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COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EST TONIGHT * WHAT...One to locally two feet of inundation above ground level expected in vulnerable north shore communities of the twin forks of LI, north shore of LI, and north facing LI barrier island communities for today's AM and possibly PM high tides near the waterfront and shoreline. * WHERE...Northwest Suffolk, Northeast Suffolk, Southwest Suffolk, Southeast Suffolk, Northern Nassau and Southern Nassau Counties. * WHEN...Until midnight EST tonight. * COASTAL IMPACTS...Minor to locally moderate flooding is expected in the most vulnerable locations near the waterfront and shoreline. Expect around 1 to locally 2 feet of inundation above ground level in low lying, vulnerable areas. A few to several roads and low lying property including parking lots, parks, lawns and homes/businesses with basements near the waterfront will experience shallow flooding. A few cars may take on water and be damaged if not moved. * SHORELINE IMPACTS...3 to 5 ft surf likely for north shore of LI and north shore of south fork shorefront with Sat AM tides, which will likely cause beach erosion and possibly minor damage to shoreline structures. Along the oceanfront, surf should build to 4 to 8 ft tonight into Sun AM, with scattered dune erosion impacts during those tidal cycles. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Minor to locally moderate coastal impacts are possible for the same north shore communities of the twin forks of LI, north shore of LI, and north facing LI barrier island communities for this evening's high tides as well. There is potential for more widespread minor coastal flooding along the southern and eastern bayfront communities of Long Island with the Sunday morning high tide.

NEW BENEFITS AND SERVICES AVAILABLE FOR VETERANS' CAREGIVERS

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Caring for a veteran? There's a wide range of help to ease your life. Here are some ways to find help.

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Are you a caregiver to a veteran or do you know someone who is?

Family caregivers provide crucial support in caring for America's heroes by allowing them to stay in the homes and communities they defended. But providing care to a veteran can be stressful and financially difficult, too.

A study of veterans' caregivers, conducted by the National Association for Caregivers found that more than 68 percent of responders described their experiences as "highly stressful." And, 47 percent said they had to either leave their jobs or take early retirement to provide care to a loved one.

There are new services and assistance for caregivers -- unpaid relatives or friends of disabled veterans who help these individuals with their activities of daily living.

Additional VA services now are available to seriously injured post-9/11 veterans and their caregivers through a new program of comprehensive care fro family caregivers made possible by the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010.

The services included:
Monthly stipends and travel expenses (including lodging and per diems while accompanying veterans undergoing care
Access to health care insurance
Mental-health services and counseling
Comprehensive VA caregiver training
Respite care

"There is help, there are benefits and there are answers," said John Javis, director of special projects at the Mental Health Association of Nassau County, which can help caregivers of veterans find assistance. "The men and women whom these caregivers aid served our country and have earned these benefits."

A copy of the VA's Caregiver program application may be downloaded at www.caregiver.va.gov.

If you belong to an organization that would like to have a speaker discuss these issues, contact the Mental Health Association of Nassau County at (516) 489-2322 to schedule a presentation.
For information regarding assistance for caregivers call the VA National Caregivers Support Line at 1-855-260-3274 or call the Mental Health Association of Nassau County (516) 504-HELP.

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