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“Serving Those Who Served” Since 1864. Public Act 13-34. Requiring Cities and Towns to Designate a Veterans Service Contact Person. Effective 1 Oct 2013 Cities or Towns may form a local Veteran’s Advisory Committee…OR

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Public act 13 34
Public Act 13-34

  • Requiring Cities and Towns to Designate a Veterans Service Contact Person. Effective 1 Oct 2013

  • Cities or Towns may form a local Veteran’s Advisory Committee…OR

  • Appoint an employee to serve as a Veterans Service Contact Person and complete an annual training course conducted by CT-DVA, OAA

Public act 13 34 duties responsibilities
Public Act 13-34 Duties & Responsibilities

  • Reemployment

  • Education

  • Rehabilitation

  • Adjustment to Peacetime Living

  • Coord w/Local, State & National Govt & Private Agencies to secure benefits

  • Coord Vocational Training Services

240 000 veterans in connecticut
240,000 Veterans in Connecticut


10% of the Population

45% over 65

17% are 55-59 years of age

8% are Women

17% use VA Connecticut Health Care

10% have Service Connected Disabilities

Over 20,500 Connecticut citizens have been deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan

Serving those who served since 1864


Department of Veterans Affairs

The First Home for Veterans in the Nation – Est. 1864

The fitch home
The Fitch Home

  • The first home for disabled war veterans in the United States.

  • Founded on July 4, 1864, it was known as Fitch’s Home for

  • Soldiers and their Orphans.

  • Benjamin Fitch establish the home for Civil War veterans and for

  • Children whose fathers were killed in that war.

  • From 1864 to 1940 the Fitch home served the needs of hundred of orphans and thousands of men who served their country in various wars.

  • In 1940 the Fitch Home became the Connecticut State Veterans Hospital and relocated at Rocky Hill.

Rocky hill veterans home serving those who served
ROCKY HILL VETERANS HOME“Serving those Who Served”

Over 400 veterans live at the Ct Veterans Home

From all of our nation’s conflicts



Vietnam Era

Gulf War

Iraq & Afghanistan

Gulf War

World War II




Veterans home at rocky hill ct
Veterans’ Home at Rocky Hill, CT

  • Health Care Facility, 125 Beds

  • Residential and Rehabilitative Services, 350 Beds

  • Substance Abuse Program, 50 Beds

  • Must be a Connecticut Resident

  • Have An Honorable Discharge

  • Fee for Services Provided

Residential facility focus on homeless and needy veterans
RESIDENTIAL FACILITYFocus onHomeless and Needy Veterans


* Food,

* Clothing

* Medical Care

Veteran Improvement Program

* Residential Services

* Vocational Counseling

and Job Placement

* Recreational Activities

* Case Management Services

* Educational Opportunities

Residential rehabilitation services
Residential & Rehabilitation Services

  • Room and Board

  • Substance Abuse Treatment and Counseling

  • Training and Education

  • Temporary Employment

  • Interagency Work Experience

  • Job Placement and Assistance

  • Recreational Services

  • Social Work Services

  • Supportive Housing for Working Veterans

Veterans improvement program substance abuse recovery at fellowship house
VETERANS IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMSubstance Abuse Recovery at Fellowship House

* Professional Staff Program to Assist Veterans with drug and alcohol abuse problems.

* 6 months Intensive Clinical Treatment

  • 6 months Residential Treatment and Support

  • Vocational and Employment Support Services during treatment

  • Collaboration with VA Connecticut and Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Homeless veterans in connecticut
Homeless Veterans In Connecticut

  • 1/3 of Homeless Adults are Veterans

  • 900 in CT, 200,000 Nationwide

  • ½ Have Mental Issues

  • 70% Have Alcohol and Substance Abuse Problems

  • Poor Economy Has Increased Homeless Numbers

Va homeless programs
VA Homeless Programs

  • Homeless Outreach & Engagement (Find em and Fix em)

  • Transitional Housing

  • (Grant & Per Diem)

  • Permanent Housing in the Community

  • HUD-VASH Housing

  • Veteran Justice Outreach

Patriot s landing
Patriot’s Landing

Provides Temporary Housing, NTE One Year

(5) Fully Equipped Houses, (16) Beds

OIF, OEF, OND Veterans Priority

All Other Veterans, Space Available

CT Resident

Honorable Discharge

Independent Living

Single Veterans

Fee For Services

Smoke, Alcohol and Drug Free Environment

Residential Programs and Services

Sgt john l levitow veterans health center opened oct 2008
Sgt John L. Levitow Veterans Health Center opened Oct 2008

