This Week in the City: Meet Danny Hayes, the Director of Veterans Affairs

This episode of This Week in the City focuses on the Department of Veterans Affairs in the City of Danbury. Please join us for the return of the Memorial Day Parade at 9:30am on Monday, May 30th.

Danny Hayes, the Director of Veterans Affairs is responsible for the knowledge of federal and state laws, benefits, and rights available to veterans and their dependents. Director Hayes interacts with local veterans to determine initial and continuing eligibility for benefits.

Danbury’s Veterans Affairs Office provides referrals and information. and answers inquiries regarding veterans’ benefits, housing monetary support, psychological and medical assistance.This office is a conduit for veterans to seek assistance with the preparation and filing of appeals of decisions denying benefits.

Since its inception, the Veterans Affairs Office has served over 10,000 veterans and family members of veterans. This office is committed to continuing its efforts at securing grant funding for veterans. The director works in unison with Connecticut Veterans Affairs administrators and legislators to continue to obtain funding for agencies serving all of our area veterans.

The Disabled American Veterans Van, used for transporting local veterans, drove many veterans throughout the year to the Veterans Affairs Medical Centers at no cost to the city.

In addition, the office continues working with the medical clinic, the Connecticut Veterans Affairs Office and the Soldiers/Sailors/Marines Fund. All serve the needs of military veterans.