Hartford HealthCare at Home Veterans Liaison connects veterans to resources

June 27, 2017

Hartford HealthCare at Home is connecting veterans to information about benefits, entitlements and services by hosting monthly meetings with a veterans liaison.

For the last several years, Wayne I. Rioux, Hartford HealthCare at Home veterans liaison, has been assisting veterans and/or their spouses throughout the state by answering questions and providing information about available vital resources.

Rioux will be welcoming veterans from throughout the Tri-bury area on the third Wednesday of every month, from 8:30 to 10 a.m., beginning Aug. 16. The office is located at Heritage Village Commercial, 519 Heritage Road, Suite 2A5. Service will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Areas of assistance include:

  • Obtaining the Connecticut Veterans Wartime Service Medal, medals earned during service time, France’s Knight of the Legion of Honor Medal and Korea’s Ambassador of Peace Medal
  • Registering veterans at the National Museum of the U.S. Army in Arlington, Virginia, National Museum of the U.S. Navy in Washington, D.C. and/or WWII Registry of Remembrance in Washington, D.C.
  • Assist in end-of-life planning with various burial options, free footstone and military honors
  • Obtaining Discharge Papers (DD214)
  • Obtaining Burial Allowances (where eligible)
  • Financial assistance (where eligible), and
  • Discussing possible ‘Service-Connected Disability’ and ‘Presumptive Diseases’ claims

Rioux is an Army veteran of the Vietnam era having served three years as a military policeman and upon completion of his military service joined the Connecticut State Police where he served for 27 years, retiring as a lieutenant. He has been a veterans liaison for the past four and one-half years.

“We look forward to reaching out to veterans and their families to assist them in any way possible,” Rioux said.

For more information about the veterans meetings, including in Southbury, call Rioux at 203.584.8891.

Hartford HealthCare at Home is a community-based home health care agency across most of Connecticut, which enables individuals to achieve maximum independence, to participate in their own plan of care, and to live with dignity while receiving quality care in their own homes. For more information, call 1.800.HomeCare.

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