State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) and Ben McGorty (R-122) are cosponsoring a bill this session of the Connecticut General Assembly that will qualify veterans that suffer from combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder, known as PTSD, for removable state-issued disabled parking placards that will allow them to park in designated handicapped parking spaces. A public hearing was held on the bill today in the Veteran’s Affairs Committee.
“Following the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Connecticut has a significant number of veterans who served in combat, and who have returned to us after their honorable service with wounds and trauma that aren’t always obvious to casual observation,” said Rep. Perillo, who submitted testimony in favor of the bill to the Veteran’s Committee. “For combat veterans who have physical disabilities resulting from their service, we make this accommodation. It is time for us to recognize mental disabilities in a similar fashion.”