State Gets Big Bucks for Troubled Vets

The federal government is giving the state $2 million to help veterans suffering from trauma-related disorders. 

The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services says the stresses of combat place some veterans at a higher risk for involvement in criminal activity when they come home. 

The money will be used to keep veterans who have committed minor crimes out of jail and get them into community services programs. 

In making the announcement, Governor Jodi Rell's office released this statement:

"As we honor them on Veterans Day, it is important that these brave men and women can count on our support to help put their lives back together.  This innovative program offers tremendous assistance."

The grant was awarded by the federal Center for Mental Health Services.  It will be implemented at the Southeastern Mental Health Authority in the Norwich area, says Rell's office. 

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