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March 30, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Esty Issues Apology; Blumenthal Opposes VA Privatization

by Christine Stuart and Peter Urban | Mar 30, 2018 1:00am
Posted to: Agriculture | Congress | 5th CD | DC News Junkie | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Iraq at Home | Public Health | Veterans Affairs | Newington | West Haven

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U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty issued an apology Thursday for failing to act sooner in 2016 when Tony Baker, her former chief of staff, was accused of harassing, threatening, and punching a female former staffer, Hearst reported Thursday.

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March 27, 2018

Veterans With ‘Bad Paper’ Discharges Now Eligible For Mental Health Services

by Peggy McCarthy | Mar 27, 2018 11:46am
Posted to: Congress | Iraq at Home | Veterans Affairs

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A new federal law will allow hundreds of Connecticut veterans with “bad paper” discharges to be eligible for long-term mental health care for the first time, and thus reduce their suicide risk.

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March 23, 2018

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Congress Approves Budget; Trump Threatens Veto Then Says He’ll Sign It

by Peter Urban | Mar 23, 2018 5:00am
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Health Care | Iraq at Home | Law Enforcement | Manufacturing | Public Health | Public Safety | Veterans Affairs | White House | Portland

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(UPDATED Friday, 6:45 p.m.) Looking to avoid a third government shutdown in three weeks, Congress sent President Donald Trump a $1.3 trillion spending bill early Friday morning that will keep federal doors open through September.

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January 16, 2018

Malloy Seeks To Elevate Acting Veterans Affairs Commissioner

by Christine Stuart | Jan 16, 2018 1:32pm
Posted to: Veterans Affairs | Danbury

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HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Tuesday nominated a former assistant attorney general and major in the U.S. Army Reserves to head the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs.

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November 13, 2017

WWII B-17 San Antonio Rose Commemorated

by Peter Urban | Nov 13, 2017 2:51pm
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Veterans Affairs

Credit 5th CCU via NARA Nearly 75 years after the San Antonio Rose was lost in the Pacific during World War II, Senator Richard Blumenthal is calling on the Pentagon to search again for the wreckage of the B-17 as a way to honor the memory of its crew.

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October 4, 2017

Lt. Colonel Explores Run For Democratic Nomination For Governor

by Christine Stuart | Oct 4, 2017 5:58pm
Posted to: Election 2018 | Veterans Affairs | East Hartford

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie EAST HARTFORD, CT — After stepping down from his post as Connecticut’s Commissioner of Veterans Affairs, Sean Connolly stood in the parking lot of Augie and Rays with about 200 of his closest friends, former grade school teachers, and supporters to announce he’s exploring a run for governor.

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September 29, 2017

OP-ED | Words Matter: ‘Patriotism’ and ‘Racism’ in the National Anthem Controversy

by Barth Keck | Sep 29, 2017 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Civil Liberties | Election 2016 | Military Spending | Opinion | Sports | Veterans Affairs | White House

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Words matter. Two words that matter a great deal right now are “patriotism” and “racism,” the critical concepts surrounding NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem. Thanks to Donald Trump’s incendiary criticism of that activity, the heated issue got much hotter last weekend.

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April 3, 2017

Connecticut Senators Aim To Help Veterans With Mental Health Challenges Get Services

by Jack Kramer | Apr 3, 2017 3:30pm
Posted to: Congress | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Military Spending | Veterans Affairs

Jack Kramer / ctnewsjunkie NEW HAVEN, CT — Recent investigations show that the Department of Defense has issued thousands of other-than-honorable (OTH) discharges to veterans, including hundreds in Connecticut, with mental health and behavioral health diagnoses.

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March 17, 2017

Esty Helps Lead Opposition To Bill Removing Veterans’ Health Records from Gun Background Checks

by Christine Stuart | Mar 17, 2017 5:00am
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Congress | 5th CD | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Public Safety | Veterans Affairs

ctnewsjunkie file photo WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed a bill Thursday that would give veterans — previously unable to purchase firearms because of a mental health diagnosis — access to firearms.

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January 13, 2017

OP-ED | Confront Logic Fallacies In Policy And Save Lives

by Sarah Darer Littman | Jan 13, 2017 12:00pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Opinion | Health Care Opinion | Veterans Affairs

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A new year in America starts with another mass shooting. Are we going to repeat the same questions, then wait till the next time people die for no good reason except our inability to confront the consequences of conflicting policies?

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