Guglielmo: This cut is disrespectful to our Veterans

March 24, 2015

Hartford, CT – State Senator Tony Guglielmo (R-Stafford) a U.S. Army veteran is calling on the restoration of funding for the Connecticut Honor Guard. The program is not included in the governor’s proposed budget. Instead the administration calls for the total elimination of state funding for the Connecticut Honor Guard.

“To cut this program is disrespectful to our veterans. They deserve to be honored and given every possible tribute at their time of passing. This is the least we can do for the men and women who sacrificed for their state and their country. I’m deeply saddened that the administration would actually suggest such a cut,” said Sen. Guglielmo.

State funds are currently used to support military honors at funerals. Those honors include the playing of “Taps” and rifle teams which discharge graveside salutes.

The Connecticut Honor Guard attends funerals in Connecticut for:

  • Any deceased person who has served in any of the armed forces of the United States during times of war.
  • Any deceased person who has served in the National Guard for more than 20 years.
  • Any deceased who has died while a member of the National Guard.

Senator Guglielmo served in the U.S. Army stateside from 1962 to 1968.