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Nutmeg TU reaching out to help veterans

Nutmeg TU is taking part in two opportunities to help those who have given so much for our nation.

The First Congregational Church in Branford will host Take a Vet Fishing Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, 1009 Main St., Branford.

Now in its seventh year, the Veterans Outreach Mission provides Christian outreach and fellowship to our Veterans in the CT VA Healthcare System and beyond. Information can be found at firstcongregationalbranford.org/Vets.html.

Volunteers may be asked to help a vet learn fly tying and casting, but may also be asked to help with food, camaraderie etc.; either way, you’ll be making a tremendous difference in a disabled veteran’s life.

Those who wish to help should RSVP to Edward Ochman, fatalbertandernie@yahoo.com.

Nutmeg members interested in carpooling can email John at gmorresi@gmail.com.

Trout Unlimited’s Veterans Service Program will meet Thursday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Newington Health Center of the Veterans Affairs (VA), 555 Willard Ave., Newington, in the 3rd floor, Conference Room.

Nutmeg volunteers will join members of the Farmington Valley chapter of Trout Unlimited to teach disabled veterans fly tying (and, weather permitting, fly casting). Please bring spare fly tying materials.

Space is limited to five volunteers.

RSVP to James Iannone, Farmington Valley TU Program Lead, at 860-523-7545  or jdiannone@comcast.net.

Nutmeg TU explores veterans service project

Nutmeg TU is looking for volunteers to help take veterans fishing.

National is launching TU’s Veterans Service Program, involving those who have served the country in conservation projects and fly fishing instruction.

Currently there is a program called Take a Vet Fishing at First Branford Congregational (www.firstcongregationalbranford.org/vets.html), led primarily by Hammonasset TU volunteers. That meets quite a distance from Fairfield County; they have so many vets go there for winter fly tying and for warmer-season fishing that they have a constant need of volunteers.

On Thursday, Feb/ 21, from 10 a.m. to noon, voluuntters from the Farmington Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be joined by volunteers from Candlewood Valley TU in the third floor conference room at the Newington Health Center of the Veterans Affairs, 555 Willard Ave.Newington, CT (860-666-6951). Anyone interested should contact Gian Morresi at 203-763-4015  or gmorresi@gmail.com.

Port 5 Naval Veterans, new home of Nutmeg TU meetings (see related story) takes blind veterans fishing once a year.