ROCKY HILL, Conn. (WTNH) — It was not a scene from “MASH,” but it looked like one. Nurses from the Yale School of nursing rushing around in a Quonset hut testing and screening Connecticut veterans from all across the state at the 22nd annual Veteran’s Stand Down at the Rocky Hill Veteran’s Home and Hospital.
They came by the hundreds for the more than 90 different free services all pulled together at one location. Some found out that during their service they may have been exposed to dangerous, cancer causing chemicals from the water when they were in the Marines.
“I was in the United States Marine Corps and I just found out about the water situation at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. That’s knowledge I didn’t have and there’s a lot of benefits towards that,” said Edward Moore of Bridgeport.
Even much less serious services like a shave and a haircut. It’s all included in this annual event that includes transportation here from all corners of the state. There’s help with Social Security issues, a DMV office with no lines, and free legal assistance.
“I’ve been coming about six or seven times, usually I come here for a little legal help with the House stuff,” said Clarence Cummings of New Haven.
“This time I came to get a little dental work done and get registered with the Veterans Administration,” said Art Murray of New Haven.
The Community Health Centers around the state provided a platoon of hygienists and dentists.
The Stand Down only last the one day but there’s much more help for Connecticut veterans. You can find much of it below;
facebook; CT Veteran’s Affairs
Twitter; @CTVets Affairs
For more information on the Stand Down Event, click <a href=”http://www.ct.gov/ctva/cwp/view.asp?a=1992&q=566332″ target=”_blank”>here.</a>