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Helping Disabled Vets in New Haven

Hamden, CT, January 8, 2016 – Council 4 AFSCME, a public service workers union representing more than 35,000 workers across Connecticut, teamed with its Veterans Committee and New Haven paraprofessionals union to donate $2,000 to the New Haven Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV).

Council 4 Executive Director Sal Luciano, Veterans Committee Chairman Steve Curran of AFSCME Local 1565 (Dept. of Corrections) and Veterans Committee member Claudine Wilkins-Chambers, president of AFSCME Local 3429 (New Haven Paras) presented the check to New Haven Chapter leaders Ronnie Maebry, Sr., Commander of DAV-New Haven Chapter 2, Nathaniel Richardson, Treasurer and Joe Papa, Adjutant. The presentation took place at the Keefe Community Center in Hamden.

“We are here to say say ‘thank you’ for all you’ve done for our country,” said Wilkins-Chambers in presenting the check to Maebry. “Our union is proud of you and grateful for the work you do in our community.”

“We deeply appreciate the generous donation from Council 4,” Maebry said. “This money will help us provide assistance to veterans who served our country and to the community as well. We need funds to carry out our mission, so it’s great that the AFSCME union stepped up to the plate for us.”

The New Haven DAV Chapter 2 has around 400 members, according to Maebry. In addition to supporting the medical and human service needs of disabled veterans at the West Haven VA Hospital and elsewhere, the New Haven Chapter also supports homeless and emergency shelters in New Haven, a food back run by the Keefe Center, and more.

Council 4 has organizationally supported veterans’ causes since 2003, when it launched its now annual Veterans Picnic at the State Veterans Home in Rocky Hill, and then established a Veterans Committee made up of rank-and-file members like Curran and Wilkins-Chambers.

Funds raised through the picnic and other outreach efforts have enabled Council 4 to improve facilities, services and programs at the Rocky Hill facility, and to support community-based veterans groups and causes, such as the New Haven DAV.

“Our union has a deep bond with the men and women of the armed services,” Curran said. “Promoting the good and welfare of veterans is important to us.”

Photo: L-R: Council 4 Executive Director Sal Luciano; AFSCME Local 3429 President Claudine Wilkins-Chambers; DAV New Haven Chapter Commander Ronnie Maebry, Sr., Council 4 Veterans Committee Chair Steve Curran, DAV New Haven Treasurer Nathaniel Richardson, Jr. and DAV New Haven Chapter Adjutant Joe Papa.


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