Veterans Stand Down 2020: Sept. 24th Online Sessions & Sept. 25th Regional Distribution and Benefit Locations - Register here

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ABOUT STAND DOWN 2020

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.

 

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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
    Office of Advocacy & Assistance (CTDVA OA&A) Veterans Benefits

 

11:00 AM Presentations                                                                                       

  • CT Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities (CHRO) Legal
  • 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
8:00 am - 2:00 pm. 

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

 

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