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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

December 21, 2012 Press Release
Washington - In a partial victory for military families struggling with autism, the final defense budget authorization for next year passed by the House yesterday includes a modified version of a provision authored by Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01), which would require TRICARE – the military healthcare program – to provide greater access to behavioral health treatment for military kids with autism as part of a one-year pilot program.
November 30, 2012 Press Release

Washington – The U.S. Senate passed an amendment Thursday co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), to extend behavioral treatment for military children with autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities. Authored in the House by Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01), the “Caring For Military Kids With Autism Act” was adopted as an amendment to the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and passed by the Senate Thursday night. The House of Representatives passed the amendment in that chamber’s version of the NDAA last spring.

November 20, 2012 Press Release

Hartford, CT – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) awarded medals to Wethersfield resident and Korean War veteran Herbert Hoover Northrop and the family of Newington resident and World War II veteran Andrew H. Christensen Monday morning at the Pitkin Community Center in Wethersfield.

November 9, 2012 Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) presented Matthew "Mack" McDonald of Wethersfield with the Army Commendation Medal for his actions during his military service. A Specialist in the U.S. Army Reserve, 411th Civil Affairs Battalion, Matthew served in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2004 to 2012. During the presentation Congressman Larson also read Matthew a citation from the Secretary of the Army, John McHugh, signed by the Adjutant General of the Army, Jason T. Evans.

August 21, 2012 Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) presented Marion resident Leon Cornwall Doolittle with the commendation he earned over 67 years ago serving our nation during World War II. Mr. Doolittle, 92, is a combat veteran who served in the 30th Infantry Division throughout Europe, including at the Battle of the Bulge.

July 31, 2012 Press Release

Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) applauded a U.S. District Court decision last week to require TRICARE – the military healthcare system – to cover Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy as a medical treatment for military families that have children with autism. According to recent estimates, 1 in every 88 military children has autism.

August 4, 2007 Press Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 4, 2007

LARSON REINTRODUCES VETERANS HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION

July 6, 2007 Press Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 6, 2007

Reps. Murphy, Larson Highlight Historic Commitment to Veterans Funding
Democrats increase veterans funding by nearly $12M, highest increase of 77 year history of VA

June 15, 2007 Press Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 15, 2007

LARSON HONORS COMMITMENT TO VETERANS, VOTES FOR HISTORICAL FUNDING FOR VETS PROGRAMS
Larson votes to provide the largest single increase in the 77 year history of the Veterans Administration

March 28, 2007 Press Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 28, 2007

Larson Statement on Passage of Wounded Warrior Assistance Act

WASHINGTON- After the House of Representatives passed the Wounded Warrior Assistance Act of 2007 today, Congressman John B. Larson (CT-1), Vice Chairman of the Democratic Caucus released the following statement:

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