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On May 16, between 12 noon and 2 p.m. Southington American Legion, 64 Main St., behind Town Green,  Veterans who are at both the Residential Program and Healthcare Center at the Connecticut Veterans Home in Rocky Hill collected donations.  There are currently 89 Veterans in the Healthcare Center and 134 Veterans residing in the Residential Program.  Due to COVID-19 and enhanced protocols, social distancing and various isolation wings in place to keep Veterans safe at the facilities, the American Legion were asking for donations to provide various items to these Veterans at the Veterans Home to assist in this time of uncertainty and help make it a bit more comfortable through the crisis.  A few of the items purchased with these donations for the Veterans are flat screen smart TV's and prepaid Trac-Phones for both entertainment and communicating with their families and friends, laundry detergent and coffee. Donations may be mailed to Kiltonic Post 72, P.O. Box 217, Southington, CT 06489 Attn: Rocky Hill Fund. There is also a link at our Web site .

On Monday May 4, Southington Legion and State of Connecticut American Legion delivered Tablets to Veterans

I received a call from Connecticut Veterans Home in Rocky Hill looking for a solution to issue of Veterans not being able to talk with families. At first, I thought I could get more laptops and add web cameras to them but Medical staff said the keyboards could not be properly cleaned between users. I reached out to a few stores and both of them suggested that I look at Amazon Fire Tablets either 7- or 8-inch screen 16 GB hard drives.

I asked American Legion Kiltonic Post 72 executive Committee if we could spend $1,000.00 from our Veterans Fund to purchase the tablets and was given the OK. I then reached out to American Legion Department of Connecticut leadership about this project and was given Ok to have meeting of American Legion Department of Connecticut Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Commission and talk about this project. The VA&R committee was in full agreement to use our budget of $1,500.00 to purchase tablets and that they would be divided between Connecticut Veterans home in Rocky Hill and West Haven Federal Veterans Affairs Hospital. On May 4, American Legion Department Commander Dennis Beauregard and American Legion Department of Connecticut Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Stephen Pintarich delivered 18 tablets to Connecticut Veterans Home in Rocky Hill and 30 Tablets to West Haven CT Federal Veterans Hospital.

SK Stephen P. Pintarich, KC1AUY

282 Loper St., Southington

Definition of a Veteran

A veteran - whether active duty, retired, or national guard or reserve - is someone who, at one point in his, or her, life, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America ', for an amount of 'up to and including my life.'  That is honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.

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