Coming up next week is an opportunity for veterans across the local region to access resources, information and services designed for them.
The Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) is planning its annual Stand Down event for Sept. 22-24.
Stand Downs are a national effort geared toward providing supplies and services to homeless veterans. They typically include health screenings, VA Social Security benefits counseling and referrals.
CT’s Stand Down 2021 will begin Sept. 22 at 9 a.m. with a kickoff ceremony on the DVA’s Rocky Hill campus. It will be broadcast live on social media and be followed by informational webinars for veterans, along with their families and providers.
The CT DVA operates multiple facilities serving the needs of veterans, including the VA Medical Center in Newington. Transportation will be provided from this facility to the VA campus at 287 West St., Rocky Hill, where the regional in-person Stand Down activities are set to take place on Friday, Sept. 24 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Veterans can make an appointment to visit during the day for information, resources and free giveaways, including to-go meals and hygiene essentials. There will also be medical screenings and representatives from federal and state veterans’ agencies and organizations.
Donations are being collected by local businesses ahead of the Stand Down activities. Clean, new socks and toiletry items may be dropped off inside the following Newington locations during their regular business hours: Karma Closet, 3153 Berlin Tpke., Geico, 2434 Berlin Tpke., The Chapel, 401 New Britain Ave., Ed Jones, 28 Market Sq., Sandra Lee, 284 W. Hill Rd. Donations are also being collected on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Newington Veterans Coffee House, 294 Willard Ave.
For more information or to register visit portal.ct.gov/dva/pages/veterans-stand-down
Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.