ROCKY HILL – The Department of Veterans Affairs hosted Stand Down on September 18, 2015, on the campus of the Rocky Hill Veterans Home. Stand Down was a one-day resource and service fair where Connecticut veterans had access to a full dental clinic, medical screenings, cardiac and oncology, eye and hearing exams, and many other support services such as housing, employment, education, and legal assistance; all at no cost to veterans. This year, more than 90 agencies and organizations participated in the event, with close to 200 volunteers assisting. More than 1,010 veterans attended Stand Down.
The Salvation Army in Southern New England was a proud participant once again this year. Salvation Army officers, employees, and volunteers passed out socks, cookies, candy, and toiletries to hundreds of veterans. Veterans were also given information on the many services provided throughout the state, including family shelters, transitional housing, homeless prevention programs, food pantries, and alcohol and drug rehabilitation centers.
Captain Janet Gonzalez, Veterans’ Affairs Secretary of the Salvation Army, said: "The Salvation Army has a long-standing history of honoring those who have served our country. It’s our pleasure to be part of community activities like these that honor and give assistance to veterans who have served our country."