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February 17, 2015

Senate Democrats Seek to End Tax on Veterans’ Retirement Benefits

by Hugh McQuaid | February 17, 2015 3:34pm

Hugh McQuaid Photo Majority Democrats in the Senate announced Tuesday they would prioritize exempting retired military veterans from paying income tax on their retirement benefits through a bill that would cost the state about $4 million per year.

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February 6, 2015

Blumenthal, Families Celebrate Passage of Suicide Prevention Bill

by Sarah Paduano | February 6, 2015 2:34pm

Joanna Eldridge, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, and Cindy Dubuque Following the unanimous passage of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act by the U.S. Senate earlier this week, Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal joined local families of veterans whose loved ones committed suicide.

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February 5, 2015

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Bill on Evolution Introduced

by Jordan Fenster | February 5, 2015 10:00pm

U.S. Rep Jim Himes, D-4th District, introduced a measure this week that would designate Feb. 12, 2015, as “Darwin Day.”

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February 3, 2015

Veteran Suicide Prevention Bill Headed To President’s Desk

by Hugh McQuaid | February 3, 2015 1:48pm

Christine Stuart photo The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a veteran suicide prevention bill Tuesday co-sponsored by Connecticut Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain.

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January 6, 2015

Blumenthal Wants To Pass Legislation To Prevent Veteran Suicides

by Christine Stuart | January 6, 2015 1:22pm

Christine Stuart photo Now that Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn is no longer a U.S. Senator, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is hoping to find bipartisan support to pass a bill that would reduce the rate of military and veteran suicides.

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August 11, 2014

Senator Calls For End To ‘Predatory’ Lending Practices

by Hugh McQuaid | August 11, 2014 11:22am

Hugh McQuaid Photo U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal called Monday for the Federal Trade Commission to crack down on “predatory” debt collection tactics of certain retailers targeting military servicemembers.

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August 1, 2014

Congress Passes Veteran Health Care Reforms

by Hugh McQuaid | August 1, 2014 10:30am

CTNJ File Photo Connecticut’s U.S. senators applauded the Thursday night final passage of legislation sending emergency funding to the embattled veterans health care system and increasing the agency’s authority to dismiss incompetent employees.

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July 7, 2014

Blumenthal: Delays at VA Facilities Triple

by Hugh McQuaid | July 7, 2014 3:00pm

Hugh McQuaid Photo The number of cases delayed at Veterans Affairs healthcare facilities in Connecticut nearly tripled in the span of a month, according to data released Monday by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

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June 9, 2014

VA Audit Didn’t Raise Red Flags In Connecticut

by Staff Report | June 9, 2014 9:42pm

Hugh McQuaid file photo While it didn’t release location-specific information, Connecticut’s medical facilities run by the Veterans Administration didn’t raise any red flags for auditors.

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June 2, 2014

Blumenthal Wants Info About State’s VA Facilities

by Hugh McQuaid | June 2, 2014 10:46am

Hugh McQuaid Photo U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal wants to know how Connecticut’s Veteran Affairs medical facilities fared in the internal agency audit that led to the resignation of U.S. Veteran Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki.

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