During the month of November Veterans Day is Celebrated all over the country, Thanking Veterans for serving our country and protecting our freedom. On Thursday November 15, 2018 Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino and the Indian American Forum and Indian American Bar Association and Indian American Community presented SALUTE TO VETERANS. A Veteran’s Day Celebration Honoring and Saluting Hometown Heroes., at Hicksville Community Center, Hicksville. Program started with Pledge of Allegiance and American National Anthem by Innesa Tymochko-Dekajlo . Innesa presented beautiful Violin performances. Mr Mohinder Singh Taneja welcomed the audience and stressed the importance of Celebrating and saluting our Veterans.
Indu Jaiswal Chairperson of Indian American Forum introduced Supervisor Saladino and thanked the town for helping and organizing this special program. Supervisor Saladino praised the efforts of Indian American Community in initiating such an important program recognizing our home town heroes.
Indu Jaiswal and Deborah Misir, President of Indian American Bar Association introduced the Honorees.
Leadership Award presented to Harry Ballan, Dean of and professor of Law of Touro College Jacob D Fuchsberg Law Center. He has served the veterans community for decades… He started a music therapy for veterans with PTSD and traumatic brain injury at the institute for Music and Neurological Function .He continues to help and support wounded veterans.
Distinguished Services Awards Presented to: Col. Virendra Tavathia (Retd). An Aluminums of Prestigious Indian Military Academy Dehradun. He was commissioned in the famous second battalion Rajputana Rifles in 1977. During his career he held various instructional, command and staff appointments. In 2003 he joined the financial services industry and currently hold the position of Managing Director of Amogh Wealth Management. An ardent supporter of the soldiers and their families. He is passionate about helping the children of fallen soldiers and their families.
Slynthia Burges: US Army Sylinthia Burges is Nassau County County Veterans Service Agency for first woman Veteran’s Counselor. She works as homeless case manager specializing in the veteran homeless population in NYC.Presently Slynthia is the first Nassau County woman Veterans Counselor. The mission of Women in Military is to provide unique opportunities and resources required for women who are currently serving on active duty as veterans as they assimilate back into civilian life.
Niki L Prasad served in the United States Army, monitored and ordered artillery supplies. Reviewed and organized confidential documents. Served as battalion support staff for a multiple Launch Rocket Systems Field Artillery Unit. Also she has worked as Police Sargent in New York City police Department… Currently working as Legal intern in a Law Firm in East Setauket.
It was indeed a great evening of Celebration and Salutation presented in honor of our Veterans.
Donations of Woolen Socks, gloves and scarves were made to the Veteran Families in need.
Inessa enthralled the audience with her violin performances. Mr Mukesh Modi and Dr Urmilesh Arya praised the effort and achievements of all the Veterans.