New campaign kicks off to educate vets about benefits

As the nation prepares to mark Veterans Day this Friday, there is an effort under way on Long Island to keep servicemen and women who

GARDEN CITY - As the nation prepares to mark Veterans Day this Friday, there is an effort under way on Long Island to keep servicemen and women who return home informed about their benefits.

Walter Schmidt, of Massapequa, is a disabled veteran who served three tours of duty in Vietnam. He says one of the most frustrating things is that many veterans don't know what benefits they're entitled to. In an effort to remedy that, Schmidt joined forces with the Mental Health Association of Nassau County to launch a new campaign called "You Served, You Earned."

Organizers of the campaign that was officially launched today say their goal is to reach most of the 152,000 veterans living on Long Island by using posters and brochures.

"Our goal is to educate veterans as well as the general public about veterans' benefits and services," says John Javis, of the Mental Health Association.

There are a total of five ads that will be appearing in newspapers and online for the next few months. Each one singles out a different type of veteran, including veteran caregivers, female veterans and Vietnam vets.Nassau County Veterans Service AgencySuffolk County Veterans Service AgencyWounded Warrior ProjectNY State Division of Veterans Affairs U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

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