Connecticut Military and Veterans Benefits

State Taxes
Education Benefits
Employment Benefits
Unemployment Compensation
Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Benefits
Health and Insurance Benefits
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Summary of Connecticut Military and Veteran Benefits: Connecticut offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including a Soldiers, Sailors' and Marines' fund, state employment preferences, education and tuition assistance, vehicle tags, as well as hunting and fishing license privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.

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State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

What are my Connecticut Military and Veteran State Taxes Benefits?

Connecticut Income Tax on Military Pay: If your home of record is Connecticut you are a resident of Connecticut. As a resident you must file a resident return and pay any tax due unless you meet all of the following conditions for the entire taxable year:

  • You did not maintain a permanent place of abode in Connecticut;

  • You maintained a permanent place of abode outside Connecticut; and

  • You spent 30 days or less in Connecticut.

If you meet all three conditions, you are considered a nonresident of Connecticut for the taxable year. You do not have to file a Connecticut income tax return unless you had Connecticut tax withheld or you had any income from Connecticut sources. (NOTE: Military personnel who do not meet all of the conditions above but who lived outside the United States for an extended period of time may qualify to be treated as nonresidents under the "Group B Exception". See Connecticut Income Tax Information For Armed Forces Personnel and Veterans, IP 2019(5) for the Group B Exception rules.)

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Retired Military Pay Exempt from Connecticut State Taxes: Connecticut law allows a retired member of the Armed Forces of the United States or National Guard - to the extent retirement pay from the U.S. government is properly includible in federal adjusted gross income (AGI) - to subtract from federal AGI 100% of the income received from the U.S. government as retirement pay when computing their Connecticut AGI.

Payments received by a former Spouse of a retired military member, under a final decree of divorce, dissolution, annulment, or legal separation or a court ordered, ratified, or approved property settlement incident to a decree dividing military retirement pay, do not qualify for the 100% retirement pay exclusion. If you are a nonresident of Connecticut, your Armed Forces pension is not Connecticut-sourced income.

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Connecticut State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retired Pay: Disability pensions and any other benefits granted for relief of injuries or disabled Veterans, as well as tuition payments, subsistence allowances, and any other benefits paid to or on account of a Veteran or beneficiary under the laws relating to Veterans are treated the same for Connecticut income tax purposes as for federal income tax purposes. If these amounts are excludable from gross income for federal income tax purposes, they are not subject to Connecticut income tax.

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 Connecticut State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Disability pensions Disabled Veteran with prostetic legand any other benefits granted for relief of injuries or disabled Veterans, as well as tuition payments, subsistence allowances, and any other benefits paid to or on account of a Veteran or beneficiary under the laws relating to Veterans are treated the same for Connecticut income tax purposes as for federal income tax purposes. If these amounts are excludable from gross income for federal income tax purposes, they are not subject to Connecticut income tax.

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Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Burial FlagConnecticut State Tax Benefits: Connecticut law allows a retired member of the Armed Forces of the United States or National Guard-to the extent retirement pay from the U.S. government is properly includible in federal adjusted gross income (AGI) - to subtract from federal AGI 100% of the income received from the U.S. government as retirement pay when computing their Connecticut AGI.

Survivor benefits received by a beneficiary under an option or election made by a retired member, and that began upon the member’s death, are also covered by this modification.

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Connecticut Veteran Property Tax Exemption: A reduction of the assessed value of property for tax purposes is available - $1,500.00 deducted from the assessed value of either real estate or automobile before tax is assessed. Veterans below a certain income level and/or have service-connected disabilities are eligible for additional property tax exemptions (up to $10,000 for paraplegics).
Who is eligible for Connecticut Veteran Property tax Exemption?
Veterans who have at least 90 days of active duty during wartime and are honorably discharged are eligible for the tax exemption. Veterans below a certain income level and/or disabled Veterans are eligible for additional property tax exemptions. Surviving Spouses of Veterans may also be eligible for this benefit. Contact your municipality’s Tax Assessor Officer for specific details.
Connecticut Municipal Assessor Directory

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Reduced Connecticut Automobile Sales Tax for Military Personnel: Members of the U.S. Armed Forces who are residents of Connecticut are subject to a 6.35% (7.75% for vehicles over $50,000) sales and use tax .

Members of the U.S. Armed Forces on full-time active duty in Connecticut who are residents of another state may purchase motor vehicles from a licensed Connecticut motor vehicle dealer at a reduced sales tax rate of 4.5%. Purchases can also be made jointly with the military member’s Spouse. To obtain the reduced tax rate the military member must complete the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services Form CERT-135 and submit to the Connecticut licensed dealer with other required documents as mentioned on the CERT-135.

Military members who purchase a vehicle from an out-of-state dealer must submit the completed Connecticut Department of Revenue Services Form CERT-135 and other required documents to the DMV at the time of registration.
Connecticut Department of Revenue Services Form CERT-135

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Connecticut Tax Relief for Service Members Killed in Combat Zone or as a Result of Injuries: For any individual who dies while on active duty in a Honor Guard burial ceremony folding the american flagcombat zone or as a result of injuries received in a combat zone, no income tax or return is due for the year of death. A refund of tax paid will be provided to the legal representative of the estate or to the Surviving Spouse. If any tax was assessed but not paid, the assessments will be canceled.

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What are my Connecticut Military and Veteran Education Benefits?

Connecticut Veterans, Military Service Member, Veteran and Dependent Tuition Waiver: State statutes provide that tuition at Connecticut public colleges and universities may be waived for eligible Veterans, Service members and certain dependents. The state tuition waiver also covers the kids standing behind a graduate in her cap and gownamount of tuition which exceeds the tuition benefit received under the federal 2008 Post-9/11 Veteran Educational Assistance Act.

