The Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairsâ€™ 27th annual Stand Down event on Friday, Sept. 20, will feature over 100 organizations from around the state.
According to Commissioner of Veterans Affairs Thomas J. Saadi, more than 120 federal and state agencies, community based organizations, private businesses and veterans organizations will participate.
â€śThis year, we have the largest number of service providers since the program was launched in 1992,â€ť Saadi said.
In addition to the organizations providing services, over 240 people will volunteer for the day, assisting Connecticut veterans with supportive services, programs and information about benefits.
At the event, veterans will have access to medical services like health screenings, eye and hearing exams and dental work, as well as access to housing and employment opportunities, education programs and legal assistance.
Stand Down will even offer haircuts, clothing needs and mental health services.
The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Department of Veterans Affairsâ€™ Rocky Hill campus at 287 West St. Organizers request that attendees arrive no later than noon.
Attendees must present proof of veteran status or military service, or will be required to sign a statement attesting to military service.
No bags larger than a backpack will be allowed.
Through a partnership with the Connecticut Department of Transportation, there will be a free transportation service running from designated pickup locations.
Pickup times and locations in the local area include the following:
nBristol - City Hall, 111 North Main St., at 7:30 a.m.
nNewington - VA Connecticut Medical Center south side bus stop, 555 Willard Ave., at 7:30 a.m.
nNew Britain - Jimmyâ€™s Smokeshop, 64 West Main St., at 7:45 and 8:15 a.m.
For more information about Stand Down and for a full list of transportation locations throughout the state, visit www.portal.ct.gov/DVA and click on â€śVeterans Stand Down.â€ť