Released June 1, 2016

Veterans from across the region are expected to gather Saturday, June 11, at Quinebaug Valley Community College for a free event designed to give former service members assistance with benefits information.

According to Pam Brown, director of transition services and veterans certifying official at QVCC, a variety of community, health, and government groups will have representatives at the Danielson campus providing guidance to veterans and their families on the benefits they have earned.

“There’s so many veterans who are unaware of what benefits are available to them, whether it’s food, housing, transportation, or health,” she explained. “Veterans are used to helping themselves, or relying on each other to figure out those benefits. This is a starting point, a place to ask questions and be referred to people or groups that can help.”

In addition to free hearing and eye screenings, the event includes booths hosted by several veterans’ services groups, as well as representatives from the state Department of Labor, the American Legion and others. Brown hopes the Stand Down will generate enough interest to make it an annual event.

The Veterans Stand Down runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include a complimentary lunch for attendees. For additional information, contact Brown at 860-932-4066 or