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The veterans Health Alliance of Long Island is comprised of representatives from state and county government, the VA, veterans organizations, mental health and substance abuse providers, universities, business and individual veterans, who all have a personal interest in supporting Long Island (N.Y.) veterans.


The mission of the Veterans Health Alliance of Long Island is to: Promote the health and well being of Long Island veterans and their families through advocacy, and a broad array of services.


A wide range of services and supports are available to veterans from all generations. Veterans may seek services from the VA in Northport, as well as from providers in their local community.


Some services are free. Others may be covered by private insurance, TRICARE, government benefits, or other forms of payment.

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Organizations and services for Long Island Veterans and their families

VA Medical Center (Northport)

The VA Northport offers a wide range of health, mental health, dental, rehabilitation, employment, substance abuse, pharmacy, aging and women's services. veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) have a five year window of eligibility to register. Veterans from every generation are always encouraged to register with the VA.

Contact: VA Medical Center

        79 Middleville Rd.
        Northport, NY 11786
        (631) 261-4400

http://www2.va.gov/directory/guide/region.asp?ID=3 ( VA NY/NJ Veterans Healthcare Network)


Emotional Support

Babylon Vet Center (Babylon) 631-661-3930

Normal working hours are 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday. In an effort to better serve the veteran and family members, upon request Vet Centers will provide services after normal work hours and/or on weekends.


Catholic Charities (Freeport) 516-623-3322, (Bayshore) 631-665-6707, (Medford) 631-654-1919

Provides clinical treatment and counseling


Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling (Hicksville) 516-822-6111

http://www.centralnassau.org/


Clubhouse of Suffolk (Ronkonkoma and Riverhead) 631 471-7242-x1324

http://www.clubhouseofsuffolk.org/services/


Dr. David Curtis (Huntington) 516-768-5798

Licensed clinical psychologist offering pro bono counseling for OEF/OIF veterans and immediate family members.


Family and Children's Assoc. (Hicksville) 516-935-6858

http://www.familyandchildrens.org/Veterans-Resources


Family Service League (Suffolk- various locations) 631-3100 ext.123

provides clinical treatment, counseling and substance abuse services


FEGS (Central Islip, Center Moriches) for appointment 516-364-0794

http://www.fegs.org/directory/DirectoryResults.aspx?service=Behavioral+Health&keywords=clinic


Federation of Organizations (Nassau, Suffolk - various locations) 1-877-INTAKES

http://www.fedoforg.org/default/services-and-programs


Hispanic Counseling Center (Hempstead) 516-538-2613

http://www.hispaniccounseling.org/pages/services.html


Hofstra University Clinic (Hempstead) 516-463-5234

provides counseling services


Holliswood Hospital (Queens) 1-800-990-3785

http://www.militarywellnessprogram.com/


LONG BEACH MEDICAL CENTER (Long Beach) 516-897-1270

Provides mental health and substance abuse treatment and counseling.


MELILLO CENTER (Glen Cove) 516-76-2388

Provides clinical treatment, counseling and substance abuse services.


MERCY MEDICAL CENTER (Garden City) 516-705-3400

Provides clinical treatment and counseling


NASSAU COUNTY VET CENTER (Babylon / Plainview) 631-661-3930

Provides war trauma psychotherapy. Eligibility based on military service during war or hostile actions. All services are provided free of charge.


NASSAU UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER (East Meadow) 516-572-6822

Provides clinical treatment and counseling.


NEW YORK STATE PSYCHIATRIC INSTITUTE (Manhattan) 212-543-6747

Anxiety Disorder Clinic offering treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Veterans may be eligible for treatment at no cost. Call for more information.


PATCHOGUE-MEDFORD YOUTH AND COMMUNITY SERVICES (Patchogue) 631-758-4100

Offers Free counseling to OEF / OIF Veterans and family members.


PEDERSON-KRAG (Huntington) 631-920-8000, (Smithtown) 631-920-8300 (Wyandanch) 631-920-8280

Provides clinical treatment and counseling.


