Lee S. Covino was heavily involved in the development of the Veterans Center and the VA Clinic in Staten Island.
STATEN ISLAND, NY, July 14, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Lee S. Covino has been inducted into Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
After concluding his enlistment in the U.S. Army, Mr. Covino attended the College of Staten Island on the GI Bill. During his studies, he became an advocate for veterans' affairs as a peer counselor. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts, he worked as an intervention counselor for the VA's Vietnam Veterans Outreach Center in Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York, where he helped nearly a thousand Vietnam combat veterans.
Following his service at the Outreach Center, Mr. Covino was appointed to the Staten Island Borough President's Cabinet, where he excelled as the VA advisor and director of contracts and procurements. He was also selected to serve with the Veteran's Advisory Board by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in 2002, where he was re-appointed in 2007 and 2012, and ended his term as the vice-chairperson of the board in 2015. Mr. Covino retired from his career in 2014.
Throughout the course of his career, Mr. Covino was heavily involved in the development of the Veterans Center and the VA Clinic in Staten Island, as well as in establishing a bus route between the VA Hospitals in Brooklyn and Staten Island. In addition, he worked with the borough president to coordinate annual Fleet Week activities, as well as several veterans' operations that brought health care services to minority-based areas, assisted them with resume development and job searches, and offered free basic computer skills courses. Mr. Covino maintains his professional and civic affiliation with Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America, the Catholic War Veterans, AMVETS, the NYC Veterans Alliance and the 369th Veterans Association. He also serves as the treasurer of the United Staten Island Veterans' Organization Inc. (USIVO).
As a dedicated veterans' advocate, Mr. Covino has received much recognition for his contribution. He was inducted into the CSI Hall of Fame in 1989, and in 2004, the College of Staten Island Archives catalogued a collection of veteran's issues in which he was involved. Most recently, he received the Patriotic Award from the USIVO. Looking toward the future, Mr. Covino aspires to continue helping veterans and playing French horn in the South Shore Band (established in 1952). He would also like to watch his granddaughter grow up in the coming years.
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