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Conn. Senators Urge VA Secretary To Put 23 Local Vets Back In Rest Homes

Sens. Richard Blumenthal, pictured, and Chris Murphy have urged the VA to rescind a ruling that could leave 23 Connecticut veterans homeless and without care.
Sens. Richard Blumenthal, pictured, and Chris Murphy have urged the VA to rescind a ruling that could leave 23 Connecticut veterans homeless and without care. Photo Credit: File

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Connecticut's U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy sent a letter urging the Department of Veteran Affairs to allow 23 Connecticut veterans residing in various state rest homes to stay in their current facilities at the VA’s expense until the agency can determine suitable options for their future care.

Due to an error by the VA, the veterans were erroneously placed in rest homes in 2007, even though these facilities are not authorized VA placements for veterans in need of full-time medical care.

According to the letter to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, the department issued notice on Oct. 11 that it will no longer pay for services being provided to the vets in their current homes.

Blumenthal and Murphy asked that the VA take no further action until the housing needs of the veterans are assessed. Also, since many of the vets were previously homeless, that the VA determine their eligibility for additional care and housing services.

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