Thursday in Bay Shore marked the 20th annual Beacon House BBQ for Veterans, with some 75 veterans attending — and over 100 people total.

Each year, military veterans from across the area are invited to the United Veterans Beacon House location at 1715 Union Boulevard for a day of food and drink and entertainment.

And it’s all on the house, the Beacon Hose.

The group’s board and staffers also join in for the annual Independence Day barbecue “to honor veterans seeking independence,” according to the Beacon House.

Their service is then honored in a ceremony, with elected leaders also in attendance.

The American Bombshells were also on-hand Thursday, singing patriotic tunes under the tent. Scroll down for photos by Tiny Sferrazza.


Since 1994, United Veterans Beacon House (a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit) has provided a safe haven to veterans and their families. Over 20,000 individuals have benefitted from housing and specialized support services to those in need.

Providing a fresh start and an opportunity for growth to those who have bravely served our country, Beacon House manages 42 residential programs throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. Services include health care, job training and placement, and assistance with linkage to well-earned financial benefits. 

The mission is to help veterans regain their self-worth and empower them with the tools necessary to rejoin the community as independent and productive citizens.

For more information, please visit

Featured Photo: Anthony Albrino, a Beacon House HUD VASH Case Manager, serving a veteran.

Top: Beacon House veteran residents with The American Bombshells.

State Senator Phil Boyle, Sabrina Lacy Suffolk County Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars, a local veteran, Jonathan, and Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter.

(R-L): State Senator Phil Boyle, Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter and county legislators Tom Cilmi and Steve Flotteron.

The American Bombshells performing for the vets.

Frank Amalfitano, the United Veterans Beacon House CEO & President, with Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter