Monthly Seminar Series to begin in March – open to public.

Feb 10, 16 Monthly Seminar Series to begin in March – open to public.

Next month’s seminar is Monday March 7th

and the topic will be …

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.)


Beginning in March we will be offering free monthly seminars open to the public.




These will be on Monday March 7th 2016, Monday April 4th and Monday May 2nd 2016). Doors at the VAC will be open at 1830hrs. (6:30pm) 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.


April’s 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.


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.


We will be putting together a family support group also that will be announced at these meetings



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:

Which are available to all Veterans & Service members

Tuesday Veteran Peer Activity group doors open 1900hrs

Thursday Recovery veteran support “Recovery in the Trenches” group doors open 1700 hrs

Veteran Female group starting soon on Wednesday evenings

Dog Training and & Outreach Program starting this month

Guitar workshop available on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month

Crossfit Gym Training will be beginning again in the Spring.

On site Food and toiletry pantry available to all veterans at every program


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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