William J. Dowling, funeral director of I.J. Morris in Dix Hills was recently honored by Genser Dubow Genser and Cona, an elder law and estate planning firm in Melville, for his work with veterans and their families.
During the year, Dowling raises money to help families of soldiers through bikeathons and other activities. At the event, held at The Bristal in Westbury, he discussed the Homeless Vets Program that buried 20 homeless veterans at Calverton National Cemetery with a full military funeral. He also spoke about the traveling Vietnam Wall run by his parent company Dignity Memorial, which owns 18 funeral homes on LI.
The law firm was also acknowledged with proclamations for their pro bono work on behalf of veterans by Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy and Town of Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone.
For more than three years, GDGC has offered pro bono services to help more 150 veterans obtain the federal Aid and Attendance benefit, which allows veterans and spouses to be cared for either in their own home or at an assisted living facility.
There are more than 200,000 veterans on Long Island.