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Veterans Affairs appointments
The Town of Somers Department of Veterans Affairs is a state office operating out of the Somers Town Hall at 600 Main St. Due to the risks associated with the coronavirus, until further notice entrance to Somers Town Hall is by appointment only. The Veterans Affairs office can address many matters via phone at (860) 272-4207 or (860) 604-0634 or by email at Veterans@SomersCT.gov.   

If no one is available to take your call, leave a message with your name, phone number, and reason for calling and we will return your call during the VA’s in-office days of Tuesday and Friday.  If you leave a message outside of these days, your call will be returned on the next business day.

Also, any documents that need to be dropped off can be done at the drop box located near the front office doors. 

The VA office assists:
• Current active duty Guard/Reserve.
• Veterans who served at least 180+ days of active service (post-training) and were discharged or released therefrom with other than a dishonorable discharge (38 U.S. Code §4211).
• Immediate family member of a U.S. service member or veteran.
• Caregiver to a U.S. service member or veteran.
• Surviving family member.

Exception: Discharged from the military because of a disability (not pre-existing), early out, or hardship

Required documents for assistance:
• Service records (DD-214, DD-215, or equivalent).
• Government issued photo identification (driver’s license, state ID, military ID, etc.). 
• Disability decision (PEB, VA Rating Letter, etc.), if applicable.
• Proof of all household income- applicable for financial assistance. 

Various additional documents may be requested to facilitate assistance. For assistance by phone, dial (860) 272-4207 or (860) 604-0634.

Business hours: Tuesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., by appointment only.

The Somers Department of Veterans Affairs is not a rapid response office. If you are a service member, veteran, caregiver, or family member in crisis, call the crisis line at (800) 273-8255 and press 1.

Valentine Bake Sale
A Sweets for Your Sweetie Valentine Bake Sale, hosted by the Ladies Aide Society of the Congregational Church of Somersville, will be held at the church, 22 Maple St., from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 13.

A selection of holiday desserts and other tantalizing goodies will be available at the church hall.  

Those attending must wear masks and maintain social distancing. Those taking part are asked to bring your own bags for transporting if you can.   

Call the church office at 860-749-7741 for details.

Women’s Club Raffle
The Somers Women’s Club is holding a raffle to help support its scholarship fund. The top three prizes are a hand-sewn quilt, a one-hour professional massage with Beth Lindgren at Star Hill Athletic Center in Tolland, and a $50 gift certificate from Four Seasons by the Lake Restaurant in Stafford Springs.

There are 10 prizes. The drawing for the raffle will be at 12:30 p..m. March 4 at Somers Congregational Church, 599 Main St. The drawing will be held outside or inside, depending on COVID-19 numbers. Winners need not be present. 

There will be one prize per tickets, which cost $5 each. Call Mary at 860-698-9383 or Monique 860-604-9811 to purchase a ticket.

Wreaths Across America
Somers volunteers are making it a priority to ensure that all military laid to rest at cemeteries in Somers are honored next December on National Wreaths Across America Day. 

“Placing wreaths on the graves of our Somers veterans allows us to leave a legacy in perpetuity,” said Somers Department of Veterans Affairs Director David McCaffrey. “Honoring and respecting our veterans in this way is a significant part of the mission shared by Wreaths Across American and the Town of Somers, Department of Veterans Affairs.”

On Dec. 18, SDVA and volunteers from American Legion Post 101 and the Town of Somers will place purchased wreaths on graves. To maximize the ability to place a wreath on as many veterans’ graves as possible in Somers, consider purchasing/sponsoring a wreath.  

To sponsor a $15 veteran’s wreath through the Town of Somers Cemeteries, visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/CTWEST.

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