Those who have served our nation in combat often face exceptional obstacles readjusting to civilian life. 

These may range from severe physical injuries to post traumatic stress disorder, or even the challenges of beginning new careers in a weak economy.

Families of those serving, as well as those who made the ultimate sacrifice, often have difficulties making ends meet, some may bear the psychological scars of extended absences or lost loved one. Long Island has the second largest veteran population in the United States. To help the many who are struggling and in need of food assistance, Island Harvest launched Operation: HOPE – a program specifically designed to assist veterans and the families of active-duty personnel deployed overseas.

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If you are a veteran and need help, please contact Donnie Blankenship at 631-873-4775 X:259 or

Staff along with volunteers who also are veterans, and working with local veterans’ organizations, Operation: HOPE delivers food and supplies to the doors of Long Island veterans and their families 2 days a week.  In addition, Operation: HOPE volunteers and staff provide information and referrals to link veterans and military families with benefits and services that can help them.