Sen. Richard Blumenthal Urges House To Pass Bill To Help Returning Vets

HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – On this Veterans Day, homelessness among veterans in Connecticut is being fought on two fronts.

As WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reported, the mission of the Connecticut Heroes Project is to end veteran homelessness in the state by 2015.

Currently, the group says hundreds of vets are displaced statewide.

“With the right partners, the right base of resources and the right smart programs and approaches, we can take a real cut at those numbers,” Connecticut Heroes Project Founder Greg Behrman told Schneidau. “Our great hope is that particularly today as people reflect, they step forward to engage in this call, whether it’s time, resources, support.”

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On the federal level, Sen. Richard Blumenthal is pressing the House to pass legislation that would provide temporary housing and services for returning veterans in need.

“Truly, it’s an investment that’s owed by the nation to our nation’s heroes,” Blumenthal told Schneidau.

The measure has already passed in the Senate.

Sen. Blumenthal was spending Veterans Day presenting military honors to a Vietnam veteran and the widow of a World War II veteran.

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