Veterans to be celebrated in Bensonhurst

Honoring the nation’s veterans!

To recognize the borough’s Veterans, Assemblymember William Colton and District Leader Nancy Tong, will host an evening at the United Progressive Democratic Club in their honor.

While 900,000 of the nation’s residents call New York their home, more than one-tenth of them make up the state’s growing homeless population, according to Colton’s office. Effective job placement for veterans is also scarce in the state, leaving many unemployed.

“Every Veteran’s Day, service members of all branches are honored and special dedication reaches out to them,” said Tong. “We need to make sure the same thankful attitude is given to them every day of the year instead of just annually on Veteran’s Day. They are the unsung heroes who have fought to gain and maintain the great freedom we cherish today.”

“I am currently working on fighting against the closing of VA Hospital Unit,” said Colton about the hospital unit that caters specifically to veterans. “It is a small token of appreciation for all that the veterans have risked while serving our country. We must always give back and honor veterans who have granted us this freedom we have come to take for granted.”

According to Colton’s office, there are many ways to “show gratitude” to veterans across the country. Community members can contact their local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) or American Legion or Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) chapters for more information about what they can do to honor local veterans and where to find other Veterans Day celebrations.

To learn more about veterans’ benefits, contact the state’s Division of Veterans Affairs at 888-838-7697 or visit

Colton and Tong’s Veteran’s Day meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the United Progressive Democratic Club (29 Bay 25th Street) on Tuesday, November 17.

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