November 5, 2014 – 3pm – 8pm vote 1

Alumni Hall, Bldg.# 65 (PRRP/PTSD Unit)

food & beverages will be served

We will be mailing out the ballots and please note that you can “write in” a candidate of your choice.

Please hand in your ballots to any of the Officers. Try to make it on Nov. 5. If you can’t get to us, please mail your ballot back in time to be counted. The results will be posted in the Alumni Hall and on this web site (Facebook also, if we get that up and running).

Our budget is not endless, so, if you can, please pick up a ballot on your way through the Unit.

Bonnie Schizzano is hitting the road

Goodbye Party for Bonnie: Wednesday, 4/2/2014 @ 4:00 PM in Alumni Hall – bldg. 65- catered
Bonnie’s last active day will be Thursday, 4/10/2014

Information Update:

Please show up for next Wednesday’s Alumni meeting. We will have three guests talking about their Service Organizations and what they can do to help our Residents and Alumni. Home cooking to follow meeting!!

Hutch will be in contact with “Boots On The Ground”. They are a Long Island based and focuses veterans service organization. I know they have furniture in their warehouse in Ronkonkoma. I’ll report more when I see what they have.

Hutch will be attending a seminar at SUNY, Farmingdale being held by the Long Island Veterans Initiative. It is a “business to business” networking opportunity for Long Island Veteran service groups and organizations. Report to follow…

Hutch will be contacting Jon Cooper at Spectronics, in Westbury, about his new start-up.

Johnson Controls is giving preferential treatment to Veterans in their hiring practices. There are a lot of employment opportunities there. Hutch will be contacting their HR Dept. to get more clarification. Report to follow…

More Local Hiring news:

Spectronics Corporation

…Manufacturer of ultraviolet equipment and fluorescent materials for the laboratory, biotechnology, industrial, electronics, semiconductor, X-ray

956 Brush Hollow Rd.

Westbury, NY 11590
(516) 333-4840

Jon Cooper is the President. He ran out his term limits as a Suffolk County Legislator from Huntington. He just announced a new venture (related to his existing business) that involves producing a dye that is soluable with oils, and can be traced by ultra-violet light. This is a safety product mainly aimed at the mining industry. Apparently a lot of miners get hit with high pressure hydraulic fluids when hydraulic hoses break. This product will be manufactured here on Long Island, and the hiring of Veterans is a priority for them. I will be calling Jon to get more info.

6 Aerial Way
Syosset, NY
(516) 822-0490

Johnson Controls Long Island


85 Marcus Dr.
Melville, NY
(631) 420-1340

York Heating & Air


201 Broad St.
Stamford, CT
(203) 327-7272

Johnson Controls Inc




To us, hiring from the military isn’t just a gesture, it’s a business strategy

If you’re an active service member looking to expand your career, or a military veteran transitioning to civilian life, our team at Johnson Controls is interested in your services. For us, recruiting current and ex-military members has consistently been a staple of how we build our global team. That’s because the discipline, skill-sets and strategic acumen acquired through military service translate perfectly into the roles and responsibilities you face should you join the Johnson Controls family.

Our Veteran’s Engagement Team offers a variety of services and tools that can help you start a career tailored to meet your needs, skill-set and level of education at Johnson Controls. For example, we can connect you with military veterans who have become JCI employees. These veterans represent a fantastic opportunity to network and can help you understand the process of transitioning to a civilian career. In addition, our online skills translator will show you how your military abilities will work in a Johnson Controls career and our extensive online job postings can help you discover the perfect opportunity.

Please refer to our tools and contact forms to the right if you have a question or are interested in a career at Johnson Controls!

I will make  attempts to contact their HR Department to see what’s up. I will start in the Syosset office.



Farmingdale, NY

On March 7th, Farmingdale State College Veterans Services will be hosting Long Island Veterans Initiative at Farmingdale (LIVI@F) for the launch of our new, multi-faceted program that will transform veteran support and improve connections between returning veterans and existing resources. The program is called “LI HEATS UP” – Long Island Heroes Empowerment and Transitional Support – United Platform.

LI HEATS UP is the brainchild of the founding partners of LIVI@F. Through a strategic alliance between Farmingdale State College and Veterans Entrepreneurial Development Initiative, Inc. (VEDI), LIVI@F was formed to unify existing programs and services in order to better address the needs of underserved Long Island veterans.

“Being in the domestic trenches working with veterans brought the point home for me that current programs are in dire need of a comprehensive, collaborative support program to assist our returning heroes, both through short-term emergencies as well as long-term situations,” states Meta J. Mereday, Founder of VEDI, Inc. and Co-Founder of LIVI@F. “Although we celebrate our heroes with parades and salutes quite well, we barely scratch the surface when it comes to effectively addressing the growing rates of unemployment, business failure, emotional trauma and suicide among our veterans. LI HEATS UP is a program that is designed to be flexible, compassionate, inclusive and effective.”

Mereday, an award-winning journalist and veterans advocate, has years of experience working with grassroots organizations. Her efforts continue to help change the dynamic of veteran support here at home, especially on Long Island.

“Most people do not know that Long Island has the largest contingent of veterans in New York State. There is an extensive population of underserved veterans in the region and they deserve the support of a program that connects the resources available to them in a way that makes them more effective and easier to use. LI HEATS UP accomplishes this through its uniquely modern digital approach.”

