In 2009, North Shore-LIJ established the “Office of Military and Veterans’ Liaison Services” to lead and coordinate a variety of programs dedicated to the needs of military veterans and their families. This program oversees all of their health and wellness resource services. These programs are provided to active duty military, veterans and their families.
North Shore LIJ provides returning veterans and their families with the psychological and emotional care they need and deserve. These veterans come home and work just as hard as they did in the military. They become business and community leaders and they inspire their neighbors with their work ethic and love of their country, but the transition home isn’t always easy.
There are many that suffer from common reactions to the intense and extreme conditions of combat they experienced while deployed. Combat-stress-related conditions include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, sleep disorders, irritability and headaches, all of which can lead to relationship strains, affecting family members as well.
They spare no effort in assisting returning veterans with reintegration. They also partner with the Northport VA to provide women’s health services to veterans. It is important to engage returning veterans in the variety of services provided at North Shore-LIJ.
Sometimes the “can do” and “never quit” attitude of the veteran population often makes it difficult for returning military personnel to seek help. However, with continued support, North Shore-LIJ continues to expand its veteran initiatives providing care to this deserving population.
Their goal is to ensure that military veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much are truly welcomed home with real services and real programs that make a difference.