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    Senator Croci Honors Vietnam War Veteran Lt. Joan Furey
    July 22, 2015 10:03 pm  
    Senator Croci Honors Vietnam War Veteran Lt. Joan Furey

    Senator Tom Croci hosted luncheon to honor distinguished Vietnam War Veteran inducted into the 2015 NYS Veterans Hall of Fame and the recipient of the NYS 2015 ‘Woman of Distinction’ Award.

    Senator Tom Croci (R-C-I, Sayville) and Sayville VFW Post 433 Commander Joe White hosted a luncheon to celebrate Sayville resident and Vietnam Veteran, Lt. Joan Furey.

    “Lt. Furey is a true patriot, a dedicated community member and most importantly, someone always willing to sacrifice for others. I feel very proud to be part of the Sayville community that has the pleasure of letting her know how thankful we are for her lifelong commitment to public service and to veterans and their families here on Long Island,” said Senator Croci.

    Congressman Lee Zeldin said, “I am honored to join New York State Senator and Naval Commander Tom Croci to recognize Lt. Joan Furey for her dedicated service to our country and local community of Suffolk County. Lt. Furey bravely served our country during Vietnam, and continues to give back and serve our veteran community to this day. On behalf of the First Congressional District of New York, I would like to thank Lt. Furey and wish her the best on all future endeavors.”

    Lt. Furey began her service as a Second Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps, later volunteering to deploy to Vietnam where she received the Bronze Star for her service as a staff nurse. Lt. Furey’s long list of accomplishments include a 30-year career at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, where she is recognized as a national leader on women’s military service and post-war health issues. Joan Furey also published a book of poetry entitled “Visions of War, Dreams of Peace,” which is a compilation of poetry by nurses from the Vietnam war. “I admire her courage, and that of her comrades, to put pen to paper and relive these experiences so that others may know the story,” said Senator Croci.

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    Joan Fuery addressing  the gathering
    Photo by Liam Hofmeister

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    Joan Fuery (middle) with Rotary President Pam Green (right) and Rotarian Alina Rossi

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