State Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Sean Connolly has turned in his notice, effective Wednesday, that he is stepping down to pursue other professional opportunities. Chief of Staff and General Counsel of department Tom Saadi of Danbury will serve as Acting Commissioner until a permanent successor is named. Connolly said serving as Commissioner of the Department of Veterans Affairs has been a rewarding experience and that he's proud of the dedicated staff and the work that they've been able to accomplish together. Connolly served more than 7 years on active duty during Operation Iraqi Freedom in Kuwait and Iraq. He's been awarded the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He continues his service today as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.