After receiving a grant from the Long Island Community Foundation to assist Veterans in the Long Island area, the VHALI selected SJC and Adelphi University for its campaign to reach out to veterans on college campuses. SJC was chosen largely because of its commitment to serving Long Island’s large veteran population both in and out of the classroom, earning a spot as one of G.I. Jobs Magazine’s “Top Military-Friendly Colleges,” in February 2012.
As part of its partnership with SJC, VHALI will send a representative to SJC’s recently established veterans’ lounge on its Long Island Campus once a week for the 2012-13 academic year to enhance veterans clubs and programs, establish peer support groups and work with students who have served in the United States military to establish veterans advocacy campaigns.
The mission of the VHALI of Long Island, a project of the Mental Health Association (MHA) of Nassau County, is to promote the health and well-being of Long Island veterans and their families through advocacy, and a broad array of services. In an effort to better provide support for Long Island’s veterans, the VHALI seeks to connect with veterans and their family members to educate them about the availability of veterans’ benefits and services.
The Mental Health Association (MHA) of Nassau County was established in 1953, and is a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to improving mental health through advocacy, education, program development and the delivery of direct services.
About St. Joseph's College
St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 23 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs through its School of Arts and Sciences and its School of Professional and Graduate Studies.