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For Immediate Release
Contact- Ron Welch
Phone: 860-859-4148

Easterseals Veterans Rally Point Help Save Veterans Business after Fire 

Norwich, Connecticut – On February 10th local restaurant Uncle D’ Blazing BBQ suffered major damage due to a fire. Uncle D’s owners Angy and Dwayne, who is a Veteran of the US Navy, knew of the new Easterseals Veterans Rally Point in Norwich. This state-of-the art facility which has a Fitness Center, Makerspace, Food Pantry, Clothing Closet, and a Commercial Grade Kitchen seemed like an option to save Uncle D’s. When VRP was contacted we were more than willing to assist Angy and Dwayne by letting them use the kitchen to prepare food so that they could continue with their catering jobs. Uncle D’s Blazing BBQ also owns a food truck so with the use of a kitchen they are now able to prepare and serve meals daily to keep their business going while the restaurant is repaired. 

“This is a perfect of example of how VRP is here to help our Military community in any way we can.” Said Ron Welch, B.G., Ret., VP of Military Services at Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern CT. 

Easterseals is committed to the successful reintegration of Active Military, National Guard, Reserve, Veterans, and their families into all aspects of civilian life. Easterseals employs innovative strategies and expertise, coupled with a supportive 1:1 customized service model, tailored specifically to individual needs. 


About Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut 

Overview of our life-changing 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization: For more than 70 years, award-winning and CARF-accredited Easterseals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut has been serving children, seniors, veterans and adults with disability and other special needs. Through its unique Easterseals Veterans Rally Point services as well as its other services including Medical & Vocational Rehabilitation, Neuropsychology, Dementia Clinic, Supported Education, Adult Day Support and Social Enterprise Businesses, Easterseals is leading the way to 100% equity inclusion and access for people with disabilities, families, and communities. All Abilities. Limitless Possibilities. Visit and to learn more. 

About Easterseals 

For more than 100 years, Easterseals has been the indispensable resource for individuals with disabilities, veterans, seniors, and their families. Together, our 68 Affiliates in communities nationwide serve 1.5 million people annually through high-quality programs including autism services, early intervention, workforce development, adult day care and more. In schools, workplaces, and communities, we are fostering environments where everyone is included and valued —making a real and positive impact on us all. Join us in ensuring that everyone – regardless of age or ability – is 100% included and 100% empowered. Learn more at