Suffolk County is home to more veterans than any of the state’s 62 counties. That means we have a special responsibility to help ensure that those who have served our country receive appropriate support when it comes to securing decent affordable housing, training and employment opportunities, mental health assistance, and other necessary services.
Founded in 1989 by Vietnam War veteran John Lynch, Suffolk County United Veterans (SCUV) initially focused on meeting the housing needs of the county’s homeless veterans. As the years passed, under Lynch’s dedicated leadership, SCUV’s mission would expand to include a broad range of support services, all dedicated to maintaining the dignity and self-sufficiency of returning Veterans.
Today, as a program of the Association for Mental Health and Wellness (MHAW), SCUV is even stronger, coordinating an interrelated and comprehensive set of services all aimed at integrating those who return from combat into civilian life. These services include:
Open to any Suffolk County veteran of any era, the Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans Peer Support Project provides a bridge for Veterans to help other Veterans.
SCUV is a partner in the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, aimed at helping low-income Veteran families to secure permanent housing.
No Veteran should be homeless, and SCUV offers a broad spectrum of housing-related services including the emergency shelter at the John J. Lynch Veterans Place.
We run two food pantries for Veterans and their families: at the Lynch Veterans Place in Yaphank and at Helping Hands in Riverhead.
SCUV works with individual Veterans to match their skills and interests to marketable job opportunities, delivering training and placement services.
Dedicated SCUV case managers develop individualized wellness plans based upon assessments of physical and health, finances, employment, and education.
Click here to access VHALI's excellent publications: VHALI Resource Guide, Veterans Employment Resource Guide, and Aging Veterans Resource Guide.