LIVI@F would like as many organizations as possible to attend the platform launch on March 7th in Roosevelt Hall on the Farmingdale State College campus and become a part of planning for the future of veteran services on Long Island. We are looking for organizations and local businesses that want to be a part of LI HEATS UP to come down to Farmingdale State College for this event so that together we can plan a course forward to better meet the needs of veterans on Long Island. If your business or organization would like to become a part of creating a better future for thousands of Long Island veterans, please contact us at (516) 230-2130 or email us any time at

Legal Assistance!


Our Donation Forms:

The PDF file, below, contains our W-9 IRS form, our IRS letter confirming our Employer Identification Number, New York State Corporate Tax Account Information, and our Certificate of Incorporation.

Right click – “open link in new tab” = printable copy

PTSD Donation Package

Resource Phone Numbers

Veterans Crisis Line –

                                                800-273-8255, and Press 1

Chat online at Send a text message to 838255

Service members and their families and friends can call and text the Veterans Crisis Line numbers and can chat online at

Toll Free Numbers for Contacting VA Benefits:


Toll Free

Numbers for Contacting VA Benefits: 1-800-827-1000


Death Pension

Dependency Indemnity    


Direct Deposit

Directions to VA Benefits

               Regional Offices

Disability Compensation

Disability Pension


Home Loan Guaranty

Medical Care

Vocational Rehabilitation  

              and Employment

Health Care Benefits:


Bereavement Counseling



Children of Women Vietnam Veterans (CWVV)



Civilian Health and Medical Program (CHAMPVA)



Debt Management Center (Collection of Non-Medical Debts)



Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) National Call Center for Homeless Veterans hotline



eBenefits (General Questions & Technical Issues)



Education (Gl Bill):



Federal Recovery Coordination Program



Foreign Medical Program


Gulf War Veterans Helpline



Homeless veterans



Income Verification and Means Testing



Life Insurance



Meds by Mail

1-888-385-0235 (or)


National Call Center for Homeless Veterans


National Cemetery Scheduling Office


National Personnel Records Center


National Resource Directory


Pension Management Center


Presidential Memorial Certificate Program


Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned or Veteran-Owned Small Business


Special Health Issues



Spina Bifida/Children of Women Vietnam Veterans



Status of Headstones and Markers


Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD)



VA Caregiver Support Line




VA for Vets


VA Inspector General


VA Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs


Veteran’s ID Theft Hot Line



Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS)


Women Veterans


Wounded Warrior Resource Center






STF Group is a clean technology company with four core business units: energy efficiency products and services; renewable energy development; electric, rechargeable battery operated and solar products and light-weight Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) storage/shipping containers. Through its proprietary holdings and strategic relationships, the STF Group is focused on engineering and integrating clean energy solutions to residential, commercial, and industrial and government clients and applications.

To achieve this, the STF Group plans to create a chain of foreign and domestic, co-located franchise showrooms under the PowerBoy/SpaceCube brand. Each location will be local showrooms/demonstration sites serving as physical advertising designed to cross market to and capture customers with its interrelated line of products appealing to multiple demographic categories and age groups. Stores will be designed to have a bright, modern decor with clearly designated product showcases and comfortable consultation areas. Locations will be staffed with expert sales representatives, many of whom being veterans, well versed in product offerings and the utilization of networked IT consultation tools and point of sale terminals.

STF GROUP PRODUCTS Energy Efficiency Products

Upgrades to a buildings energy efficiency provides a way of managing and restraining the growth in energy consumption. Improvements in a regions energy efficiency can reduce the need for investment in energy infrastructure, cut energy bills, improve health, increase competitiveness and improve consumer welfare. STF Group will offer residential and commercial customers energy efficiency assessments, installation and product supply.

Solar Electric Systems

Solar System Sales

STF Group offers highest quality, most efficient, American made panel, and thin film solar generation products. The STF Group will manufacture, assemble and sell solar installation kits. PV System components will also be offered to supply commercial customers. Kits and individual component offerings will include PV cells, racks and other mounting equipment for the solar panels, inverters, wiring, and battery storage. STF Group also offers Solar thermal hot water systems kits.

Solar Leasing

STF Group will also offer solar lease programs were customers sign a long-Power Purchasing Agreement (PPA) to purchase power generated from a STF owned and operated solar PV system. The purchase price of the generated electricity is typically at or slightly below the retail electric rate the host customer would pay its utility service provider. SPPA rates can be fixed, but can contain an annual price escalator in the



Corporate offices: 9 employees

Solar Thin Films Group, Inc. 1140 RXR Plaza Uniondale, NY 11556 (516)341-7787

Activity Type:

Business administration, marketing, sales and engineering.

Projected employment of 5 new hires.

PowerBoy/SpaceCube Store

135 North Broadway, Hicksville, NY 11801

3692 sq. ft. leased property with 3750 sq. ft. floor space.

Activity Type:

Retail location for sale of rechargeable, electric and solar products, energy efficiency, solar systems and SpaceCube Storage products.

Projected employment of 6 new hires.

Note: Currently looking for retail locations in Baldwin, NY. Warehouse Space

89 Bloomingdale road, Hicksville, New York, 11801

6,000 sq. ft. leased space within a 57,000 square foot building.

Activity Type: Storage of solar inventory as well as, equipment and machinery manufacturing and assembly.

Projected employment of 4 new hires.



Quality Resource Technology

80,000 sq. ft. Extrusion facility

448 N Cedar Bluff Road, Knoxville Tennessee, 37923

250,000 sq. ft. fabrication facility in North Carolina