PENINSULA COUNSELING CENTER (Valley Stream) 516-569-6600

Provides clinical treatment, counseling, substance abuse and rehabilitation services. Peninsula Counseling is a TRICARE provider.


ROSEN FAMILY WELLNESS CENTER at NORTH SHORE - LONG ISLAND JEWISH HOSPITAL (Manhasset) 516-562-3260

Provides assessments and counseling at no cost for current Active Duty, Guard and Reservists, OEF / OIF and Desert Storm veterans and their families.


SKILLS UNLIMITED (Oakdale) 631-567-3320

Provides clinical treatment and counseling.


SOUTH NASSAU COMMUNITIES HOSPITAL (Baldwin) 516-546-1370

Provides clinical treatment and counseling.


SOUTH OAKS HOSPITAL (Amityville) 631-264-4000

Provides clinical treatment and counseling.


THE SOLDIERS PROJECT (Various, Long Island) 212-242-3784

Licensed Mental Health Professionals offering free counseling offered to OEF / OIF veterans, their parents, children, siblings, spouses and significant others. http://www.thesoldiersproject.org/


YMCA FAMILY SERVICES (Centereach) 631-580-7777

Agency provides clinical treatment, counseling and substance abuse services, family counseling and stress management


TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

BRAIN TRAUMA FOUNDATION (NYC) 212-772-0608 ext. 301

Foundation dedicated to improve outcomes for individuals with TBI through clinical research, the development of best practices, and the education of medical personnel. Information regarding Combat Related Head Trauma may be obtained from: [www.braintrauma.org].


FAMILY RESIDENCES AND ESSENTIAL ENTERPRISES (Hauppauge)

FAMILY WELLNESS CENTER (631) 851-3810

Offers health and mental health services to individuals with TBI. CASE MANAGEMENT 631-273-1300 Provides case management for those with TBI.


New Beginings Community Center (Medford)

New Beginnings Community Center is a state-of-the-art outpatient facility designed to provide rehabilitation, management and recovery for community members with traumatic brain injury, physical disabilities, cognitive disabilities or dementia—all in an exceptional, stimulating and safe environment. 631-286-6166

New Beginnings Community Center Homepage


CHILDREN’S SERVICES

FAMILY AND CHILDREN’S ASSOCIATION (Hicksville) 516-935-6858

Offers counseling for children.


NORTH SHORE CHILD AND FAMILY GUIDANCE CENTER (Roslyn Heights) 516-626-1971

Provides outpatient clinical treatment and counseling; substance abuse counseling; trauma and bereavement individual, family and group services for all children ages birth – 24 and their families.


ROSEN FAMILY WELLNESS CENTER at NORTH SHORE – LONG ISLAND JEWISH HOSPITAL (Manhasset) 516-562-3260

Counseling for children, adolescents and family members of military personnel is offered at no charge. The Rosen Center also offers free Parenting, Wellness and Child Resilience Workshops.


YES COMMUNITY COUNSELING CENTER (Massapequa) (516) 799-3203

Provides counseling to young people age 10 – 21 related to issues of substance abuse, depression, and other family issues.


FAMILY SUPPORT

ADELPHI UNIVERSITY (Garden City) 516-877-3016

Institute for Parenting offering “Dads on Duty”, a series of seven monthly parent education classes for military dads who are experiencing the challenge of raising their young children after separation or divorce. Classes will run February 17 – July 14, 2009.


BABYLON VET CENTER (Babylon) 631-661-3930

Provides counseling to family members of veterans serving during specific periods of war or hostile actions. Services are free of charge.


FAMILY SERVICE LEAGUE (Bayshore) 631-647-3100 ext. 103

Offers support group for loved ones of active service members. Tri-care, private insurance and sliding scale accepted as payment


Mental Health Alliance OF NASSAU COUNTY (Hempstead) (516) 489-2322 ext. 1253

Offers weekly evening support group for family members of those with PTSD or other psychiatric disabilities. Services are provided free of charge. http://www.mhanc.org


Mental Health Alliance OF SUFFOLK COUNTY (Lindenhurst) (631) 226-3900

Call for support group information. http://www.mhasuffolk.org


PATCHOGUE-MEDFORD YOUTH AND COMMUNITY SERVICES (Patchogue) 631-758-4100

Offers free weekly support groups for veterans and family members.


