Veterans

A resource page for our veterans and their families.  

Download the CT Veterans Mobile App for access to services and much more. Click here for an informational flyer, or follow this link to connect to the app.

The PenFed Foundation maintains a list of financial resources that active duty service members and veterans are eligible for. These resources may be especially helpful during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 You can learn more about the PenFed Foundation here. 

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Community Health Resources

  • CHR is the most comprehensive, non-profit behavioral healthcare provider in Connecticut, offering a wide range of personalized services for children, families and adults whose lives have been touched by mental illness, addiction or trauma. Our largest outpatient offices are in Manchester and Enfield, with smaller offices throughout central and eastern Connecticut and several community-based programs. Click here for more information
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On January 12, 2020, Ellington student Ayushman Choudhury was recognized at the VFW Department of Connecticut’s Annual Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen Awards Dinner. Ayushman’s essay on the theme of "What Makes America Great" was awarded first place in District 3, and he was sponsored by Post 10689 in Ellington. 

To view the program from this event, click here

To read Ayushman’s winning essay, click here.

Step OUT for the Brave 40,000 Step Virtual Challenge

Homes for the Brave is inviting us to their signature event, but with a spin! The Step OUT for the Brave 40,000 Step Virtual Challenge will be taking place between August 8 and August 16; they’re asking participants to take up to 40,000 steps for the 40,000 homeless veterans across the country. For more information, you can visit their website or check out the event page on Facebook.

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A special visit to Connecticut:  Keith E. Harman, Commander-in-Chief visited CT on January 13, 2018.

Keith E. Harman was elected Commander-in-Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. on July 26, 2017, at the 118th VFW National Convention in New Orleans, LA.  Keith served in the U. S. Army from 1967 to 1969. He served in Vietnam as a crew chief and door gunner on UH-1 Huey helicopters. His decorations include the Air Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze service stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citations, and the Aircraft Crewmember Badge.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington DC honors those who died in the Vietnam War. Their relatives and friends leave letters, poems, and photographs at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and on this web site. Please visit the virtual wall and remember the sacrifices of those who served.

http://www.virtualwall.org/index.html

Veterans Scam

Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued another warning.  The Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have issued another warning to veterans about the latest scam against veterans.  Scammers have come up with another manipulative strategy to ripoff veterans. According to VA executives, the scam seems to working on all cylinders, and with great success in getting veterans to hand over money. Veterans have been contacting their local VA’s in droves so far this month complaining about being ripped off by VA employees.In contacting veterans, the scammers are posing as VA representatives and offering VA loans to veterans. The catch, the veteran must pay up front fees to cover administrative costs of processing the “VA Loan.” Of course, there is no VA Loan, and veterans find themselves out of fees ranging from $75 to $675. It appears the scammers will get as much money from the veteran as the veteran will give.


Veterans' Coffee House Meetings

Our Veterans' Coffeehouse Program will be starting up again on Thursday, July 16, 10:30 am in the Town Hall Meeting Hall; this gathering will adhere to social distancing practices, and attendees shall wear masks.

 The program's intention is to bring all veterans together in a comfortable setting to meet, socialize, seek and share information on their military experiences, learn about local and State Veteran's benefits and services and to enjoy a cup of coffee. For more information, please call 860-870-2100 or 860-870-3182.  We look forward to seeing you there.

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Honoring and Serving Veterans

Ways to Honor A Veteran:  http://www.wallawalla.va.gov/Misc/Honor_Veteran.asp

8 Ways to Express Appreciation on Veterans Day:  http://www.military.com/veterans-day/8-ways-to-express-appreciation-on-veterans-day.html

10 Ways to Support and Honor Veterans:  http://www.serve.gov/servegov-blog-article/10-ways-support-and-honor-veterans

Veterans Day - Honoring All Who Served:  https://www.thebalance.com/veterans-day-honoring-all-who-served-3332001

100 Ways to Honor a Veteran:  http://nowurthinking.com/100-ways-to-honor-a-veteran/

Green Light A Vet:  http://greenlightavet.com/

Wreaths Across America: http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/