I recently joined Rep. Betty Boukus (D-Plainville, NewBritain, Bristol) and newly-elected House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin) at a press conference in the State Capitol capping off the collection for the 10th annual Secret Santa Collection for the Rocky Hill Veterans Home and Hospital. Commissioner of the Department of Veterans Affairs Linda Schwartz joined
us at the event.
It’s important to thank everyone for participating in our collection for Connecticut’s homeless veterans. All our veterans deserve our gratitude and support every day for their service to our country and this is a wonderful way to show our appreciation.
The approximately 400 veterans residing at the Rocky Hill facility continue to be in need of many basic personal items and this collection helps provide these necessities. The annual Secret Santa Collection sets up donation points throughout the Capitol complex. After the press conference, the donations were loaded into a van for delivery to the Veteran’s Home.
Since 1863, the residential facility at the Veterans’ Home and Hospital has offered a place to live and a continuum of rehabilitative services designed to prepare veterans for their return to independent living in the community.