Veterans Coffee House 

Providing a safe environment for veterans to meet every Wednesday from 9-11 AM at the Eastern Connecticut Veterans Community Center.  This is a social meeting of veterans who served at any time. Veterans create friendships, bond with one another and create their own support system. There are weekly guests that include: agent orange advocacy, VA benefits, retirement options, senior health issues, Bradley Air Museum, national archives, military history, yoga, info on PTSD and veteran suicide, medication review, UCONN football games, history and personal experiences of veterans.

Peer Support Group
Coffee & Conversation
Every Thursday 11:00am

Open to All Veterans. Coffee & Conversation.
Group Facilitator: Carolos Correa.

Family Fun Night
Every 3rd Friday of the Month
6:00p-7:30pm.

Join us at the Eastern Connecticut Veterans Community Come meet other active military and veteran  families.  
You can call us at 860-423-9949 or email [email protected] for more information. 

Love our Vets

The Eastern CT Veterans Community Center is proud to announce that we are now able to work with veterans that are homeless or at risk of homelessness. David Gemme, Homeless Outreach Worker for the VA will be available to meet privately with any veteran in need every Friday from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM at the Veterans Community Center, 1320 Main St., Suite 27, Willimantic. We are located in the plaza behind Taco Bell. If you are a veteran and would like to meet with David and are in need of transportation to the center, please contact us at 860-995-3347. Our Veterans Community Center brings the VA to Eastern CT so that our veterans do not need to drive to West Haven or Rocky Hill. Our “Love Our Vets” program helps any veteran and their family who may need help with housing, clothing, personal care items or household items. If you know someone please refer them to the Eastern CT Veterans Community Center. We are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM or by appointment. You can call us at 860-423-9949 or email [email protected]

Advocacy

We work with state and federal lawmakers to advocate for veteran friendly legislation and provide feedback to them on veteran needs.

Honor Their Memory

Purchase and maintain solar lights for all flagpoles in cemeteries and veteran memorials Purchase and maintain American and POW flags on all cemetery/memorial flagpoles. Identify all veterans buried in Windham cemeteries upon application to the cemetery. Installing metal flag holders and small American flags on every veteran grave. Maintaining the gardens and property around Memorial Park on Main St. and Veteran Memorial in Windham. Keep an updated list of Windham veterans and their branch of service to be honored at ceremonies. Restore veteran graves that are damaged and maintain veteran graves that no longer have families

Wreaths Across America 

We honor our fallen heroes by placing wreaths on their graves during the holiday season and removing the American flags until spring. We are assisted by the American Guard and other veteran groups.

Feed Our Vets 

Working with several food distribution programs and our partners, we provide weekly food boxes to any veteran regardless of need, including home deliveries. We have delivered hundreds of meals and personal supplies to both active service members and veterans.

Business Services

  We provide Professional Development workshops and webinars designed to help small business owners tackle new technology, finances, HR issues, OSHA policies, state and local regulations and other business related topics, as well as personal growth topics. Our partners include: SBA, USDA, WBDC, SBDC, CEDF.

Health and Wellness

In partnership with the VA and other health and wellness providers, we host meetings such as AA, NA, PTSD, MDT,  Dementia and Caregiver's support groups. Suicide Awareness and Holistic Therapies such as Yoga, Massage and Thai Chi. We have a direct line to the VA health system and mental health services as well as holistic and wellness providers, to ensure the overall wellness of our veterans.  These programs are designed to assist veterans only and are moderated by veterans whenever possible.  

Connect Our Vets 

In partnership with the CT VA and the social workers in our region, we provide i-pads and internet service to those veterans who are at risk of suicide. These tools allow them to attend group sessions, visit with their therapists, social workers and doctors, keep them connected to their families and friends and apply for VA benefits and programs, as well as professional development courses and workforce assistance.

Visit our Vets

Our veteran volunteers visit homebound, ill and recovering veterans in our region to do wellness checks, offer them friendship, spiritual support and comradery, and make appropriate recommendations and referrals for services and programs.

Community Military Themed Events 

Our veteran volunteers host several events honoring veterans, the military and historical moments throughout the year including Memorial Day, Armed Forces Day, National Vietnam War Day and Veterans Day. They are always free and open to the public, all military families and branches of the US Armed Forces. 

VIETNAM WAR 50th YEAR COMMEMORATIVE 

We are official partners with the Vietnam War 50th Year Commemoration Commission under the Secretary of the Defense and as such we host a minimum of two events per year honoring our Vietnam veterans and pinning them with official lapel pins.

Communication and Awareness

We keep our veterans informed of changes in VA policies and benefits, new programs and services available to them, discounts, events and opportunities through our email newsletter and Facebook page.

Veteran Discounts

Information Coming Soon!