The public is invited to attend a community signing for the Veterans Strong Community Center on Monday, June 19th at 3:00 pm in Council Chambers of Bristol City Hall.
The VSCC is a non-profit program under the sponsorship of the Bristol Veterans Council, Inc. The VSCC opened on July 1, 2016 as a rebranded, non-profit of the former Army Strong Community Center program of U.S. Army Reserves. In April of 2016 it was announced that the USAR would not be keeping the ASCC program and would close all 6 locations at the end of June 2016.
The Bristol community – especially the Bristol Veterans Council – did not want to see the office closed. So under the direction of Donna Dognin, Veterans Assistance Specialist, the Veterans Strong Community Center was born.
The VSCC is an information and resource center for all Veterans regardless of branch of service or condition of discharge. The staff assists Veterans, Service Members or Families find what programs are available given their specific circumstances – financial assistance, job search, VA benefits – just to name a few.
Volunteers for the Soldiers’, Sailors’, and Marines’ Fund are available a day and a half each week. Accredited Veteran Service officers are also available throughout the month, as well as a Vet Center counselor, Army Wounded Warrior Advocate, Veterans Assembled Electronics (a vocational rehabilitation program), and other service providers as needed.
With this Community Signing, the VSCC will be entering into a partnership with 8 communities to provide outreach and veterans services – Bristol, Southington, Plainville, Plymouth, Wolcott, Thomaston, Harwinton and Burlington.
Commissioner Sean Connelly, CT Department of Veterans Affairs, is expected to speak about the regionalization of the program.