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Congressman John Larson

Representing the 1st District of Connecticut

Veterans

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

November 17, 2015 Press Release
Washington - Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) announced his support for H.R. 3997 and the establishment of a Veterans Business Enterprise (VBE) program. This bill was announced as an alternative to H.R. 1694, which would recognize veteran-owned small businesses under the Disadvantaged Business Enterprises program (DBE) without allocating additional funding. In contrast, the VBE would be funded at the same level as the existing DBE program.
November 11, 2015 Press Release
​Hartford, CT - Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement on Veterans Day.
November 9, 2015 Press Release

Hartford, CT - Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01), Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, and the Connecticut State Veterans Memorial Board of Directors today joined Connecticut Military Department Adjutant General Thaddeus Martin, Connecticut Department of Veterans' Affairs Commissioner Sean Connolly, and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary for Policy and Planning Linda Schwartz to officially commemorate the opening of the Connecticut State Veterans Memorial.

September 15, 2015 Press Release

Hartford, CT – The Connecticut Congressional delegation today applauded five federal grants from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Supportive Services for Veteran Families program to support outreach, case management and other work in Connecticut to prevent veteran homelessness and to rapidly re-house those who become homeless.

August 27, 2015 Press Release

Hartford, CT - Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the State of Connecticut has been designated by the federal government as being the first state in the nation to have ended chronic homelessness among veterans.

July 29, 2015 Press Release
Washington - Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) discussed the passage of the Transportation and VA bill.
May 1, 2015 Press Release

Washington – This week, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) issued the following statement on the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill for the Fiscal Year 2016, which makes unprecedented cuts to veterans’ services:

April 16, 2015 Press Release

Alexandria –Tuesday night, the Military Officers Association of America awarded David Sitcovsky—Legislative Director for Congressman John B. Larson—with the Colonel Paul W. Arcari Meritorious Service Award. This distinction is bestowed upon Congressional staff members who have made significant contributions to the uniformed services community.

February 27, 2015 Press Release
Washington - Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) commends the appointment of Lt. Colonel Sean Connolly as the Connecticut Veterans' Affairs Commissioner.
February 21, 2015 Press Release
East Granby, CT - Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) joined First Selectman James Hayden in presenting Mr. Harold Wing with the medals he earned for his honorable service during WWII.

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