ROSEN FAMILY WELLNESS CENTER at NORTH SHORE – LONG ISLAND JEWISH HOSPITAL (Manhasset) 516-562-3260

Provides individual, couples and family counseling at no charge to military families.


POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER SUPPORT GROUP

MHA OF SUFFOLK COUNTY (Meeting in Riverhead) 631-226-3900

Free support group for those with PTSD.


MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA

BABYLON VET CENTER (Babylon) 631-661-3930

Provides psychotherapy for military sexual trauma which occurred while on active duty. All veterans are eligible, regardless of period of service. All services are free of charge.


BEREAVEMENT COUNSELING

BABYLON VET CENTER (Babylon) 631-661-3930

Offers bereavement counseling to family members who had a loved one die while on active duty, regardless of period of service. Services are free of charge.


NASSAU COUNTY VET CENTER (Babylon / Plainview) 631-661-3930

Offers bereavement counseling to family members who died in the service of their country. Services are free of charge.


ADDICTION / GAMBLING

LONG BEACH MEDICAL CENTER (Long Beach) 516-897-1671 / 516-897-1250

Provides detox services, outpatient treatment as well as services related to gambling addiction. LONG ISLAND COUNCIL ON ALCOHOLISM AND DRUG DEPENDENCE


LICADD (Williston Park, Hauppauge, Riverhead) 516-747-2606

Provides drug / alcohol assessment, brief intervention, treatment referrals and family based interventions. Anger management classes offered in Nassau and Suffolk.


PEDERSON-KRAG (Huntington) 631-920-8053

GamPro program offers treatment and recovery from gambling addiction


SOUTH OAKS HOSPITAL (Amityville) 631-264-4000

Chemical Dependency Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient treatment, as well as recovery program for adults with gambling addiction.


YES COMMUNITY COUNSELING CENTER (Massapequa) 516-799-3203

Provides counseling to adults with issues related to drug or alcohol addiction.


DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

VICTIMS INFORMATION BUREAU OF SUFFOLK COUNTY (Holbrook)

631-360-3606 Family Violence and Rape Counseling (Victims) Offers hotline and counseling.

631-360-2270 HALT Program (batterers intervention program) offers domestic violence groups on a sliding scale fee (insurance accepted) for veterans.


ALTERNATIVE HEALING

VETERAN ANGLERS OF NEW YORK (LI / NYC Metro Area) 212-255-4310

Provides rehabilitation to veterans, family members and active duty personnel through fly fishing, fly tying and fly fishing trips. Events assist veterans with recovery, reintegration, socialization and stress management. Project in association with Project Healing Waters and the Federation of Fly Fishers.


PAL-O-MINE EQUESTRIAN INC (Islandia) 631-406-6326 or 631-348-1389

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy helps people to develop healthy relationships through a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a horse professional. Equine Psychotherapy program is open to any veteran and their family members. Sliding scale payment option available. http://www.pal-o-mine.org/


USTA BILLIE JEAN KING NATIONAL TENNIS CENTER (Queens) 718-760-6200 etx. 6317

Offers military discounted opportunities for veterans and families for private, semi-private or group tennis lessons. Wheelchair tennis also available.


Yoga For Vets (NYC) 212-683-0015 ext. 324

Free Yoga classes for veterans and their family members, taught by veterans. Classes for women only and classes for both men and women.


AGENT ORANGE EXPOSURE

AGENT ORANGE REGISTRY (VA, Northport) 631-261-4400 ext. 2657 or 2659

Vietnam Veterans exposed to Agent Orange between 1962 and 1971 may develop medical conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, Prostrate Cancer, Lung Cancer and other illnesses. These veterans are entitled to a free medical screening. Those found to have a service connected illness are entitled to prompt medical care and monthly tax-free compensation.