College costs other than tuition - such as for books, student activity and course fees, parking and room and board - are not waived. When applying for admission or registering for courses, bring a copy of your separation paper (Form DD214). Waivers may be reduced by the amount of education reimbursement you may receive from your employer.

Veterans accepted for admission Connecticut State Universities, (Central, Eastern, Southern or Western Connecticut State University) must be formally admitted for undergraduate or graduate study to receive the 100% tuition waiver for credit courses, although they do not have to declare a major initially. A 50% course fee waiver is offered for Extension Fund courses (summer and intersession credit courses).

The 12 Connecticut Community Colleges waive tuition for full- or part-time credit study funded through the state's General Fund. The waiver, however, cannot be applied toward summer, intercession or Extension Fund courses.

Charter Oak State College offers a 50% course fee waiver for eligible Veterans who are matriculated.
Who is eligible for Connecticut Military Service Member, Veteran and Dependent Tuition Waivers? To be eligible for a tuition waiver at a public college or university a Veteran must:

  • Be honorably discharged or released under honorable conditions from active service in the U.S. Armed Forces (U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard). National Guard members, activated under Title 10 of the United States Code, also are included.

  • Have served at least 90 or more cumulative days active duty in time of war (see Periods of Service below) except if separated from service earlier because of a federal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) rated service-connected disability; or the war, campaign or operation lasted less than 90 days and service was for the duration.

  • Be accepted for admission at a Connecticut public college or university.

  • Be domiciled in Connecticut at the time of acceptance, which includes domicile for less than one year.

Those that also may be eligible are:

  • Active members of the Connecticut Army and Air National Guard;

  • Any Connecticut resident who is a dependent Child or a Surviving Spouse of a member of the Armed Forces killed in action on or after September 11, 2001 who was a Connecticut resident; and

  • State residents who are dependent Children of a person whom the Armed Forces has declared to be either missing in action or a prisoner of war while serving in the Armed Forces after January 1, 1960.

  • Periods of Service to qualify for tuition waiver:

    • Active duty for at least (90) days in the following:

      • Korean Hostilities (June 27, 1950 to January 31, 1995 or active duty in the DMZ after Feb 1, 1955)

      • Vietnam (February 28, 1961 to July 1, 1975)

      • Persian Gulf Era (August 2, 1990 - a date to be determined by Presidential proclamation or federal law - Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Iraqi Freedom are included in this category)

      • Active duty in Somalia after Dec 2, 1992

      • Active duty in Bosnia after December 20, 1995, OR:

    • Engaged in combat or in combat support role in the:

      • Lebanon Conflict (July 1, 1958 to November 1, 1958)

      • Peace Keeping Mission in Lebanon (September 29, 1982 to March 30, 1984)

      • Grenada Invasion (October 25, 1983 to December 15, 1983)

      • Operation Earnest Will (July 24, 1987 to August 1, 1990)

      • Panama Invasion (December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990)

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Connecticut High School Diplomas for Veterans of WWII, the Korean War and Vietnam: Local Boards of Education may award diplomas to those WWII Veterans who did not receive them when they left high school before graduation for military service. Those interested should contact their local Board of education in their school district for more information.

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Connecticut Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: It is the purpose of this compact to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

  • Children sitting on the steps of a school Facilitating the timely enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements

  • Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment

  • Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs, and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities

  • Facilitating the on-time graduation of Children of military Families

  • Providing for the promulgation and enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact

  • Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military Families under this compact

  • Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military Children

  • Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student.

Primary Points of Contact:
Laura Anastasio, Staff Attorney
Division of Legal and Governmental Affairs
Connecticut Department of Education
Address: 450 Columbus Blvd, Suite 605, Hartford, CT 06103
Email: laura.anastasio@ct.gov
Phone: 860-713-6512

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 What are my Connecticut Military and Veteran Employment Benefits?

Connecticut Department of Labor Veteran Services: Veterans may receive reemployment services from trained staff at American Job Centers (AJCs) throughout the state, which include five comprehensive centers and several smaller, affiliate locations. Among the staff are representatives funded by the Jobs for Veterans State Grant Connecticut Dept of Labor logo(JVSG) program, which offers specialized services as follows:

Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program (DVOP) Specialist: DVOPs provide intensive services and facilitate placements to meet the employment needs of Veterans and eligible Spouses who have significant barriers to employment or have otherwise been designated by the U.S. Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) as qualifying for DVOP services. These barriers and designations include the following:

  • A special disabled or disabled Veteran, as those terms are defined in 38 U.S.C. §4211(1) and (3); special disabled and disabled Veterans are those who:

    • are entitled to compensation (or who, but for the receipt of military retired pay, would be entitled to compensation) under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs; or

    • were discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability

  • A homeless person, as defined in Sections 103(a) and (b) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11302(a) and (b)), as amended

  • A recently-separated Service member, as defined in 38 U.S.C. § 4211(6), who has been unemployed for 27 or more weeks in the previous 12 months

  • An offender, as defined by WIOA Section 3 (38), who is currently incarcerated or who has been released from incarceration

  • A Veteran lacking a high school diploma or equivalent certificate

  • A low-income individual (as defined by WIOA Section 3 (36))

  • Veterans ages 18-24

  • Transitioning Service members in need of intensive services (specifically, TSMs who have been assessed as not meeting Career Readiness Standards; are ages 18-24, regardless of whether they meet Career Readiness Standards; or are active duty Service members being involuntarily separated through a Service reduction-in-force); and

  • Wounded, ill or injured Service members receiving treatment at Military Treatment Facilities or Warrior Transition Units (MTFs – WTUs) and the Spouses and Family caregivers of such wounded, ill, or injured Service members.

DVOP services in the affiliate AJCs are typically available by appointment only. AJC staff will assist Veterans and eligible Spouses in determining whether they qualify for referral to a DVOP.

