The Veterans Representative helps veterans by directing them to the section of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that can best assist them.

East Lyme’s Veterans Representative Brian Burridge can be reached at or cell phone (860)287-2683.

How you can I help veterans?

Veterans Coffeehouse

TVCCA’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) hosts Veterans Coffeehouses in multiple locations. The RSVP Veterans Coffeehouse will provide a comfortable location for all veterans – both men and women of any age – to meet, socialize, communicate and receive supported information regarding veterans benefits and services through state and federal agencies and programs. Veterans Coffeehouse meetings are held in Niantic, New London, Groton, Norwich, Stonington and Mystic. Meetings may become more frequent as attendance grows. Contact Gina King, RSVP Coordinator at (860)425-6617 or for more information.

  • Niantic – Second Wednesday of the Month from 6:00PM to 8:00PM
    • Niantic VFW Post 5849
    • 39 Columbus Ave
    • 860-739-7364
  • New London – First Friday of the Month
  • Norwich – Every Wednesday
  • Waterford – Monthly on second Tuesday


Veteran National Park Free Pass

Veteran Online Shopping Benefit

Honorably discharged U.S. veterans are eligible to shop online at all military exchange web sites. Get started by going to to verify you service and then

Veteran ID Card

The purpose of the veteran identification card is to help veterans prove their military history without having to carry around their DD-214 certificates, which contains sensitive information. The new IDs do not replace VA medical cards or defense retiree card, nor do they qualify as official government-issued identification. What they do is identify the person is a veteran who has served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Veterans can apply online and will be asked to create an online account. For more information, contact the New London Veteran Affairs office at (860)447-5201, ext 6691, or Office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00AM to 1:00PM.