EDUCATIONAL SERVICES

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• NOTE: As of July 1, 2008, New York State is offering Veterans Tuition Awards to all combat veterans dating back to February 28, 1961. For eligibility questions call 1-888-697-4372. For more information go to:www.veterans.state.ny.us

• NOTE: As of August 1, 2009, the New GI Bill goes into effect, offering Post 9/11 Veterans enhanced tuition benefits, housing and book stipends.


ADELPHI UNIVERSITY (Garden City) 516-877-3414

Participation in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Yellow Ribbon GI Education and Enhancement Program. For qualified veterans Adelphi will match the Veterans Administration’s contribution of 50% of the tuition costs, so that veterans will pay little or no tuition.


FAMILY AND CHILDREN’S ASSOCIATION (Hicksville) 516-935-6858

Offers educational counseling for veterans.


HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY (East Meadow) 1-800-HOFSTRA

Offers 140 undergraduate and over 150 graduate programs in Liberal Arts and Sciences, Business, Communication, Education, Allied Human Services, as well as a School of Law.


MHA NASSAU COUNTY (Hempstead) (516) 489-2322 ext. 1251

Assists Nassau County residents with PTSD and other psychiatric disabilities to enroll in Nassau Community College. Provides assistance with the enrollment process, financial aid, tutoring and emotional support.


NY State Education Benefits

Be sure to apply for TAP, Federal Pell grant and any other education benefits

NY STATE Tuition Assistance Program

NY STATE Veterans Tuition Award

Eligible students for NY State Veterans Tuition Award are those who are New York State residents discharged under honorable conditions from the U.S. Armed forces and who are: ■Vietnam Veterans who served in Indochina between December 22, 1961 and May 7, 1975. ■Persian Gulf Veterans who served in the Persian Gulf on or after August 2, 1990. ■Afghanistan Veterans who served in Afghanistan during hostilities on or after September 11, 2001. ■Veterans of the armed forces of the United States who served in hostilities that occurred after February 28, 1961 as evidenced by receipt of an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal or a Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal. (As per HESC website)



NASSAU COMMUNITY COLLEGE (Garden City) 516-572-8126

Community College assists veterans with enrollment and benefits. Also offers Veterans Counseling as well as a Veterans Association.


ST. JOSEPH’S COLLEGE (Brooklyn & Patchogue) 631-447-3260

SJC and The Military

Offers special tuition rate for Active Duty, Guard, and Reserve servicemembers earning an online B.S. in Organizational Management.


Farmingdale State College (631)794-6168

Office for Veterans Affairs


City University of New York - Veterans Affairs Representatives


EMPLOYMENT / VOCATIONAL

N.Y. State Dept. of Labor (Veterans' Services)


NY Division of Military and Naval Affairs Job Opportunities (State, Technician, Counterdrug, SAD, Part Time, Civilian positions)


FAMILY AND CHILDREN’S ASSOCIATION (Hicksville) 516-935-2717

Veterans Resource Center offers vocational counseling.


FAMILY SERVICE LEAGUE (Suffolk – Various locations) 631-647-3100 ext. 123

Offers job training and placement services for individuals with psychiatric and other disabilities.


FEGS (Various Nassau and Suffolk) 212-366-8118

Offers employment regarding janitorial services and grounds maintenance for persons with a documented disability


MHA NASSAU COUNTY (Hempstead) 516-489-2322 ext. 1151

Offers resume / interview skills training, career exploration and job placement. Participants must have a diagnosis of PTSD or other psychiatric disability. Services are free of charge.


NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (Hicksville) 516-934-8519

Veterans Employment Representative offers assistance with job training and employment opportunities.


OUTREACH TRAINING INSTITUTE (Brooklyn, Queens, Brentwood) 718-847-9233

Tuition free opportunity to engage in 11 month (350 hour) program to earn Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) Diploma.


