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CT Denying Deceased Vets Honor Guard Salutes at Their Funerals

August 15, 2017 By Staff
CT Denying Deceased Vets Honor Guard Salutes at Their Funerals

Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) did not include Honor Guard detail stipends in his executive order funding the government.

A new report from NBC Connecticut this week found that Connecticut veterans who served the U.S. are not receiving Honor Guard salutes at their funerals because the state won’t pay stipends during its budget crisis.

NBC Connecticut‘s Heather Burian investigated the issue, and found out Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) did not include the stipends in his executive order funding state government, as Connecticut tries to pass a two-year budget.

As of July 1, the state stopped paying a stipend to the Honor Guard detail that carries out the rifle salute. The state currently does not have a budget, and the executive order the Governor signed did not include funding for the Honor Guard, according to Chris McClure, a spokesperson for Governor Dannel Malloy.

…”They can’t get the honor they deserve. So our Posts are trying to pick up some of the slack on this,” said Ed DeGumbia, the state department commander of the American Legion.

Even as veterans are being denied a final salute, the Malloy-Wyman administration found time to pledge up to $6 million for Planned Parenthood if the federal government defunds the organization at any point.

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The state is also going forward with its sales tax-free week as planned, even though “the state will miss out on about $4.1 million in revenue.”

And, as Reclaim Connecticut reported last week, the Malloy administration also rolled out a $1 million-plus expansion of Connecticut’s bus system.

The administration seems happy to pledge spending on various line items despite the ongoing budget crisis – why have veterans been left out?

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