Connecticut is home to almost 400,000 Connecticut veterans. Many of our friends and family members have dedicated their lives to serving our country as members of the military. I have incredible respect for anyone who is currently serving, has served in the past, or is planning to serve in the future.
- I will continue to work for our veterans to ensure that they are receiving the medical and mental health assistance that they need and have earned. This means holding our Veteran support offices and facilities accountable for their actions while also promoting efficient and effective care.
- In 2021, legislation I co-authored, to restore state benefits to Connecticut service members who were denied an honorable discharge due to their sexual orientation or gender identity, was signed into law. For decades, policies like “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” punished American patriots trying to serve their country. This new law corrects what he called an incredible injustice and acknowledges that people should be able to serve openly and be proud of who they are. It’s estimated that nearly 100,000 U.S. Military members were discharged because of sexual orientation since World War II. https://www.newstimes.com/local/article/CT-vets-discharged-for-being-LGBT-will-now-get-16353484.php