veterans crisis line - never forget


Stand By Them - 1-800-273-8255 - PRESS 1

Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one?
Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves.

defibrillator at the Danielson veterans coffeehouse

The Coffeehouse now has a Defibrillator and we welcomed Derek May and nurse Janine Vose in demonstrating how to use it when needed.  Very simple, speaking instructions to anyone who using this device.  They will be offering a 3 hour certification course in the near future.  Thanks again to the Northeast District Dept.. of Health for their time to a full house of over 70 veterans.


April 4, 2019 4th Anniversary

We have just reached our 4th Anniversary of the 

Danielson Veterans Coffeehouse and want to thank everyone who was/is                                                                                          instrumental in making us a success.   WE ARE HERE FOR ALL VETERANS.


CT Home Show, April 5 - 7

From the CT American Legion Auxiliary 

Share with your friends and family. Print out this ticket, you may make as many copies as you want and share with everyone. Each ticket admit 2 people to the Home Show at the XL center. April 5-7


April 16, free breakfast for all veterans

Crossings Restaurant & Brew Pub 9AM

FREE Breakfast for all veterans  

The Danielson Veterans Coffeehouse Annual Breakfast will be April 16 at 9AM at the Crossings Restaurant & Brew Pub in Putnam.  We will be celebrating our 4th anniversary and it is open to ALL veterans and the breakfast is FREE.   You must sign up at the Tuesday Coffeehouse and put a $5 deposit down which will be given back to you at the breakfast.  You can also send in your $5 deposit to Danielson Veterans Coffeehouse, Box 3, Danielson, CT 06239 or give it to Fred Ruhlemann, Tom Pandolfi, Bruce Hay or Charlie Milewski.  This is a great time for all.....hope you can make it.





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trip to the New England Air Museum

Tuesday, March 26th

Danielson Veterans Coffeehouse trip to the New England Air Museum, Tuesday, March 26....$35...Reserve your seat.

Another great aircraft in the museum.....

Sikorsky VS-44A 'Excambian'

"Excambian" is the only surviving aircraft of three built by Sikorsky for non-stop trans-Atlantic service. It was delivered in May, 1942 and flew its first passenger-carrying flight on June 22, 1942 painted in Navy camouflage. The flying boat carried priority passengers and freight under contract to the U.S. Navy and Army until December 31, 1944.
From January, 1945, Excambian flew scheduled passenger service for American Export Airlines until late in 1945 when it, along with its one remaining sister ship, “Exeter,” (“Excalibur,” had crashed in October, 1942), was retired and replaced by the land-based Douglas DC-4. The two planes were put up for sale and subsequently flew for several different airlines.
In 1967, Charles Blair, who was the Chief Pilot on the first test flight of the flying boats and the husband of actress Maureen O'Hara, was able to purchase Excambian for Antilles Air Boats to ferry passengers among the Virgin Islands. In 1969 it was extensively damaged beyond economic repair.
In 1976, the Blair’s donated the plane to the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, FL. With permission from Ms. O’Hara who was now widowed, the Navy in 1983 transferred the aircraft to the New England Air Museum on permanent loan. Excambian was then shipped by barge from the Gulf of Mexico to Bridgeport, CT.



  Heroes 4 Hire Career Fair
(Veterans Career Fair)  

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m
Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field
615 Silver Lane
East Hartford, CT 06118

Heroes 4 Hire 2019 Veteran Suit Registration
Please fill out this form completely to register to receive a free suit at the 2019 Heroes 4 Hire career fair. It will take place on April 9, 2019 at Rentschler Field, Hartford, CT. Please make sure all the information is accurate before submitting.


T-Mobile One Military Phone Plan: The T-Mobile ONE Military plan provides 20% off the first phone line, 50% off each line after that and up to 50% off select Samsung phones. Plus, things like stream unlimited and a free Netflix account!

AT & T Military & Veteran Discount: 55% discount on qualified monthly wireless plans

Sprint Active Duty, Reserve and Veteran Discounts: Sprint offers the Unlimited Military plan, which is a discount on their Unlimited Basic plan and includes 50% off on additional lines ($60 for the first, $20 for the second and $10 for each additional line)

Verizon Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard & Veteran Discount: Verizon wireless provides a 15% discount on monthly plans and a 25% discount on accessories.


DoD recognizes march, Brain Injury Awareness month


DoD recognizes Brain Injury Awareness month, promotes warfighter brain health 

very year, the Defense Department recognizes March as Brain Injury Awareness month to increase awareness of traumatic brain injury. Throughout the month, the Military Health System will provide tools and resources to educate the military community, and those who support them, about TBI.

About Traumatic Brain Injury
TBI is a signature injury of current conflicts and, according to DVBIC, 383,947 service members received a TBI diagnosis from 2000 until the first quarter of 2018. Additional helpful facts include:
DVBIC defines a TBI as the result of a blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain; not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI.
Injuries can be closed or penetrating head wounds and will range in severity from mild to moderate to severe.
The most common form of TBI in the military is mild TBI, also referred to as concussion.
Common symptoms following a concussion include headaches, dizziness, sleep disturbances, vision changes, balance problems, fatigue, attention and memory problems, irritability, and mood changes.
Early detection of traumatic brain injury leads to early treatment; early treatment leads to better outcomes.

new va policy


A couple of veteran items that may be of interest:
.VA Secretary Wilkie announced that the VA will be implementing a new policy that puts recipients of the Purple Heart Medal to be "put at the front of the line" for benefit claims. PH veterans already do receive priority status within the VA Health system in regards to receiving medical care; they are placed in Priority Group 3 for incoming scheduling of appointments. Priority Group 3 also includes veterans who were previous Prisoners of War and veterans who have service-connected disabilities rated 10%-20%. Starting April 1, 2019, they will also get priority when they submit disability benefit claims . Give credit where credit is due; it may be a long time coming but at last the VA got this straight.
..If you receive disability compensation (service-connected) and need to take prescription medication for it, remember that the cost is born by the VA along with your monthly benefit. Sometimes veterans forget get about this additional benefit, especially if they were taking the same meds before their disability award. If you think you are being billed by the VA for a prescription that is directly related to your disability, call the VA pharmacy where you get them, usually Providence or W. Haven for most of us, and ask them to verify. If they agree, you even get back pay for for any of those you paid for after you submitted your claim (but before you received it.)

