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New Connecticut Law Focuses on Women Veterans

Women who served in the military are not exactly in the same situations when they leave service as the men who have also served, as their particular assistance needs after exiting service is normally connected to returning to traditional family roles and responsibilities. Military careers can take a significant toll on female soldiers, and women veterans can also experience difficulties when returning to civilian life. The state of Connecticut has decided to take a proactive step to assist this growing number of over 16,000 female veterans in the state who have ended their tour of service by enhancing the assistance already supplied in the state Department of Veterans Affairs.

The new legislation will require the state to establish a network through the newly created Connecticut Women’s Veterans Program which can evaluate the unique situations that each woman veteran is confronting, such as being a caregiver for a parent, spouse, or dependent child. Many female veterans are also married to disabled male veterans who require continual living assistance in an effort to enhance their quality of life. Women are regularly exposed to the same horrific events that male soldiers experience during their tour of duty, and many times women also suffer post-trauma from other pressures in the service such as the potential for sexual assault, commonly termed as MST.

The new women’s veterans' assistance bureau will be assigned a formal program director that will oversee all components of the new approach to veterans' benefits. State Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Sean Connolly stated that the program will not be funded by new state resource allocations, as it will begin by using existing resources to provide assistance to those who qualify. Commissioner Connolly stated that the mission of the program will be “to see what kinds of programs are out there, develop recommendations for improving benefits, and determining whether new programs and projects are necessary to meet the needs of our women veterans.”

The program director will work closely with the existing state Office of Advocacy and Assistance. One of the primary focuses from the onset of the program will include building a network of female veterans who can serve as a team of benefit recipients that can help the state get the information out to those who may be qualified for any form of assistance through the new law. Information and involvement will be the focus of this specifically targeted program.

Any female veteran who may think they are qualified to receive benefits under the new Connecticut Women’s Veterans Program should contact Carter Mario personal injury lawyers and evaluate the possibility for assistance from the state through this new law designed to help women after they have served their country in the military.

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