By Pat Eaton-Robb
Published: November 7, 2015
The Veterans Administration says there are currently more than 530 military veterans in Connecticut prisons.HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut's Correction Department has set up a new unit in its prison system devoted solely to inmates who are also military veterans.
The Veterans Service Unit, which includes 110 beds inside the Willard-Cybulski Correctional Institution, will be formally dedicated on Monday in a ceremony attended by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
It's part of a larger reintegration center at the prison, designed to prepare inmates to re-enter society.
But, in addition to the job training and other programs offered to other prisoners, the veterans will get special help to deal with military-specific issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder. There also will be peer counseling from other vets who have been to prison and access to attorneys from the Connecticut Veterans Legal Clinic.
The unit has a military theme, complete with reveille in the morning, a color guard, and a code of conduct that includes keeping a "squared away uniform at all times."
There are patriotic murals on the walls, and the official seals of the five branches of the Armed Services are displayed.
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