Legislature extends benefits to veterans with less than honorable discharges squib

HARTFORD — The General Assembly approved a bill Tuesday night that would allow veterans given other than honorable discharges for mental-health reasons, to become eligible for health services and educational support from which they are currently prohibited. More than 800 veterans now could be eligible for state benefits, according to the Connecticut Chapter of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of American. Veterans whose experience post-traumatic stress disorder, a traumatic brain injury or sexual assault may turn to drugs or alcohol or take other actions that lead to a less honorable discharge, explained Rep. Jack Hennessy, D-Bridgeport, a U.S army veteran. “Those are the very people who need those benefits,” said Rep.
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