Veterans find beneficial programs, resources at Mohegan Sun’s Vets Rock 2020

Veterans Voices

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (WTNH) — Some things have changed during this pandemic but one thing that remains the same is the desire to make sure veterans get the benefits and services they deserve. That’s what “Vets Rock” is all about.

Among the 50 or so vendors is Save A Suit, which once again is dressing veterans for success.

While some veterans were measured on the spot, there were no more racks of suits to be tried on. 

“Everyone will receive a suit within seven to 10 days,” said veteran David Macharelli. “They will mail it to you.”

Veteran Michael Lacaille preregistered and provided his measurements beforehand.

“It was already picked out,” said Lacaille. “Color-coordinated; it was great. Everything fit great, and I got to do my headshot. It was fantastic service.”

“So, today they’re able to come here not just pick up one suit but three outfits…with accessories,” said Angela Ackerman with Save A Suit.

Dozens of vendors set up shop in the Expo Center. The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) helped veterans put in a claim.

“For injuries sustained while in the military,” explained Dominick Cortese, State Junior Vice Commander with the VFW.

Sound Community Services is hoping to set up a clinical support group for veterans.

“Let them know that there’s options out there and you’re not the only one that’s looking for additional supports,” said Nichole Burns with Sound Community Services.

Veteran owned Killfoot Clothing was back again as part of the Hiring Our Heroes job fair. This year, there were no in-person interviews. 

“We are doing a lot of hiring online,” said Brent Walker, who founded Killfoot Clothing.

“My favorite and best program is the VA loan program,” said Carlene Shannon with Residential Mortgage Services.

That program provides 100% financing with no mortgage insurance required. Carlene Shannon gave custom made COVID keys to those who stopped by her booth.

“So you don’t have to touch an ATM or at the gas station and such,” said Shannon. “You can open doors with it.”

With everyone thinking about staying safe and healthy, there was also a booth run by Yale New Haven Hospital where veterans were able to get a flu shot and it could be back again next year. 

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