There are more than 250,000 veterans in Connecticut – men and women who have selflessly served our country. As a daughter of a Navy veteran, one of the greatest honors I have is the opportunity to help those who have sacrificed so much serving our country.
Since taking office, I’ve helped veterans in central and northwest Connecticut recover $380,000 in veterans’ benefits. And when a veteran from Newtown asked for my help replacing medals he earned for his service in Korea after waiting for over a year, I helped secure his medals and introduced the PROMPT Act to make sure no other veteran would have to wait this long. I’m proud my provisions passed with strong bipartisan support and were signed into law last year.
Veterans deserve better than facing unnecessary delays to see a doctor, which is why I’ve voted to allow veterans to seek private medical care if their VA facility has a backlog and to more easily fire managers who were responsible for the culture of neglect. I also proudly introduced my own bill to support home caregivers of veterans and passed amendments to increase support for suicide prevention programs and the National Guard Yellow Ribbon reintegration program.