Intensive DVOP services include:

  • Comprehensive and specialized assessments of skill levels and service needs

  • Development of an individual employment plan to identify the employment goals, appropriate achievement objectives and appropriate combination of services for the participant to achieve the employment goals

  • Group counseling; individual counseling and career planning; and

  • Short-term prevocational services that may include development of learning skills, communication skills, interviewing skills, punctuality, personal maintenance skills, and professional conduct to prepare individuals for unsubsidized employment or training.

Veterans and eligible Spouses who do not qualify to receive intensive services from a DVOP may receive these services from other AJC staff.

Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives (LVER): LVERs conduct outreach to area employers to assist Veterans in gaining employment, and they facilitate the employment, training, and placement services furnished to Veterans in the state’s AJCs. LVERs are available to

  • Plan and participate in job and career fairs

  • Conduct job searches and workshops, and establish job search groups, in conjunction with employers

  • Coordinate with unions, apprenticeship programs and businesses or business organizations to promote and secure employment and training programs for Veterans

  • Inform Federal contractors of the process to recruit qualified Veterans

  • Promote credentialing and licensing opportunities for Veterans; and

  • Coordinate and participate with other business outreach efforts.

Connecticut’s LVERs provide statewide coverage and may be contacted at the Hamden and New London AJCs.
Connecticut American Job Center Locations for Accessing Veterans’ Services

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Connecticut State Employment Reinstatement after Military Leave: An employee who leaves any public authority or public agency to enter the Armed Forces can be reinstated in their former position. Veterans must reapply within ninety (90) days following receipt of a certificate from the Armed Forces confirming satisfactory service.

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Connecticut State Employment Veterans Hiring Preference: For classified competitive state exams, a wartime Veteran eligible for or receiving VA compensation receives an additional ten (10) points. A wartime Veteran not eligible for VA compensation or pension receives five (5) additional points. A Spouse of a qualified Veteran is also eligible for additional points. However, to qualify, the Veteran or Spouse must achieve a passing grade on the examination score. If an honorably discharged Veteran has served in a military action for which they received, or is entitled to receive, a campaign badge or expeditionary medal, they qualify for five (5) additional points if they receive a passing grade on their examination. ( CGS Sec. 5-224 )

On a competitive municipal examination, a wartime Veteran eligible for VA compensation or a pension, who has received a passing score, receives ten (10) additional points.

A wartime Veteran not eligible for compensation or a pension, who has received a passing score, receives five (5) additional points. ( CGS Sec. 7-415 )

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Federal Employment Veteran's Hiring Preferences: By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans both in hiring into the Federal civil service and in retention during reduction in force. Veterans may be entitled to 5 or 10 points included in any scoring process for examination or interviews.

5-point Hiring Preference: Five points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served:

  • During a war; or

  • During the period April 28, 1952 through July 1, 1955; or

  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976; or

  • During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992; or

  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or

  • In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference.

10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10 percent but less than 30 percent.

10-Point 30 Percent Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

10-Point Disability Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the Department of Veterans Affairs but does not qualify as a CP or CPS; or

  • A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.

10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Surviving Spouses, or Mothers of Veterans as described below. This type of preference is usually referred to as "derived preference" because it is based on service of a Veteran who is not houses surrounded by waterable to use the preference. Both a Mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouses) may be entitled to preference on the basis of the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.

Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who is disqualified for a Federal position along the general lines of their usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and

  • Is rated by appropriate military or Department of Veterans Affairs authorities to be 100 percent disabled and/or unemployable; or

  • Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position on the basis of a disability that is service-connected in origin; or

  • Has attempted to obtain a civil service position or other position along the lines of their usual occupation and has failed to qualify because of a service-connected disability.

Preference may be allowed in other circumstances but anything less than the above warrants a more careful analysis.

A campaign medal holder or Gulf War Veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty. The 24-month service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligible Veterans separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to Veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173 .

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Leave for Connecticut State Employees for Military Duty: Service members in the National Guard, naval militia, Reserve Armed Forces or organized militia are authorized 30 days per year of military leave with pay for performance of regularly ordered military or naval duty.
CT ARNG Who is eligible for Leave for Connecticut State Employees for Military Duty Leave for Connecticut State Employees for Military Duty? Members of the National Guard or Reserve Armed Forces are eligible.

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No Loss of Benefits for Connecticut State Employees Due to Military Duty: The employer of any employee who is a member of the Reserve Armed Forces or National Guard who is ordered to perform military duty, including meetings or drills, during regular working hours shall allow such employee leave of absence for such purpose. The employee shall not be subjected to any loss or reduction of vacation or holiday privileges by reason of such absence or is prejudiced by reason of such absence with reference to promotion or continuance in office or employment, or to reappointment to office or reemployment. ( Sec.27-33a )

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Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act: Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) protect civilian job rights and benefits for Veterans and members of Reserve components. USERRA also makes major improvements in protecting Service member rights and benefits by clarifying the law, improving enforcement mechanisms, and adding Federal Government employees to those employees already eligible to receive Department of Labor assistance in processing claims.

Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty Soldiers coming down the steps of an aircraftand retain reemployment rights to five years (the previous law provided four years of active duty, plus an additional year if it was for the convenience of the Government). There are important exceptions to the five-year limit, including initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and Reserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA clearly establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service as long as the basic eligibility criteria are met.

Disability Accommodation: USERRA provides protection for disabled Veterans, requiring employers to make reasonable efforts to accommodate the disability. Service members convalescing from injuries received during service or training may have up to two years from the date of completion of service to return to their jobs or apply for reemployment.

