Department of Veteran Affairs App

Posted on November 15, 2018 by admin


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The Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs has a number of resources to assist our military men and women following their courageous service to this nation.

The mobile app offers CT veterans access to crisis assistance by phone, text and online chat. The app also includes information about housing assistance, healthcare options and employment opportunities.

Click here to learn more and download the application.

Our military men and women make tremendous personal sacrifices while deployed. It is our responsibility to make sure they are taken care of when they return home. If you or a loved one has served our nation, I hope you will take advantage of this app.

Please do not hesitate to contact me regarding any state or local issue. I can be reached at 800-842-1423 or email robert.siegrist@housegop.ct.gov.

Sincerely,

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, 10/27

Posted on October 24, 2018 by admin


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On Saturday, October 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local law enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will provide the public its 16th opportunity in eight years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Held on the last Saturday of April and October of every year, this national event addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue.

The DEA is again calling on Americans to empty their medicine cabinets of unwanted, unused, or expired prescription medication and bring them to collection sites for proper disposal. This includes pet medication as well.

DEA Collection Sites closest to our area include:

HIGGANUM PHARMACY

23 Killingworth Rd. – Higganum, CT
In front of parking lot area

The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

In April, Americans turned in 474.5 tons (over 949,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,600 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 16 previous Take-Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 9.9 million pounds — nearly 5,000 tons of pills, with Connecticut accounting for over 94,000 pounds.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Click here for more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 27 Take Back Initiative.

As always, feel free to connect with me, please call: 1(800) 842-1423 or email: Robert.Siegrist@housegop.ct.gov for more information.

Sincerely,

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on October 19, 2018 by admin


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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase breast cancer awareness and education, while also promoting research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Please consider supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month, whether it be through a donation, or simply by purchasing the “pink” version of your favorite everyday products.
I am proud to help spread the word about the importance of this cause, which is meaningful to so many families in our community.
Please be aware of the following facts about breast cancer:
  • Breast cancer is the second most frequently diagnosed cancer in women
  • Besides being female, age is the most notable risk factor for breast cancer
  • Potentially modifiable risk factors for the disease include weight gain and obesity, use of menopausal hormone therapy, physical inactivity, having high breast tissue density and alcohol consumption
  • Mammography can often detect breast cancer at an early stage, when treatment is more effective and a cure is more likely
  • In 2018, it’s estimated that among U.S. women and men there will be 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 40,920 breast cancer deaths among women. Also, there will be 2,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 480 breast cancer deaths among men
For more information on breast and other types of cancers, please read these key facts and statistics from the American Cancer Society.

As always, feel free to connect with me, please call: 1(800) 842-1423 or email: Robert.Siegrist@housegop.ct.gov for more information.

Sincerely,

Cottage Food Laws

Posted on October 2, 2018 by admin


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I am proud to share with you that this session, the General Assembly passed legislation that advocates for small businesses and cottage food producers. This new law will set up the process for cottage food producers to get licensed, sell their products and comply with food safety regulations.

The legislation went into effect October 1st and I am eager to see this program get off the ground and help people throughout Connecticut grow their home businesses.

The Department of Consumer Protection has put together comprehensive resources to help you get started:

I would appreciate any feedback as this new program is rolled out. It has been a long effort to get to this point and I want to make sure that the process outlined in this legislation works for our home producers.

Please share this information with those who may benefit!

State Representative Robert Siegrist

36th General Assembly District 

As always, if you would like to connect with me, please call: 1(800) 842-1423 or email: Robert.Siegrist@housegop.ct.gov for more information.

CT Veterans Stand Down 2018

Posted on September 17, 2018 by admin


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As a member of the legislature’s Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I am happy to share that the Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs is hosting their annual “Stand Down” event for veterans on September 21, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs main campus located at 287 West Street in Rocky Hill.

This is a wonderful opportunity for the veterans in our community to receive free employment and job training guidance. More than 30 government agencies and social services organizations will be offering education and recovery based services, as well as information about state and Veterans’ Administration benefits, and legal, motor vehicle and housing matters.

Medical, dental, eye care, hearing and mental health screenings – as well as free clothing – will also be provided. Pre-registration is not required, but the DOL asks that attendees arrive no later than 12:00 p.m. and encourage that you bring documentation verifying your military service/veteran status.

If you are in need of transportation to the event, please know that the Department of Transportation is providing free bus services from a number of locations around the state.

For more information, please call 860-616-3803Click here for a state-wide transportation schedule.

Please share this information with those who may benefit!

State Representative Robert Siegrist

36th General Assembly District 

As always, if you are unable to attend but would still like to connect with me, please call: 1(800) 842-1423 or email: Robert.Siegrist@housegop.ct.gov for more information.

9/11: We Will Never Forget

Posted on September 11, 2018 by admin


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Seventeen years-ago today, nearly 3,000 people began their daily routine of working and living, not knowing that day would be their last. Millions of Americans and others around the world watched as airplanes were turned into weapons, buildings collapsed, and first responders worked desperately to save lives. We remember the horror of this day, the heartache, and the attack on our soil that killed 2,996 innocent souls. We pledge that we will never forget.

I hope we also remember on this day, the heroic and selfless acts of first responders and everyday civilians. Remember the people who jumped into action to rescue and care for fellow human beings and brought victims into their homes for safety. Remember how all Americans across this great nation came together, and remember how our allies around the world pledged that we would not endure this alone.

Just as we never forget the tragedy of 9/11, may we also never forget our ability to come together, as well as the courage and strength that make the United States the greatest country on earth.

God Bless America

As always, feel free to connect with me, please call: 1(800) 842-1423 or email: Robert.Siegrist@housegop.ct.gov for more information.

Sincerely,