SOUTH OAKS HOSPITAL (Amityville) 631-264-4000

Career Counseling Center offers vocational rehabilitation, career guidance and job placement for individuals with and without disabilities.


SKILLS UNLIMITED (Oakdale) 631-567-3320

Offers vocational training, job placement and job coaching services. Criteria for enrollment is any documented disability.


WARRIORS TO WORK PROGRAM (Nassau County) (516) 572-8451

Connects Nassau County OEF / OIF veterans with a coalition of trade unions and businesses seeking to employ veterans.


SMALL BUSINESS

NEW YORK STATE SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER VETERANS BUSINESS OUTREACH CENTER (Farmingdale State College) 631-370-8891

Provides one-on-one free counseling, business training and mentoring to help veterans start and grow their small business.


HOUSING FOR VETERANS

FAMILY AND CHILDREN’S ASSOCIATION (WEST HEMPSTEAD) 516-935-6858

Permanent housing for Veterans who were honorably discharged and are seeking quality, affordable, and substance abuse free accommodations in the community.


INTERFAITH NUTRITION NETWORK – NEW GROUND (Hempstead) 516-564-4764

Catherine Martin INN provides communal, long term housing for male veterans in recovery from substance abuse for one year. Program focuses on education and skills for future independence.


UNITED VETERANS BEACON HOUSE (BAYSHORE) (631) 665-1571

Provides transitional housing to veterans in need. Homes are located in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Provides benefits assistance, and linkage with the VA, Social Services, Department of Labor, and other services. Also provides permanent housing and support to veterans over age 62.


HOME REPAIR

REBUILDING TOGETHER LONG ISLAND (NORTH MASSAPEQUA) 516-541-7322 or 516-741-5291

Volunteers to repair and rehabilitate homes of the elderly, disabled and veteran home owners. There is no income limit for veterans.


NASSAU COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE AGENCY (Plainview) 516-572-8450

Helps veterans and dependents file for compensation, pension and education benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Also assists veterans enroll for medical services, tax exemptions, and state education benefits.


SUFFOLK COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE AGENCY (Hauppauge) 631-853-VETS

Helps veterans and dependents file for compensation, pension and education benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.Also assists veterans enroll for medical services, tax exemptions, and state education benefits.


TOWN OF OYSTER BAY VETERANS SERVICES DIVISION (Massapequa) 516-797-7875

Represents veterans who reside in the 36 communities that comprise the Town of Oyster Bay. Provides assistance to veterans and their families. Provides information on veterans issues to veterans organizations and government agencies.


VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA #82 Nassau County Chapter 516-733-8414

Comprised of Vietnam Era Veterans. Provides information about benefits, offers assistance with benefits applications, advocates for veterans issues and provides comraderie. Meetings held at Hicksville VFW Hall.


VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL 518-338-8147

Coordinates activities of New York State chapters to advocate for the social, economic, educational and physical welfare of Vietnam EraVeterans.


SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY

1-800-772-1213 Veterans who are unable to do substantial work due to a disability may be entitled to Social Security Disability. (SSD) Receiving payment from the VA due to a service-connected illness does not preclude the veteran from also receiving SSD. In special cases, even those on Active Duty Status, receiving military payments may be eligible for SSD.


HOMELESSNESS

Homeless veterans should either walk-in or call

HOMELESS VETERANS OUTREACH TEAM (516) 227-8731


Nassau County Health and Human Services Building 60 Charles Lindbergh Blvd. (Uniondale), NY


Northport VA MEDICAL CENTER(631) 261-4400 ext. 2204

Northport VA website

79 Middleville Rd. Northport, NY

NURSING HOME / ADULT DAY CARE

BROADLAWN MANOR (Amityville) 631-264-0222

Skilled Nursing, Adult Day Health services, and Adult Day Center Services.


LONG ISLAND STATE VETERANS HOME (Stony Brook) 631-444-VETS

Nursing Home and Adult Day Care Program.


