Posted on May 10, 2018 by admin
Hartford – State Representative Bill Simanski (R-62) voted in favor of SB 284 ‘An Act Concerning Benefits for Certain Veterans Who Have Been Diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or Traumatic Brain Injury or Who May Have Had an Experience of Military Sexual Trauma’. The legislation would extend existing veterans benefits offered by the state to veterans who have been diagnosed with those conditions and received an ‘other than honorable [OTH]’ discharge. Many of these veterans served multiple tours of duty and experienced harrowing combat circumstances that can lead to exactly the sort of minor misconduct that results in an OTH discharge.
In recent years, there have been growing instances of suicide and substance abuse amongst veterans, including those with other than honorable discharges. According to public testimony from veterans groups, many other than honorable discharges are the results of the symptoms of conditions like PTSD and TBI.
“I was proud to join my fellow American Legion members and other veteran’s advocates in supporting this legislation,” said Rep. Simanski. “Veterans with other than honorable discharges have had to face the challenges caused by service related trauma alone. This bill will assist them in getting the help that they need.”
The proposal was supported by numerous veterans groups from across the state. Rep. Simanski has also co-sponsored the legislation. The bill passed the House and Senate unanimously. To track this and other legislation visit www.cga.ct.gov.