The Long Island State Veterans Home (LISVH) at Stony Brook University will honor the nation’s veterans in a 20th-anniversary celebration on Friday, October 28, with a ceremony beginning at 10:30 am.
“Every day the staff takes pride in caring for America’s Heroes—the brave men and women who have helped to make our nation secure and have advanced the cause of freedom throughout the world,” said LISVH Executive Director Fred Sganga.
The true origin of LISVH can be traced back nearly six decades to the early 1940s. After the United States and its allies won the Second World War, the U.S. Army discharged nearly 25 million soldiers, 2 million of whom took up residence on Long Island. By the late 1970s, the need for long-term care services for these aging veterans was apparent, sparking a massive grass-roots effort by local veterans and legislators and leading to the creation of LISVH in 1991.
The mission of the Veterans Home is twofold: first, to provide the highest quality and most comprehensive health care services to Long Islands veterans, and second, to serve as a model site for research and the education and training of tomorrow’s long-term care and geriatric professionals.
“During the past 20 years we have cared for more than 5,000 of our veterans; and, if they need us, the dedicated staff at the Long Island State Veterans Home stands ready to provide skilled nursing care, adult day health care, and short-term rehabilitation to the 250,000 veterans who reside on Long Island,” Sganga said.
As part of the celebration, a VA Construction Grant check for $16 million will be presented. This grant award will enable the LISVH to undergo major renovation/revitalization projects that include updating the HVAC system, upgrading the emergency generator system, and renovating the interior of the facility to provide enhanced comfort for our veterans.
More information is available on the LISVH Web site.