Juan L. Cruz

Juan L. Cruz




Goodwin Honored with Hispanic-American Veterans’ Partnership Award

At its eighth annual Military Ball on November 21, the Hispanic-American Veterans of Connecticut, Inc. (HAVOCT) honored Goodwin College with its Partnership Award in recognition of service to the military community. Betsy DeLaCruz, assistant professor of Human Services at the College, accepted the award. “I was honored, privileged, and proud to represent Goodwin College,” she said.

A related citation issued by the Connecticut General Assembly noted the College’s exemplary efforts to provide valuable support to Connecticut service members, veterans, and their families.

For the past two years, Goodwin College has hosted HAVOCT’s Completing the Journey Back Home, an annual symposium focused on providing veterans and their families with information on employment opportunities and healthcare benefits.

“Goodwin is committed to making career-focused education more easily accessible to veterans,” said Tam O’Day-Stevens, Dean of Students at Goodwin. “Not only do we participate in the Yellow Ribbon GI Enhancement Program, we also offer a comprehensive spectrum of support services.”

Those supports include counseling services, professional and peer tutors in the Academic Success Center, and a Career Services team that offers lifetime assistance with job search skill, resume writing, and interview practice. The College also partners with the American Legion to offer a 33-percent discount on non-selective admission programs. A special tuition rate can be extended to the families of Legionnaires, Auxiliary members, and Sons of the American Legion who claim Connecticut membership in their organizations.

“We are incredibly honored by this recognition from HAVOCT,” said Goodwin’s president, Mark Scheinberg. “We take our responsibility to serve the military community to heart and are very proud to number veterans among the most outstanding leaders of our student body, faculty, and staff.”

To learn more about educational opportunities for veterans at Goodwin College, contact Claudia Lange, Assistant Director of Admission, at 860-727-6762 or
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Greetings from VA Connecticut!

As many are aware, we are in the last year of VA's Five Year Plan to EndVeteran Homelessness.  The Homeless Team at VA Connecticut has been working diligently to outreach and engage Veterans who are homeless in order toprovide them with services and housing resources.
While we have been working hard towards our goal of ending chronic Veteran homelessness, weknow that we cannot do the work with the help of our community partners.  Tot hat end, I wanted to take a moment to send out this message and ask foryour assistance in getting the word out on how to access assistance for Veterans who may be homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. 

Our team is ready to assist where we can to meet the needs of Veterans.  Attached you will find a Veteran Housing Resource Sheet which provides information on accessing Veteran housing resources in Connecticut.  You are welcome toshare this liberally in any way that you can.  Your assistance is crucial tous reaching any and all Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in the coming months.

The VA Connecticut Homeless Team can be reached 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday-Fridayat 203.479.8064.   The National Veterans Homeless Hotline can be reached 24/7, at1.877.424.3838.  Veterans using this resource are then referred to VA Connecticut Homeless Team for assistance.

Thank you for assisting us with these efforts. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Maureen Maureen Pasko, LCSWDirector
Homeless Programs VA Connecticut Healthcare Errera Community Care Center
114-52 Boston Post Road, 2nd Floor
West Haven, CT 06516
Cell:  203.535.7897
Homeless Veterans Hotline1-877-4AID VET

(Note: Please download attachment with more contact information: See below where it says Download Attachments: CT Referral for Veterans.pdf)


Connecticut Veterans Legal Center

Connecticut Veterans Legal Center

The mission of Connecticut Veterans Legal Center is to help veterans recovering from homelessness and mental illness overcome legal barriers to housing, healthcare and income.

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