Veterans “Stand Down – Connecticut Cares”
Each year the Connecticut Veterans Home honors those veterans who served this country yet find themselves down on their luck in the annual “Stand Down.” This one day event is for veterans with honorable discharges who are homeless or indigent. Representatives will be ready to help these veterans get access to Veterans’ Affairs (VA) benefits, Connecticut benefits, the Connecticut Superior Court, or any other community veterans’ assistance programs. Stand Down will take place Friday, September 10th from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs located at 287 West Street in Rocky Hill.
This year, Stand Down 2010 organizers will be able to provide each veteran with a “Comfort Kit” made possible by the thoughtful donations of Connecticut residents. Items like shampoo, notebooks, deodorant, sunscreen, lip balm, feminine products, toothpastes, and socks will be included in the Comfort Kits given to our needy veterans.
If you’d like to volunteer for Stand Down 2010, donate items for the Comfort Kit or give a financial donation to help with event logistics, you can visit the Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs website at www.ct.gov/ctva or call (860) 616-3892.
Our veterans selflessly served this country with bravery, dedication and honor and I believe they deserve our full support, especially when they hit hard times. Though not required to give the ultimate sacrifice, many of them stood shoulder to shoulder with those who did and were ready, if called upon, to do so themselves. These men and women were willing to risk everything for us, Stand Down is one way we can say “Thank you” to our brave men and women who served in uniform.
Do you think you, or someone you know, is eligible for a veteran’s benefit but have no idea where to look or how to apply? The Connecticut Office of Advocacy and Assistance is a resource I highly recommend to veterans and their family members. This is the place to start in order to learn about benefits that might be available. It is a separate office within the Connecticut Veterans’ Affairs (VA) office and its representatives serve as advocates for our veterans. They provide assistance in obtaining benefits under federal, state and local laws. They can represent individual veterans or their family members regarding claims and benefits before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The office also provides information on a wide array of resources that exist for veterans’ assistance, even at the community level. Contact numbers are (860) 616-3682 or (860) 616-3684.
Here are some other helpful phone numbers:
CT Veterans Benefits Information Toll-Free 1-866-928-8387
Military Support Program (Toll-free and confidential) 1-866-251-2913
Soldiers’ Sailors’ & Marines Fund (Emergency) 1-860-296-0719
CT Vets Infoline (Toll-free) 1-866-9CT-VETS (1-866-928-8387)
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please call me at home (860-528 3564), email me (email@example.com), stop and see me during my office hours at the library, take my online survey at www.RepAman.com, or speak up if you see me around town. I’d really like to hear from you.