We Did It!  With Your Help!  Come Celebrate with  Veterans Base Camp!

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What Did We Do?

 

     The property that Veterans Base Camp (VBC) is located on was to be put on the market.  We had the opportunity to purchase the 43-acre property before it was put on the market.  If we did not purchase the property, we had to either close or find an alternative location where we could continue to provide  services to support to our veterans.  On June 29'th, 2022, Veterans Base Camp closed on the purchase of the property where we are currently located!  Words cannot express how overwhelmed we were by the outpouring of love, prayer and financial support of all of those who reached out to help with fundraisers, grants and spreading the word about what VBC was trying to accomplish and why.  Thank you ALL!  We could not have done this without YOU!

 

 

What: A Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony 

When:  Thursday, August 25'th, 2022

Where:  Veterans Base Camp

               108 England Road

                Chaplin, Ct 06235

Time:  11:00 a.m.

 

Light refreshments will be served!  We hope to see you there.

 

 

Attached is the link to our VBC video, made by one of the veterans who went through our program.  He always wanted to create videos, and as part of our strength-based, "find your passion" approach at VBC, this was his first video.  The vets say it best!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfvR02Q0bhM

Below are the links to the Channel 3 and Channel 8's stories on Veterans Base Camp

Channel 3:  https://www.wfsb.com/2022/04/18/bright-spot-veterans-base-camp-need-donations/

Channel 8:  https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/veterans-nonprofit-in-chaplin-fundraising-to-save-property/2756968/

Our servicemen and women deserve our help.  It was a promise our country made:  "You fight for your country, and we will take care of you, your widows and your children."  Thank you for helping us to keep our promise to support our veterans and their families.   

We have closed on the purchase of the property, and now we look ahead to continue and to expand our work with veterans and their families.

 

To support that work, donations can be made by: checks made out to: Veterans Base Camp and mailed to:  Veterans Base Camp 108 England Road, Chaplin CT 06235. or through the link on this website under the "Donate" tab. If you have any questions, you can contact Cindy Archibald at : (860)786-7163, or email: cindy.archibald@veteransbasecampinc.org.  Thank you for your support. 

Sincerely,

Cindy Archibald, LCSW

Executive Director

Veterans Base Camp

YOU are invited to come celebrate with Veterans Base Camp

Click on Link Below to See Veterans Base Camp Video
Created by Veteran Kevin Gearin

 
VBC News You Can Use...
Links To The Latest News On:

Agent Orange: 

https://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/claims-postservice-agent_orange-settlement-settlementFund.asp

Military Times:  

https://www.militarytimes.com/

 

VA News:

 https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/

CT Legislative Committee on Veterans Affairs:  

https://www.cga.ct.gov/va/ www.veterans.senate.gov ›legislation

Senate Veterans Affairs:  

https://www.congress.gov/committee/senate-veterans-affairs

House Veterans Affairs: 

 https://www.congress.gov/committee/house-veterans-affairs/hsvr00?searchResultViewType=expanded

Keep up to date on the latest legislation and news.  If you know of other good sites for news that affects veterans or first responders, please don't hesitate to contact us and share! 

       

Hear Lexi Smardon 's interview on WILI about her upcoming 5K at Veterans Base Camp on Sunday, 10/24/21. Sign-up starts at 8:30 a.m. The race starts at 9:30 a.m. and benefits Veterans Base Camp and seeks to raise awareness about veteran suicide, how to recognize signs of depression/PTSD, and steps to take on how to prevent it.

There will be vendors, a tag sale and booths with information on suicide awareness. The Vet Center Mobile Unit van will also be on site to see. Come join us! You can register for the race at:

https://lightboxreg.com/phhs-vbc-5K?func=&mobile=0

                  or register the day of the event at Veterans Base Camp -

                        though cash or check only as we do not have a card reader!

                         https://www.mixcloud.com/.../101921-parish-hill-senior.../

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Who We Are

Veterans Base Camp is a grassroots 501(c) (3) charitable nonprofit organization that is dedicated to providing resources needed by our Veterans, First Responders, Caregivers and those members of our community who are most vulnerable.​  Our team is a collaborative of: Veterans, First Responders, Caregivers, Social Workers, Clinicians, for profit and non-profit alliances, private citizens and government agencies working together to achieve our mission.

Brunch on Monday's @ Columbia Restaurant
 
On Monday, May 3'rd'  VBC had the honor of attending a Veteran's Brunch  at the Columbia Restaurant in Columbia (on Route 66) that was hosted by Veteran Gerry Wright to raise awareness about Agent Orange.  Every Monday veterans gather at 11:00 a.m. to share the latest
Agent Orange information updates, the progress on the Agent Orange memorial that will be built in Andover's Veterans Memorial Park, CT and what progress has been made on current state and federal legislation.  The wonderful food, service and camaraderie are an added bonus.
 
Gerry's mission to share the facts about the effects of exposure to Agent Orange is personal, as it has affected him, his family and so many  fellow veterans he has both served with and has met while traveling across the country to share this information with veterans, veterans groups, legislators, the DAV,  the V.A. and American Legions Posts. Research has shown it not only affects the veteran, but also their children, grandchildren  and down at least 5 generations. Come learn more.  To  DONATE: Donations can be dropped off at American Legion Post 95, 18 Main St. Hebron or mailed to Gerry Wright, American Legion Post 95, PO Box 95, Hebron CT 06248. Donations are tax deductible   For more information: https://youtu.be/Xvec5hQsfF0