Posted on June 1, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
HARTFORD – The governor has signed State Representative Brian Ohler’s legislative proposal to expand essential health benefit coverage to veterans into state law. According to Ohler, the law will provide coverage to veterans, who have an other than honorable discharge, that have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury, or experienced Military Sexual Trauma.
“Prior to the passage of this law, there was a population of veterans that did not have access to essential life sustaining medical services. I was proud to offer testimony in support of this bill when it was in its early stages and applaud the efforts of my colleagues to ensure this piece of legislation made it to the finish line this session. As the first, and only, post 9/11 combat veteran to serve in the General Assembly, I take great pride in advocating for my brothers and sisters in arms,” stated Ohler.
Ohler served in the CT Army National Guard from 2001-2013. During that time, he volunteered to serve in Iraq from 2003-2004 and during the Iraq surge efforts from 2006-2007. Once again, Ohler volunteered to serve during the surge efforts in Afghanistan, this time in 2011.