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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

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.
June 25, 2018 Press Release
Today, Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01) made the following statement after the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2018 passed the House of Representatives.
April 24, 2018 Press Release
Today, U.S. Representative John Larson (D-1) and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)announced $1.4 million in funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs to fund construction projects at the Connecticut Veterans Home in Rocky Hill through the VA State Veterans Home Construction Grant Program.
April 10, 2018 Press Release
Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that the First District will be receiving 11 additional HUD VASH Vouchers worth $86,866.
February 7, 2018 Press Release
Ranking Member Larson Opening Statement at Social Security Subcommittee Hearing on Ensuring Social Security Serves America’s Veterans
September 15, 2017 Press Release

(Hartford, CT)- Today, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Representatives John Larson (CT-1), Joe Courtney (CT-2),  Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Jim Himes (CT-4), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) announced a grant from the National Cemetery Administration (NCA) totaling nearly $3.2 million to improve the Connecticut State Veterans Cemetery in Middletown.

The grant will raise, realign, and clean 7,393 headstones and fund refurbishment of 270,000 square feet of turf. The project will cover 5 acres and serve 184,300 Veterans and their families.

May 26, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) presented Bloomfield resident, Colonel Anne Sullivan, with a Congressional Citation and an American Flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol in honor of her 103rd birthday.
May 26, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) presented the family of the late Joseph F. Clements with his military medals.
November 21, 2016 Press Release
Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) presented South Windsor resident Fred Babbitt with the Ambassador for Peace Medal and the Medal of Gratitude.
October 29, 2016 Press Release

Southington, CT – Saturday, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) presented Warren Abell of Southington with the medals he earned for his honorable service during World War II.

 “Sergeant Abell served our country bravely during World War II. Humble men like him, came back after heroically fighting tyranny, without saying much, and living their day to day lives,” said Larson. “Today, I am honored to be able to present Sergeant Abell with his medals for his honorable service.”