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
Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 25. The legislation extends sequester cuts to Medicare in order to repeal recent changes to military retiree cost of living adjustments.
“Today, the House voted to address changes to cost of living adjustments for military retirees on the backs of our seniors. The measure passed today was the wrong way to go for the nation, pitting supporting our veterans against supporting our seniors.
Bristol, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT01) joined Mayor Art Ward in presenting Bristol resident and Korean War veteran Omer Deabay with the medals he earned during his service in the United States Army. After entering the military in 1951, Mr. Deabay served as a Sergeant in the 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Division. Mr. Deabay continues to support veterans in his community, participating in a Korean War Veterans group that has raised money for Korean War monuments in Bristol and Forestville.
Washington, DC — Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and Connecticut's delegation to the House of Representatives today urged Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki to allow 23 Connecticut veterans at risk of losing their places in three retirement homes to stay in those homes, with coverage from the VA if they so choose.
Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today after President Barack Obama announced Linda Schwartz, Connecticut Commissioner of Veterans Affairs, as his nominee for Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Policy and Planning:
Washington — Reps. John B. Larson, Rosa DeLauro, and Jim Himes today applauded the news $3,262,739 in federal grants to help approximately 715 homeless and at-risk veterans and their families in Connecticut. The grants provide funding to local organizations to help prevent at-risk veterans from becoming homeless and to help re-house those who have recently fallen into homelessness. The Workplace, Inc. in Bridgeport; Community Renewal Team, Inc. in Hartford; and Columbus House, Inc.
Washington – Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) announced the passage of an amendment to require TRICARE, the military healthcare program, to cover behavioral health treatment, including applied behavior analysis for military children with developmental disabilities. The amendment, authored by Congressman Larson and co-sponsored by Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL), comes as a result of a meeting at an Autism Speaks forum at the home of Tim Shea of West Hartford with Manchester resident Rachel Kenyon.
Wethersfield, CT – Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) presented World War II veteran Joseph Luszczak of Wethersfield with military medals he earned serving our nation. Mr. Joseph Luszczak, 96, entered the service in 1943 serving in 'B' Company, 13th Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division. During his time in the U.S. Army Mr. Luszczak held several different military occupations including Supply NCO, Rifleman and Squad Leader.