We are currently recruiting new members to volunteer for this worthy cause. You do not need to be a Veteran to be a volunteer. We look forward to hearing from you so we can give back to Connecticut Veterans what they have earned.
The Hispanic-American Veterans of Connecticut, Inc. (HAVOCT, Inc.) was founded on November 05, 2006. The organization was created from a group of veterans and community volunteers that came together after they joined efforts for several weeks to bring Hispanic-American Veterans representation to the Greater Hartford Veterans Parade 2006.
Two of the individuals that had the vision of such representation were Ms. Marilda Gándara, former President of the Aetna Foundation and Mr. Calixto Torres, former Councilman for the City Of Hartford and former Executive Director of the Connecticut Puerto Rican Forum Inc.
Their vision not only became a reality but also during the meetings originated by Lucy Goicoechea-Hernandez, Edna Berastain, MAJ Jorge L. Rodriguez, SGT Luis M. Vera, SFC (RET) Zenen Figueroa, SGT Luis Centeno, Edith Miller and Elsa Huertas, the idea to create an actual Hispanic Veterans organization evolved.
During the actual Veterans parade, the idea evolved to the point that not only this fine group of individuals came together, but they also brought forward more people and ideas.
As a result, on November 25, 2006, with the guidance of Mr. Gumersindo Gómez, Founder and Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Veterans Association of Massachusetts, a Vietnam Veteran and a Retired Army Sergeant First Class as well, a core group of individuals were appointed the responsibility to lead; they were the President, SFC Juan L. Cruz, Secretary, Luis Vera and Treasurer SFC (RET) Julio Diaz, who provide the organization the administrative component needed to make the dream of the organization’s mission a reality for the membership collectively.