PSEG Long Island Employees Paddle 22 Miles To Support Fellow Veterans
(Uniondale, NY—Nov. 2, 2018) — Three military veterans, who are also linemen for PSEG Long Island, were among eight kayakers who recently paddled 22 miles from Bridgeport, CT to Port Jefferson to raise awareness about PTSD and suicide. The U.S. Army and Marine Corp veterans were participants in the “22 PTSD Awareness Challenge” (PAC) kayak event, a 22-mile, cross-sound kayak event aimed at increasing PTSD awareness and helping mental illness-related non-profit organizations reach community members in need.
More than a dozen PSEG Long Island employees volunteered at the event, including the kayakers: Glen Brewster of Patchogue (U.S. Marine Corps), Tom Gross of Mattituck (U.S. Army) and Austin Lipari of Bay Shore (U.S. Army). The other employee volunteers were on the chase boats that rode with the paddlers to ensure their safety or waited at the finish line to greet and cheer on the kayakers at the end of their trip.
PSEG Long Island employee, Tom Gross, who is a member of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Infantry division, was one of the kayakers.
“It was an honor to serve my country and it continues to be an honor to serve my fellow veterans,” said
Gross. “Seeing the tremendous outpouring of support from my fellow PSEG Long Island coworkers shows how dedicated our company is to the communities we serve and to our veterans. It really warmed my heart,” he added.
PSEG Long Island is committed to giving back to the people and communities it serves. Employee engagement on Long Island and the Rockaways is a top priority for the company. PSEG Long Island employees are actively involved with local charity events and organizations through the company’s Community Partnership Program. In 2017, PSEG Long Island participated in 1,100 events supporting more than 400 organizations. The utility also supports military veterans with an employee business resource group specifically for the veteran community and its supporters. For more information, visit https://www.psegliny.com/page.cfm/Community.
PSEG Long Island operates the Long Island Power Authority’s transmission and distribution system under a 12-year contract. PSEG Long Island is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (NYSE:PEG), a publicly traded diversified energy company with annual revenues of $9.1 billion.