PA 15-8—sSB 904

Veterans' Affairs Committee

AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE CONNECTICUT WOMEN VETERANS' PROGRAM

SUMMARY: This act requires the Department of Veterans' Affairs to establish, within available resources, a Connecticut women veterans' program.

The program must:

1. reach out to women veterans to improve awareness of eligibility for federal and state veterans' benefits and services;

2. assess women veterans' needs for benefits and services;

3. review programs and research projects and other initiatives designed to address or meet Connecticut women veterans' needs; and

4. incorporate women veterans' issues in strategic planning on benefits and services.

The program must also annually submit recommendations for improving benefits and services for women veterans to the veterans' affairs commissioner and the Veterans' Affairs Committee beginning January 15, 2016. The commissioner may adopt regulations to supplement and implement the program.

Under the act, a “veteran” is anyone discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable from active service in the armed forces (U. S.  Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Air Force and any reserve component of these branches, including the Connecticut National Guard performing duty under Title 32 of federal law (e. g. , certain Homeland Security missions)).  

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2015

OLR Tracking: DC; KLM; MS; BS