Veterans, do you feel lost when it comes to the VA system? Are you in need of a supportive community? The Rochester Senior Activity Center is here to help through ‘Veterans’ Time’, a program aimed at helping veterans navigate the VA system and connect with other vets for guidance and support.
Led by Rochester Veteran Jerry Vermette, Veterans’ Time provides a safe and welcoming space for veterans to share their stories, laugh, vent, and meet other vets.
Vermette is a Rochester native, Class of ’64. He is married and has two daughters as well as a granddaughter and grandson, both of whom attend Spaulding High School. His granddaughter will be starring in the Spaulding Highschool production of Seussical The Musical on March 17th. Jerry loves rock and roll, and he and his wife volunteer as ushers at the Rochester Opera House and the Seacoast Repertory Theater in Portsmouth.
Although he does not work for the Veteran’s Association, Jerry is passionate about helping Veterans and knows many people do not realize the many benefits they are entitled to.
“Navigating the VA system can be confusing and frustrating, but you don’t have to do it alone,” said Vermette. “You’re not going to come in and get a solution, you’re going to come in to get a path.” As the program grows, Jerry hopes to schedule VA representatives to meet directly with the group to talk about medical and financial benefits.”
All Veterans are welcome to drop in and say hello at the Rochester Senior Activity Center, located at 150 Wakefield Street. Veterans’ Time runs Tuesdays from 9 am to 12 pm, is open to veterans of all ages and backgrounds, and is a free program.
Veterans are also invited to join ‘Vet to Vet Café’ on April 4th from 10 am to 11 am. This event is a partnership between Cornerstone VNA, a local nonprofit home health organization, and the Recreation Department. This is an open space for Veterans to connect with other Veterans in the community to simply listen to each other, share stories, or just enjoy a cup of coffee.
The Rochester Rec. & Arena would like to express our sincere gratitude for your service. We are honored to serve those who have served our country.