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Congressman John Larson

Representing the 1st District of Connecticut


Rep. Larson dines with US Forces stationed in KoreaThe brave men and women who have fought for our freedom deserve our nation’s highest praise. While we will never be able to fully repay them for their service, it is imperative that we do all that we can to care for them. Today, Congressman Larson remains dedicated to providing our veteran’s with access to the highest level of service and care.

Too many veterans receive delayed or inadequate care from underfunded and mismanaged programs meant to support them. Previously Congress has acted to address these shortfalls, expanding and improving the Department of Veterans Affairs and recently looking at ways to address their claims backlog. In addition, the passage of the GI Bill for the 21st Century modernized the GI program to guarantee access to a four year education for those who have served our country. For more information for those who qualify, please visit their website or call 1-888-GI BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) to determine eligibility for benefits.

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Rep. Larson's latest Veterans Update brochure.

Today our veteran community is forced to deal with the same economic issues our nation is experiencing. However, just as the military's promise’s to leave no soldier behind, each of us must always remember to leave no veteran behind. Regardless of our economic climate, our nation has a responsibility to honor their sacrifice. In Connecticut, Congressman Larson maintains an active Veteran and Military Advisory Council who he regularly meets with to gain feedback on issues and questions from our veteran community. Congressman Larson also has veterans on his staff who understand the challenges that exist for our soldiers at home. As always, feel free to reach out to his district office at 860-278-8888 with any questions or concerns related to VA benefits and healthcare.

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Veterans History Project

Military families have also sacrificed so much for our freedom and deserve nothing less than our full commitment to them. That's why Congressman Larson has worked tirelessly to provide greater access to behavioral health treatment for military children with autism. In a partial victory for military families, the most recent defense budget includes a modified version of a provision authored by Congressman John B. Larson which would require TRICARE – the military healthcare program – to provide greater access to this treatment for military kids with autism as part of a one-year pilot program. Congressman Larson remains committed to pursuing a permanent fix and will be monitoring this program closely. If you have a question regarding veterans benefits please call 860-278-8888.



Military Medals

Ambassador for Peace MedalsIn the First District, Congressman Larson also works to ensure our veterans have received the medals they earned defending our freedom. From WWII veterans to those who have returned from the Operation Iraqi Freedom, Larson and his staff are available to help service members and their families find and receive military medals. If you have a question regarding military medals please call 860-278-8888.




More on Veterans

August 20, 2019 Press Release
Bristol, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) presented Bristol resident Carl R. Veilleux with his service medals. Veilleux served in the U.S. Army from January 1949 to November 1951. He completed basic training at Fort Dix in New Jersey and served active duty in Dachau, Germany.
June 14, 2019 Press Release
Today, on Flag Day, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) presented 34 Vietnam War Veterans with Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pins and Presidential Certificates.
May 30, 2019 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) presented the service medals of Army Veteran, Gary R. Samela, to his wife Susan Samela. Samela served in the Army from 1969 to 1972, where he was deployed to Vietnam. He enlisted in the Army Reserves after being discharged from the Army until 1975.
March 29, 2019 Press Release
On National Vietnam War Veterans Day, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01), along with his Veterans Advisory Council, announced that they will hold a Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin ceremony for Vietnam Veterans on Flag Day, June 14th at 11:00 AM at the State Armory.
November 5, 2018 Press Release

Bristol, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) presented Bristol resident and U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Gary Wycko with his service medals. Wycko served during the Vietnam War from 1966 to 1968. Larson presented Wycko with his Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service medal with one Bronze Campaign Star and the Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross Color with palm and frame) ribbon bar.

October 30, 2018 Press Release

Enfield, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) presented the family of the late-Korean War Veteran, Luther Cuffee, with his service medals. His grandson, Jacob Cipriano accepted the medals on his grandfather’s behalf. Cuffee’s daughter Soncerae Cipriano and her husband Christopher were also in attendance.

September 14, 2018 Press Release
Today, U.S. Representatives John Larson (CT-1), Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), and Jim Himes (CT-4) and U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) announced $470,893 through the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH) for housing authorities in Hartford, West Haven, and Norwalk.
August 22, 2018 Press Release

Washington DC – Today, Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after attending the Medal of Honor Ceremony at the White House recognizing Air Force Technical Sergeant John A. Chapman, a Windsor Locks native, , for conspicuous gallantry. Sergeant John A. Chapman was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions on March 4, 2002, on Takur Ghar mountain in Afghanistan. The medal was presented to Sergeant Chapman’s spouse, Valerie Nessel, and family.

August 2, 2018 Press Release
Yesterday, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) presented Southington resident Carl Jacobs with his service medals. Jacobs served in the Army from July 1950 to May 1953. In 1951, he was wounded in Korea. Jacobs was presented with the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal with four Bronze Service Stars, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the United Nations Service Medal, and the Korean Medal of Gratitude.
July 27, 2018 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) presented the Air Meritorious Service Medal for the late Air National Guard veteran, Michael Lynch, to his daughter Karen Petrella and other members of his family.