- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed a law requiring the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to establish a Connecticut women veterans’ program.

The governor’s office announced Tuesday that he signed the bill, which includes a provision that the program be established “within available resources.”

The program is intended to reach out to women veterans to improve awareness of their eligibility for federal and state benefits and services and assess their needs for benefits and services.

The program also must submit recommendations annually for improving benefits and services for women veterans.

The legislation passed the Senate unanimously in April and without dissent in the House earlier this month.

Federal Veterans Affairs officials estimate 16,545 women veterans live in Connecticut. Some struggle with issues such as unemployment, homelessness and mental illness.

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