HARTFORD – This month State Representative Stephen Harding (R-107) was joined by Bethel resident Tom Burke to testify on behalf of his proposed bill, House Bill 5580. This bill would expand eligibility of veterans’ benefits to certain discharged veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injury (TBI). As a Marine Veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, Burke suffers from combat-induced PTSD and attended today’s public hearing to advocate for fellow veterans.
Both Rep. Harding and Mr. Burke were approached after the hearing by a spectator thanking them for their testimony and effort to help veterans who are at a disadvantage thanks to mere faults and inefficiencies in the veteran’s affairs system.
Please see a copy of Rep. Harding’s written testimony regarding this bill below.
Photos below: Representative Stephen Harding (top photo and below left) and Bethel resident Tom Burke.