CT Black Veterans Need Mental Health Services

In 2021, there are over 150,000 veterans living in Connecticut. Recently, a black veteran from Hamden, Conley Monk Jr., filed a lawsuit against the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), alleging that they denied VA benefits and disability compensation claims to black veterans at a higher rate than white veterans in for decades.

VA data obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests reveal that over two decades through 2020, black veterans were denied disability benefits 39.5 percent of the time, compared to white veterans 24.2 percent of the time. the percentage.

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