For a second year, representatives from Alpha joined groups from across Connecticut at the State Veterans Home in Rocky Hill with one purpose – to help needy veterans.  Connecticut veterans gathered at the 16th annual Stand Down event on September 9 to receive free medical and dental care, haircuts, food, clothing, and information on a variety of services available to them from not-for-profit, government and private companies.

For Alpha’s Vice President Sean Libby, (left) and Director of Veterans Disability Advocacy, Allen Gumpenberger, it was an honor to be there.

Sean Libby, Allen Gumpenberger at Stand Down

“Allen and I were proud to attend such an outstanding event,” said Libby, “Disabled veterans deserve the maximum in VA benefits to which they are entitled. At the Stand Down we had the chance to speak with many veterans in need of professional advocacy. It’s important they know they have choices for representation. It’s important they know about Alpha and our VA-accredited advocates who provide a unique service to disabled veterans, not only in Connecticut, where our national headquarters is located, but to veterans all across the country.”

According to Connecticut’s Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Linda Schwartz, the state’s Stand Down event is one of the best-attended in the country. She calls it a “happening.”

 “There are so many veterans that are one paycheck from being homeless,” said Schwartz. “What you see today is Connecticut at its best.”

(feature photo courtesy: Joseph Wenzel IV, Rocky Hill Patch)

Note: All representation coordinated by Alpha is provided by our employees, the Advocates, who are accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). No private organization that trains and employs accredited agents has been legally recognized by the VA for the purposes of preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims. This work must be done by the Advocates themselves and not organizations.