Chrome N' Steel 3rd Annual Chicken Barbecue

Chrome N' Steel
3rd Annual Chicken Barbecue
Saturday, August 25th, 2018
Noon to 3pm at AM Vets Post 47
660 Wauregan Rd, Brooklyn, CT
$12.00 Per Person - Tickets Available
At Danielson Veterans Coffeehouse or
Chrome N Steel Members

All Proceeds to Benefit
The Danielson Veterans Coffeehouse

Visit Colonial Manor Health and Rehab

Fred Ruhlemann has made arrangements to visit Colonial Manor Health and Rehab center in Plainfield to visit the Veterans both living there and in for short term rehab. The visit will be on Thursday August 16th at 1:30 P.M. He needs about 6 interested coffeehouse members to go with me and spend about an hour with the Veterans at Colonial. I will be mentioning this at the next meetings as well.  If you can attend Colonial Rehab with Fred, please email him at
Thank you

Retreat for Women OIF/OEF Veterans Aug 7-10 2018 Gilford, NH

Additional Information

The Patriot Resilient Leader Institute is pleased to announce that it will be running a Camp Resilience Retreat for Retreat for Women OIF/OEF Veterans from 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, through 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10. 

WHO: Women OIF/OEF Veterans

WHEN: Aug 7th-10th, 2018

WHERE: The Gunstock Inn, 580 Cherry Valley Rd, Gilford, NH


The retreat will be led and facilitated completely by women and will include workshops discussing such topics as wellness through lifestyle changes, resiliency, and techniques for coping with trauma caused by sexual assault, moral injury or other traumatic events. The retreat will also include sports activities like kayaking, hiking, the Aerial Treetops Adventures course at the Gunstock Mountain Resort, yoga, and water aerobics.

NOTES: Although this retreat is targeted for OIF/OEF women vets, other women vets can apply and be accepted if slots are available. Up to 12 Veterans may participate in this session. As always, there is no cost to the participants of our Camp Resilience program - the costs for all lodging, food, and activities are covered. We would prefer if the veterans or the organizations that send them could provide transportation to/from Gilford, NH. However, if necessary, we can probably help with transportation. We will also cover the costs for counselors from the sending organizations to participate in the Camp Resilience session as facilitators. A reservation fee of $75 is required 7 days prior to the session, which will be fully refunded after completion of the session. A Release of Information & Applicant Verification form, completed by your therapist or physician, is also required to ensure Veterans who apply for a Camp Resilience session are physically, psychologically and emotionally capable of completing the session and benefiting from it. The from is available on the application page.

For more information about Camp Resilience go to or

Send questions to or call (978) 219-4003.

Veterans Picnic July 10 @ 5PM IS CLOSED

We are no longer taking reservations for the veterans picnic at St. John's July 10 as it is well over booked.  If you did not sign up previous to today, July 1 we cannot honor your request.REQUESTS.

Connecticut State Veterans Memorial & Pavers

Media Contact:  Laura Soll, Communications – Connecticut State Veterans Memorial

                   860-688-4499, Cell 860-833-4466,


HARTFORD, CONN, June 27, 2018August 1st is the deadline for the next order of pavers to be placed at the “Connecticut State Veterans Memorial (CSVM).” The impressive granite memorial is in Hartford’s Minuteman Park on Capitol Ave. and Broad St., across from the William A. O’Neill State Armory and the Legislative Office Building. The outdoor memorial is open 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week and there is no admission fee.

Each paver costs $200 and can be engraved with the name of a U.S. veteran, with his or her rank, branch of the military, and the specific years of service and conflict, if desired. Towns/cities can also purchase pavers with their town/city name engraved in honor of those who have served or serve within the town/city. All 6” x 12” pavers will be engraved in upper case block letter-style in three lines of 15 characters per line, including spaces. All verbiage will be approved by the Connecticut State Veterans Memorial, Inc. For a 6” x 12” paver order form, visit the memorial’s website, or call 860-616-3603 and ask for Tammy Marzik.

This next order of pavers will be sent for personalized engraving and will be placed in early Fall.

Connecticut’s first statewide veterans’ memorial pays tribute to the state’s past heroes and heroines, honors today’s veterans, and demonstrates the appreciation for their service for generations to come. It is a welcoming place for personal reflection, as well as a gathering place where groups can honor Connecticut veterans for their commitment and sacrifices. Hundreds of 6” x 12” granite engraved pavers are important elements of the memorial, offering state residents a meaningful way to honor or memorialize a special veteran, and the funds raised have supported the memorial’s development. They are placed along walkways that from the Legislative Office Building to the center of the memorial plaza, and on to the Broad Street side of the memorial.

