May’s Seminar – “Understanding the Impact of Service on Military Families” (Thursday 5/21)

May 15, 15 May’s Seminar – “Understanding the Impact of Service on Military Families” (Thursday 5/21)

This month’s seminar is Thursday May 21st
And the topic will be …

May’s Seminar – “Understanding the Impact of Service on Military Families” explores dynamics of cycles of deployment on family members, including children and ways to foster resilience and re-connection.

Doors will be open by 6 pm, seminar to start at 7, chow and refreshments will be available.
March’s Seminar – “Understanding the Psychological Impact of War-Zone Exposure and Coming Home” which explores military sexual trauma, PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury and moral injury and relation to suicide prevention. (we may have this seminar again at a June workshop as part of our new family and caregivers groups we are looking to establish.)

Aprils Seminar – “Addressing Moral Injury to Prevent Military Suicide” focuses on unspoken spiritual impact of performing duties that may be in conflict with deeply held beliefs. Presentation includes specific veteran warning signs and strategies to assist.

Beginning this March we offered free monthly seminars open to the public.

These will be on Thursday March 19, 2015, Thursday April 23 and Thursday May 21, 2015). Doors at the VAC will be open at 1745 hrs. (5:45pm) and refreshments, snacks and food will be available. The seminars themselves are 90 minutes long and begin at 1900 Hrs. (7:00pm) We will be asking for RSVP as the date nears so we can get an idea for seating and food/refreshments. These are free seminars and open to the community and public.
Please RSVP to or by leaving a message at 631-615-2200. The VAC (Veteran Activity Center) is located at 2184 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma, NY.

A brief bio on our guest lecturer:
Gaylene Pandolfo is a Mental Health Program Specialist II for the New York State Office of Mental Health Long Island Field Office as the veteran liaison and participates in the Veterans statewide work-group. She is the Chair of Training for the Veterans Health Alliance of Long Island and sits as an Advisory Board Member for The Veterans Metal Health Coalition of NYC. Gaylene is a member of Suffolk County Veterans and Military Suicide Prevention Task Force. Gaylene sits on the Veterans Advisory Panel for The Mental Health Association for New York and the Trauma Informed Care Advisory Committee for the NYS Unified Court System with the Center for Court Innovation.   Gaylene has been in the field since 1991 and provided treatment in a variety of settings before joining the Office of Mental Health in 2004. She is a proud family member of her brother, who served with the US marines in Fallujah, 2004.
February 26, 2009 Award of Commendation from the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States in recognition of extraordinary work meeting the psychological, emotional and spiritual needs of veterans and first responders suffering from PTSD by Glen M. Gardner, Jr. Commander –in-Chief.
October 10, 2008 Letter of recognition for leadership and exemplary work with training conducted in the State of New York on veterans’ issues by New York State Office of Mental Health Commissioner Hogan.
October 2008 Mental Health Association Gala Award given in recognition of contributions to the Veterans Health Alliance of LI.

Please don’t forget about our weekly support groups:
Tuesday Veteran Peer group doors open 1900hrs
Wednesday 12 step support group doors open 1900 hrs

Thank you.
Frank Bania
Boots on the Ground NY
Founder / President
631-615-2200 /
VAC address: 2184 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma NY 11779
Mail Address: PO Box 675, Bellport NY 11713
“Leaving No Veteran Behind”

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