Congressman’s staff recovered $1.5m

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US Representative Joe Courtney says his office helped to return more than $1.5 million last year to eastern Connecticut constituents who were owed everything from Social Security checks to overdue veterans’ benefits. The Second District Democrat credited his staff with helping constituents who are ‘‘fighting through bureaucracy to get what they were rightfully owed.’’ He said he hopes the constituents’ stories, including a Mystic widow who got nearly $90,000 in military benefits, will encourage others to come forward and ask for help.

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