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.
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Washington - Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) made the following statement after the Air Force, Army and Marine Corps suspended their tuition assistance programs:
Washington - Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement on reports that Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will be reviewing the recently approved Distinguished Warfare Medal:
Hartford, CT – This week Reps. John B. Larson (CT-01) and Joe Courtney (CT-02) joined in writing a letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta calling on TRICARE, the military healthcare program, to collaborate with military families and subject experts on the development of a pilot program which will help military children with autism. The one-year pilot program, included in the final 2013 defense budget authorization, is a modified version of a provision authored by Rep.
Hartford, CT – Today Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement on Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's decision to remove the military ban on women serving in combat:
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.
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.
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.
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.