Military and Veterans Liaison Services
The Office of Military and Veterans' Liaison Services is a health and wellness resource center for military service members, veterans and their families.
Long Island has 150,000 veterans in Nassau and Suffolk counties, making it the 10th largest veteran population in the country. These service members often return home from military duty to become business and community leaders, inspiring others with their work ethic and patriotism, but the transition isn’t always easy.
Many of these veterans are suffering from reactions to the intense and extreme conditions they experienced while serving in the military. These stress-related conditions include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, sleep disorders, irritability and headaches, all of which can lead to relationship strains, which affect family members as well.
Visit our locations below to learn more about our services.
The North Shore-LIJ Health System's Law & Psychiatry Institute, working in collaboration with Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman of the State of New York, the Unified Court System of New York, the Veteran’s Administration, and the District Attorneys of Kings County, Queens County, and Nassau County established three county-based Veterans’ Mental Health Courts.
These courts are designed to divert veterans with mental health disorders (including co-occurring substance abuse) who have committed nonviolent criminal offenses from incarceration to behavioral health evaluation and treatment.
This innovative program has a special focus on veterans having served in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) combat theaters, since for a significant proportion of such soldiers, behavioral health problems may be related to their combat exposure.
Behavioral health resources
- VA Vet Center
- Rosen Family Wellness Center — provides no-cost and confidential behavioral health services to law enforcement and military families
- Give an Hour — nonprofit organization providing free mental health services to US military personnel and families affected by the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan
- The Soliders Project — free, confidential psychological counseling for soldiers and their families
- LifeNet — free, confidential, multi-lingual, mental health and substance abuse information, referral, and crisis hotline available to anyone
- Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline — The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has founded a national suicide prevention hotline to ensure veterans in emotional crisis have free, 24/7 access to trained counselors. To operate the Veterans Hotline, the VA partnered with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Veterans can call the Lifeline number, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), and press "1" to be routed to the Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline.
- Veterans Health Alliance of Long Island
- Veterans Mental Health Coalition of NYC
Veteran's benefits and information sites
- U.S, Department of Veterans Affairs
- New York State Division of Veterans Affairs
- Nassau County Veterans Services Agency
- Suffolk County Veterans Services Agency
- NYC Mayor's Office of Veterans Affairs
- Military One Source
- Electronic Code of Federal Regulations - Title 38: Pensions, Benefits, and Veterans Relief
Many of our Military and Veterans Programs are funded through philanthropy. If you or anyone you know are interested in supporting our programs through charitable donations, please make your check payable to the North Shore-LIJ Health System Foundation. In the note/memo section please write: Military and Veterans Services.
Please mail your check to:
North Shore-LIJ Health System Foundation
125 Community Drive
Great Neck, NY 11021