Leading Veteran Advocacy Organization to Host a “Chili Cook-off Event” October 7th 2017 – To Raise Funds to Re-Launch Transport for Under-served Veterans

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Leading Veteran Advocacy Organization hosting event on October 7th to re-launch much needed transport for Long Islands under-served veterans and to register veterans and other First Responders who were impacted by 9/11

VEDI and LIVIF partner to revamp Binsack Watson Van and Call Attention to vital WTC resources for First Responders

 New York, NY – Veterans Entrepreneurial Development Initiatives, Inc. (VEDI) and its local affiliate Long Island Veterans Initiatives (LIVIF) will be hosting a “Chili Cook-off Event” on Saturday, October 7th.

Location: Sunrise Detachment Marine Corps League – 99 New York Avenue, Massapequa, NY 11758 from 12PM – 6PM.

The purpose of the event is to  bring together fire fighters, veterans, other first responders and their families to generate funding for its Binsack-Watson Veterans Express (B-W VE), a 10 passenger van donated by FREE and Rides Unlimited in order to transport veterans to the VA hospitals, VetCenters and other appointments.  In addition they hope to generate awareness regarding the WTC monitoring program.

The Binsack- Watson Veterans Express revamp reflects the first level of VEDI/LIVIF’s long term goal to address the lack of transportation and delivery services for veterans in need.  “We are seeking at least $50,000 to convert the Binsack-Watson Veterans Express into a mini mobile unit that can accommodate passengers, particularly veterans who often need rides to job interviews, medical appointments, supermarkets or require materials delivered to them. Current programs do not provide for the ‘outside the box’ or ‘last minute’ requests,” states Eric Farina, Co-Founder, LIVIF.  “Too often, we have seen veterans who lost out on job opportunities because they could not get to an interview or older veterans living in fear in their homes who cannot get out to buy groceries. B-W VE has addressed this in the past and we are gearing it up to do even more now.”

Equally important is the rise in certified cancers and other illnesses that are impacting First Responders who worked around Ground Zero following the terror attacks on 9-11 that are creating a major outreach crisis for these volunteers to register with the WTC Monitoring Program.  “By calling attention to this potential health crisis we hope to provide much needed resources to veterans, fire fighters, police officers and others who volunteered at Ground Zero before major diseases take over their lives and wipes out their resources,” stated Meta J. Mereday,  Founder of VEDI, Inc and a 9-11 First Responder. “We will be providing contact information for all who volunteered so they can find out what their options are to protect themselves and provide for their families.  In addition to the 2,977 innocent people who lost their lives on September 11th, we are losing responders at an increasing rate because of cancers and other ailments being diagnosed too late for treatment.”

According to Victory Media, Veterans (including spouses and children) represents an underserved population with over $1 trillion in purchasing power and an uncompromised consumer base.  Current programs only address singular issues with little integration, thus many gaps in service continue to exist.  VEDI, Inc. was established to collaborate with various organizations to create an effective national model to build programs that will grow veteran businesses and increase veteran employment. LIVIF was founded to bring together the disjointed programs and services that currently exist on Long Island and to create proactive models to assist the many under-served veterans on Long Island. Nassau-Suffolk Counties have the largest veteran population in New York State.  Farina added, “When it comes to veteran care, the parades and handshakes are appreciated, but a home,  a regular meal, being able to support families and hold our heads high – that is essential.”

Suggesting donations for the October 7th Chilli Event is $50 .  All checks are made payable to “VEDI, Inc.”and your contribution is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Media Contact: Tiffany Braxton, Midnight Management 860 698-0643

For more information about VEDI: call 917 886-7743. For event updates check our Facebook pages – LIVF –  https://www.facebook.com/liveteransinitiative/ and VEDI –  https://www.facebook.com/VEDIorg/.

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