New London Veteran Affairs - Advisory Committee
A few years ago, the State Legislature passed a CGS Section 27-135 subsection (a) which talks to municipalities mandated to create a Veteran Service Contact Person; and or subsection (b) which allow the municipality to create a Veterans Advisory Committee. The Mayor chose to go with the development of the Veteran Advisory Committee.
The City attorney was asked to create an Ordinance (16-3) and advertised for volunteers to become members of the committee. The ordinance requirements for committee membership; appointees had to be a veterans of the United States Armed Forces and separated after their obligation with a discharge other than dishonorable, the appointments be made by the Mayor and appointee had to be a city resident. The committee consists of seven members.
WHY IS THIS PROGRAM IMPORTANT?
Some New London residents who have served don’t know they are a veterans or believe they have to be retired from the service to be a veterans and have benefits. There are a lot of veterans who have needs and don’t know where to go to receive them or how they get there. Some of the homeless may also be veterans.
The committee is creating an awareness and outreach program. To accomplish this, we created Program Policy, Communication, Marketing and Honoring our Veterans alive and deceased.
Mission Statement: To evaluate, develop and promote new and existing programs and services for Veterans and their families within the City of New London.
Vision Statement: That New London offer our Veterans quality services and program referrals so they receive the benefits they have earned.
- The purpose of this Committee is:
- To strengthen the common veteran’s cause and ensure that the community is aware of veteran’s rights and needs both men and women.
- To preserve the honor due to all Veterans.
- To help veterans and their families rapidly transition to civilian life. Establish contact with active duty service members who intend to reside in the New London to help them avoid transition problems related to unemployment, homelessness as well as physical and mental health challenges.
- To work cooperatively with other Committees, and City, State and Federal staff with regard to policies, programs, and concerns relating to veterans’ interest. Maintain a working relationship with all other agencies serving veterans within the state of Connecticut.
- To honor New London deceased Veterans.
ARE YOU REGISTERED WITH THE VA?