Shelton wounded warrior receives award from West Haven VA Hospital

A wounded warrior from Shelton has been recognized for her work with other veterans in the state. During a recent ceremony, Army veteran Lauren Cust received a VA Connecticut Healthcare System Recognition Award for Outstanding Work with Connecticut Veterans.

The award was presented to her by Joseph Canzanella, acting chief of volunteer services at the West Haven VA Hospital during the annual Female Veterans Recognition Dinner held at the Four Seasons in Stratford on Feb. 14.

Cust served as an MP (military police officer) on foot patrol in Iraq.

Involved in many activities to assist veterans

Some of Cust’s numerous volunteer activities mentioned at the awards ceremony were:

—created and volunteered as chairman of the statewide Female Veterans Committee

—involved at a veterans post with the mission of assisting and informing veterans involved in recent military actions, such as the wars in Iraq and against terrorism

—assisted in organizing day trips for homeless veterans under the Disabled American Veterans Local Veterans Assistance Program

—contributes to the success of Operation Gift Cards for wounded troops

—is state liaison for Canine Battle Buddies

—volunteers for Wounded Warrior Project

—is contributing editor for certain electronic bulletins and newsletters for Derby/Shelton AmVets Post 43

—goes above and beyond in her duties as a caseworker at the Pfc. Nicholas A. Madaras House to assist veterans and their families

For local veterans information

For information about the Derby/Shelton AmVets Post 43, contact Al Meadows at 203-929-3357 or

For information about the female veterans committee, contact lauren Cust at 203-733-2596 or