Please contact the First Selectman's office for information and referrals at 860-928-0208 x336.
Connecticut Military Community Coalition Meeting Schedule: Meetings are scheduled for the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 11am - 12:30pm at the the Armed Forces Reserve Center, Smith Street, Middletown, CT 06457. Click here for the 2018 Meeting Schedule.
Danielson Veterans Coffeehouse
Danielson Veterans Coffeehouse is collecting old cell phones and their chargers which are provided to Veterans and others in homeless shelters. Please drop them off at the coffeehouse or any Veteran member.
We are pleased to share the following upcoming programs for the Danielson Veterans Coffeehouse:
- February 27 - "Forgotten Hero" by Joe Lindley, local author and historian will be giving a presentation about his book, Forgotten Hero, which details the life of Putnam, CT Silver Star recipient Calvin William Heath - Delta Co., 3/187th Infantry ABN, 101st Airborne Division.
- March 6 - Transgender Person - Renee Benoit currently holds three support groups, willingly speaks with anyone who asks and encourages questions about transgender. She will talk about how it was difficult growing up with depression and knowing something was wrong.
- March 6 - Evening Coffeehouse - "Back By Popular Demand" will be playing. They are seasoned musicians that collaborated to form the current band and play 60s and 70s music.
- March 13 - Professor Tracey Rittenhouse from UCONN will be talking about Black Bears in Connecticut.
- March 20 - Melissa Bonafe of Davis Place will be talking about Caring for Our Community.
Friends of the Danielson Veterans Coffeehouse..........we will no longer be sending out emails regarding the Coffeehouse. We have our Facebook page, DANIELSON VETERANS COFFEEHOUSE and our web site, www.dvcoffeehouse.com to communicate all news, speakers and events and happenings. Please visit one or both and sign up for and "Like" our page for the latest updates. Thank you for your support, The Danielson Veterans Coffeehouse
Weather-related closing policy of the Danielson Veteran's Coffeehouse:
- If the KCC (Killingly Community Center) is closed, the Coffeehouse will not be open. This usually follows announcements that the Killingly Town Hall is closed.
- The KCC does not automatically close if the Killingly schools are closed. Please listen to WINY Radio for announcements when there are school closings, municipal office closings, and delayed openings.
- If there is to be a late opening, there will be an attempt to get WINY Radio to make an announcement regarding the Danielson Veteran's Coffeehouse. To be certain you get the correct info, please listen to WINY Radio or follow the postings on TV.
VA Claims Process: Below is some advice from other vets that have been successful navigating the VA claims process.
The first step for a vet wanting to win a VA claim is to find a VSO (Veteran Service Officer). These folks are experts that do not work for the VA. They are veteran's advocates that work for the VFW, DAV, American Legion, etc. They can often be found in VA hospitals or county offices. They will ask for a copy of you DD-214.
The second step is to file a claim for a presumptive disease or a non-contestable issue like tinnitus. If the claim is not going to be automatically granted (presumptive or non-contestable), you need to have a condition that occurred in service and be able to prove it - such as gunshot wound residuals or PTSD; in short, an official diagnosis and a nexus.
A nexus or service connection is imperative. This might be a doctor's statement that states that your condition more likely than not was the result of your service. Perhaps the best advice is to immediately take any correspondence that you get from the VA directly to your VSO. Trying to respond to the VA yourself can be very discouraging. The VSO knows how to deal with VA correspondence.
After you contact a Veteran Service Officer (VSO), you can ask your Member of Congress or Senator to place a congressional flash on the claim to expedite the claim if you:
- Can prove financial hardship (late bills)
- Impending homelessness (notice to quit or late mortgage notice)
- Claimant is over 88 years old
- Former POW
- Hospice/end of life care letter from doctor
The congressional flash and assistance from Congressman Courtney's office will ensure it is completed as fast as possible. Please call Congressman Courtney's office at 860-886-0139 and speak with his Vet Rep to expedite a claim at the VA.
VA Pensions: The non-service connected pension is for very vulnerable veterans that live at the poverty line. Ask a VSO for assistance with this application too.
The State of CT has two outstanding VSOs in the Norwich Office and you can reach them for consultation or make an appointment at 860-887-9162.
State of Connecticut Guide to Benefits - Please see visit this website: http://portal.ct.gov/DVA/Pages/State-of-CT-Guide-to-Benefits/Benefits
Online Tutoring: The U. S. Department of Defense provides online tutoring from Tutor.com at no cost to DoD service members. Eligible students can connect to a live tutor online at any time for one-to-one help with homework, test prep, proofreading and more in 40+ subjects. Click here to learn more.
Puppies Behind Bars: Prison inmates train service dogs for wounded veterans and explosive detection canines for law enforcement. Click here for information.
FREE Acupuncture for Veterans and Military: Click here for information.
The Department of Homeland Security is hiring veterans. Click here to go to their website.
Train as a Volunteer to Help Hospice Patients: Click here for information.
Shop Online: Benefits Honorably Discharged Veterans. Click here for information.
UCONN School of Business Course: Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities. Click here for information
If you spent time at Camp Lejeune here are additional healthcare resources available to you & your family if you qualify. https://twitter.com/i/web/status/948234968714633223
U.S. MILITARY MUSEUM, INC. 2017 Open Turret Days Schedule
Archery for Veterans - This archery program is open to veterans who have a physical or cognitive disability. All safety gear, bows and arrows and adaptive equipment will be provided. It will be held on Thursdays, January 25, February 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 6-7pm at the Salperto Rink--East Shore Park, 350 Woodward Avenue, New Haven, CT.
Adaptive Rock Climbing for Veterans with Disabilities - City Climb Gym is proud to host an adaptive climbing program for veterans with disabilities. The schedule is January 27, February 3, 10 and 24 from 10AM-12PM. The location is 288 Science Park, New Haven, CT.
69th Annual Connecticut Armed Forces Day Luncheon - Luncheon will be on Friday, May 18th at the Aqua Turf Club 556 Mulberry Street, Southington, CT. Social hour begins at 11am. The cost is $30 per person.