Guglielmo Supports Women Veterans’ Program

April 10, 2015

Hartford, CT – State Senator Tony Guglielmo (R-Stafford) voted in favor of a new law that will focus on getting female veterans the support they need when they return from duty and transition into civilian life.

“This bill is really overdue. Women have been vital to military teams all across the different service branches. This is about recognizing the different needs female veterans may have from their male counterparts,” said Sen. Guglielmo. “This is about bridging the gaps Veteran’s groups have brought to our attention.”

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 16,545 women veterans live in Connecticut. Women veterans struggle with issues ranging from unemployment, homelessness, mental health and other issues.

Senate Bill 904, An Act Establishing the Connecticut Women Veterans’ Program requires the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to establish, within available resources, a program that will reach out to women veterans to improve their awareness of federal and state veterans’ benefits and services eligibility.

Additionally, the bill calls for an overall assessment of women veterans’ needs for various areas including: benefits, services, programs, research projects, and other initiatives designed to address how state government can do better.

The results of the assessments and reviews will be incorporated into the strategic planning for benefits and services offered to women veterans.

The bill passed in the Senate and now moves on to the House for review.

Senator Guglielmo served in the U.S. Army stateside from 1962 to 1968.