Senator Martin Joins Veterans Calling for Funding of State Hospital

April 26, 2018
A Press Conference 2018-04-24 Veterans SB 289 (16 of 24)

State Senator Henri Martin (center) speaks to veterans in support of restoring funding to the Veterans’ Home in Rocky Hill.

Hartford – State Senator Henri Martin (R-31) joined leaders of state veterans’ organization in calling for the reinstatement of $2 million in funding to the state’s Veterans’ Home in Rocky Hill.

“I am proud that it has been a bipartisan effort to provide the funding necessary to keep the Veterans’ Home in Rocky Hill and the Levitow Healthcare Center open,” Sen. Martin said. “These facilities provide much needed care to members of our armed forces who have given so much for our country. Veterans who have received care at these facilities include recipients of the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, Medals of Valor, Purple Heart, and the Combat Infantry Badge. Some simply served honorably. Because of the sacrifice of these soldiers, we have the freedom to sleep in peace at night, the freedom to pursue happiness, and the liberty to pray.”

Statewide veterans organizations called the April 24 press conference to call for restoration of funding that had been cut in the state’s budget.

As Co-Chair of the legislature’s Veterans Affairs Committee, Sen. Martin said he worked with his Republican and Democrat colleagues on the committee to propose legislation to restore the $2 million in funding. He said the money is necessary for the Veterans’ Home to provide the services and care that ill and less fortunate veterans need.

“Our veterans sacrifice so much for our country and often come home with physical, mental, and emotional scars that stay with them for years,” he said. “Providing proper care for them after all they have done for us is the very least that we can do.”

Sen. Martin serves the communities of Bristol, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth, and Thomaston.