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Veterans look to build connections over coffee

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Chico Veterans Hall coffee time is a designated time where veterans can socialize and build connections over free coffee and doughnuts.

CHICO, Calif. - Local veterans kick off their Wednesdays with coffee, doughnuts, good times, and connecting with one another at the Chico Veterans Memorial Hall.

Senior Vice Commander and Veteran Brianna Farrara believe this weekly meet-up is special. 

"It's just a great opportunity for veterans to come and tell stories to each other," said Farrara. 

Veterans come together every Wednesday morning between 8 a.m. to noon to socialize and create new friendships with other veterans in the community. There's no application process to join, if you're a veteran, you just show up and enjoy the morning. 

“There is no limit to branch. We have people that come from World War II, we have people who are here from post 9/11," said Farrara. "So I have friends that are army, navy, I have marine friends. So it's open to every veteran in our community."

Farrara said there aren't really any other designated locations like this where veterans can sit and talk in our geographic area. 

"The only other place in this community is the V.A. Hospital in Chico, so this is the first facility of it's kind to meet and socialize," said Farrara. 

Each week, about 20 to 40 veterans show up throughout the morning, and as word gets out about the veteran's coffee time, the group hopes to build more friendships in the community. 

"We hope to see as many people in the community as possible," said Farrara.

The coffee time with veterans is currently only on Wednesday, but the group hopes as more veterans attend, they'll be able to make this a daily occurrence throughout the whole week.

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