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Attention Suffolk County Veterans needing assistance for the holidays, Christmas & Thanksgiving

Attention Suffolk County Veterans needing assistance for the holidays, Christmas & Thanksgiving

If you are a Veteran or Military service member residing in Suffolk County NY and will need assistance providing Thanksgiving dinner for you and your family contact us and we will get you a frozen turkey and groceries. No requests will be accepted after 1pmSaturday November 18th. And offers of assistance will be based upon available resources. Please fill out the Veteran request form at
http://www.bootsonthegroundny.com/veteran-in-need-request-form/ 
We will be delivering the frozen turkeys and food on Saturday afternoon.

If you need assistance providing Christmas for your family please contact us by Tuesday November 28th, please send an email stating your circumstances toFrankB@BootsontheGroundNY.com we will be able to assist a few families this year and we will decide on the eve of the 28th who we will be able to assist. We will be helping families this Christmas that we have not helped in previous years and will contact those families during the first week in December. We will be asking you for your children’s Dear Santa letter as well as their clothing sizes.

This is limited to Veterans / Military residing in Suffolk County.

All requests for assistance are confidential and only seen by the BOTGNY board members.

Thank you for your service

 

 

If you are in a position to support this cause, gift cards can be mailed to PO BOX 675 Bellport NY 11713, and tax deductible online donations can be made atwww.BootsontheGroundNY.com/donate

Thank you for your Support

 

Frank Bania

Boots on the Ground NY


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Disaster Preparedness Resources

Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have us asking ourselves—are we ready to respond to a disaster in our community? You are probably asking yourself the same question. To prepare, you must have your own plan in place first. Then you can help members of your community find resources to make their preparedness plans. 
This September, National Preparedness Month focuses on planning, with the theme “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”
To plan ahead for Hurricane Irma, spend a few minutes reviewing the following information resources from the National Library of Medicine:
 
Week 1 (September 1-9): Make a Plan for Yourself, Family, and Friends
 
Find resources for making personal preparedness plans: 
 
Week 2 (September 10-16): Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community
Now that you are ready to respond to a disaster, here are resources to help your community prepare: 
Week 3 (September 17-23): Practice and Build Out Your Plans
Practicing and drilling plans are essential activities: 
  • Find over 200 exercises to drill on, from NLM Disaster Lit® Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health
  • Which of your apps will work without internet connectivity? You may not have internet during a disaster. Turn on airplane mode if you have it, or open your settings and turn off both Wi-Fi and cellular data connectivity. Now test your apps to see what functionality they still have, if any. 
  • Bonus: try a new app from the NLM Disaster Apps for Your Digital Go Bag webpage. 
Week 4 (September 24-30): Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger
Join the Disaster Information Specialist Network! It includes a discussion listserv, bi-monthly webinars, and free training to bring your skills up to capacity for supporting response efforts in your community. 
https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/disasterinfospecialist.html
Submitted by Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, MSLIS 
Program Manager, Disaster Information Specialist Program
Disaster Information Management Research Center
6707 Democracy Blvd.  Suite 510
Bethesda, MD 20892


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Online Support Group for Veterans Thurs. April 27th

Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans Peer Support Project, a joint initiative of Suffolk County United Veterans and Suffolk County Veteran Service Agency offers an online support group for veterans.

Thursday, April 27th
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Topic Coping Skills

To register visit: www.SupportGroupsCentral.com/mhaw

Advance registration is required.

Confidential & free. Open to all Veterans and service members.

Phone: 631-853-8345
Email: vetspeertopeer@suffolkcountyny.gov
http://www.facebook.com/DwyerProject
www.dwyerproject.org


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Free Online Caregiver Courses

The VA and PsychArmor Institute have created a series of FREE courses specifically tailored to meet your needs. These engaging and interactive courses are available on-line and on-demand. No registration process – one click and you start learning. The courses are short and easy to watch.

ABC’s of Respite Part 1

Check out this list of courses offered:

  • ABC’s of Respite
  • Focusing on the Forgotten – Me
  • Good Grief: Finding Hope
  • Goodbye to Going it Alone: Learning to Ask for Help
  • Creating a Space for You: Caring for a Loved One at Home
  • Choosing your Words: The Power of Communication
  • Mantram Repetition
  • How to Connect with your Checked Out Veteran
  • Introduction to Invisible Wounds of War
  • Invisible Wounds of War at Home: What is PTSD
  • Invisible Wounds of War: Symptoms of PTSD
  • Invisible Wounds of War at Home: What Family Members can do about PTSD
  • Invisible Wounds of War at Home: What is TBI
  • Invisible Wounds of War at Home: What Family Members can do about TBI
  • Invisible Wounds of War at Home: Substance Use Disorder
  • Invisible Wounds of War at Home: Understanding Depression

Visit Caregiver training courses to start your FREE learning!

New Classes Coming – From courses on intimate partner violence to understanding the VA for Caregivers, we continue to add new content to our Caregiver School to help you navigate the caregiver world.


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Parent University

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East End SEPTO Presents Parent University 2017 at the John Jermain Memorial Library

This free series is open to all parents, professionals, and community members.

Wednesdays, 6:00pm to 7:00pm
March 1 to April 5

March 8: Holistic Stress Relief Panel with Doreen Corwith-Eckert, Holistic Health Educator & Kevin Menard, Licensed Acupuncturist, LAc
Our daily lives are filled with stress and it is important to learn how to manage stress in a healthy way. This allows us to be able to care for ourselves and our loved ones at the highest level. Holistic health educator Doreen Corwith-Eckert and acupuncturist Kevin Menard will be speaking about the role and benefits Reiki, massage, yoga meditation
and acupuncture can play in managing stress in our daily lives.

March 15: Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder with
Award Winning Author/Educator Mariah Bruehl Discover playful ways to harness children’s curiosity and channel it into a love of learning.

March 22: Special Education Q & A for Parents and Educators with Mary Johnsen, Special Education Coordinator
South Fork Bakery: Come meet the successful employees from South Fork Bakery
South Fork Bakery is dedicated to providing meaningful and supportive employment to South Fork residents with special needs.

March 29: Effective Communication with Children & Teens with Shirley Ruch, Speech/Language Pathologist M.A., CCC-SLP.  Parents and professionals will learn simple, yet effective communication strategies to use with children of all ages that will help them encourage cooperation, improve conversation, reduce stress, encourage independence, improve listening and teach problem solving.

April 5: Parental Concerns Q & A with Carl Brandl, Mental Health Counselor & Theresa Roden, Founder of I-Tri Girls. Need answers to address the challenges facing our children in the world today. Our expert panel will facilitate a discussion about a variety of topics including: self-esteem, depression/anxiety, body image, and drug & alcohol use.


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Kids, Teens and Screens

The library had a fantastic turn-out for the recent film screening and discussion panel related to kids, teens and screen addiction (computer, smart-phone, games, etc). The film Screenagers explored some of the dangers of technology and the developing brain. If you want to learn more about the topic, here are some of the resources available to you:

Books: (click the title to place a hold)

The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World, by Howard Gardner

Digital Kids: How to Balance Screen Time, and Why it Matters, by Martin L. Kutscher

Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking Our Kids–and How to Break the Trance, by Nicholas Kardaras

Internet and Social Media Addiction, by Andrea C. Nakaya

Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Sherry Turkle

Sites/Articles:

American Academy of Pediatrics: Kids & Tech: Tips for Parents in the Digital Age

Common Sense Media: What Parents Need to Know About Technology Addiction

Screenagers: Screenagersmovie.com  & Parenting Guide