Return to Work without Loss of Seniority: USERRA provides that returning service-members are reemployed in the job that they would have attained had they not been absent for military service (the long-standing "escalator" principle), with the same seniority, status and pay, as well as other rights and benefits determined by seniority. USERRA also requires that reasonable efforts (such as training or retraining) be made to enable returning Service members to refresh or upgrade their skills to help them qualify for reemployment. The law clearly provides for alternative reemployment positions if the Service member cannot qualify for the "escalator" position. USERRA also provides that while an individual is performing military service, they are deemed to be on a furlough or leave of absence and are entitled to the non-seniority rights accorded other individuals on non-military leaves of absence.

Extension of Health and Pension Plans: Health and pension plan coverage for Service members is provided for by USERRA. Individuals performing military duty of more than 30 days may elect to continue employer sponsored health care for up to 24 months; however, they may be required to pay up to 102 percent of the full premium. For military service of less than 31 days, health care coverage is provided as if the Service member had remained employed. USERRA clarifies pension plan coverage by making explicit that all pension plans are protected.
Who is eligible for USERRA benefits?
Veterans, Reservists, or National Guard members who leave a position for training or active military service are eligible.

The Department of Labor, through the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS), provides assistance to all persons having claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
Veterans' Employment and Training Service Regional and State Office Locations

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What are my Connecticut Unemployment Compensation Benefits?

Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI): Unemployment insurance is temporary income for workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own and who are either looking for new jobs, in approved training, or awaiting recall to employment. The funding for UI benefits comes from taxes paid by employers. Workers do not pay any of the costs. To qualify for unemployment benefits, you must have earned sufficient wages during a specified time (monetary eligibility).

A claim should be filed as soon as possible after you are separated from employment. You may file your initial (new) claim or reopened claim 24/7 online by going to the Connecticut Department of Labor, File for Unemployment Benefits webpage .

If you are unable to file a new claim online, please visit one of the Connecticut American Job Centers locations .
Who is eligible for Connecticut Unemployment Insurance? The basic eligibility requirements are:

  • Be fully or partially unemployed

  • Be unemployed through no fault of your own [the law imposes disqualifications for certain types of separations from employment]

  • Be physically and mentally able to work full time*

  • Be available for full-time work*

  • Be registered with the American Job Center

  • Be actively seeking work by making reasonable efforts to find employment each week;

  • Participate in selected reemployment services if you are identified as a dislocated worker by the profiling system

  • File your weekly claims as directed.

*Generally, an individual must be available for and seeking full-time work. Under certain conditions, a person who has a disability may be able to limit their availability for work to part time only. A claimant can qualify for unemployment compensation by:

  • providing documentation from a licensed physician which establishes that

    • they have a physical or mental impairment that is chronic or expected to be long-term or permanent, and

    • the impairment leaves them unable to work full-time, and

  • demonstrating that the impairment does not effectively remove them from the labor force.

Connecticut Department of Labor, Unemployment Insurance Guide
Connecticut Department of Labor, Unemployment Insurance Frequently Asked Questions

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What are my Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Benefits?

Veterans Flag Identifier for Connecticut Driver License or Identity Card: In accordance with Gen. Stat. sec 14-36h, all Connecticut Veterans with qualifying service are eligible to receive the Veterans’ identifier on their driver's license or identity card.
Veterans Flag Identifier for Connecticut Driver License Who is eligible for Veteran Flag Identifier on Connecticut Driver’s Licenses or Identification Cards? To receive Veteran’s flag on an existing Connecticut license or identity card, the Veteran must submit documentation (DD214 or pre-1950 WG AGO Discharge certificate) of the following to the DVA:

  • Qualifying military service:

    • Active federal service, not including initial entry training; or

    • Entitled to retirement pay under 10 USC Chapter 1223 , as amended from time to time, or, but for age, would be entitled.

  • Characterization of Discharge:

    • Honorable discharge;

    • Discharge under honorable conditions; or

    • Discharge due to injuries received in the line of duty.

In order to receive Veteran’s flag on an existing Connecticut license or identity card, the Veteran must submit the following to Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs:

  • Documentary proof of qualifying military service (90 or more days of active federal service, not including initial entry training) DD214 or pre-1950 WG AGO Discharge certificate.

  • Proof of an honorable discharge, or a discharge under honorable conditions, from military service (or discharge due to injuries received in the line of duty) for the qualifying service. All other discharges will be considered ineligible.

  • Completed and signed CTDVA VL-1 Application for Veterans Flag on Connecticut Drivers' License or Identity Card

*Note: If the name on the DD214 is different from the Veterans' legal name, proof of name change is required; i.e. court decree, marriage certificate etc.

Send Applications and Supporting Documentation to:

CT Department of Veterans Affairs
Attn: Veteran’s Flag on Driver License or ID Card
287 West St, Rocky Hill, Ct 06067
Fax: 860-616-3562
Veterans’ Toll-Free Info Line: 866 928-8387

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Military and Veteran Style Connecticut License Plates: The State of Connecticut offers 19 distinctive military / Veteran service license plates for Veterans, retirees, active Service members and Family members. A short description of some of these plates can be found below.

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Connecticut Medal of Honor Special License Plate and Registration: The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, at the request of any recipient of the congressional medal of honor, shall register, without charge, any passenger motor vehicle, camper or passenger and commercial motor vehicle owned or leased by such person, provided no more than two such registrations may be issued to any such person. The commissioner shall issue a special certificate of registration and a number plate or set of number plates for each such vehicle. The Surviving Spouse of a recipient of the congressional medal of honor issued such special registration may retain any such registration and number plates without charge for their lifetime or until such time as they remarry.

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Connecticut Military Order of the Purple Heart License Plate: Former and active Service members that are recipients of the Purple Heart can apply for and receive the distinctive Military Order of the Purple Heart license plate. In order to purchase these plates, you must:Connecticut Military Order of the Purple Heart License Plate

  • Be a member of a Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

  • Be sure that the vehicle is currently registered in Connecticut.

To become a member of The Military Order of the Purple Heart please go to The Military Order of the Purple Heart Application webpage .

