CBA Members Volunteer at Stand Down 2023

Written Tuesday, October 3, 2023

 Volunteers at Stand Down 2023

(From Left to Right) CBA Volunteers Dennis M. Carnelli, Jacob McChesney, Frank A. Manfredi, Jason M. Fragoso, and Russell Zimberlin

This year, CBA Members continued to provide pro bono legal services to veterans at the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs’ annual Stand Down event, which the CBA has assisted with since 1998. On Friday, September 22, attorneys Dennis M. Carnelli, Jason M. Fragoso, Frank A. Manfredi, Jacob McChesney, and Russell Zimberlin represented the CBA and provided in-person assistance to over fifteen Stand Down attendees in Rocky Hill.

“I was very pleased with Stand Down this year,” noted Attorney Carnelli. “Volunteer attorneys from the CBA worked in tandem with attorneys from the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center, the Connecticut Attorney General’s office, and other government agencies to ensure that veterans were matched with attorneys who could provide appropriate guidance. I look forward to the CBA’s continued presence at future Stand Downs, which will become of increasing importance as we find ourselves farther removed from post-9/11 military conflicts.”   

Stand Down was established after the Vietnam War and provides veterans with “one-stop” access to a range of programs and services offered by state and federal agencies, Veterans organizations, and community-based non-profits.