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CTLN Opinion+: Commissioner Thomas Saadi, Department of Veteran Affairs

How the department is reaching veterans in the time of social distancing

Description of the video

  • Commissioner Thomas Saadi discussed the adjustments to the Department of Veteran Affairs during the pandemic. Including how the department is reaching veterans in the time of social distancing and the services the department provides as well as how he became involved with the Department of Veterans Affairs and his time in the Army Reserve. 

Resources mentioned in the interview

  • Stand Down 2020, will be held virtually on Sept. 24 & 25. The first day will be webinars conducted by the DVA and others on topics like veteran support services, benefits, and resources. The second day will be an in-person distribution of personal need items to veterans. There are four different distribution locations: 
    • DVA Rocky Hill Campus, 287 West Street in Rocky Hill.
    • Patrick Waldron Veterans Hall, 23 Memorial Dr. in Danbury.
    • Port 5 National Assoc. of Naval Veterans, 69 Brewster St. in Bridgeport.
    • Veterans Rally Point/Easter Seals, 24 Stott Ave. in Norwich.
  • Residential Programs and Services, The DVA”s residential program provides veterans with a continuum of rehabilitation services and programs designed to return them to independent living. 
    • Director of Residential Programs and Services (860) 616-3801
  • Patriot’s Landing, Temporary Family Housing Program provides housing services to veterans and their families at the risk of homelessness. The DVA assists veteran couples and families in obtaining the resources for permanent housing.  
    • Director of Residential Programs & Services (860) 616-3801
    • Admissions coordinator (860) 616-3803
  • Sgt. John L. Levitow Healthcare Center, The Connecticut Veterans Home provides long term nursing care for veterans who require 24-hr medical care. The facility provides other services including rehabilitation services, lab services, and mental health services.
    • For more information call (860) 616-3703 
    • Webpage
  • The Office of Advocacy and Assistance (OA&A) at the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) helps Veterans, their eligible spouses, and dependents in obtaining Veterans benefits under federal, state and local laws. 
    • 1st District, 555 Willard Ave., Newington  (860) 594-6604
    • 2nd District, 100 Broadway, Norwich City Hall, Room 305, Norwich (860) 887-9162
    • 3rd District 70 West Street, Milford (203) 874-6711
    • 4th District 752 East Main Street Bridgeport (203) 336-2570
    • 5th District 55 West Main Street Suite 140, Waterbury (203) 805-6340
  • The DVA’s Cemetery and Memorial Services assists veterans and their families after the loss of a loved one. They provide assistance with burial plot coordination, ordering the Veteran headstone, consultation on available benefits, assistance with interment ceremonies, processing of federal reimbursement payments, and coordination of memorial ceremonies. 
    • (860) 616-3688

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