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CT Veterans Organizations Urge State to Protect Incarcerated Veterans Against COVID-19

The NVCLR and eight other organizations that serve veterans called on Gov. Lamont and the Department of Correction (DOC) to take immediate action to protect the health and lives of veterans incarcerated in state prisons.

Yale Law School

'They're Just Literally Waiting To Die': Veterans Advocacy Groups Push For Prison Release

Local and national advocacy groups want Connecticut to release veterans held behind bars during the pandemic.

WSHU Public Radio

Veterans’ support group seeks release of at-risk CT inmates as COVID cases rise

Veterans groups are asking Gov. Ned Lamont to release at-risk inmates who are veterans in order to guard their health from the second wave of COVID-19 and to protect others still incarcerated by enforcing social distancing rules and testing protocols.

New Haven Register

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - SNAP

The Department of Social Services (DSS) is providing Emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to nearly half of Connecticut SNAP participants on April 9 and April 20, 2020...

State of Connecticut

Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

See here for the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus information.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

PTSD: National Center for PTSD

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak has the potential to increase stress and anxiety, both because of the fear of catching the virus and because of uncertainty about how the outbreak will affect us socially and economically. There are steps you can take to manage stress and improve your wellbeing...

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Special Relief for those Potentially Impacted by COVID-19

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is working with other federal partners to assess next steps in response to recent reports of cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States. To keep Veterans and stakeholders safe while continuing the mission of VA Home Loan Program, VA is providing the following information...

Veterans Benefits Administration

Veterans have multiple resources for COVID-19 information

Veterans have multiple resources available for the latest COVID-19, or coronavirus, information. Here are several resources:

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

In “Historic” Decision, Veterans Court Will Allow Class Actions

In a decision Chief Judge Robert Davis described as “seismic,” the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, acting en banc, yesterday issued an opinion unanimously holding that veterans may bring class actions against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)...

Yale Law School

Veterans push for protective federal foreclosure laws

STRATFORD - Veterans gathered Sunday to show their support for a federal law that would offer certain protections to vets facing foreclosure.

News 12 Connecticut

Vet advocates, lawmakers fight for NDAA protection against less-than-honorable discharges

WASHINGTON — Veterans service organizations are pressuring lawmakers working on the National Defense Authorization Act to include an amendment protecting servicemembers with mental illness from less-than-honorable discharges.

Stars and Stripes

Lawmakers urge defense bill to help less-than-honorable discharges

A bipartisan group of nine lawmakers joined with leading veterans groups Tuesday to call for the final version of a defense policy bill to include language aimed at making it easier for veterans who were discharged for behavior related to mental health issues to upgrade their discharges.

The Hill

LI lawmakers push federal legislation to aid veterans with PTSD

Long Island’s congressional delegation is urging passage of legislation that would make it easier for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress or traumatic brain injuries to appeal their discharge status.


Lawmakers seek aid for wrongly discharged veterans

Washington — Federal lawmakers are trying to make benefits available to veterans who may have been discharged in error due to behavior stemming from trauma during their service.

The Detroit News

Advocates, lawmakers push for answers to problem of 'bad paper' discharges

Veterans advocates rallied on Capitol Hill Tuesday to urge lawmakers deal with the problem of so-called “bad paper” discharges that prevent some struggling veterans from receiving health care, and urged the White House to intervene while the legislative process drags on.

Military Times

Veterans Council plans holiday social, ‘Fill My Truck’ food drive

NEW HAVEN >> The National Veterans Council for Legal Redress is hosting its first annual Veterans Day Social and “Fill My Truck” holiday food drive from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday in honor of Veterans Day. The social will feature live music, raffles, food and more at Terminal 110, 240 Sargent Drive.

New Haven Register

PTSD & Vietnam | Comedy Central

Jason Jones reports on dishonorably discharged Vietnam veterans with PTSD who can't get treatment because they were dishonorably discharged because of PTSD.

Comedy Central

Conley Monk | Vietnam Veterans Are Declared Eligible To Receive Long-Denied Benefits

It has taken more than 40 years, but Connecticut veteran Conley Monk has won his battle to have his military discharge status upgraded and can now receive federal benefits.

Connecticut Health Investigative Team

Updates to Monk V. Mabus

On June 22, 2015, plaintiffs Conley Monk, Vietnam Veterans of America, and the National Veterans Council for Legal Redress announced that the respective record correction boards had granted the discharge upgrade requests of all five individual plaintiffs.

Yale Law School

Yale lawsuit claims Vietnam vets suffering from PTSD were handed less than honorable discharges

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder was not recognized as a medical condition until 1980, leaving behind some 80,000 Vietnam War era veterans, a lawsuit claims, that were likely suffering from the ailment...

New Haven Register

New Data Shows Jump in Relief to Veterans with PTSD

Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) and the National Veterans Council for Legal Redress (NVCLR), joined by Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT), held a press conference about a report based on newly disclosed records...

Yale Law School

Defense Dept. Agrees to Disclosure of PTSD Records for Vets Clinic Clients

The U.S. District Court in Connecticut approved a settlement in Vietnam Veterans of America et al v. Dept. of Defense et al. ...

Yale Law School

First Lady asking landlords with vacant spaces to help homeless veterans

First Lady Michelle Obama has a proposition for any landlord eager to unload vacant space.

ABC 11

Veterans Are Not Applying For Discharge Status Upgrades, Pentagon Blamed

Few veterans take advantage of a Pentagon policy designed to make it easier for veterans with PTSD to upgrade their discharge status and become eligible to apply for veterans' benefits...

Hartford Courant

Blumenthal: More work needed to get veterans help with PTSD

The fight to get full treatment for veterans suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder is far from over, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and veterans advocates said Monday.

New Haven Register

Vietnam War vets to finally receive benefits after bad discharges

For the first time in 45 years, Vietnam War veteran and New Haven resident Conley Monk feels vindicated.

FOX 61

West Haven veteran fights to upgrade bad discharge

After the Vietnam War, thousands of soldiers came back to the states but didn’t receive a warm welcome home. On top of that, many who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder weren’t given an honorable discharge.


Relief for veterans seeking treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

A big win for Vietnam Veterans, after years of coping with post-traumatic stress disorder.


Vietnam veterans with PTSD seek relief

Legal action is underway in Federal Court to seek relief for Vietnam veterans diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.


Yale class-action lawsuit seeks redress for Vietnam vets

The Veterans Legal Services Clinic at Yale is seeking class-action status for litigation that asks the U.S. District Court to order the Pentagon to use “consistent and medically appropriate standards” in evaluating claims of PTSD...

CT Mirror