Learn more about the Connecticut Military Order of the Purple Heart license plate

Connecticut Disabled American Veterans License Plate: Any Veteran that was wounded, disabled to any degree, or left with long-term illness as a result of military service can apply for and receive the distinctive Disabled American Veteran license plate. In order to purchase these plates, you must:Connecticut Disabled American Veterans License Plate

  • Be a member of the Disabled American Veterans Organization.

  • Be sure that the vehicle is currently registered in Connecticut.

To become a member of Disabled American Veterans Organization please go to Disabled American Veteran Organization Application webpage .

Learn more about the Connecticut Disabled American Veteran License Plate

Connecticut Military Veteran License Plate: Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles offers a Veteran Plate with a light blue background and a U.S. flag with the word Veteran displayed in large letters on the bottom of the plate. The Veteran plate is available passenger, commercial, combination, camper, camp Connecticut Military Veteran License Platetrailer and motorcycle registration classifications.

Plate requests must be made for vehicles that are currently registered in Connecticut with a permanent registration and owned or leased by an honorably discharged Veteran or the Surviving Spouse of such Veteran. If a Surviving Spouse of Veteran wishes to apply, they must submit a copy of marriage certificate, death certificate, along with required documents. Active duty members of the Armed Forces may also apply for this plate.

A copy of Certificate of Honorable Release or Discharge from Active Duty (form DD214) or copy of a current United States Uniformed Services ID card or a copy of Connecticut license or ID with US flag symbol must be submitted with the application.
Connecticut Special Plate Application

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Connecticut Gold Star Family License Plate: The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles offers a Gold Star Family license plate with a light blue background Connecticut Gold Star Family License Plateand a U.S. flag with the words GOLD STAR FAMILY displayed in large letters on the bottom of the plate. This plate serves as a memorial for Connecticut Service members who were killed in the line of duty. This plate is available to their immediate Family members. Immediate Family consists of Spouse, mother, father, brother, sister, Child, grandmother or grandfather.

To order these plates, the vehicle must be currently registered in Connecticut. Applications for vehicles registered out-of-state or with a temporary registration will not be accepted. Also, if your registration is due to expire within the next 45 days, you must renew your registration before applying for these plates.

You may only acquire the same registration type as currently on your vehicle. For instance, if you currently have combination plates on your vehicle, you can only receive combination plates - you cannot request combination plates if your vehicle is currently registered with passenger plates.
Connecticut Special Plate Application

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Connecticut Waiver of License and Vehicle Registration Fees for Military and Veterans: Connecticut general statutes allow for the waiver of license and registration fees for any resident of Connecticut who is on active duty with the Armed Forces of the US and for two years following the date of their honorable discharge. Fees that are waived include: New and renewal registration fees, temporary plate fee, safety plate fee, clean air act fee.
Who is eligible for Connecticut Military and Veteran Waiver of License and Vehicle Registration Fees?
In order to qualify, you must have been a Connecticut resident at time of induction including Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard (cadets and midshipmen). National Guard members and Reservists are eligible if they have been called to active duty for any length of time and show their active duty orders. Active Duty military members must show their current military id cards, or if discharged you must show DD214 form showing honorable discharge. National Guard and Reservists must show their active duty orders to qualify for the fee waiver.
Application for Waiver of Registration Fee for Someone in the Military Form B-276

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Connecticut Waiver for Motorcycle Endorsement Examination for Military Personnel: Any active duty military personnel, who holds a Connecticut Driver's License, is currently stationed out of state or country, and has successfully completed an approved Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Course Rider Education Course may be waived the motorcycle endorsement examination. To receive the waiver applicants must:

Department of Motor Vehicles
Mail-in License Transaction Unit, Room 331
60 State Street
Wethersfield, CT 06161
Fax: 860-263-5591
Email: dmv.ciu@ct.gov

Please allow two weeks for processing. A duplicate license with an M endorsement or an M endorsement with a "3" restriction will be sent directly to the address provided.

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Connecticut CDL Skills Test Exemption for Military Applicants: Active duty, recently separated (within one year of application), or reservist military personnel may be allowed an exemption from the CDL driving skills test based on their holding of a military license, which authorizes operation of military vehicles that are representative of a commercial motor vehicle of a similar class.

Military personnel described above will be granted an exemption from the CDL skills test they meet all criteria required under Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR). This exemption applies only to the CDL skills test and does not include any testing requirements for public transportation, school bus, or hazardous material.

All applicants must pass the required knowledge test(s) based on the type of vehicle to be driven. Knowledge tests will be provided at no fee if the applicant is in active duty status or meets the current military fee exemption criteria. Self-certification and medical certification requirements apply.

Applicants must also provide information on all states where they were previously licensed during the past 10 years.

All applicants must present the following:

The U.S. Government license must indicate the type of vehicle(s) and the vehicle capacity that the applicant is qualified to operate. In order to qualify for the exemption, the GVWR of the military operated must be at least 26,001 lbs. The applicant may also apply for a class C CDL.

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What are My Connecticut Health and Insurance Benefits?

Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides valuable life insurance benefits to Veterans, Active and Reserve Component Service members and their Families to provide financial security given the extraordinary risks involved in military Service. The VA provides the following life insurance benefit programs:

  • Service Member's Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

  • Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

  • Family Members Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)

  • Service Members Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Projection ( TSGLI)

  • Service-Disabled Veterans Life Insurance (S-DVI)

  • Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

Learn more about Veterans Affairs Life insurance

TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance: TRICARE Reserve Select is a premium-based plan, available worldwide for Selected Reserve, (Reserve and National Guard) and their Families who meet the following qualifications:

  • Not on active duty orders

  • Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program

  • Not eligible for or enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program or currently covered under FEHB, either under their own eligibility or through a Family member.

The plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when you are not activated and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

Learn more about TRICARE Reserve Select

Medical Benefits and Workers Compensation for Connecticut National Guard Service Members on State Active Duty: Connecticut law provides for full coverage for injuries incurred in Line of Duty (LOD) and eligibility for workers compensation if temporarily or permanently disabled while a National Guard Service member is on State active duty.

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What are My Connecticut Parks and Recreation Benefits?

Connecticut Hunting and Fishing Benefits for Service Members and Disabled Veterans: The State of Connecticut offers a number of hunting and fishing benefits for active Service members and disabled persons. A short description of each is listed below.

Connecticut Armed Forces Members Hunting and Fishing Privileges: Any active, full-time member of the Armed Forces may be issued a fishing and/or small game firearms license for the resident fee. Credentials indicating active full-time membership or separation subsequent to the issuance of the license and prior to its expiration date must be carried while fishing or hunting.

Connecticut Armed Forces Members Marine Waters Fishing License: Any active, full-time member of the Armed Forces may be issued a marine waters fishing license for the resident fee of $10.00. Credentials indicating active full-time membership or separation subsequent to the issuance of the license and prior to its expiration date must be carried while fishing or hunting.

Connecticut Free Fishing, Marine Waters Fishing and Small Game Hunting Licenses for Disabled Persons: Any resident with the loss of a limb or the loss of the use of a limb and a doctor's certificate may be issued a free fishing and/or hunting license. Qualified nonresidents who are residents of states which allow CT residents the same privileges are also eligible.

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Free Connecticut State Park Lifetime Pass for Disabled Veterans: The Disabled Veteran Pass provides access to the State Parks and Forests and is availablejetty made of rocks free to Connecticut residents who have a service-connected disability.

The Pass is accepted for the Disabled Veteran Pass holder when visiting Gillette Castle, Dinosaur or Fort Trumbull State Parks. All other visitors, however, will be required to pay the appropriate fee.

Please note that each pass is issued to a specific person and can only be used when presented by that individual. The passes are non-transferable. They are not valid for camping or special events having separate admission charges and may not be used for commercial purposes.

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What are my Miscellaneous Connecticut Military and Veteran Benefits?

Connecticut Wartime Service Bonus Insignia Connecticut Wartime Service Bonus: The Connecticut Wartime Service Bonus is a financial grant to members of the Connecticut National Guard for their service on active duty in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

Service members are eligible to receive a grant of $50 for every month served on active duty, up to $500 for every month for non-combat service and up to $1200 for service in a combat zone.
Who is eligible for the Connecticut Wartime Service Bonus? To be eligible a Service member must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a current or former member of the Connecticut National Guard; and

  • Served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001 for a period of 90 consecutive days or greater as member of a reserve component* of the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Was mobilized in support of a military operation (i.e. Operation Enduring Freedom)

*Service members called to active duty as a member of a reserve component other than the Connecticut National Guard must be a current active member of the Connecticut National Guard.

Documentation required:

  • Proof of membership in the Connecticut National Guard;

  • Verification of mobilization in support of a military operation;

  • Documentation verifying the start and end date of active duty service; and

  • Documentation of service in a combat zone. (If applicable)

The DD214 normally satisfies all documentation requirements. Other proof of documentation may be provided in lieu of a DD214.

Application process:

Connecticut Military Department
ATTN: Wartime Service Bonus
360 Broad Street – Room #113
Hartford, CT 06105
Fax to: 860-493-2721
Scan and email to: debra.coiteux@ct.gov

Your application will be processed within 10 business days. If approved, a check will be mailed to the applicants mailing address from the Office of the State Comptroller.

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Connecticut Military Family Relief Fund Insignia Connecticut Military Family Relief Fund: The Military Relief Fund provides monetary grants to Service members and their Families experiencing a financial hardship as a result of military service.

The amount of the grant award is dependent on the unique circumstances of each case but may not exceed $5,000.
Who is eligible for the Connecticut Military Family Relief Fund? In order to be eligible for assistance under the Military Family Relief Fund applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Must be a currently serving member of any branch or component of the Armed Forces of the United States or an immediate Family member of such Service member.

    • Branches: Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard

    • Components: Active Duty, Reserves or National Guard

    • Immediate Family Members: Spouse, parents, Children or sibling

  • Must be a current resident of the State of Connecticut. For members on active duty, living outside of Connecticut but claiming Connecticut as your state of legal residence – DD Form 2058 is required.

  • The Service member’s military service must have caused or significantly contributed to the current financial hardship. Financial hardships in which military service is not a contributing factor do not qualify for a grant from this program.

Documentation Required:

  • Proof of current military status. (ID Card Military Orders)

  • Proof of relationship for qualifying immediate Family members. (marriage License, Birth Certificate)

  • Proof of Connecticut residency. (Driver’s License, lease, DD 2058)

  • Income verification for all household members. (LES, paystubs)

  • Asset verification for all household members. (Bank statements)

  • Recent expenditure activity. (3 months of bank statements or online printout)

  • Monthly expenses. (rent, mortgage, utilities, insurance, car loans)

  • Documentation that substantiates connection to military service – an interview will be setup to discuss what information may be needed

Application Process:

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Connecticut Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Fund: The Soldiers, Sailors and Marines fund is a state fund administered by the American Legion for the purpose of providing temporary financial assistance. This benefit is for those who are disabled, unemployed, or sick. This fund provides for emergency needs such a clothing, food, medical and surgical aid, and general care and relief. To be eligible for assistance you must demonstrate "need".
Who is eligible for the Connecticut Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Fund?
Applicants must be residents of the State of Connecticut at the time of application for assistance and while in receipt of assistance. If your request for assistance includes your Spouse, they must be residing with you. If the request includes Children, they must be your natural or adopted Children, under the age of eighteen, and residing with you.

You must have been honorably separated from the military service.

