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Bills to help veterans set to take effect

A bill signing ceremony has been held to commemorate the enactment of three new laws impacting veterans, which take effect October 1st.  Governor Lamont says the measures were adopted to expand the ability of veterans to access certain state services and provide assistance after they have returned to civilian life. 

Each of the bills were approved in both chambers of the Connecticut General Assembly by unanimous, bipartisan votes. 

Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Tom Saadi says the bills include tax relief for disabled veterans, enhanced re-employment programs and increased access to residential and supportive programs and services at the state Department of Veterans Affairs.

One bill requires the workforce development board for Connecticut’s southwest region to develop and operate a Military to Machinists pilot program that will assist veterans in earning an advanced manufacturing certificate from a qualifying program and secure employment in the field upon certificate completion.

Another bill extends certain state war service benefits to veterans who have served less than 90 days in a period of war because they incurred or aggravated an injury in the line of duty that is not a service-connected disability rated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  It also removes a prior law that required a two-year state residency eligibility for certain state benefits, like hospital care and funeral expenses, for veterans who did not live in Connecticut at the time of their enlistment or induction into the military.

The base property tax exemption for certain disabled service members and veterans is increased by $500 in another bill. 

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