On January 16, 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 by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy as his choice to lead the department as commissioner.
Saadi, a former general counsel and chief of staff at the department, has been acting commissioner since the resignation in October of Sean Connolly, who is now seeking the Democratic nomination for governor.
The governor’s choice of Saadi is subject to confirmation by the General Assembly, which convenes its annual session next month.
“We take veterans affairs very seriously,” Malloy said at a press conference introducing Saadi. “That’s why we were the first state to end chronic homelessness among veterans. That’s one of many accomplishments on that front. We need to keep that work up and going.”
About 200,000 veterans are living in Connecticut.
“What I can see as our challenge going forward is making sure that we are able to reach out, not only to those who are veterans now, but future veterans, a new generation of veterans, particularly in our Guard and Reserve,” Saadi said.
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