Two residents tapped for congressman’s veterans, military panel

U.S Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) announced he has appointed Bristol residents Art Ward and Frank Nicastro to his Veterans and Military Advisory Council.

Art Ward, a Marine Corps Vietnam veteran, served as mayor of Bristol for six years. After serving in the war, Ward worked as a Veterans Affairs Officer with the State of Connecticut, and as a member of the Bristol City Council for 14 years, before being elected Mayor.

Frank Nicastro, a six-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, spent three years aboard a U.S. Navy Destroyer and 24 years in the Connecticut National Guard. He currently represents the 79th District in the Connecticut House of Representatives. Nicastro, who is retiring from the General Assembly at the end of this term, is also a former Bristol mayor and city councilman.

“I am grateful that these two veterans and lifelong public servants have agreed to join the First District’s Veterans and Military Advisory Council,” said Larson in a press release from his office. “I know that Art and Frank will bring great insight to the Council given their vast experience. I look forward to working with them and the rest of the members of the council to serve our veterans.”

Larson meets with the First Congressional District Veterans and Military Advisory Council in his Hartford Office and in the community throughout the year. Members of the Advisory Council provide Larson with valuable insight and innovative ideas that guide his decision making on veterans and military matters.