Thomas J. Saadi, an Army Reserve officer who has held senior jobs in the state Department of Veterans Affairs for nearly three years, was named Tuesday by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy as his choice to lead the department as commissioner. Saadi has been acting commissioner since October.
As Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the General Assembly debate what government’s core responsibilities are in an era of dwindling revenues, the federal government has certified Connecticut as the second state to effectively end homelessness among veterans. One federal official said, “This is Neil Armstrong walking on the moon kind of stuff.”
Connecticut has one of the lowest rates of veteran suicide in the nation, but the situation remains daunting. While there’s evidence some progress has been made, the state’s veterans commit suicide at nearly twice the rate of non-vets.
Washington – The Senate on Tuesday will finally consider the nomination of Linda Schwartz, who heads the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs, to a key job at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.