State Rep. Kim Rose (D-Milford), a member of the legislature's Veteran's Committee, recently visited the Veteran's Health Center at the Connecticut State Veterans Home in Rocky Hill with co-chairs and other members of the legislative committee for an informational tour of the facility.

Sean Connolly, Commissioner of the state's Department of Veterans' Affairs, extended the invitation to the lawmakers to see firsthand the importance of the services provided at the residential facility, the hospital and the Fellowship House.

Rep. Rose said, "I found the visit extremely helpful and informative as we walked around the entire site. It was particularly impressive to see the equipment and quality of care provided at this state of the art hospital to our veterans."

This past session, the legislature approved legislation that recognizes the sacrifices that veterans have made while defending the country. Some of the measures include establishing the Women Veterans Program to help better connect female veterans to services, and the Veterans to Agriculture Program to give tax credits to vets working in agricultural production.

"I am proud of the work we have accomplished in the legislature supporting our veterans," Rose said. "Another law we worked on this session will implement several recommendations to the Veterans Home including residents' participation on the board of Ttustees and ensuring that veterans have access to housing should something happen to the facility."

The Veteran's Health Center provides long term care to veterans with chronic and disabling medical conditions. These conditions include but are not limited to heart and lung disease, stroke, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and other dementias. The program also provides end-of-life care, palliative care and respite care.

More information about the facility can be found at: http://www.ct.gov/ctva/cwp/view.asp?a=2005&q=482380