Property Tax Exemptions
• State law provides a basic $1,000 municipal property tax exemption for qualified veterans and their surviving spouses. An exemption is a reduction in the property’s assessed value on which taxes are owed, not a credit against the amount of the tax. An honorable discharge, issued by the Department of Defense (DD-214) must be filed with the Town Clerk prior to October 1.
They must be submitted, in person,at the Assessor's office. No on-line or electronic filing is available.
• Veterans, who have ninety days of wartime service, including Merchant Marines, who served during WWII, are eligible for a $1,500 exemption for property tax purposes. You have the option to choose to apply this exemption to your real estate or automobile tax.
• Veterans below a certain income level and/or service connected disabled veterans are eligible for additional property tax exemptions (up to $10,000 for paraplegics). Surviving spouses of veterans may also be eligible for this benefit.
For additional information contact the Assessor's Office at (860) 644-2511 ext 211
If you have any questions concerning your veteran earned benefits
contact your ‘Service Officer’!
Your Accredited American Legion South Windsor Post Service Officers are:
Ken Lewis, Post 133 Service Officer
Bill Dopirak, Post 133 Assistant Service Officer
If you were stationed at Camp Lejeune between 1957 and 1987
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Application for VA disability benefits.
Expert assistance, free of charge,
to veterans and their families.
Information, referrals and resources on
education, employment and business,
death benefits and other important topics.
State certified to assist you in obtaining your benefits under the CT Soldiers', Sailors', and Marines' Fund.
The link to the Solder's, Sailor's,
and Marine's fund is;
Request Military Service Records
A form DD214 represents one of the most important documents you may ever possess. The DD214 contains data needed to verify active military service. Many veterans recognize the official moniker for this document as "DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty." Start the replacement procedure as soon as you discover you have misplaced or lost your original form. You can request a replacement DD214, online, from the comfort of your own home.
American Legion Remembrance Site
The American Legion, the nation’s largest veterans service organization, places a high priority on honoring and remembering those who dedicated their lives to keeping our nation safe. A new American Legion web page is packed with stories, photos and videos, and offers visitors the ability to add their own words and images. The Honor and Remembrance web page is now available at www.legion.org/honor. The page features My Time in Uniform, where you can share your own story, Family Legacy, where you can take pride in a family member’s service, and the Sacred Places Database, a listing of more than 1,200 museums, memorials and cemeteries.
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Being a Veteran (or a senior citizen) Has a Few Perks
Check out special discounts for Veterans, here!
Making ends meet in a tough economy can be challenging, especially as we get older, so we need to take advantage of every discount we can. While merchants don’t always agree on what age we become a “senior”, most of them agree that having us as customers is to their advantage. To see a list of merchants who offer discounts, click here. And because you are smart consumers, we do recommend that you verify the discount in advance.
Benefits for Military - Are You Eligible?
Our thanks to Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Yolanda York, who wants you to know that the SSA honors those who have served. They offer a wide range of services for Veterans and active duty military. Service members who return home with injuries have access to an expedited process. Learn more about it on their Wounded Warrior website. Benefits through Social Security differ from VA benefits, requiring a separate application. Active duty military on medical leave or hospitalized should consider applying for disability benefits. Additionally, families of the fallen may be eligible for Social Security survivors benefits. Learn more about Social Security survivors benefits here. If you’ve served in the Armed Forces and you’re planning your retirement, you’ll want to read Military Service and Social Security. You also may want to visit the Military Service page of their Retirement Planner, online here.
Dental Help for Veterans
Pro Bono Dental Surgeries
A number of Iraq War Veterans are experiencing major dental problems since returning home. The problem for these veterans is that the VA doesn’t pay for dental care unless a soldier is 100 percent disabled. That means they have to pay huge dental bills without any government help. One non-profit that is stepping up to the plate is Rebuilding America’s Warriors (R.A.W). Dedicated to providing reconstructive surgeries to American war veterans who have recently been wounded and/or disfigured while on active duty, R.A.W has enlisted the help of a dozen dentists nationwide. For more information, click here.