EMERGENCY / CRISIS

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS SUICIDE HOTLINE: 1-800-273-TALK

24 Hour availability


HOLLISWOOD HOSPITAL (Queens) 1-800-990-3785

Recovery From Traumatic Stress Program offers comprehensive inpatient treatment alternative for veterans experiencing difficulties with pre or post deployment stress.


MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF NASSAU COUNTY CRISIS HELPLINE 516-504-HELP

Crisis counseling, information and referral services available 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. 365 days a year. The service is free, and all calls are confidential.


MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF SUFFOLK COUNTY INFORMATION AND REFERRAL 631-226-3900

Free, confidential referral information regarding Suffolk County services available Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


MILITARY ONESOURCE 1-800-342-9647

Available 24 hours a day, 365 years a day. Provides help and information over the phone for Active Duty, Guard , Reservists and their immediate family members.

NASSAU UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER PSYCHIATRIC EMERGENCY

ROOM (Uniondale) 516-572-4775 2201 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, NY


SOUTH NASSAU COMMUNITIES HOSPITAL 877-768-8462

One Healthy Way, Oceanside, NY


SOUTH OAKS HOSPITAL (Amityville) 631-264-4000

Inpatient care for those in acute phase of mental illness / chemical dependency


VETERANS HOTLINE CENTER 866-403-2668

Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Statewide Veterans Hotline located in Canandaigua, NY offering crisis counseling.


College Campus Veteran Affairs Centers

- Farmingdale State College Vet Center

- Stony Brook University Vet Center

- Dowling College Vet Center


- SUNY Campus Veterans' Services Offices

CDL Certification for Military waiver of Skills Test

For Active military and Active Guard, must be filed within 90 days after discharge

CDL Military Waiver Form - Need Adobe Reader to view form


EMT Certification Reciprocity

NY STate EMT Reciprocity


New York Military Honor Guard

NYS Honor Guard (Request Honors)


New York State Veterans Property Tax Exemption

There are three different property tax exemptions available to veterans who have served in the U. S. Armed Forces, including veterans who have served in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. Click on the link below to learn more.

NY State Veterans Tax Exemption


Nassau County Veterans Property Tax Exemption

Town of Hempstead

Town of North Hempstead

Town of Oyster Bay

City of Glen Cove

of Long Beach


Suffolk County Veterans Property Tax Exemption

Town of Babylon

Town of Huntington

Town of Brookhaven

Town of East Hampton

Town of Islip

Town of Riverhead

Town of Smithtown

Town of South Hampton

Town of Southold


Veteran Park Passes

NY STATE Veteran Park Pass - Lifetime Liberty pass


FEDERAL Veteran Park Pass - Access pass


Suffolk County Veteran Green Key

Nassau County Specialty Marked Leisure Pass



Resource by 2 1 1 Long Island Veterans Portal

Long Island Veteran Services - Nassau and Suffolk County support


VetsBuild

[VetsBuild - Learn about the Green Industry


Non and For-Profit Organizations

Airborne Tri Team

Project 9 Line - Reintegration services

The Soldiers Project - Free and Confidential Counseling

Lead The Way Fund - Helping disabled veterans

911 Veterans - Helping veterans dealing with financial hardship

Suffolk County United Veterans - Helping homeless veterans

America's VetDogs - Service dogs

Purple Heart Pups - Service dogs

Long Island Blue Star Mothers of America

34 Restoration

Heroes on the Water - Healing through Fishing in the great outdoors

United Veterans Beacon House - Homeless & crisis support

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans - New York contacts

- Suffolk County United Veterans - Mental Health services

- Pheonix House - Drug, Alcohol Recovery

- Joseph Dwyer Veteran Peer Support Project - Counseling

67th NY - Civil War Reenactors and Living Historians

L.I. Living Historian Association - Civil War Reenactors and Living Historians

Catholic War Veterans - Post 1897 (Centereach NY) Contact Thomas Donnelly at 631-588–4590 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary RC Church

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