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Agent Orange Activists & Senator Blumenthal will Address Veterans’ Group

Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) speaks at Veterans Hearing.

Military veterans of all ages will hear a crucial message at the monthly Veterans’ Coffee House hosted by Assisted Living Services at the Cheshire Senior Center on Tuesday, March 19th at 10:00am. Guest speakers and Vietnam Veterans Gerry Wright (1SG (Ret) U.S. Army), Jerry Augustine and Paul Scappaticci will share their stories along with information about legislation HR-566 & S-332, the Agent Orange Exposure Fairness Act, submitted by Congressman Joe Courtney and Gerry Wright.

Senator Richard Blumenthal is scheduled to appear to show his support for veterans and this initiative. He will join the speakers in urging residents and veterans to contact CT Federal Senators and Congressmen to tell them to pass this critical legislation for our Vietnam Blue Water Navy Veterans.

The popular Veterans gathering was developed by Mark Halliday on behalf of Assisted Living Services, in conjunction with the Cheshire Senior Center.

“We are thrilled to give even more veterans a chance to get together on a casual basis for coffee, pastries and muffins,” said Halliday. “We often have more than 30 men and women in attendance who have the unique bond of serving in the military.”

At each meeting there is a presentation followed by a discussion. Topics have included health care benefits for veterans, including programs that pay for long term care, as well as conflicts such as the Vietnam War. New members are introduced to the group then they all describe their service to our country. The group meets on the third Tuesday of the month in Cheshire.

“It’s fantastic that Mark is always able to secure timely, high-powered speakers for his monthly meeting,” stated Ron D’Aquila RN, CEO and Co-founder of Assisted Living Services.  “We appreciate his continued dedication to this group, especially sharing crucial information with them about benefits they may not know they are entitled to receive.”

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