Connecticut Democratic Party Blog

WE’RE TAKING CARE OF VETERANS IN CONNECTICUT

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Topline Connecticut Democrats are working hard to ensure that our 250,000 veterans and thousands of active-duty servicemembers have access to exceptional public benefits and services.

HOW THE SHUTDOWN IS EFFECTING VETERANS

Topline The GOP-fueled shutdown is negatively affecting the pay and benefits of servicemembers and veterans in Connecticut and around the country.

  • Emergency death benefits to the survivors of servicemembers killed in action were halted until a national nonprofit stepped in to fill the gap.

  • The VA will run out of money to pay mandatory benefits for existing beneficiaries by the end of October. This would affect disabled veterans, poor wartime veterans, survivors, and students. In Connecticut, 11,000 veterans receive education and disability benefits.

  • Military hospitals and medical care centers that accept TRICARE will see reduced hours, impacting the ability of veterans to get timely medical treatment.

  • Veterans call centers, regional offices, and business centers will be closed to the public. In Connecticut, 56 regional VA offices have been closed and 7,000 workers have been furloughed.

HOW THE GOP SHUTDOWN IS HURTING CONNECTICUT

Topline The Tea Party-fueled government shutdown is already negatively impacting Connecticut’s low-income and middle-class families, and has the potential to hurt our economy far into the future.

Small Businesses: A shutdown could delay financial support for Connecticut’s small businesses. In fiscal year 2012, the Small Business Administration’s loan programs approved 53,847 applications and supported 571,383 jobs. A shutdown would put a stop to this critical source of small business credit.

Military and Veterans: During the shutdown 12,828 service members in Connecticut will remain on duty, but will see their pay delayed if the shutdown extends for more than 10 days. Military members, veterans, retirees and their families are on pace to redeem more than $100 million in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits this year and many service members, especially the most junior, are already living paycheck to paycheck.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

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Topline There are more than half a million people in Connecticut with Hispanic roots — that’s 14 percent of Nutmeggers! We’re proud of our state’s diversity, which is why Connecticut Democrats are focused on policies that promote equality and ensure the prosperity of all communities.

Economic Development: In fiscal year 2012, Connecticut Democrats implemented $1.2 million in aid to women- and minority-owned businesses.

Education: In 2011, The Connecticut General Assembly passed, and Governor Malloy signed into law, a DREAM Act, which extended in-state tuition benefits to students without legal immigration status — including UConn, a Connecticut State University, a community-technical college or Charter Oak State College.

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