The Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities attended the 21st annual CT Department of Veterans’ Affairs “Stand Down” event at the Veteran’s Home in Rocky Hill last Friday, September 18th. The event provided access to health and wellness services, employment and education assistance, and information on state and federal benefits. Around a thousand veterans attended along with Governor Malloy and Comptroller Kevin Lembo.
The CHRO’s booth provided vets with information regarding their housing, employment, and public accommodation rights. Finding a place to live and a job can be difficult for veterans, especially those who suffer mental or physical disabilities. Even for vets without a disability, many employers and housing providers discriminate against veterans because of the belief that vets may suffer from physical and mental disabilities that may make them a liability to their business. The CHRO is proud to provide a means of addressing the potential discrimination vets face.