Urgent Legislative Support Needed for SB918
Under SB918, the State of Connecticut would honor the VA determination of “honorable for VA purposes.” Veterans who have gone through the federal “characterization of discharge” process and found honorable would be entitled to all Connecticut veterans benefits available to veterans with honorable or general on their DD214.
How You Can Help
- Contact your CT state legislators in support of SB918.
- Submit written testimony in pdf format to email@example.com using this letter template (right click, open in new tab to download).
- Share this informational flyer with your network and encourage them to support the bill!
Why it Matters
Every year, veterans suffering from mental illness are often separated from the military with other than honorable discharges. The federal government, however, offers them relief and a pathway to benefits through the VA's characterization of discharge process.
Under the federal process, veterans with OTH discharges can be found to be "honorable for VA purposes" and entitled to federal veterans benefits. The state of Connecticut, however, often denies benefits to veterans even if they are deemed honorable for VA purposes in the federal system.
Spearheaded by CVLC's Cinthia Johnson, this proposed bill embraces an inclusionary framework.
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CVLC stands in solidarity with all who are fighting for justice for Black lives and all those working to dismantle racist systems of oppression.
Whether it is supporting World War II veterans who fought against external fascism only to return to Jim Crow or service members who received unjust administrative discharges because of racial discrimination, we cannot achieve justice for veterans without achieving racial justice. CVLC’s focus on ensuring that all veterans can access healthcare, housing, and income is inextricably linked to undoing deeply entrenched, systemic racism.
As the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and other Black Americans by both civilians and the police show, the work for racial justice must continue. To address these issues, we should not be turning to the use of active duty and reserve military personnel – over forty percent of whom are people of color – to quell the protests taking place.
Together, we can make change. We are honored that fighting for justice is part of what we do every day and we urge you to support other local organizations dedicated to ending systemic racism like: Co-Creating Effective and Inclusive Organizations (CEIO), CT Core, Black Lives Matter New Haven and Connecticut Bail Fund.
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Check out our amazing guest speakers, Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Marine Veteran Morgan Gray.
Alert: COVID-19 Resources for Veterans
The health and safety of our veterans and our community members is CVLC's top priority. CVLC staff is working with public officials to provide immediate support for veterans facing homelessness amidst this national health crisis. Please click below for veteran resources for the novel coronavirus.
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