You must have served a minimum of ninety (90) days on active duty during a statutory wartime period as specified in the Connecticut General Statutes, Section 27-103, unless you were discharged prior to the completion of 90 days service for a service-connected disability which has been rated by the Veterans Administration. You may qualify if you served for the full duration of a conflict in a combat or combat-support role if the war, campaign or operation lasted fewer than 90 days. Active duty service for training purposes while a member of the National Guard or Armed Forces Reserves does not constitute eligible statutory service.

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Connecticut, Sgt. John L. Levitow Veteran’s Health Care Center: The Sgt. John L. Levitow Veteran's Health Center at the CT State Veterans' Home provides long term care to Veterans with chronic and disabling medical conditions. These conditions include but are not limited to heart and lung Connecticut, Sgt. John L. Levitow Veteran’s Health Care Centerdisease, stroke, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and other dementias. The program also provides Palliative care and Respite care. The Healthcare Center is licensed by the CT Department of Public Health as a Chronic Disease Hospital.
Who is eligible for care at the Connecticut, Sgt. John L. Levitow Health Center?
To be eligible for consideration for admission to the Department of Veterans Affairs Residential Program or Health Care Center a Veteran must:

  • Have received an honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable conditions from the Armed Forces of the United States on their most recent DD214

  • Have been a resident of Connecticut for two years prior to submission of application or was a resident of Connecticut at time of induction or enlistment into the Armed Forces

  • Have served at least ninety (90) days of active duty in the Armed Forces not including active duty for initial entry training.

To qualify for admission to the Healthcare Center a Veteran must:

  • Submit an application in advance

  • Submit a report of medical history and physical examination

  • Pass an eligibility check

  • Have a chronic medical condition or need which requires skilled nursing care or requires 24-hour assistance or supervision with activities of daily living

Sgt. John L. Levitow Veteran’s Health Center Application
Sgt. John L. Levitow Health Center Brochure

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Connecticut Veteran Residential Facility at Rocky Hill: The Residential Facility provides Veterans with a continuum of wrap around rehabilitation services and programs, within a community living environment. Residential Staff, consisting of Social Workers, Residential Workers, a Vocational Rehabilitation Connecticut Veterans Residential Facility at Rocky HillCoordinator, a Therapeutic Recreation Therapist and Case Managers assist each Veteran Resident in developing an individualized plan, which outlines their goals and objectives to successfully return to independent living.
Who is eligible for admission to the Connecticut Veteran Residential Facility at Rocky Hill? A Veteran must meet the criteria of the definition of Veteran as defined in Connecticut General Statutes (CGS) Section 27-103 .

  • “Veteran” means any person honorably discharged from or released under honorable conditions from active service in the Armed Forces.

  • Who is a current resident of this state or was a resident of this state at the time of enlistment or induction into the Armed Forces.

Application for the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs Residential Facility at Rocky Hill
Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs Residential Facility at Rocky Hill Brochure

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Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), Veterans Recovery Center: The DMHAS Veterans RecoveryConnecticut Veterans Recovery Center at Fellowship House Center (VRC) is co-located with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Rocky Hill, CT and offers individualized outpatient recovery services. This program is available to Veterans with substance use disorders that reside at the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Rocky Hill Campus Residential Services division and to Veterans residing in their own residences off campus. Admissions are voluntary. National Guard and Reserve members also welcome.
Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Veterans Recovery Center Application

Learn more about the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), Veterans Recovery Center

Connecticut Military Support Program (MSP): The Military Support Program (MSP) Embedded Clinician Program is a partnership between the CT Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (DMHAS) and the CT Army-Air National Guard, and is a unique part of the larger Connecticut Military Support Program (MSP).

MSP provides an array of behavioral health services to Connecticut’s Veterans, citizen soldiers and their Family members. MSP clinicians are embedded within Guard Units affected by deployments. Embedded MSP clinicians are civilian clinicians who serve our citizen soldiers in the National Guard and their Families. Unit members receive confidential support and assistance from their embedded clinician in accessing community support services.

In addition, MSP provides:

  • Outreach within the National Guard and Reserve Communities

  • Outpatient Counseling Services, referral to confidential, locally available to OEF/OIF Veterans, National Guard/Reserve personnel and their Families

  • Community Case Management Services to assure timely access to appropriate services

  • Information, Referral and Advocacy to secure the right benefits, right away

Please call 866-251-2913 to access MSP services.

Learn more about the Connecticut Military Support Program (MSP)

Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs Patriots Landing: The Patriots’ Landing houses are located on West St. in Rocky Hill. There are five separate single Family three (3) bedroom homes that can accommodate homeless Veterans, their Spouses and Children. All houses are completely furnished; equipped with kitchen supplies, bedding, furniture, washers & dryers, and full kitchens. All houses are smoke free and pets are not permitted (Exception may be considered for verified service animals).

  • Housing will be provided on a month to month basis, not to exceed twelve (12) months. Unless extended by the DVA for not more than two six-month periods based on specified extenuating circumstances

  • Participants are expected to pay a monthly housing Program Fee

  • Participants are expected to comply with all terms and conditions listed in the Patriots’ Landing Temporary Housing Program Agreement, which will be provided upon admission.

Through a collaborative effort between the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs and Chrysalis Center Inc., a case manager will be assigned to assist couples and Families with individual recovery plans to return them to independent living in the community. Case managers will also offer career and educational assistance as well as resume writing, networking and interviewing skills.
Who is eligible to stay at the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs Patriots Landing? A Veteran must meet the criteria of the definition of Veteran as defined in Connecticut General Statutes (CGS) Section 27-103 .

  • "Veteran" means any person honorably discharged from or released under honorable conditions from active service in the Armed Forces.

  • Who is a current resident of this state or was a resident of this state at the time of enlistment or induction into the Armed Forces.

Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs Patriots Landing Application

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State of Connecticut Veterans' Cemetery: The State Veteran's Cemetery is located in Middletown, Connecticut. There are no charges for the plot (cremains, single or double-depth) for the opening/closing of the grave, or for the perpetual care of the grave. Also, the required headstone Connecticut State Veterans Cemetery(white, upright marble marker) will be provided by the Federal Government free of charge and will be installed at no cost by cemetery personnel.
Who is eligible for Burial at the Connecticut State Veterans Cemetery?
To be eligible for burial in the State Veterans Cemetery, the Veteran must have the following:

  • Discharge characterization of Honorable; or Characterization of General under Honorable Conditions

  • Active duty service other than for training purposes pursuant to 38 U.S.C. 101; or

  • At least twenty years of qualifying service pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 1223 in the National Guard or Reserve component of the Armed Forces

  • Proof of Connecticut residency at time of death, or

  • Proof that Veteran was a Connecticut resident at the entry into qualifying military service

  • Spouses of Veterans are also eligible for burial.

For more information please call the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs Cemetery and Memorial Services at 860-616-3688.
Connecticut State Veterans Cemetery Brochure

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Connecticut Veterans Wartime Service Medal: The Veterans' Affairs commissioner, in conjunction with the adjutant general, must award a ribbon and medal to any wartime Veteran who lived in Connecticut when called to active duty service or is living in Connecticut when the award is made. The award is called the Connecticut Veterans Wartime Service Medal. The law allows posthumous awards to Veterans who died on or after January 1, 2000 and requires such posthumous awards to be made within existing budgetary resources ( CGS § 27-73e ).
Who is eligible for the Connecticut Wartime Service Medal?
In order to receive the Connecticut Veterans Medal, the Veteran must meet the following requirements:

  • 90 or more days of active federal wartime service, unless the war or operation lasted less than 90 days; or

  • Any member of any reserve component of the Armed Forces (including the National Guard) who served during a period of war and was honorably discharged from active duty or was honorably discharged from a reserve component and who was a resident of this state at the time they were serving in such reserve component during a period of war or are domiciled in this state on the date of such award.

  • Honorable discharge,

  • Connecticut Veterans Wartime Service medal Discharge under honorable conditions, or

  • Discharge due to injuries received in the line of duty.

  • Proof of current residency in Connecticut, or

  • Proof that Veteran was a resident at the time of qualifying wartime service.

To apply for the Connecticut Wartime Service Medal:

Send the completed application form and documentation to:

CT Department of Veterans Affairs
ATTN: Wartime Medal and Registry
287 West Street
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
Fax: 860-616-3562

Learn more about the Connecticut Wartime Service Medal

Connecticut Office of Advocacy and Assistance: It is the responsibility of the Office of Advocacy and Assistance to provide assistance to Veterans, their eligible Spouses and eligible dependents in obtaining Veterans benefits under federal, state and local laws. Connecticut employs authorized Veteran Service Officers to assist in the following:

  • Collecting and preparing data relating to benefits and services for Veterans, their Spouses and eligible dependents

  • Canvassing nursing homes to determine if Veterans and/or Spouses are due benefits

  • Assisting in the establishment, preparation and presentation of claims pursuant to rights, benefits or privileges accruing to Veterans

  • Cooperating with service organizations in disseminating information

  • Furnishing counsel to Veterans concerning educational training, health, medical, rehabilitation, housing facilities and services, and employment services

  • Representing Veterans before the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) concerning claims and benefits.

Connecticut Office of Advocacy and Assistance Brochure
Connecticut Office of Advocacy and Assistance District Offices and Contact Information

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Connecticut Veteran Pretrial Diversionary Programs: The law allows Veterans to participate in accelerated rehabilitation twice, instead of only once, as allowed by law for non-Veterans (CGS § 54-56e). The accelerated rehabilitation program is available for people accused of certain crimes or motor vehicle violations. It also allows Veterans participating in the pretrial drug education program or with certain mental health conditions that are amenable to treatment to be assigned to state and federal departments of Veterans’ affairs services as an alternative to services from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services ( CGS §§ 54-56i and 54-56l ).

Pretrial diversionary programs allow criminal defendants to avoid prosecution and incarceration by successfully completing these court-sanctioned community-based treatment programs before trial.
Who is eligible for Connecticut Veteran Pretrial Diversionary Programs? To be eligible Veterans must be:

  • honorably discharged from, or released under honorable conditions from active service in, the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Air Force and any reserve component of them, including the Connecticut National Guard performing duty as provided in Title 32 of the United States Code, or

  • eligible to receive services from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs under Title 38 of the United States Code.

Learn more about Connecticut Veteran Pretrial Diversionary Programs

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Facilities in Connecticut

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Connecticut: The VA has numerous resources available for Veterans and Family members. Please see the local location listing for your nearest facility.

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cemeteries in Connecticut: The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) National Cemetery Administration does not maintain a National Cemetery in Connecticut, they do however have a State Cemetery located in Middletown, Connecticut. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.

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Military Installations in Connecticut

Please see the Connecticut Military Resource Locator for additional information.

Active Duty

Navy
Naval Submarine Base New London

National Guard
Connecticut Military Department

Connecticut National Guard

Connecticut Air National Guard
103rd Airlift Wing

United States Army Reserve (USAR)
99th Readiness Division

Resources

Connecticut Office of Legislative Research, Veterans Benefits

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles, Military Personnel

Retirement Living, Tax Information Connecticut

Air National Guard Benefits

Army National Guard Benefits

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Facility Directory Connecticut

Connecticut General Assembly, Statutes Text Search

Connecticut General Statutes

Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission, Connecticut

U.S. Department of Labor, Veteran's Employment and Career Transition Advisor

Connecticut Military Department

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Document Review Date: 13 July 2020