Suffolk County honored veterans for their accomplishments and others who have supported former military personnel after their return home in a veterans appreciation ceremony last week.
Among those recognized was Dennis O’Donnell, of Laurel, who, though not a veteran, has made significant contributions to the veterans community, bringing insight and vision to what it means to be a veteran.
“Every single soldier deserves our undying respect,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said. “We honor individuals, many of whom have served our country in uniform, and some non-veterans as well, but all have dedicated themselves to serving our returning veterans. These are people who have stepped up and gone above and beyond to serve our veterans; they’re doing God’s work in their service.”.
Others were honored for assisting veterans with jobs, housing, education, adjustment to civilian life and other needs.
Suffolk County Veterans Agency director Tom Ronayne, Rep. Tim Bishop and Suffolk County Legis. Al Krupski also participated in the event.