A steady stream of veterans and well-wishers attended the grand opening of the Windsor Locks Veterans Services Center located at the Town Hall last month.
Former Selectwoman Michelle Hill got to work organizing a neighborhood resource for local veterans four years ago. “In the last year the wheels moved quickly,” said Michelle, as she watched a steady stream of vets and well-wishers visit the grand opening of the Windsor Locks Veterans Service Center earlier this year. The center is located at the Town Hall, 50 Church Street.
The new organization seeks to provide guidance to local military veterans and a connection through community activities. “The key words in this mission are ‘guidance’ and ‘connectors’, ”says Michelle. The WLVSC will help local vets find resources to answer their questions and help then with issues. “While we can’t solve every problem, we hope to connect our veterans to an organization that will,” says Michelle.
These organizations include the VA CT Healthcare system, and Veteran Inc., a national organization that specializes in readjustment counseling for veterans with a history of active duty in any combat theatre or area of hostility. These and other resources were on hand at the grand opening: the US Department of Labor, VA employment and training Service, American Legion, the PTSD Elizabeth Dole Foundation the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, among others.
The Windsor Locks Veterans Service Center can be reached at (860) 654-8903.
Photo two: Former Selectwoman Michelle Hill was instrumental in bringing a Veterans Center to Windsor Locks.
Photo three: Ed Barry, Commander of the WL American Legion(l) and Dan Walsh, , regional manager at Veteran Inc. (r) also greatly contributed to organizing the WL Veterans Service Center.