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Why Post 200 Legionnaires Should Choose Connecticut Post 210

Having just chartered in 2018, why should veterans choose to join the American Legion New Haven Post 210 in Connecticut?

By Charles M. Pickett

We don’t have a building. We don’t have a bar. We’re one of the smallest American Legion posts in Connecticut.

However, 75% of our members are Post-9/11 veterans. Four of our five post officers are female and are either in college or have a masters degree. What we lack in property we exceed in potential. We are diverse, we are different, and we are what the current US military looks like.

  1. We are growing, rapidly.
  2. Our dues are $32.00 vs $45.00 for Post 200.
  3. Post members get vital and local emails about veteran-focused events, discounts, and services. Post 200 just gets the national magazine.
  4. Social events typically every-other month with meetings every month.
  5. Community involvement including the Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies and marching in the Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade in March (we won the best Senior Military Unit in 2019).
  6. Twice-annual war memorial beautifications.
  7. Pre-Memorial Day Unserviceable Flag Collections.
  8. Donate to veteran-focused organizations.
  9. Co-Organize the annual New Haven Kick for Nick Night, a Connecticut-based, Gold Star family foundation that honors the dream of a fallen Soldier by collecting and distributing soccer balls to underprivileged children worldwide.
  10. We’re figuring all this American Legion stuff out and having fun while doing it.

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2019 American Legion New Haven Post 210 Year in Review


  • 7DEC: Founding post member Frank Alvarado inducted into the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame, joining fellow post founding member Jack Mordente
  • 11MAR: Awarded Best Senior Military Unit in Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  • 15MAR: Three post officers awarded American Legion Pioneer Award (Lori Rasile, Thania Rivera and Biancesca Rivera)
  • 02JULY: Awarded Team 100 Post Excellence Award recognizing membership growth, exposure of American Legion values to the community, and service projects.
  • 02JUL: Awarded 100% Membership Award
  • 02JUL: Awarded 2019 Post Membership Retention Award


  • 30DEC: New Haven Harbor #VetHike
  • 18JAN: Knights of St. Patrick #VetEvent
  • 27JAN: New Haven Harbor #VetHike
  • 15MAR: American Legion Centennial Celebration Dinner. Post recieved permanent charter from state commander as state leadership celebrated the Legion’s centennial with the state’s newest post
  • 26MAY: New Haven Memorial Day Ceremonies (Chaplain Conroy gave prayers at both)
  • 14SEP: New Haven Harbor #VetHike
  • 11NOV: New Haven FREE SOS Breakfast co-organized by Trinity Bar, VFW New Haven Post 12150 and American Legion New Haven Post 210
  • 21NOV: Member Appreciation Dinner (with Jambalaya)


  • DEC: Collected items for Marine Corps. Toys for Tots program.
  • 10MAR: Provided Honor Guard led by Richella Rondon-Smith for combined New Haven Veterans group for Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Team)
  • 25MAY: Cleanup at the V beautification event at Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park on Long Wharf (Rasile)
  • 25MAY: Unserviceable Flag Collection (T. Rivera)
  • 16AUG: Student-Veterans Leadership Sponsorship created for veterans at area colleges (T. Rivera)
  • 18OCT: 2019 New Haven Kick for Nick Night raised $5,648.36 and 600+ soccer balls (Team)
  • 09NOV: Cleanup at the V beautification event at Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park on Long Wharf (Rasile)


  • 19SEP: Christine Pittsley, project director at the State Library, was our inaugural post meeting speaker, presenting on the “Digging into History: WWI Trench Restoration” program in Seicheprey, France
  • 17OCT: Jack Mordente, longtime SCSU Veteran Representative was speaker

Successful 2019 Call to Service: Cleanup at the V

NEW HAVEN, CT (Nov. 9, 2019)–About two dozen veterans and friends gathered at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park on Long Wharf Ave. in New Haven, CT, to beautify the five war monuments facing New Haven Harbor.

Thank you to the City of New Haven for providing mums, trash bags, rakes and for taking great care of the V year-round. Elements of the Yale Veterans Network, the American Legion New Haven Post 210, the National Veterans Council for Legal Redress (NVCLR), the SCSU Veterans Association, and the VFW New Haven Post 12150 contributed to the clean-up.

Additional thanks for Chairman Lori Rasile of the Americanism Committee of the American Legion New Haven Post 210 for organizing this twice-annual beautification event.

Greater New Haven Veterans Day Events & Discounts

Updated: 03NOV2019 2100, Pickett


02NOV: Yale Football Heroes’ Day, Yale Bowl, discount tickets and reception

09NOV: Call to Service: Cleanup at the V, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park (Long Wharf Drive, New Haven), 0900, free

09NOV: Veterans Day Dinner, VFW 10321 (403 Morse St. Hamden), 1200 to 1600, free.

11NOV: Veterans Day Free SOS Breakfast, VFW 12150, American Legion 210, at Trinity Bar (157 Orange St. New Haven), 0800, free

11NOV: Veterans Day Ceremony, City of New Haven, Center Church Parish House (311 Temple St. New Haven), free


Culled from VA Veterans Day Discounts 2019

Applebees (Orange, CT)
Chili’s Grill (East Haven, CT)
Golden Corral (Milford, CT–CLOSED)
IHOP (Hamden, CT)
Texas Road House (West Haven, CT)
TGI Fridays (Hamden & Orange, CT)
Subway (select locations)
Outback Steakhouse (Orange, CT)

BJs Wholesale (North Haven, CT)
Great Clips (New Haven, CT)
Sport Clips (Branford & Milford, CT)
The Home Depot (New Haven, CT)
Walgreens (New Haven, CT)
Dollar General (New Haven, CT)

2019 Veterans Day FREE SOS Breakfast


Celebrate Veterans Day with FREE coffee and a serving of creamed beef on a biscuit and seasoned home fries at Trinity Bar & Restaurant

Celebrate Veterans Day 2019 with a FREE coffee and serving of creamed beef on a biscuit at the Trinity Bar & Restaurant on Monday, November 11, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Sponsored by the VFW New Haven Post 12150, the American Legion New Haven Post 210, and the Trinity Bar & Restaurant, the SOS breakfast will honor our military veterans by offering them a serving of the popular military breakfast staple, free of charge.

Celebrated Trinity Chef and Co-Owner Shane Carty will prepare the SOS based on the recipe in the 1942 edition of The Army Cook (TM 10-405). As this is the first year of the SOS breakfast, the offer is limited to 50 servings but it is open to military veterans, current service members, and cadets (especially at UNH, Yale, and Hillhouse High School JROTC).

Additionally, veterans are invited to attend the New Haven City Veterans Day Ceremonies at 11:00 a.m. at the Center Church Parish House (311 Temple St. New Haven) with a subsequent cash-bar reception at Trinity after the wreath-laying ceremony at the Great War Flagpole on the Green.