VA Updates


Do you have a fever, headache, cough or sore throat?

Does your body ache, and are you feeling tired or weak?

Would you like your symptoms evaluated without leaving your home or office?

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, turn to us for a prompt diagnosis and comprehensive care. We'll provide you with individualized treatment recommendations based on your unique needs, and we'll even phone in a prescription to your VA facility or a local pharmacy near you.

For more information about treating your flu symptoms or to speak with one of our experienced nurses, contact us for a same day, virtual appointment. We're available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and no co-pay is required.  Call your local number and select option #3.


new agent orange bills


House Bill HR 566 - Senate Bll 332

We got a new number! S. 332 –By Senator Blumenthal of Conn. full text of the bill should be uploaded next week. House bill HR 566 By Congressman Joe Courtney of Ct. Agent Orange Exposure Fairness Act Please call all your Senators and Congressman to get on board as co sponsors. More to follow. Gerry…/116th-cong…/senate-bill/332/text…

free dental services


All Year Long

FREE Dental Service at Goodwin College, East Hartford, CT

be all you can be



Today we honor the first black woman to join the elite group to guard the Tomb of the Unknowns, Sgt. Danyell Elaine Wilson! In 1997, at 22 years old, Wilson became the second woman to become a tomb guard at Arlington National Cemetery.  A soldier from Alabama who said her state's civil rights struggle inspired her to succeed became the first black woman to guard the Tomb of the Unknowns, which honors the nation's unidentified war dead.

Sgt. Danyell Elaine Wilson, 22, of Montgomery, made her first walk as a tomb sentinel at Arlington National Cemetery yesterday after receiving the Army's tomb guard badge. Only 400 of the badges have been awarded since it was created in 1958.

Tomb guards, all volunteers, are members of E Company of the 3rd U.S. Infantry, known as the Old Guard. Until 1993, when a female military police unit was attached to the Old Guard, women were not eligible to volunteer for guard duty at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

Wilson is only the second woman to earn the tomb guard badge. The first was Sgt. Heather Lynn Johnsen of Fremont, Calif.

"I wanted to do something different, and I figured this would be the highest honor as far as the Army goes, to guard the unknown soldier," Wilson said after receiving the badge from Capt. Robert Forte, commander of the Army company that guards the tomb 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Connecticut Food banks


Plainfiels, Putnam & Pomfret

Ct Food Bank in our area for a mobile Food Pantry:
Central Assembly of God, Plainfield 3d Wednesday of month at 

11:00 am

St. Mary Church Putnam 4th Tuesday of month at 10:00 am

Pomfret Food Pantry is open to Pomfret residents as well as any veteran in need 207 Mashamoquet Road (Rt.44) in Pomfret open Monday 5:30-6:30pm and Tuesdays 11:30-12:30

unclaimed veteran's remains


VA Assists with Burial of Unclaimed Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration (NCA) values its partnership with you to honor Veterans with no known next of kin and insufficient financial resources with dignified burial in VA national and VA-grant funded State and Tribal Veterans cemeteries.  We could not accomplish this without your efforts. For that reason, we are sending you this message so that you are aware of the revised 2019 reimbursements to ensure that unclaimed Veterans without financial resources may be honored with burial benefits earned through service to our Nation.

VA recently revised annual reimbursement allowances. The maximum allowable reimbursement payable in calendar year 2019 for qualifying interments is $2,681 for a casket and $162 for an urn. Please see the Casket/Urn Reimbursement for Unclaimed Veterans Remains Fact Sheet which explains the requirements and procedures for obtaining the reimbursement.  Applicants must submit a VA Form 40-10088 Reimbursement of Casket/Urn

Additional resources are available to assist you with funeral and transportation expenses for unclaimed Veterans remains when there are insufficient resources.  Please see this Unclaimed Veterans Remains Fact Sheet

Thank you for your continued support in providing honorable and dignified burials for unclaimed Veterans without sufficient financial resources.  Should you have additional questions regarding the claim forms, please contact us using our Inquiry Routing & Information System, so we can track inquiries and respond promptly. 

For information on VA burial benefits, visit or call (800) 827-1000.  Please look for our future e-mails on burial and memorial benefits available for eligible Veterans and spouses.  Also, please encourage your friends and colleagues to sign-up for notifications, future e-mail updates and information regarding VA memorial benefits through GovDelivery at

Walt Disney World


Walt Disney World Resort is saluting U.S. military personnel by offering promotional theme park tickets for visits in the New Year. Active or retired U.S. military personnel (including active or retired members of the National Guard, Reservists, the U.S. Coast Guard,

ALL female honor flight


WW2 or Korean War Female Veterans

ALL FEMALE HONOR FLIGHT TOUR OF OUR NATION’S CAPITOL....If you know a WW2 or Korean War Female Veterans, Please pass this on.
Also if you wish to be a chaperone om the flight, fill out the enclosed form.
Honor Flight “Victory” – Saturday, April 6, 2019.…