In 1863, Mr. Benjamin Fitch, a wealthy Connecticut businessman, promised soldiers recruited for Connecticut Regiments serving in the Civil War that he would care for them should they be injured during their military service and care for the families of soldiers killed in the war. This promise led to the establishment in Darien, CT of the Fitch Home for Veterans which was incorporated by the Connecticut legislature in 1864. The “Home” was the first in the history of the United States to offer shelter and support for soldiers of war, their widows and orphans. This very compassionate and humanistic concept was soon adopted by other states and evolved into a national network of homes which were the forerunner of today’s Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
We have assembled this Guide to assist you in learning about the benefits and entitlements you have earned as a result of your military service to this Nation. We want to point out that these items change constantly, so we have provided website information and contact phone numbers to help you access the most up-to-date information on the programs and service available to you. Due to the brevity of this booklet, however, it must be understood that it serves only as a guide in an attempt to summarize benefits and programs. We hope that you find this information helpful. If you have questions, please contact us for additional assistance.
It is the Mission and great honor for this Department to serve those who have served our nation.