Sen. Markley Applauds Stand Down for Veterans Event

September 28, 2012

Hartford, CT – Senator Joe Markley (R-Southington) recently attended the annual Stand Down held at the Veterans Home and Hospital in Rocky Hill.

“There was a huge turn out for this worthy event, and I was honored to be in the company of men and woman who served our country. I met many Vietnam-era veterans, and witnessed the sense of solidarity generated by a reunion of comrades at arms. It was truly a pleasure to share some time with these brave Americans,” said Markley.

For the last twenty years, Connecticut veterans have gathered in Rocky Hill for fellowship and to receive a range of services. They are offered free dental screenings and blood pressure check ups, legal help, counseling, and assistance with state government. All veterans enjoyed a free meal, and clothing was available to prepare those in need for the upcoming winter season.

“There was truly a great spirit at the event, of ongoing fellowship and shared service,” said Markley. “I have seen respect and gratitude for veterans increase dramatically in recent years, and it’s a very encouraging development.”
Veterans’ Affairs Commissioner Linda Schwartz said that over one thousand veterans attended this year’s event. As a ranking member of the Human Services Committee, Senator Markley has heard first hand from constituents about the hurdles many veterans have encountered when they try to re-enter society after serving on active military duty.

“With unemployment in Connecticut now at 9%, it’s tough for veterans to find work,” said Markley. “We must do our best to make sure veterans are taken care of when they come home. Without a job, it’s impossible to feel independent and in control of life.”

During the 2012 special session, an Unemployed Armed Forces Member Subsidized Training and Employment Program was created. The program provides grants to businesses to subsidize the costs of hiring unemployed veterans during their first 180 days on the job. The legislation allows employers to get a tax credit of $900 when they hire a veteran.