Suffolk County is home to the largest population of veterans in New York State, and has one of the largest veterans’ populations of any county in the United States. We take our responsibility seriously when it comes to providing services for those who have sacrificed and risked so much for this country.
As Suffolk County Executive, and a veteran myself, I am committed to ensuring we provide relevant and meaningful services to veterans of all ages, backgrounds and needs. Even during difficult economic times, it is important for us to provide greater services to those who served.
Our Veterans Service Agency website will regularly provide information on services from housing and career assistance, to academic opportunities, to help ensuring you receive all benefits to which you are entitled.
We encourage you contact the Veterans Service Agency at (631) 853-VETS (our Hauppauge Office at 100 Veterans Memorial Highway), or (631) 852-1410 (our Riverhead Office at 300 Center Drive), or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com .
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Veterans Service Agency Director, Thomas “Tom” Ronayne
Prior to joining the Agency, Tom was a Construction Manager in NYC for firms including Tishman Construction Corp. as Lead Superintendent and employee veterans’ liaison. Past Post, Suffolk County Council, District #1, NYS Aide de Camp, National Assistant Inspector General of Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S.. Tom served active duty in the U.S. Navy for three years and was deployed to El Salvador, Beirut, and Lebanon. While in service he was a STG2. He served aboard USS Vogelgesang DD-862 and USS Vreeland FF-1068. He was awarded a Navy Expeditionary Medal, Navy Battle “E”, Sea Service Deployment, and was a Pistol Expert.
Veterans Service Officer Biography, John Bonaccorso
Prior to working for the agency, John worked for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, as a supervisor in the claims division at the New York Regional Office. John served in the Marine Corp for five years from 1966 through 1971. John is a Vietnam combat veteran who did a tour in Vietnam from March of 1967 to April of 1968. John was discharged at the rank of Sergeant and was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Vietnam campaign medal w/3*, Vietnam service medal, and good conduct medal.
Veterans Service Officer Biography, Terrence Devaney
Veterans Service Officer Biography, Allan Fajardo
Veterans Service Officer Biography, Sean Lyons
Sean served active duty in the U.S. Army for three years. He was a OIF veteran. While in service he served as an Infantry Scout with 101st Airborne (AASLT) Division, 3rd Brigade, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, Task Force RAKKASAN. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal W/Campaign Star, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Rifleman Badge, Driver and Mechanic Badge- Mechanic.
Veterans Service Officer Biography, Sheana Morris
Sheana served active duty in the U.S. Army for six years and is an OEF/OIF veteran. While in service she worked as an automated logistics supply specialist for the HHC Division Headquarters G-4/82nd Airborne Division. She was awarded Army Commendation Medal (3rd award), Army Achievement Medal (3rd award), Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal Campaign Star, Army Service Ribbon, Parachutist Badge, Combat Action Badge, Driver and Mechanic Badge, and Sharpshooter rifle Qualification Badge.
Veterans Service Officer Biography, Melissa R. Pandolf, Retired MSgt
Melissa’s military career spans over 20 years. She served four years on active duty in the Air Force as a flight medic both overseas and stateside. After separating active duty she joined the reserves and deployed to the United Arab Emirates. She then transferred from the reserves to the Air National Guard where she retrained from flight medicine to financial management for seven years before returning to her original career field as a medic. Among other awards and medals, she was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement medal with 2 devices, Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with 5 devices, National Defense Service Medal with 1 device, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the New York Defense of Liberty medal with 1 device for her deployment to Ground Zero following the events of 9/11. Melissa retired in 2016 at the rank of Master Sergeant.
Veterans Service Officer Biography, Gary W. Richard, Retired 1SG
Gary served active duty in the U.S. Army for thirty years. He was a Grenada, Desert Storm, Iraq, and Afghanistan veteran. While in service he was a First Sergeant for the Airborne Infantry 151st TIOG/Special Operations Command. He was awarded the Bronze Star w/V device, Purple Heart w/Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, ARCOM, AAM, Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Medal, Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, SWA Medal, AFRAM, ASR, NDSM w/BS, AOVSM, NCODP w/3, OSR w/2, IRAQ Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, GWOT Medal, ARCAM, Air Assault Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge 2nd award, Master Airborne Badge, Drivers Badge w/wheel and track, Expert Rifle Badge w/pistol and Machine Gun tab, Gold Recruiters Badge, Infantry Cord, Order of Saint Barbara Medal, Army Outstanding Unit Citation w/BS, Unit Meritorious Unit Citation. In December 2013, he completed his Master’s Degree in Human Services Leadership. He is an advocate for veterans and advocate of the Burn Pits issue.
Veterans Service Officer Biography, William Rodriguez, Retired IT1
Prior to joining the Agency, Bill worked at the Naval Reserve Recruiting Command Detachment Five. He served active duty in the U.S. Navy for twenty years and is a Panama era Veteran. While in service he was an Information System Technician Petty Officer First Class Branch of Military. After serving active duty in the Navy, he transferred to Fleet reserve U.S.N.R for four years. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy & Marine Corps Recruiting Service Ribbon (4), Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal, Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal (5), Letter of Recommendation and Gold Wreath Award (26). He is also a Sergeant in the Suffolk County Auxiliary Police.