State of the Art

Long Term Healthcare

125 Bed Facility

Infrastructure improvements

Alzheimer’s Wing

Respite Care

Hospice Care

Therapy Areas

Family Areas

Recreation Areas

Internet Café

Gov Rell Room

$11,838,343 State Funding

$21,985,494 Federal Grant

PROJECT TOTAL $33,823,838

Connecticut veterans cemetery system
Connecticut Veterans Cemetery System



Rocky Hill,




Serving those who served since 1864
CT DVA OFFICE OF ADVOCACY AND ASSISTANCE“Connecting Connecticut’s Veterans to the Benefits They EARNED”

8 Service Officers authorized to assist veterans and their families to access Federal, State or Municipality Services and Benefits

CO-LOCATED with the Federal VA Regional Office in NEWINGTON




CALL Vets INFO LINE 1-866-9CT-VETS or www.ct.gov/ctva

We have obtained over $45 million in new Pensions, Disability Compensation, Educational, Home Loans, Healthcare and Burial Benefits for Connecticut Veterans and their Families

Connecticut veterans benefits
Connecticut Veterans Benefits

  • Municipal Property Tax Exemptions

  • Education Benefits, Tuition Waiver

  • Financial Assistance – Soldiers’ Sailors’ Marines Fund, Temp EmerAsst Fund

  • Employment Benefits, Veterans Preference Points

  • State Employee Retirement Benefits

  • DMV Registration & License Fee Exemption

  • Honorary H.S. Diplomas for WWII, Korea and Vietnam Veterans

Connecticut veterans benefits1
Connecticut Veterans Benefits

  • Burial in State Veterans Cemetery

  • CT Wartime Service Medal

  • Housing Preference & Home Loans

  • CT Veterans Registry

  • Military Support Program

  • Flag on Driver’s License, Vet’s ID

The connecticut wartime service medal and the veterans hall of fame
The Connecticut Wartime Service Medaland the Veterans Hall of Fame

Gov. Rell presents the Hall of Fame Medal to Navy Veteran Dr. James Sedalia Peters II

To Date over 28,000 Connecticut Wartime Medals have been awarded to our veterans

Partners in service to veterans
Partners in Service to Veterans

“Heroes for Hire” Veterans Job Fairs

Co-Sponsored by CT Dept of Labor and CT DVA

Thousands of Veterans meet with 200+CT companies about employment & training opportunities

Gov rell s veterans oasis program o peration a cademic s upport for i ncoming s ervicepersons
Gov Rell’s Veterans OASIS Program Operation Academic Support for Incoming Servicepersons

  • A Public/Private Partnership

  • Each Public College and University

  • Drop-In Room for Returning Veterans

  • Resources, Renewal, Relationships

  • Veteran to Veteran

  • 17 OASIS Centers are open

Ct military support program
CT Military Support Program

Call Center: 866-251-2913

A Joint Program of

CT National Guard, Dept of Veterans’ Affairs &

Dept. of Mental Health and Addiction Services

offers free and confidential counseling for:

Relationship and family issues

Depression, stress and anxiety

Child and youth issues

Substance abuse

Who is eligible for support?

Connecticut Veterans of all wars

and their Spouses or Significant others,

Teens, Kids, Siblings, Parents, Grandparents

Veterans administration
Veterans Administration

  • Veterans Health Administration, VHA

  • Veterans Benefits Administration, VBA

  • West Haven and Newington Campus

  • Outpatient Clinic Locations:

  • Danbury

  • New London

  • Stamford

  • Waterbury

  • Willimantic

  • Winsted

Veterans readjustment counseling centers vets centers
Veterans Readjustment Counseling Centers, (Vets Centers)

  • Danbury

  • Norwich

  • Rocky Hill

  • West Haven

Va healthcare
VA Healthcare

  • Establish eligibility, VA Form 10-10EZ

  • Priority Groups 1 through 8 based on disability and level of income. (See Ch 1,Fed Benefits Book

  • OIF/OEF 5 yr VA Healthcare

Filing a claim
Filing a Claim

  • Contact a Veterans Service Officer

  • Provide all Supporting Medical Documentation

  • Complete a Comp and Pen Exam

  • Backlog, 2 yr, 1 yr,

  • 125 day goal, End 2014

  • VBMS, FDC, e-benefits, My Healthevet, PMC

  • Be Patient

Serving those who served since 1864

Today America has deployed over 2.4 million Armed Forces in the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Connecticut has sent 20,500 to war since 9/11/01.

Connecticut will be ready when they come home, just as we always have been.

Questions ??? the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Connecticut Veterans Website


    CT Dept of Veterans Affairs


    Veterans Administration