There are over 250,000 veterans in Connecticut and it’s my goal that none of them be left behind. As a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, supporting our country’s veterans is one of my top priorities. In particular, I have focused on eliminating the unconscionable backlog for veterans’ claims. Working with veterans’ service organizations throughout Connecticut and the country, I have fought to ensure that Connecticut veterans do not wait many months or years to receive the benefits that they deserve. I continue to press the Department of Defense to work with the Department of Veterans Affairs to make the departments’ health records electronic and interoperable.
The very first piece of legislation I introduced when I came to the United States Senate was the Honoring All Veterans Act, a comprehensive approach to addressing serious injustices within the veterans’ community, including unemployment, homelessness, and inadequate healthcare.
Ensuring that all veterans can transition to well-paying civilian jobs is also a top priority. As a founding member of the Senate Veterans Jobs Caucus, I have fought to enact and extend tax credits for employers to hire veterans. I have also introduced legislation to eliminate the arbitrary and unfair time restrictions for veterans to use their Montgomery GI Bill benefits, as well as a bill to prevent employment or housing discrimination against veterans.
Additionally, I continue to work to reduce veterans’ homelessness, provide female veterans with care that meets their specific needs, and improve healthcare services, especially for those who face post-traumatic stress or traumatic brain injury.