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About the Office of Advocacy and Assistance 

It is the responsibility of the Office of Advocacy and Assistance to provide assistance to veterans, their eligible spouses and eligible dependents in obtaining veterans benefits under federal, state and local laws.  Connecticut employs authorized Veterans' Service Officers to assist in the following:

  • Collecting and preparing data relating to benefits and services for Veterans, their spouses and eligible dependents.
  • Canvassing nursing homes to determine if veterans and/or spouses are due benefits.
  • Assisting in the establishment, preparation and presentation of claims pursuant to rights, benefits or privileges accruing to veterans.
  • Cooperating with service organizations in disseminating information.
  • Furnishing counsel to veterans concerning educational training, health, medical, rehabilitation, housing facilities and services, and employment services.
  • Representing veterans before the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) concerning claims and benefits.

Related Resources


Coaching into Care
888-823-7458
Email: CoachingIntoCare@va.gov
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Contact

Main Office
Vacant
Manager
Email: Charles.frederick@ct.gov


Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs
Office of Advocacy and Assistance
Administration Building
287 West Street
Rocky Hill, Connecticut 06067
Phone:  860-616-3683  FAX: 860-616-3562
Medals/Registry:  860-616-3685
Military Documents: 860-616-3684
Burial/Cemetery Services: 860-616-3688

District Offices

1st District
Towns Serviced by District 1
Dawn Waldron
Veteran Services Officer
Email: Dawn.Waldron@ct.gov

555 Willard Avenue
Newington, CT 06111
Office Phone: 860-594-6604 or 6606
Fax: 860-594-6622
Office Hours: Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

2nd District
Towns serviced by District 2

Jeannie Gardiner
Veterans Service Officer
Email: Jeannie.Gardiner@ct.gov

Ryan McKenna
Veteran Service Officer
Email: Ryan.J.McKenna@ct.gov

100 Broadway, Norwich City Hall Room 305
Norwich , CT 06360
Phone: 860-887-9162
Fax: 860-885-0644
Office Hours:  Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

3rd District
Towns serviced by District 3
Anna James
Veteran Services Officer
Email: Anna.James@ct.gov

70 West River Street
Milford, CT 06460
Phone: 203-874-6711
Fax: 203-874-6716
Office Hours: Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

4th District
Towns serviced by District 4
Ramon Agosto
Veterans Service Officer
Email: Ramon.Agosto@ct.gov

Anne James
Veterans Service Officer
Email: Anne.James@ct.gov   

752 East Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06608  
Phone: 203-336-2570
Fax: 203-336-2569
Office Hours: Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

5th District
Towns serviced by District 5
Peter M. DiMaria
Veterans Service Officer
Email: Peter.DiMaria@ct.gov

Jason Coppola
Veterans Service Officer
Email: Jason.Coppola@ct.gov   

Rowland State Government Center   
55 West Main Street, Suite 140
Waterbury, CT 06702
Phone: 203-805-6340
Fax: 203-805-6341
Office Hours: Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Outreach Schedules and Locations
Please call the Veterans Info Line
1-866-9CT VETS (1-866-928-8387)
for information on "out of office" visits from our
Veterans Service Officers