Veterans’ Services

NEWS and EVENTS

Posted on 12/10/19

Commissary, Military Service Exchange, and MWR access extended to more Veterans beginning January 1, 2020

New law provides eligible Veterans and Primary Family Caregivers with access to DoD and Coast Guard commissaries, exchanges, and morale, welfare, and recreation retail services.  https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/67974/commissary-military-service-exchange-mwr-access-extended-veterans-beginning-january/

According to the Department of Defense, starting Jan. 1, 2020, all service-connected Veterans, Purple Heart recipients, former prisoners of war (POW), and individuals approved and designated as the primary family caregivers of eligible Veterans under the Department of Veterans Affairs Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) can use commissaries, exchanges, and morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) retail facilities, in-person and online.

For more information regarding these privileges and access to military installations, visit http://www.militaryonesource.mil/expanding-access

Who is eligible Jan. 1, 2020?

  • Veterans
    • Purple Heart recipients
    • former prisoners of war
    • Veterans with 0-90% service-connected disability ratings

(For former service members who have not yet sought disability compensation from VA, visit https://www.va.gov/disability/eligibility/)

  • Medal of Honor recipients and Veterans with 100% service-connected disability ratings are already eligible under existing DOD policy.
  • Caregivers
    • On Jan. 1, individuals approved and designated as the primary family caregiver of an eligible veteran under the PCAFC will be eligible for these privileges.
    • For information about primary family caregivers in the PCAFC, visit https://www.caregiver.va.gov/.

Required credentials.

  • Veterans
    • On Jan. 1, Veterans eligible solely under this act who are eligible to obtain a Veteran Health Identification Card must use this credential for in-person installation and privilege access. The card must display the Veteran’s eligibility status (i.e., PURPLE HEART, FORMER POW or SERVICE CONNECTED). Apply here:  https://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/vhic/index.asp.
    • Veterans eligible solely under this act who are not enrolled in or are not eligible to enroll in VA health care, or who are enrolled in VA health care, but do not possess a Veteran Health Identification Card will not have access to DoD and Coast Guard installations for in-person commissary, exchange, and MWR retail privileges, but will have full access to online exchanges and American Forces Travel.
    • Medal of Honor recipients and Veterans with 100% service-connected disability ratings are eligible for DoD credentials under DoD policy.
  • Caregivers
    • Eligible caregivers will receive an eligibility letter from VA’s Office of Community Care.
    • If you are a primary family caregiver under the PCAFC and lose your eligibility letter, please call 1-877-733-7927 to request a replacement.  Please allow two weeks for processing.

Find out more about military resale privileges.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) has recently announced that they have made a host of upgrades and enhancements to their state website and mobile app in order to ensure all veterans are receiving the most up to date news and information.

DVA Websitewww.ct.gov/DVA

Here you will find information about the services, programs and benefits offered to Connecticut Veterans by the DVA and other agencies.

CTVeterans mobile app

Now available for both Apple and Android mobile devices and connects Veterans, current service members and their families to a directory of services that the state provides for Veterans, as well as access to theVeterans Crisis Line and information on how to support Veterans in the state.*The new mobile app can be downloaded free of charge from theiTunes Store and Google Play Store by searching the keyword “CTVeterans.” *

You can also stay up-to-date with the latest news, upcoming events, and current happenings at the Rocky Hill Campus and throughout the State Veterans’ community by visiting their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter applications.

Facebook – CT Veterans Affairs

Instagram – ‘ctvetsaffairs

Twitter – @CTVetsAffairs

Connecticut General Assembly- 2017 Acts Affecting Veterans & The Military

 

State and Regional Contacts

Connecticut Military Support Program,  1-866-251-2913
Provides 24/7 free and confidential counseling for military and their families; crisis intervention, marriage, family, stress, anxiety.

Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs Veterans Info Line, 1-866-9CT-VETS

Department of Labor Veterans’ Representatives/New London
Mike Ennis, LVER (Local Veterans Employment Representative): (860)439-7581, Fax (860)439-7420
Jason Sechrist, DVOP (Disabled  Veterans Outreach Services): (860)439-7582, Fax (860)439-7420
Norwich- Jon Pierce, DVOP (860)859-5605, Fax (860)439-7420

Links

Veterans.ct.gov

CT Department of Veterans' Affairs

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

eBenefits

Other Informational Links

Military Guide to Moving and Storage
Financial Assistance for Homeless Vets
Homebuying Guide for Veterans
Community and Support for Veterans
Mesothelioma and Asbestos Lawsuits