SSMF: Greetings

Dear Connecticut Veteran:

Welcome to the website of the State of Connecticut Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Marines’ Fund. The agency is dedicated to assisting Connecticut's needy wartime veterans and thier families. The agency, established in 1919, represents an enduring partnership between the State of Connecticut and the American Legion in reducing want and ameliorating suffering among those who have served our nation. The website contains important information on who we are, the assistance that we may be able to provide, and how to apply. Should you have questions as to how we may be able to help you and how to apply for assistance please contact us.  We will answer your questions and put you in touch with a representative serving your locality. Thank you for visiting and for your service to our nation.


John D. Monahan

John D. Monahan


John D. Monahan


John D. (Jack) Monahan has been the Administrator of the Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Fund since 2006. He served as Assistant Administrator from 1999 to 2006. He retired from the United States Army in 1995 with the rank of major after twenty years of service. He grew up in Cranston, Rhode Island and is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island. He enlisted in the US Army in 1975, underwent training as an infantryman, and subsequently served in Company B, 3rd Infantry Regiment, “The Old Guard”, at Fort Myer, Virginia. Jack was selected for Officer Candidate School and commissioned as an armor officer at Fort Benning, Georgia, in 1977. He remained at Fort Benning to attend Airborne and Ranger training, after which he attended the Armor Officer Basic Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky. From 1977 to 1986 he served in various assignments in tank battalions in the United States, Korea, and Germany, including tank platoon leader, company executive officer, battalion maintenance officer, and assistant battalion operations officer. He commanded a tank company, Company C, 1st Battalion, 13th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Division, at Storck Barracks, Illesheim, Germany from 1983 to 1985. He served as Operations Officer (S-3) of the battalion from 1985 to 1986. Later that year Jack was accepted into the Army’s Foreign Area Officer program and undertook advanced education leading to designation as a regional expert in European affairs. Instruction in the German language at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California was followed by graduate studies at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, leading to award of the degree of Master of Arts in European Studies (1988). Upon completion of his studies Jack was posted to Vienna, Austria, where he attended the 12th General Staff Course at the Austrian National Defense Academy (1988-1989). He graduated from the US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in 1990. During the Persian Gulf War Jack served as Deputy Director of Plans, Mobilization and Training, US Army Garrison, Fort Polk, Louisiana. In 1992 Jack was posted to Frankfurt, Germany, where he was assigned as Operations Officer of the On-Site Inspection Agency (current Defense Threat Reduction Agency), the joint military agency responsible for monitoring the arms-control treaty compliance of the United States and other treaty signatory nations. He served as a United States Arms-Control Inspector on more than 30 missions under the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty (CFE) and the Treaty on Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF). He participated in inspection missions in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia, and escorted foreign (former Warsaw Pact) inspectors on US military facilities throughout Europe. He was the resident German specialist within the agency and served as Deputy Commander of two missions under German Army (Bundeswehr) command. His military awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Achievement Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Parachutist Badge, and the Ranger Tab. He is a member of LaPlace-Champlin American Legion Post 18 and is Treasurer of the American Legion Department of Connecticut. He has served as a member of the American Legion National Finance Commission since 2007. He is a recipient of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce “William J. Pomfret Award” for community service on the part of a veteran. Jack is also a member of VFW Post 6726, the “Old Guard Association”, the Military Officers Association of America, and the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada. He has been married to his wife, Dianne (Wickes), since 1976. He has two adult daughters, Megan and Caitlin. 

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