Dear Distinguished Contributors and Sponsors;
On behalf of the members and program committee of the Hispanic American Veterans of Connecticut to personally thank you for honoring us with your support at our 11th Annual Military Ball and Fundraiser for Puerto Rico that took place on December 2nd, 2017. I am proud to announce that this was one of our must successful fundraisers to date.
Thanks to your generous contributions we were able to donate over $3,000 in monetary donations to needy local Puerto Rican veterans and service members. We want to thank you for making this possible, we could not have done this without your support.
In mid-December, our Vice-President, Mr. Juan Cruz and our Public Affairs Director, Mr. Jesus Lopez traveled to Puerto Rico to meet with twenty-five (25) needy veterans and service members in the areas of Arecibo, San Juan and Ponce and provide them with the monetary donations to help them with their relief efforts. This was possible thanks to conversations with community stakeholders in which we were able to identify the direct need for monetary support.
Stakeholders made it clear that no other agency or organization was traveling inland to assist with monetary donations. One local leader would later say to us, “I want to thank you and your organization for taking the time to visit our island and assist with the relief funds for our veterans. It meant so much to them to learn that when veterans were in need on the island someone from as far as Connecticut heard their plea”. Again, this would not be possible without your support so again we thank you and salute you for your contributions.
If you purchased an advertisement, please remember that your Ad is posted on our website. If you would like to see additional photos of the veterans and service members we visited, please visit our website: www.havoct.org and go to the media link. Thank you again for all your support. God Bless You and Best Wishes for a Safe and Successful 2018.
Gabriel Botero Jr., MSW SFC (Ret.) Juan L. Cruz
HAVOCT, Inc. President HAVOCT, Inc. Vice President
The Hispanic-American Veterans of Connecticut, Inc. mission is to provide bilingual (Spanish & English) services to any Connecticut Veterans who are actively serving, honorably discharged or members with a need to update their discharge, or retired, as well as their family.
It is with so much honor and previlege tha we continue our journey that promises to change the life our Service members and Veterans and their family who primarily reside in the state of Connecticut.
It is our goal that our members receive training to become service representatives so we may be able to assist the prior and current Service members in applying for their service needs. We also endeavor to grow the organization to allow us to provide couseling services to those prior and current Service members requiring it and to assist with housing, educational and health access, on a case by case basis.
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.
2018 Meeting Schedule
Monthly Meeting – 1/27/18 (0900-1100 HRS), CTDVA Conf. Room
Monthly Meeting – 2/24/18 (0900-1100 HRS), CTDVA Conf. Room
Monthly Meeting – 3/31/18 (0900-1100 HRS), CTDVA Conf. Room
Monthly Meeting – 4/28/18 (0900-1100 HRS), CTDVA Conf. Room
Monthly Meeting – 5/26/18 (0900-1100 HRS), CTDVA Conf. Room
Monthly Meeting – 6/30/18 (0900-1100 HRS), CTDVA Conf. Room
Monthly Meeting – 7/28/18 (0900-1100 HRS), CTDVA Conf. Room
No August Meeting
Monthly Meeting – 9/29/18 (0900-1100 HRS), CTDVA Conf. Room
Monthly Meeting – 10/27/18 (0900-1100 HRS), CTDVA Conf. Room
Monthly Meeting – 11/17/18 (0900-1100 HRS), CTDVA Conf. Room
No December Meeting