Ukrainian American Veterans (UAV) Post 33 was founded in 1991 in New Haven, Connecticut. The post’s patron is Bishop John Stock.
The post meets on the third Sunday of the month after the second liturgy in Classroom 2 of the St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church Hall, 569 George Street, New Haven, CT.
Post 33 History
The Bishop John Stock Ukrainian-American Veterans (UAV) Post 33 was established in New Haven, CT on October 13th, 1991. The founding officers were Commander Carl R. Harvey, Vice Commander Orest Dubno, Adjutant Maxim Thibodeau, Quartermaster Theodore Romaniuk, Finance Officer Walter Zinych and Sergeant-At-Arms Andrew Bamber. This organization is composed of patriotic veterans that have been Honorably Discharged from the United States Armed Forces and who are of Ukrainian heritage or descent. Our mission is to unite, strengthen and preserve comradeship among all American Veterans of Ukrainian descent, and we pledge to sustain the Constitution, Government and laws of the United States. We strive to perpetuate the memory and deeds of our comrades who gave their lives to secure for us the blessings of liberty. We also sponsor patriotic observances on holidays and work with other local community groups to organize community service projects and social events.
Post 33 Activities
The post has been actively involved in such community activities as participating in the Veterans Day and Memorial Day ceremonies on the New Haven Green. The members of the post also formed the Honor Guards that took part in the Panakhydas for Bishop John Stock in June and for the Ukrainian and Ukrainian-American veterans in November of each year. The post’s most significant achievement was the construction of an Honor Roll for veterans from the New Haven Ukrainian community that is located in our Church Hall.
Current Post 33 Projects
For the past several years, the Post has been involved with aiding and supporting Wounded Ukrainian Soldiers that have come to medical facilities in Connecticut for treatment that is not available to them in Ukraine.
During 2017, we have worked extensively with United States Senator Richard Blumenthal, Congressman Joe Courtney and Congresswoman Rosa Delauro, as well the Senators and Congresspersons from many other states, to get passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2018 that contained our provision for the Ukrainian Security Assistance Initiative and the Wounded Ukrainian Soldier Program. There is still a great deal of work to be done to create an effective and efficient program that will serve the needs of these soldiers. We are now working very closely with the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, NATO Medical, US Embassy in Ukraine, Ukrainian Embassy in Washington, DC, the US Department of Defense Secretarial Designee Program and the Senators and Representatives that we have been previously engaged with to get the funding required to support this program. Our entire National Ukrainian-American Veterans organization is actively involved in moving this program forward.
Post 33 Organization
- Commander: Carl R. Harvey
- Deputy Commander: VACANT
- Adjutant: Donald Zalucky
- Finance Officer: VACANT
- Welfare Officer: Myron Melnyk
- Quartermaster: Stepan Halkowycz
- Chaplain: Andrew Bamber