Bethpage Federal Credit Union has contributed $100,000 to the United Way’s Operation Live United Military Family Assistance Project,
The news was announced at a press conference held earlier this week in Rep. Steve Israel’s Hauppauge office, where the congressman announced the expansion of Operation Live United to include the newly formed Veterans Hiring Program. Bethpage, which will also provide support to the Veterans Hiring Program, has met with and worked to support Veterans for over three years through its annual Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach Live United t-shirt fundraising efforts, and recognizes that Veterans require ongoing assistance to help meet their basic needs while searching for jobs.
“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, 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 counseling services, job placement, medical and mental health services, or child care for children, the United Way Military Family Assistance Project provides to their needs.”
“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 Israel.
In addition to its $100,000 contribution, Bethpage will sponsor various veteran events throughout the year to extend additional veteran support. To date, these include the Islip Art Council “Salutes Armed Forces of the USA” concert featuring the Long Island Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday, July 14 at Heckscher State Park in East Islip; a “Night Out” at the Bethpage Ballpark inviting military families to a Long Island Ducks game; and the Town of North Hempstead’s “Salute to Veterans” breakfast to be held in the fall.
Bethpage also announced its support of the United Way’s newly formed Veterans Hiring Program, a job placement program that Bethpage and other local businesses will support to help secure employment for returning Long Island veterans.