Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) joined with Milford Mayor Ben Blake and CT Department of Veterans' Affairs Commissioner Linda Schwartz today to announce that a new veterans' Office of Advocacy and Assistance would be opening in the Parsons Government Building in Milford.
"Part of keeping our promise to our veterans is ensuring that they and their families have easy access to the services they need," DeLauro said. "These offices help veterans and their families cope with the stresses of deployment or return. They counsel vets on how to gain access to educational training, health care and rehabilitation. And it helps make sure all the benefits claims are processed in a timely and efficient manner. In short, from here the CT Veterans' Department can continue to ensure that the men and women in our district who have worn the uniform get the respect and gratitude they deserve. The work that is done here is extremely important to veterans and their families. So I am glad to see it can now continue, right here in Milford."
Mayor Blake said: "Milford has a long tradition of being there for our brave veterans. I'm thrilled that we are now able to bring Service Officers to our City's Parsons Government Center to help our veterans obtain the benefits they have earned. And, with more and more Milford veterans coming home from service in Iraq and Afghanistan with special skill sets, our local economy will certainly benefit by the professional job placement of our returning heroes."
The new office replaces one in West Haven that had to be shut down due to building damage from Tropical Storm Irene. The work previously done in the Third District had been split up between Bridgeport and Newington after the West Haven office was closed. The Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs has a veterans' service office in each Congressional District.