Supporting our Nation's Veterans
The 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.
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.
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.
In 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
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.”
Winsted, CT – Yesterday, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) honored Anthony Zacchio of Winsted with the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal. The Republic of Korea offers this medal to Korean War veterans in gratitude for their service and assistance in preserving Korea’s freedom.
West Hartford, CT – Last night, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) recognized the CT Friends of Veterans, Inc. for their work in organizing the Global War on Terror Wall of Remembrance’s recent stop in West Hartford. The traveling memorial was in Connecticut from August 26th – 28th, allowing veterans and their loved ones a chance to pay their respects. Larson hosted a reception for the CT Friends of Veterans at American Legion Post 96, where he presented them with the Fallen Star.
Hartford, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) announced that he has appointed Bristol residents Art Ward and Frank Nicastro to his Veterans and Military Advisory Council.
Art Ward, a Marine Corps Vietnam veteran, served as Mayor of Bristol for six years. After serving in the war, Ward worked as a Veterans Affairs Officer with the State of Connecticut, and as a member of the Bristol City Council for 14 years, before being elected Mayor.