The Connecticut State Veterans Memorial officially was opened on November 9, 2015 by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. It features a granite colonnade structure consisting of five columns representing each branch of military service as the memorial’s main focal point. A semi-circular granite Honor wall with “Honoring Those Who Served” engraving acts as the memorial’s framing element. The memorial highlights various conflicts with engraved granite markers throughout the plaza. In addition to the paver walkway, there are benches, specialty lighting, and custom landscaping. 

The Connecticut State Veterans Memorial, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that was established exclusively to raise funds for and build a statewide memorial to honor all Connecticut veterans. A dedicated committee of veterans and volunteers have coordinated this landmark effort and thank the hundreds of Connecticut residents and businesses who have supported this project so far. Visit

To obtain a form to order a 6” x 12” engraved walkway paver and get more information about the Memorial, visit or call 860-616-3603.



Laura Soll Public Relations, LLC

860-688-4499, Cell 860-833-4466 

VA Services You May Not Know About

 For veterans who receive VA care for any condition may also receive prosthetic appliances, equipment and services such as home respiratory therapy, artificial limbs, orthopedic braces and therapeutic shoes, wheelchairs, powered mobility, crutches, canes, walkers, special aids, appliances, optical and electronic devices for visual impairment and other durable medical equipment and supplies. Veterans who are approved for a guide or service dog may also receive service dog benefits including veterinary care and equipment.

Danielson Veterans Coffeehouse

Danielson Veterans Coffeehouse Stand Down Resource Event to be held on Saturday June 9, 2018 from 10:00am – 2:00pm.

D Day June 6, 1944..... lasted 44 Days

The Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe on June 6, 1944, was the largest amphibious invasion in history. Some facts that convey the scope of the event and the sheer numbers of combatants, for those of us in their debt:

What does the “D” mean? 

D-Day denotes the beginning of a military operation, since the actual date may vary. For example, the invasion of Normandy was delayed a day because of bad weather and rough seas. The code name was Operation Overlord. The sea portion was Operation Neptune

Who was involved

Allied invasion forces came mainly from Great Britain, Canada and the United States. Some came from Australia, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, France, Greece, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and Poland.


How many troops?

• 156,000 troops or paratroopers came ashore on D-Day: 73,000 from the U.S., 83,000 from Great Britain and Canada.

• 195,700 naval personnel were used in Operation Neptune, led by 53,000 U.S. and 113,000 British troops.

• By the end of June 11 (D+5), 326,547 troops, 54,186 vehicles and 104,428 tons of supplies had come ashore.

How many machines?

• 11,590 Allied aircraft flew 14,674 sorties on D-Day. Of those, 127 planes were lost. Some 2,395 aircraft and 867 gliders delivered the airborne assault.

• 6,939 vessels were in the armada: 1,213 combat ships; 4,126 landing ships/craft; 736 support ships; 864 merchant ships.


The casualties

Casualties refers to all losses: killed, wounded, missing in action and prisoners of war. Like so much of World War II, an accurate casualty count for D-Day may never be known. Recent research by the U.S. National D-Day Memorial Foundation has achieved a much higher figure for Allied soldiers killed in action:

• U.S. casualties on D-Day: 2,499 dead, 3,184 wounded, 1,928 missing, 26 captured.

• Other Allied casualties on D-Day: approximately 2,700 British, 946 Canadians.


• German casualties: 4,000-9,000.

• Total killed, wounded or missing in the Battle of Normandy (June 6-25) for both sides: 425,000. 

• French civilians killed in Normandy: 15,000-20,000, mainly from Allied bombing.

• Today, 27 cemeteries hold the remains of more than 110,000 dead, including 9,386 Americans, 17,769 British, 5,002 Canadians, 650 Poles, and tens of thousands of Germans.

Passing of Fred Carlage

Very sad to learn the passing Fred Carlage whom we celebrated his 100 birthday and medal ceremony at the Coffeehouse. Here he is with his daughter and passed away last Friday at the age of 101.

Calling hours will be at Smith & Walker Funeral Home in Putnam is Wednesday, 06/06, at 9:00 - 10:00 AM.
Funeral service at St. Mary Church at 10:30, with burial to follow in St. Mary cemetery.


Aspen dental

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