Suffolk County Legislator Steven J. Flotteron helped bring awareness to the issues Veterans face such as PTSD, mental illness, homelessness and recovery. In collaboration the Islip Arts Council (IAC) hosted an art exhibit Their Story curated by Veterans Sean Fitzthum and Dave Rogers at the IAC satellite location at Westfield Mall featuring the work of local Veteran artists.
This project included resources for the Veterans through the combination of art, the movie "Walk With Frank", which will be shown in the Westfield Mall parking lot on a 52-foot screen on the rain date Thursday, October 21 at 7:30pm. Tickets can be purchased at movielotdrivein.com and a resource center. The resource center displayed in the courtyard area in the Mall featured the services of Good Samaritan Hospital and local Veteran community organizations such as Walk With Frank Foundation, Warrior Ranch Foundation, United Veteran's Beacon House, Inc., Project9line and Cooking for Long Island Veterans, Amvets and Great South Bay Coalition.
“I was honored to see so many community members and Veterans at tonight’s overwhelmingly successful Veterans Awareness Project”. “I am proud to have been able to sponsor tonight’s event along with Good Samaritan Hospital, Islip Arts Council, Kerzner Contracting Corp., Bay Shore Lions, Francis Beringer, Legislator Cilmi and Ken Nevor”, said Legislator Flotteron.
Pictured (L-R): Co-curator Dave Rogers, US Navy Veteran/Artist Romary Lamb-Mourey, Co-curator Sean M. Fitzthum, Legislator Steven J. Flotteron, US Navy Veteran/Photographer Carrie Anne Gonzalez, US Army Veteran/Sculptor Harold Gubnitsky, NYS Assemblyman Jared Gandolfo, Executive Director of Islip Arts Council Lynda Moran and US Army Veteran/Photographer John Cardone.