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Veterans Stand Down 2020

Posted on September 17, 2020 by Greg MacKinnon


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The Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) is pleased to announce that we will hold STAND DOWN 2020 on September 24th and 25th.  While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way agencies and organizations operate, the DVA continues our commitment to serving Connecticut’s Veterans by providing this “one stop” access to a range of programs and services offered by state and federal agencies, Veterans organizations, and community based non-profits. We hope this new approach to Stand Down will help more Veterans across Connecticut connect with the programs and benefits they have earned.

Stand Down 2020 will be held on two days as follows:

 

ONLINE REGISTRATION WILL BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND VIRTUAL PROGRAM & BENEFITS SESSIONS AND TO ATTEND A REGIONAL SITE.

 

Register for Stand Down 2020 here.

 

Visit the CT DVA site here.


STAND DOWN 2020 – DAY ONE
VIRTUAL PROGRAMS AND BENEFITS PRESENTATIONS
Thursday, September 24, 2020
9:00AM to 4:00PM
The Virtual Stand Down 2020 day will begin with  a kickoff ceremony at 9:00 a.m. at the DVA Rocky Hill Campus broadcast via social media. This will be followed by online informational sessions and webinars conducted by the DVA and other agencies and community service providers on topics including supportive services for Veterans and their families, Federal VA benefits, housing and homeless services, State Department of Labor, employment and vocational resources, Veteran caregiver support, legal aid, education resources and more.
TENTATIVE PRESENTATION SCHEDULE
9:00 AM Opening Ceremony
10:00 AM Presentations                                                                                       
  • VA Connecticut – Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Veterans Benefits
  • CT Department of Labor Veterans Services (CTDOL) Employment / Education
  • US Small Business Administration (SBA) Employment / Education
  • 211 Connecticut United Way Housing
  • CT Dept. of Veterans Affairs Veterans Benefits
    Office of Advocacy & Assistance (CTDVA OA&A) Veterans Benefits
 11:00 AM Presentations                                                                                       
  • CT Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities (CHRO) Legal Veterans Benefits
  • CT Dept. of Veterans Affairs Programs & Services (CTDVA)Veterans Benefits
  • VA CT Vocational Readiness & Employment (VR&E) Employment / Education
  • VA Connecticut – Homeless Services  Veterans Benefits
  • Social Security Administration (SSA)  Benefits
  • The Kennedy Center, Inc. Transportation
  • Connecticut Small Business Development Center  Employment / Education
 1:00 PM Presentations
  • VA CT Caregiver Support Program Veterans Benefits
  • The Workplace SSVF  Housing
  • Veterans Inc. SSVF    Housing
  • Community Renewal Team (CRT) SSVF Housing
  • Columbus House SSVF  Housing
  • Statewide Legal Services of CT Legal
  • Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS) Financial 
 2:00 PM Presentations
  • CT Department of Social Services  Benefits
  • University of Connecticut
    Office of Veterans Affairs & Military Programs Employment / Education
  • Horse Feathers Veterans Program at Ray of Light Farm Veteran Services
  • Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern CT, Veterans Rally Point Veteran Services
  • VET Centers Veterans Benefits
  • Advanced Behavioral Health Inc. – Military Support Program Veteran Services
 3:00 PM Presentations
  • Homes for the Brave  Veteran Services
  • VA CT Office of Privacy Veterans Benefits
  • CT Troops to Teachers  Employment / Education
  • CT Veterans Legal Center (CTVLC) Legal
STAND DOWN 2020 – DAY TWO
REGIONAL DISTRIBUTION & INFORMATION LOCATIONS
Friday, September 25
8:00AM to 2:00PM 
The DVA is coordinating distribution of personal need items to Veterans by Veterans service organizations and community based non-profits at four locations. These locations will also be staffed by representatives of the regional Vet Centers, the CT Bar Association and the DVA to provide benefits information, pro-bono legal services, COVID-19 testing and flu shots by medical professionals.
The following COVID-19 mitigation protocols  will be in place and strictly adhered to for attendance at all the regional distribution and information locations: You may only go to the site for which you registered.  Please select a time slot to attend and attend that time slot only.  Please follow all directions given by event personnel. Masks must be worn (covering mouth and nose) by all attendees. Physical distancing is required.  There will be one-way foot traffic – please follow directions of event personnel. If you are not feeling well please do not go to a regional distribution location. If needed, masks will be provided and hand sanitizer will be available.
REGIONAL SITES
  • Patrick Waldron Veterans Hall, 23 Memorial Dr. Danbury, CT
  • Port 5 National Assoc. of Naval Veterans, 69 Brewster St. Bridgeport, CT
  • Veterans Rally Point/Easter Seals, 24 Stott Ave.  Norwich, CT
  • DVA Rocky Hill Campus, 287 West Street Rocky Hill, CT
REGIONAL SITE TIME SLOTS:
8:00am – 9:30am, 9:30am – 11:00am, 11:00am – 12:30pm, 12:30pm – 2:00pm