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State DVA Commissioner to take leave of absence for military duty

State Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Tom Saadi will be taking a six-month, quasi-leave of absence beginning next Friday while on active duty with the U.S. Army.  In a letter to the governor, Saadi explained that he will be stationed in upstate New York, enabling him to maintain regular contact with his staff via email and telephone.  He will also have the ability to use his military leave, and return to the DVA campus on occasion to keep the agency on a steady course forward.  

Saadi, a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve, volunteered for the active duty mobilization. He is serving with the Danbury-based 411th Civil Affairs Battalion. 

Saadi said he is thankful to have a team of dedicated DVA staff, volunteers, community-based partners, and veteran service organizations who will continue the collective mission of ‘serving those who served’ --without interruption. 

Governor Lamont says he appreciates the fact that the veterans affairs commissioner not only has dedicated his career to ensuring veterans have access to the services they’ve earned, but is also willing to volunteer to serve the nation when called upon.


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