New program on Nutmeg TV geared toward vets

By VANESSA STEVENS
CORRESPONDENT
Starting Aug. 1, veterans now are able to access the many resources and services available to them thanks to a new show being produced by Nutmeg television and members of the Bristol American Legion post 2. 
Chuck Woodin is the host and producer of The Veteran’s Corner, which will air  Thursday nights at 7 p.m. on Comcast channel 5 and AT&T U-Verse channel 99.
Woodin explained he stepped up to the plate mostly because of his inability to say no.
He said he was approached by State Representative Frank Nicastro (D-Bristol) about possibly doing a television show for veterans. Nutmeg TV, based in Farmington and serving Bristol and Plainville, had been looking to do a show for years about the same subject.
“We are very excited about them coming in.” said Joanie Sutter, the executive director of Nutmeg. “There has been much interest, but we needed a core team behind it. Chuck and his team have been great.”
The show will feature resources, organizations, and various services and incentives available to veterans.
“This is perfect timing,” said Tim Gamache, chair of the Bristol Veteran’s Council and the show’s cameraman. By 2014, an estimated 7,000 veterans will be returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.
Twenty-two veterans a day are committing suicide and 800,000 are unemployed, including those in active duty who are in the reserve.
“This is a part time position, so when placed on reserve, veterans don’t have jobs in the mean time,” said the show’s director Pat Nelligan, who happens to also be in the Army Reserve. “Luckily, President Obama administration issued something called a ‘Gold Card’ to all unemployed veterans, providing them with the resources to find a job.”
Nelligan said he wouldn’t have known this if he wasn’t in the reserve, and Woodin and his team wouldn’t have known this if it weren’t for Nelligan’s connection.
“It’s these kinds of resources we want to be able to discuss and let the public know what’s out there,” Woodin said.
‘What veterans suffer from most is humility, almost to a fault,” Nelligan said. “But that hurts them when it comes to sharing resources and services with other veterans. We are hoping this show will reach past, present, and future vets in their living rooms, especially those who might not know the many services and organizations that exist.”
The show holds to the motto of the Bristol Veterans Council, “ to serve veterans past, present and future.” But it’s also to bring the community and the veterans closer together.
The central Connecticut area is rich in veterans. According to Plainville’s town clerk’s office, 1,067 veterans living in Plainville are receiving benefits. Bristol holds the fifth largest population of veterans in the state and is the largest per capita in veterans population, with a total of 6,200 vets living within the city. One in four men are World War II veteranss, and 1 in 10 residents of the city of Bristol today are vets.
Bristol is just one of the towns Nutmeg TV will reach. The other towns are Avon, Burlington, Canton, Berlin, New Britain, Farmington, and Plainville.
“On one level, the show is to serve as a resource and on another level a public service announcement,” said Nelligan. “Overall, we want each taping to be a way to showcase for all the related organizations and that they’ll in turn post the show on their site and the exposure will grow organically from there.”
Every guest and crew member will receive a coffee mug with the show’s name stamped on the front. Seventy-two mugs were donated by A&E Engraving Servicvets, providing them with the resources to find a job.”
Nelligan said he wouldn’t have known this if he wasn’t in the reserve, and Woodin and his team wouldn’t have known this if it weren’t for Nelligan’s connection.
“It’s these kinds of resources we want to be able to discuss and let the public know what’s out there,” Woodin said.
‘What veterans suffer from most is humility, almost to a fault,” Nelligan said. “But that hurts them when it comes to sharing resources and services with other veterans. We are hoping this show will reach past, present, and future vets in their living rooms, especially those who might not know the many services and organizations that exist.”
The show holds to the motto of the Bristol Veterans Council, “ to serve veterans past, present and future.” But it’s also to bring the community and the veterans closer together.
The central Connecticut area is rich in veterans. According to Plainville’s town clerk’s office, 1,067 veterans living in Plainville are receiving benefits. Bristol holds the fifth largest population of veterans in the state and is the largest per capita in veterans population, with a total of 6,200 vets living within the city. One in four men are World War II veteranss, and 1 in 10 residents of the city of Bristol today are vets.
Bristol is just one of the towns Nutmeg TV will reach. The other towns are Avon, Burlington, Canton, Berlin, New Britain, Farmington, and Plainville.
“On one level, the show is to serve as a resource and on another level a public service announcement,” said Nelligan. “Overall, we want each taping to be a way to showcase for all the related organizations and that they’ll in turn post the show on their site and the exposure will grow organically from there.”
“We want this to be the leading show for veterans’ services and we want it to be as professional and attractive as possible so that veterans of all ages will tune in,” said Nelligan.
For questions, go to theveteranscorner.org. If you’d like to be a guest, email info@theveteranscorner.org.

Chuck Woodin, host and producer of Nutmeg Television's ‘The Veterans Corner,’ interviews Donna Dognin of the Army Strong Center and Tim Gamache, chair of the Bristol Veteran's Council.

Chuck Woodin, host and producer of Nutmeg Television’s ‘The Veterans Corner,’ interviews Donna Dognin of the Army Strong Center and Tim Gamache, chair of the Bristol Veteran’s Council.