CAR helps veterans while preserving history

Since May, 17-year-old Larkin Brown of Wilton has been working on the Children of the American Revolution (CAR) Connecticut State Project.

As part of their activities, Larkin and other members of the Connecticut CAR society served a Valentine’s Day dinner to 43 residents at Homes for the Brave.

Homes for the Brave is an Applied Behavioral Rehabilitation Institute program in Bridgeport that helps veterans and other individuals leave homelessness behind by providing:

• Housing.

• Vocational training.

• Job placement.

• Mental health services.

• Addiction services.

• Life skills coaching.

The 5- to 18-year-old CAR members served pasta, salad and dessert to the residents and placed Valentine’s Day decorations on all the tables to make the evening more festive.

CAR members also got a chance to chat with the residents, who answered questions the children had, such as what branch of the military they served in, whether they were in active service, where they are from, and what their military experiences were like.

CAR members statewide have also been raising money for Homes for the Brave by selling solid, American-made pewter house lapel pins.

On March 7, Larkin and her fellow CAR members will present a check to the organization at CAR’s 88th annual state conference in Stamford.

Larkin, a senior at Wilton High School, is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the Connecticut state project.

“Over the course of the year, we have been collecting needed supplies and writing letters and cards for the residents,” said Larkin, who has been the Connecticut CAR state president since April.

Larkin said she worked with Stephanie Rehnberg, Connecticut CAR’s senior state president, to come up with this year’s project.

Larkin said she believe it is important not only to help Homes for the Brave but also to educate the Connecticut CAR on the importance of remembering the nation’s veterans.

“We wanted something that was local and a place that the [CAR] members would be able to visit, all the while encompassing what CAR embodies — preservation of the past,” said Larkin. “The goal of the project is to make a difference in the lives of the men who sacrificed so much for our country.”