In honor of Veterans Day 2019, American Eagle Financial Credit Union awarded the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center (CVCL) and the Iwo Jima Memorial Historical Foundation with grants from the American Eagle Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.
Pictured left to right: Liam Brennan, Executive Director, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center; Dean Marchessault, President & CEO, American Eagle Financial Credit Union; Raymond Carrier, Board Member, Iwo Jima Memorial Historical Foundation; and Mark Adamski, Board President, Iwo Jima Memorial Historical Foundation.
The Connecticut Veterans Legal Center (CVLC) received $4,000 to support its Removing Legal Barriers program, which serves veterans at the VA Errera Community Care Center in West Haven, the VA campuses in Newington, and the CT DVA Rocky Hill facility. CVLC provides free legal assistance to vulnerable and marginalized veterans, many of whom are homeless and many of whom are recovering from serious mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression. CVLC staff attorneys work in collaboration with veterans health care teams, including social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and peer specialists.
The Iwo Jima Memorial Historical Foundation received $1,000 to support operations of the National Iwo Jima Memorial Park on Ella Grasso Boulevard in New Britain/Newington and related veterans programs hosted at the park. The memorial was erected by the Iwo Jima Survivors Association, Inc. of Newington, Connecticut, and was dedicated on February 23, 1995, on the 50th anniversary of the flag raising on Mount Suribachi. It is dedicated to the memory of the 6,821 US servicemen who gave their lives at Iwo Jima. Inscribed on the base are the names of the 100 men from Connecticut who gave their lives in the battle. The park also has an eternal flame and monuments dedicated to combat medical personnel and chaplains.