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“New Century” American Legion Post Announces Membership Sponsorship

NEW HAVEN, CONN. — The American Legion New Haven Post 210 has established a sponsorship program for student veterans interested in learning more about veteran service organizations.

The Student-Veterans Leadership Sponsorship is available to service members and military veterans who are enrolled at a Connecticut college or university and who are in a leadership position at their school. Eligible students will receive a free American Legion Post 210 membership and will be recognized by the post at a subsequent meeting. Because the program is a pilot, sponsorships are limited to one per institution.

Post Senior Vice Commander Thania Rivera, who is currently in the Master of Science In Cellular and Molecular Biology program at the University of New Haven, advocated for the creation of the sponsorship to foster closer ties between student veterans and the largely Post-9/11 veterans in American Legion New Haven Post 210.

Post Commander Charles M. Pickett said Post 210 will be reaching out to the three Student Veterans of America chapters at Yale University, Southern Connecticut State University, and the University of New Haven, and regional institutions including Quinnipiac University, Gateway Community College,  and Albertus Magnus College. 

Additionally, all student veterans are invited to the New Haven Harbor #VetHike, an easy 6.2 mile hike around the harbor on Saturday, September 14, 2019. Full hike details are at

New Haven Harbor #VetHike

A low-key, brisk, but level 6.2 mile jaunt around historic New Haven Harbor with veterans and citizens.

Organized by the American Legion New Haven Post 210 and the VFW New Haven Post 12150, this marks the third year of this increasingly popular event designed to be a nice hike with new friends and veterans of all ages.

Hikers will assemble at the “V” war monument on Long Wharf no later than 0905. Hikers will carpool to the Lighthouse Point Park rally point (Amarante’s Sea Cliff is an alternate) and move by foot, crossing the Starting Point (SP) no later than 0930 (parking area) and returning to the Release Point (the V) NLT 1200. We will carpool back to Lighthouse Point Park to retrieve vehicles. Post-hike After Action Review (AAR) is at Trinity Bar & Restaruant (157 Orange St., New Haven, CT). Co-owner Shane is expecting us.

There is no service, medical, or straggler support. SOP: no drugs/alcohol, no angry dogs, no whining, no weapons, and no religious or partisan political stuff, please. Coffee, camaraderie, friendly pets, and student groups are welcome.

Uniform is weather and hiking appropriate gear and military-themed outwear is encouraged for service members and veterans. POC is Pickett. Monitor @NewHavenLegion210 on Facebook for updates.

The hike may detour into Fort Nathan Hale and Black Rock Fort (36 Woodward Ave. New Haven, CT) and at Dunkin’ (189 Forbes Rd.) for a pit-stop.

ROUTE: Lighthouse Road, Townsend Ave. Woodward Ave. East Shore Park, Connecticut Ave., Alabama St., Waterfront St., Forbes Ave., Water St. East St., Long Wharf Dr. (keep water on your left).