Senator McLachlan Pleased About Korean Vets Bill’s Progress

May 11, 2011

A bill backed by Danbury State Senator Michael McLachlan which would allow local boards of education to issue high school diplomas to Connecticut’s Korean War veterans who left school early to enter combat was voted on favorably by the State Senate on May 11 and now heads to the governor’s desk.

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Senator McLachlan speaks about the bill during the May 11 Senate Debate

“Danbury is home to one of the most dynamic Korean War veterans organizations in the state of Connecticut, and I personally know some Korean War veterans who will affected by this law,” Senator McLachlan said.. “I think this is a great way for the State of Connecticut to acknowledge their service to our country. I thank my colleagues in the Senate for moving the bill forward with bipartisan support.”

Senator McLachlan noted that some veterans may have felt uncomfortable returning to school at a later age, were injured or ill, or simply needed to work full time to support themselves following the war.

The proposal would also allow boards of education to issue high school diplomas to families of deceased Korean War veterans.

Current state law allows for diplomas to be issued to World War II veterans who left high school to serve their country.