve done for so many, be it providing financial assistance for lodging near a rehab facility, transitional housing, or mental health treatment for PTSD.”
“As a member of the communities to which we serve, Bethpage understands the challenges veterans face when they return home in starting over with a new job, house, car, cell phone and all of the basic necessities we take for granted,” said Linda Armyn, Senior Vice President, Bethpage Federal Credit Union. “By taking our partnership with United Way’s Operation LIVE UNITED to the next level, we can help expand the services offered to help our fellow Long Islanders acclimate to life on Long Island once again. Whether it’s employment counseling, job placement, case management, or emergency financial assistance, United Way’s Military Family Assistance Project provides to their needs.”
Bethpage President & CEO, Kirk Kordeleski, added, “We believe that expanding our support of United Way’s Military Family Assistance Project is at the heart of who we are, true to our roots and is in line with the credit union philosophy of people helping people.”
“I was pleased to hear about Bethpage Federal Credit Union’s donation to United Way of Long Island’s Military Family Assistance Project, which will go towards supporting programs that serve Long Island military, reservist and National Guard personnel active in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families. Bethpage has repeatedly gone above and beyond to help Long Island’s service members and veterans, and I commend their unwavering commitment,” said Congressman Steve Israel.
For more information on United Way’s Military Family Assistance Project, and the services rendered by each partner agency, visit www.unitedwayli.org/income/militaryassistance.