WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- Some Connecticut veterans are still waiting for word if they will be able to stay in their homes. The state VA met with them Thursday after word came that the state can't legally pay for their assisted living anymore.
Some of the veterans fear being homeless. They say the meeting just mirrored what the letter said that the VA made a mistake and families are going to have to figure out another way to pay.
An overcast morning at Seacrest Retirement Center as veterans deal with the gloomy reality they are losing their money to live there starting New Year's Eve.
"I'm going to be homeless I told you, that's my biggest fear..frost bite," said Robert Jackson, veteran.
This after an audit revealed the VA was never supposed to pay for them to live there in the first place.
This is assisted living. They can only pay for skilled nursing care.
Some Caretakers just found out.
"We were kind of surprised. We knew nothing about it. We thought the conservators should get a copy of the letter," said Nancy Owen, sister of veteran.
"I can't promise anything, but I'm going to fight for these men," said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, (D).
Senator Richard Blumenthal says he plans to meet with the head of the local VA next week. The Highvu Manor in Hamden and Mattatuck Health Care in Waterbury has clients impacted.
Blumenthal knows this could result in more vets being homeless.
"Whether it's grandfathering or adding services that make this a residential facility to qualify under the law. I'm not saying break the law but lets be more humane about applying it," said Blumenthal.
Owen says her brother and the other men deserve better.
"I'm not happy about it these vets have given a lot to their country and they should be taken care of. They seem to be forgotten these days," said Owen.
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