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State and Community Programs and Services

Military Family Relief Fund

The Military Family Relief Fund provides financial support to the families of service members who reside in Connecticut and have been adversely affected by deployments. For more information, visit

Military Spouse Residency Relief Act

On November 11, 2009, the President signed into law the Military Spouse Residency Relief Act. This Act, among other things, provides that when a service member leaves his or her home State in accord with military or naval orders, the service member's spouse may retain residency in his or her home State for voting and tax purposes, after relocating from that State to accompany the service member. In the State of Connecticut an exemption from Connecticut withholding tax may be claimed if an employees spouse is a member of the US Armed Services and their state of legal residence is not Connecticut. For more information visit

Military Support Program (Mental Health Counseling)

The State of Connecticut Military Support Program provides mental health counseling and support to service members and their families. The program assists families in preparing for deployment, handling separation, and reintegration. For more information, visit

Veterans Employment Assistance

The Connecticut Department of Labor assists service members transitioning from military to civilian life. Services include job searches, resume writing, testing, training opportunities, and conducting job fairs directed at the military community. For more information, visit www.ctdol.htm

Wartime Service Bonus

The Wartime Service Bonus is a state benefit for Connecticut National Guardsmen who have deployed since September 11, 2001. Service members receive a bonus for every month served on active duty up to a maximum amount. For more information, visit