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Visit our Job Area - Check out our Job Board with thousands of jobs in many occupational areas and upload your resume so that Employers can find you. You should check out Virtual Job Fair for all the valuable employment resources they provide.
VA operates the nation's largest integrated health care system, with more than 1,700 hospitals, clinics, community living centers, domiciliaries, readjustment counseling centers, and other facilities.
VA administers a variety of benefits and services that provide financial and other forms of assistance to Servicemembers, Veterans, their dependents and survivors.
VA operates 131 national cemeteries in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Burial and memorial benefits are available for eligible service members, Veterans, and family members.
For all you flyboys
For current and former serving Members of the United States Air Force, Army Air Corps, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard TogetherWeServed is a unique, feature-rich resource helping Airmen reconnect with lost Wingmen, share memories and tell their Air Force story.
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For all you swabbies
For current and former serving Members of the United States Navy, TogetherWeServed is a unique, feature-rich resource enabling Naval personnel to re-connect with lost Shipmates, share memories and tell their Navy story.
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Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs
2011 Reference Guide for Connecticut Veterans,
Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs
Benefits Experts Toll Free 1-866-9CT-VETS (928-8387)
or on the web at www.ct.gov/ctva
VETERANS SERVICE OFFICER NEWINGTON 860-594-6604
VETERANS SERVICE OFFICER NORWICH 860-887-9162
VETERANS SERVICE OFFICER WEST HAVEN 203-931-0460
VETERANS SERVICE OFFICER BRIDGEPORT 203-336-2570
VETERANS SERVICE OFFICER WATERBURY 203-805-6340
STATE VETERANS HOME HEALTHCARE 860-616-3705
RESIDENTIAL FACILITY, VETERANS HOME 860-616-3803
SUBSTANCE ABUSE SUPPORT, VETERANS HOME 860-616-3803
United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Information Toll Free 1-800-827-1000 or www..va.gov
VA HEALTHCARE WEST HAVEN/NEWINGTON 203-932-5711
HEALTHCARE FOR HOMELESS VETERANS 203-479-8043
VA CT WOMENS HEALTHCARE 203-932-5711
VA HOMELESS PROGRAM 203-931-4036
ERRERA COMMUNITY CENTER WEST HAVEN 203-479-8000
HOMES FOR THE BRAVE BRIDGEPORT 203-338-0669
FEDERAL VETERAN READJUSTMENT CENTERS
HARTFORD VET CENTER 860-563-8800
WEST HAVEN VET CENTER 203-932-9899
NORWICH VET CENTER 860-887-1755
Substance Abuse Services
Connecticut Dept. Mental Health & Addiction Services 800-662-4357
Focus on Recovery Helpline 800-374-2800
National Coalition for Homelessness 800-838-4357
Debt Adjustors, Money Management Inc. 888-845-5669
CHFA Veteran Mortgage Refinance Program 860- 721-9501
US Small Business Admin/Patriot Express 860-240-4894
CT Dept. of Insurance/Consumer Affairs 860-297-3900
CT Dept of Social Services/Veterans Programs 860-424-5024
Emergency Assistance Grants
CT Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Marines’ Fund 800-491-4941
CT Military Support Program 866-251-2913
National Crisis Hotline 800-784-2433
National Suicide Support 888-784-2433
Brain Injury Association of Connecticut 860-721-8111
CT Dept. of Labor – Veterans Programs 860-263-6514
US Dept. of Labor – Veterans Programs/CT 860-263-6490
CT Trial Lawyers/VA Appeal Specialists 860-522-4345
Call 211-INFOLINE ANYTIME
to web sites which provide information on veterans benefits.
