Aspen dentL

On Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., dentists and team members from over 300 Aspen Dental practices in 31 states will open their doors to offer a day of free  dental care to thousands of veterans.

The day of free service is expected to be the largest single-day oral health initiative targeted at veterans, according to Aspen officials. It's part of the Healthy  Mouth Movement, a community-giving initiative that was launched in 2014, with the goal of delivering free dental care and oral health education to people in need. 

Though the annual event was launched last year, this year is the first time that the free care will be offered exclusively to veterans.

"Aspen has heard a lot from participating doctors," Shawn Ghuman, a spokesperson for Aspen Dental, told The Hour. "Many of the doctors were seeing that a lot of the  people who were coming in for the free dental care days actually were veterans so they wanted to do a day specifically for veterans. That way, they're serving those who have served. The doctors are able to give back to that community."

******Local veterans can sign up by calling 1-844-277-3646  to schedule an appointment in advance. Appointments are available on a first-come, first-serve  basis.****

Thinking of all the mothers in uniform.... HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY

Wreaths Across America Middletown, CT

Business Door or Window Stickers

We now have stickers fro businesses to show their support for the Coffeehouse, for their doors or window.  If you would like one, you may get it at the Coffeehouse or let us know through this email and we will mail you one or more.

Thank you,

 The Danielson Veterans Coffeehouse

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Blue Water Veterans

Blue Water Veterans

May 5, 2018                    

More than 90,000 veterans who served in ships off the Vietnam coastline may become eligible for disability benefits under a new congressional agreement recently unveiled.

Members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee will vote next week on a plan to cover benefits for “Blue Water Navy veterans.”
At issue is VA’s process regarding presumptive status for exposure to Agent Orange and other dangerous wartime chemicals.

Under current department rules, troops who served on the ground in Vietnam or patrolled inland rivers are assumed to have been working with or near the chemical defoliants, and are given special status when filing for disability benefits.

Current stipulations for Blue Water veterans is that they must prove they were directly exposed to Agent Orange for their illnesses to be labeled as service-connected. As it stands, in most cases, collecting scientific evidence of the presence of any harmful defoliant on or near Navy ships from the Vietnam era is impossible, given the many decades that have passed.

A ruling will be made May 8, 2018, to determine if benefits will be extended to more than 90,000 Blue Water Navy Vietnam veterans who served in the territorial waters of Vietnam, veterans who served in or near the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), as well as to children of certain Thailand veterans born with spina bifida.

Armed Forces Day at the New England Air Museum

New England Air Museum  
May 19-20, 2018
Armed Forces Weekend
The Museum will offer all military and veterans free admission and a 10% discount for their families.....sponsored in part by Webster Bank

Father's Day at The New England Air Museum

June 17 - Father's Day - Treat your father to the Museum's Open Cockpit Day and let him climb aboard cockpits of historic airplanes and helicopters. A variety of aircraft will be open for visitors including the WWII-era Republic P-47D "Thunderbolt," the Vietnam War era Bell UH-1B "Huey" helicopter, as well as supersonic jet fighters including the North American F-100A "Super Sabre" and the Lockheed F-104C "Starfighter." There will also be special activities that include climb aboard experiences in historic aircraft; flight simulators, hands-on Build & Fly Challenges, and much more!

The Open Cockpit program runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with the Museum and the Wings 'n Things Gift Shop staying open until 5:00 p.m. Sneakers or rubber-soled shoes are recommended. Food for purchase will be available.

War & Conflicts You Served To Be Eligable for Benefits

You must have been honorably separated from the military service.

World War I - April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918

World War II - December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946

Korean Conflict - June 27, 1950 to January 31, 1955

Vietnam Era - February 28, 1961 to July 1, 1975

Persian Gulf Era - August 2, 1990 to Present

Lebanon* - July 1, 1958 to November 1, 1958

September 29, 1982 to March 30, 1984

Grenada* - October 25, 1983 to December 15, 1983

Earnest Will* - February 1, 1987 to July 23, 1987

Panama* - December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990

*Service in the Operational Theater in a Combat or Combat-Support role is required. Such service must be indicated on your DD-214 either in narrative form or by award of an Expeditionary Medal for the specific operation


 The Board of Directors accepted (for the coffeehouse) the Law Day Liberty Bell Award for our commitment to the citizens 

DANIELSON — Inside Danielson Superior Court, as in courtrooms across the country on Tuesday, judges, lawyers and court staff were urged to rededicate themselves to their professions as part of National Law Day.

“This year marks the 60th anniversary of Law Day, an event originated by President (Dwight) Eisenhower,” said Attorney James Kelley, president of the Windham County Bar Association. “The idea is to commemorate the rule of law and its connection with civic consciousness.”

