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Megan Backes


Upon graduating from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1994 with a B.A. in government, Megan was assigned to the USCGC FORWARD out of Portsmouth, Virginia, where she was involved in drug and migrant interdiction  patrols in southern and Caribbean waters. She then served as a lieutenant in the Office of Law Enforcement in Miami. There she developed a unique partnership between law enforcement and the Coast Guard in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina that led to enacting groundbreaking legislation for safer waters in all three states. She also has served as operations officer for the Group Marine Safety Office for Long Island Sound, where she focused on search and rescue and law enforcement.

Megan, who was raised with a strong commitment to community, moved to Stamford in 2000. In addition to being active in her two children's schools - Our Lady Star of the Sea and Rogers International  and the First Presbyterian Church, where she serves as a deacon and helps prepare meals at the soup kitchen, Megan is a volunteer at Pacific House, a Boy Scout leader and softball coach.

Perhaps most inspiring is her commitment to the quality of life of our veterans. As a supporter of the Homes for the Brave, which provides housing and services to help homeless veterans, she is specifically dedicated to its Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes program, the first community-based transitional home dedicated to homeless female veterans and their children in Connecticut.

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