ROCKY HILL, CT – The Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs hosted Stand Down September 22, 2017, 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 medical screenings, 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, a record 100 agencies and organizations participated in the event with more than 230 volunteers assisting. More than 1,000 veterans attended Stand Down.
Commissioner Sean M. Connolly said, “Connecticut’s 200,000-plus Veterans are a state treasure and we owe it to them to “Serve Those Who Served” with excellence; it’s what they’ve earned and deserve. Stand Down is such a success due to our wonderful volunteers and our providers and exhibitors who offer Veterans their services in one convenient location here on our campus. Veterans Always!”
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. Over 500 pairs of socks, generously donated by Hanes, were given to veterans in need.
Major Dr. Eva R. Geddes, Veterans Administration Voluntary Services Representative 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.”