Disability Compensation Pension
• National Veterans Foundation - Disability Compensation
• U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs - Death Pension
DIC (Dependency and Indemnity Compensation)
• U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs - DIC
• Government Money - DIC
Veterans Health Care
• Kaiser EDU - Veteran's Health Care
Long Term Care Benefits through Veterans Health Care
• SVSA - Long Term Care Benefits for Veterans
CHAMPVA for Surviving Spouses
• SVSA - Help for Surviging Spouses
• VA - CHAMPVA
• National Veterans Foundation - Burial Benefits
State VA Nursing Homes
• NCPC - State VA Nursing Homes
Home Renovation Grants
• SVSA - Home Modification Programs
Websites for American Veterans
— What All Vets Should Know —
Below are web-sites that provide information on Veterans benefits and how to file/ask for them. Accordingly, there are many sites that explain how to obtain books, military/medical records, information and how to appeal a denied claim with the VA. Please pass this information on to every Veteran you know. Nearly 100% of this information is free and available for all veterans, the only catch is: you have to ask for it, because they won’t tell you about a specific benefit unless you ask for it. You need to know what questions to ask so the right doors open for you and then be ready to have an advocate who is willing to work with and for you, stay in the process, and press for your rights and your best interests.
American Legion Centennial Site
The American Legion Centennial Celebration is not only about honoring the past 100 years of our history, but also preparing to continue our legacy of service. Events and activities at posts all around the world will showcase The American Legion "Still Serving America."
- See more at: http://centennial.legion.org/#sthash.qT1FsCdU.dpuf
- Our Post at: http://centennial.legion.org/connecticut/post133
America’s VetDogs is a way of honoring
the sacrifice made by our men and women in uniform.
America’s VetDogs® – The Veteran's K-9 Corps® is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that serves the needs of veterans with disabilities from all eras who have honorably served our country. VetDogs provide guide dogs for veterans who are blind; service dogs for those with other physical disabilities; physical and occupational therapy dogs to work with amputees in military and VA hospitals; and combat stress control dogs to be deployed in theater.
Explore VA provides resources for Veterans and their families interested in learning about and applying for health care benefits, including benefit eligibility, the application process, specific types of health care benefits, like dental care and vision care, and spouse and dependents' compensation eligibility.
If you wish to find out more about health care benefits from VA you should be interested in the new Explore VA website, specifically the health care benefits page. Explore VA provides a fast way to learn about VA benefits, find out which ones you may be eligible for, share information with friends and family, and apply for benefits. Visitors to Explore VA can look at their eligibility for health care benefits, including:
• VA requirements for health care benefits
• VA's application process
Continuing your education and career after military service can be an intimidating prospect. Choosing a school and getting all of your benefits requires you to weigh many factors including cost, distance, time, and of course – paperwork. All of these details can make the idea of getting your degree seem intimidating and many will wonder whether it’s worth the time. When you consider the generous benefits available to veterans, however, you’ll typically find that it’s worth your time to continue your education and finish that degree.
BestSchools.com has created a user-friendly guide that includes features like a GI Bill calculator, grants and scholarship directories, and interviews with the top universities that have programs designed specifically to support veteran higher education. They hope their guide will not only answer common questions, but make it easier for veterans to leverage the educational benefits they have earned.
Korean Ambassador of Peace Medal
All Korean Veterans: The Korean government is presenting to all Korean War Veterans the Korean Ambassador of Peace Medal for who served during that period (June 25, 1050 to July 27, 1953. It is also available for the veterans who have participated in the UN peacekeeping operations until the end of 1955. The requirement is a copy of your DD 214 showing your dates of service. Please contact our Post if you're interested and you'll need a copy of your DD 214. Please pass this on to any of your fellow veterans who served during this period.
Veterans receiving care at Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Medical Centers
will now be able to schedule routine ear and eye appointments at local VA
Audiology and Optometry clinics without a primary care referral –
Some informative resources on addiction and recovery for young and old:
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