Elected Leaders Honor Our Veterans
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From New York State Senator Leroy Comrie
My Senate Democratic colleagues and I know that it is imperative that we provide our veterans and their families with the true support they both need and deserve. We are constantly striving to ensure that all of our veterans are safely housed, provided with education and training opportunities that lead to gainful employment, and able to receive proper and long-standing medical care.
838,000 veterans call New York home, making the state fifth in the country in terms of largest veteran population. If you or a family member are a veteran of the Armed Forces, I urge you to look at the website of the State Division of Veteran Affairs, which provides information on numerous programs and services available to Veterans. Please click here to access the NYS DVA’s website.
Additionally, on the Federal level, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense administer the National Resource Directory, which provides Wounded Warriors, Service Members, Veterans, their families and caregivers with information on the many federal programs available to service members. Please click here for the DVA's website.
Have a safe and healthy Memorial Day Weekend! And to all veterans, service members and their families, thank you for your remarkable service and your sacrifice. For more information on veterans’ issues and programs, please feel free to contact my office at (718) 765-6359. Have a safe and healthy Memorial Day weekend.
Yours in service,
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Bernard L. “Ben” Thompson of St. Albans was born and raised in Jamaica, New York. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served one tour of duty in Vietnam with the 559th Tactical Fighter Squadron as a Weapons Specialist/Heavy Ordinance.
In 1980, Mr. Thompson joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States at Proctor-Hopson Post #1896 in Jamaica, became a life member the following year, and was elected Post Commander from 1983 to 1985. Each year, he received the high honor of “All State Post Commander.” Currently, Mr. Thompson serves as Vice President of the Post’s Memorial Association, and since 1985, he has held the office of Post Quartermaster.
In addition, Mr. Thompson was elected Queens County Council Commander from 1986 to 1987 and District #1 Commander for the term 1997 to 1998. On the State level, he has held various chairmanships and served on various committees, and in 2001, was elected to the high office of State Commander. He has served on various national committees and as the Chairman of the Eastern States Conference. In 2009, Mr. Thompson was elected to serve a two-year term on the National Council of Administration as the National Council Member representing the Department of New York.
Mr. Thompson is a life member of the 369th Veterans Association, AMVETS and Disabled American Veterans, a member of the Air Force Association, and on the Board of Directors of the New York Military Ministry & Fellowship Group. He is currently employed by the U.S. Department of State, New York Despatch Agency where he holds the position of Despatch Agent of the United States.
“Big Ben” would like to be known as a comrade who is honored to serve his fellow veterans and his community.
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