Sen. Welch: Friday Vets Event Can Change Lives

September 8, 2011

State Senator Jason Welch (R-Bristol) reminded area residents that the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs is holding its annual “Stand Down” event on Friday, Sept. 9 to benefit needy Veterans.

The free event will be held at the State Veterans Home Campus, 287 West Street, Rocky Hill, from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

“Stand Down can change a veteran’s life,” Welch said. “It aims to provide a helping hand to veterans who are homeless, unemployed or who have medical concerns. Tell your friends, families and co-workers about Stand Down. It’s a great way to show our vets that Connecticut will never forget what they have done for each and every one of us.”

Needy veterans or their advocates can pre-register and receive more information by calling 860-616-3801 or by visiting However, preregistration is not required to attend Stand Down.

Free transportation for veterans is available from pick-up locations around the state. Key urban areas to be served include New Britain.

Welch serves as Ranking Republican on the legislature’s Select Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. He has served his country in both the United States Coast Guard Reserve and Army National Guard.

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