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Rep. Simanski Votes to Secure Benefits for Veterans with PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury and Military Sexual Trauma

Posted on May 10, 2018 by admin


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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.

Rep. Simanski Hosting Worn American Flag Collection Drive

Posted on May 7, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD – With the summer season and patriotic holidays such as Memorial Day, Flag Day and the Fourth of July on the horizon, it is the perfect time to properly retire your worn, faded and tattered American flags as you prepare to put on fresh new displays of the Stars and Stripes.

State Representative Bill Simanski (R-62) is providing two locations that residents can drop off their worn American flags for proper ceremonial disposal according to the U.S. Flag Code.  Drop-off locations will receive flags from Friday, May 18th until Wednesday, June 13th.

The drop-off locations are:

  • Barkhamsted Town Hall – 67 Ripley Hill Road, Pleasant Valley, CT
  • Granby Town Hall – 15 North Granby Road, Granby, CT

For additional information please call Representative Simanski at (860) 240-8700 or email Bill.Simanski@housegop.ct.gov.

Rep. Simanski Supports Legislation to Fund Veterans Healthcare Center

Posted on April 26, 2018 by admin


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(L-R) Reps. Ackert, Klarides, Yaccarino, Simanski

Hartford – State Representative Bill Simanski (R-62), a member of American Legion Post182, joined veterans groups from across the state to support SB 289 ‘An Act Concerning Funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ which would reverse a planned funding cut by appropriating $2 million toward the department. The funding would allow for continuing operation of the Levitow Healthcare Center in Rocky Hill and prevent the loss of federal reimbursements. In addition to SB 289, funding for the department was included in the proposed Republican budget announced on Friday, April 20th. Veterans’ Organizations at the Capitol included Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American legion, AMVETS, Disabled American Veterans, Connecticut Military and Veterans Coalition, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Vietnam Veterans of America, The Military Order of the Purple Heart, the Marine Corps League, Jewish War Veterans and Franco American War Veterans.

Trails Weekend 2018

Posted on April 26, 2018 by admin


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As part of the 2018 Connecticut Trails Weekend, State Representative Bill Simanski (R-62) urges residents to join him, the Friends of American Legion and Peoples State Forests and the Barkhamsted Historical Society for an educational walk. The hike will take place on Saturday, June 2nd from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The meeting place will be the Nature Museum off Greenwood Road in Peoples State Forest, about 1 mile north of Pleasant Valley on East River Road.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information about the hike, please contact Ralph Scarpino at 860-921-1756 or email rascarpino@snet.net.  In the case of inclement weather, the hike will be canceled.

Rep. Simanski Supports Pay Equity Legislation

Posted on April 20, 2018 by admin


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Hartford – State Representative Bill Simanski (R-62) voted in favor of HB 5386 ‘An Act Concerning Various Pay Equity and Fairness Matters’ on Thursday, April 19th. The legislation was a bi-partisan effort introduced in the Labor Committee to address factors that lead to the income gap between men and women.

A leading factor in the pay gap is caused by inquiring about salary history during the hiring process. Women have historically been hired at a lower wage and thus asking about their current salary just perpetuates their lower salary ranges. The legislation will prevent employers from asking a prospective employee about their wage history.

“I was happy to join this bi-partisan effort for pay-equity,” said Rep. Simanski. “The consideration of wage history when determining pay for new employees has contributed to the income disparity between men and women. Removing this factor will put all new employees on a more equal footing when applying for jobs. Salary should be based on the position and a person’s qualifications, not what a person is currently earning.”

The legislation passed the Labor Committee 13-0 and was amended on the House Floor to address concerns from the business community; it passed the House 142-4. Rep. Simanski also co-sponsored the measure which will now head to the Senate for a vote. To track this bill or other legislation visit www.cga.ct.gov.