This year’s theme, “Separation of Powers, Framework for Freedom,” was especially timely, Kelley said.

“It’s the concept of checks and balances that safeguard us and prevent overreaching by any one branch,” he said. “But in a larger sense, this kind of event comes at a time when we’re seeing a lack of respect for certain institutions and professions, like members of Congress and lawyers, individuals who’ve dedicated themselves to public service.”

As part of the event, the board of directors for the Danielson Veterans Coffeehouse was presented with the judicial district’s 2018 Liberty Bell Award, given to individuals and groups not affiliated with the law who’ve worked to better their communities, who “quietly contribute to making this country a better place,” Kelley said.

“Wow, this is thrilling,” board President Fred Ruhlemann said as dozens of attendees stood and applauded. “We started in 2015 with maybe 25 members and now regularly get 50 veterans showing up. What a lot of people don’t realize is there are almost no services for vets in Windham County. That’s why we’re here.”

Ruhlemann, who hosts the weekly veterans meetings, said Eastern Connecticut is home to approximately 60,000 veterans, many of whom are unaware of the benefits they’re entitled to.

“We’re here to be the helping hand,” he said.

During his opening remarks, Judge Edward Graziani, an administrative judge at Putnam Superior Court, reminded attendees that the law is a “flexible creature.”


“It’s a system of rules created to regulate society,” he said. “And without rules, there is chaos. The law affects people’s health, safety, education and their ability to earn a living. It protects our freedoms.”

Graziani said he hoped highlighting the law’s importance through the yearly event would uplift its practitioners.

“I hope this energizes each and every one of us,” he said. “This is not just a job; the implications go well beyond that. Our main function is to help achieve justice.”



To help veterans look their best for job interviews, we will be collecting gently used men's and women's professional clothing for our veterans on May 3.

Save-A-Suit will begin at 9 a.m. in the state Capitol parking lot, 210 Capitol Ave., Hartford.

Please consider donating any suits, dresses, shoes, ties, shirts or sport jackets, or make a monetary donation at the time of the drop-off or contribute online at

Vietnam War Certificate of Honor

In addition to providing lapel pins for Vietnam War-period veterans, the Vietnam War Commemoration has four certificates available to honor specific groups of veterans and family members.

The Certificate of Honor program recognizes individuals in these four categories:

1.  Living former prisoners of war from the Vietnam War, as listed by the Defense Department.
2.  Immediate family members of U.S. military personnel listed by DoD as missing and unaccounted for from the Vietnam War.
3.  Immediate family members of veterans listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  
4.  Surviving spouses (from time of death) of a veteran who served between Nov. 1, 1955, and May 15, 1975.

Those eligible for the above awards must obtain them through a commemorative partner — a local organization that works with the commission.
To find out more about partners in your area, as well as specific eligibility requirements, visit, call the commemoration offices at 877-387-9951, or email

Roast Pork Dinner

The Putnam VFW is hosting a Roast Pork Dinner to HONOR VETERANS on May 5that the VFW Putnam Post.  Veterans eat FREE and all others are $5.  Dinner starts at 2PM and you MUST CALL AND MAKE A RESERVATION at 860-928-9897 BY Saturday APIIL 28th.

The CTVeteran's Administration budget MUST NOT be reduced!!!

The Connecticut Veteran's & Military Coalition wants you to know and THIS IS IMPORTANT.


It's not a secret that our great state is in a financial quagmire --- and the CT General Assembly is, again, looking to the veterans to be part of the solution by reducing the Veteran's Administration SB-289 budget by over 2 MILLION dollars.  Veterans have always answered the bell and stood tall when our country called, but the V.A. cannot continue to be the resource when many veterans require the services they deserve.  It is NOW so important that EVERY Connecticut Veteran contact their respective Senator and Representative (identify yourself) and politely insist the they support the up-coming bill that will help keep veteran spending from a severe reduction.  Listed below is the bill and # under consideration along with instructions on contacting your Senator and Representative --- a phone call to the respective number will allow you to leave a short message.  The receptionist will help direct you to your Congressperson.  Letters are very important also.  This is PRIORITY ONE --- The Veteran's Administration budget MUST NOT be reduced!!!  Let's all respectfully request support of bill SB-289!

Find Your Connecticut Legislators

or call

Connecticut Senate Democrats            Connecticut Senate Republicans
Legislative Office Building                  Legislative Office Building
Room  3300                                          Room 3400
Hartford, CT  06106                             Hartford, Ct  06106
860-240-8600                                       860-842-1421