Nassau Executive Curran calls for funding from feds to expand veteran care, housing at NUMC

Curran is calling for $85 million from President Joe Biden's proposed infrastructure bills to expand services at the facility in East Meadow.

News 12 Staff

Apr 8, 2021, 10:55 PM

Updated 1,101 days ago

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Nassau County Executive Laura Curran is calling on the federal government to expand health care and housing for veterans at Nassau University Medical Center.
Curran is calling for $85 million from President Joe Biden's proposed infrastructure bills to expand services at the facility in East Meadow.
"It would be used for renovating the facilities here to include veterans' in-patient services and specialized care," Curran said Thursday.
The county said the money would also be used to convert the buildings on NUMC's campus into housing units for about 100 veterans in need of shelter.
"The housing alone is going to mean a lot. We have a lot of homeless vets that really need help," said Ralph Esposito, of Veterans Services Agency.
The county said the money would also help establish of a Veteran's Adult Day Health Care Program at NUMC. Right now, the only other similar program is in Stony Brook.
Veterans hope the federal government comes through with the funds to help make their health battles on the home front a bit easier.
"We've given our time, many of us have given our lives and our health in service to our country. Now it's time that we need help back," said veteran Morris Miller, of Massapequa.
Curran said Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer is helping with the effort to secure the funding.


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