Murphy Bill Will Expand Mealth Health Services For Vets

Mar 28, 2018
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Combat veterans who have received “Other Than Honorable” discharges are now eligible for mental and behavioral health service through the VA.

That’s because Senator Chris Murphy’s Honor Our Commitment Act was passed as part of the recent federal budget agreement.

Murphy says the bill is intended to reduce the epidemic of veteran suicide. According to the VA, the suicide risk for veterans is 22 percent higher than that of civilians.

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When two Air Force planes collided in 1966, they released hydrogen bombs that sprinkled plutonium all over the Spanish countryside. Victor Skaar and nearly 1,600 service members got sick after cleaning the spill.

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U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., met with New Haven’s Ukrainian community over the weekend about legislation that will help treat wounded Ukrainian soldiers at Department of Defense military treatment facilities.

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The U.S. House of Representatives approved a defense spending bill that could increase the production of Virginia-class submarines by Connecticut-based Electric Boat. But funding for the extra submarines remains uncertain.

Representative Joe Courtney, D-CT2, voted against the bill. Speaking before the vote on Thursday evening, Courtney said Republicans designed the bill in a way that gives Secretary of Defense James Mattis too much discretion on how the money will be spent.

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Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo are among those condemning President Donald Trump's plan to ban transgender individuals from serving in any capacity in the military.