MEDIA CONTACTS: John Wiltse, Conn. Department of Veterans Affairs,
860-721-5980, Cell 860-754-4159
Laura Soll, Conn. Funeral Directors Association,
860-688-4499, Cell 860-833-4466
* MEDIA ADVISORY *
FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2008
10 a.m. Press Event (indoors, if rain)
At State Veterans Cemetery, 317 Bow La., Middletown (Driving directions below)
ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW CONNECTICUT PARTNERSHIP TO HONOR DECEASED U.S. VETERANS
Will Work to Identify and Bury Unclaimed Veterans Cremains
The Connecticut State Department of Veteransâ€?Affairs is working
Connecticutâ€™s new joint partnership is the first of its kind in the nation.
This new partnership has established a protocol to help determine whether there are any unclaimed cremated remains (cremains) of honorably-discharged U.S. veterans in Connecticutâ€™s funeral homes and â€?if there are any â€?to provide dignified military burials for the deceased.
"All Connecticut veterans who have served this nation with honor deserve a final resting place of dignity and respect," comments Commissioner Linda S. Schwartz. "This creative partnership will enable us to fulfill that promise to some of our less fortunate citizens who sadly pass away without sufficient family and friends to say â€˜thank you for your serviceâ€?"
Speakers at the media event will include:
Commissioner Linda S. Schwartz, Connecticut Department of Veteransâ€?Affairs;
Jonathan Woyasz, CFSP, President of the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association; and
Keith "Boomer" Soileau, State Director-Coordinator of MIAP-Connecticut.
Attending will be area funeral directors and veterans.
DIRECTIONS to the Connecticut State Veterans Cemetery, 317 Bow Lane in Middletown:
From the South:
Take Rt. 9 North to Exit 12, Bow Lane. Make right at end of exit ramp onto Bow Lane.
Travel Â½ mile and stone pillar entrance to cemetery will be on your right.
From the North:
Take Rt. 9 South through Middletown. Take Exit 12, Silver S. Left at end of exit ramp onto Silver St.
Take first right over bridge onto Eastern Drive, keeping CT Valley Hospital campus on your left.
Left at stop sign onto Bow Lane. Travel Â½ mile and stone pillar entrance to cemetery will be on your right