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Rocky Hill Veterans' Home (Courtesy Connecticut Department of Veterans' Affairs)

Rocky Hill Veterans’ Home (Courtesy Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs)

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ROCKY HILL, Conn. (AP) — Five houses in Rocky Hill that state officials set aside for Connecticut military veterans have sat mostly empty for several years while statistics show one in 10 homeless people in the state is a veteran, according to a news report.

WTNH-TV reports the five houses near the state Veterans Home have 15 bedrooms for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and their families.

The station says there currently is one veteran living in the houses. The homes housed two veterans last year, four in 2012 and two in 2011.

State Veterans Affairs Commissioner Linda Schwartz told the station that few veterans stay in the homes because of rules banning drinking and overnight guests.

Former Veterans Affairs Department worker Herb Mitchell says he’s angry the houses aren’t used more.

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Information from: WTNH-TV, http://www.wtnh.com

 

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