Senator Martin Voices Support for Bill to Honor Veterans

March 2, 2017

State Senator Henri Martin (R-31) voiced his support for a bill to restore funding for honor guards at military funerals and said he is working making the funding permanent.

As Co-Chairman of the legislature’s Veteran’s Affairs Committee, Sen. Martin said he was deeply disturbed by Governor Malloy’s actions to strip funding for the honor guard.

“Connecticut’s veterans put their lives on the line and sacrificed for our country’s freedoms,” Sen. Martin said. “It’s unconscionable that the state would deny them this last honor they so rightly deserve.”

Sen. Martin said this is the second year Governor Malloy has tried to strip funding for honor guards at veterans’ funerals in the name of balancing the state budget.

“The state faces serious financial problems,” he said, “but I fail to see how cutting $326,000 from military funerals will bring our state back into the black. We can craft a responsible, balanced state budget and still provide our veterans with the honors they deserve.”

HB 7181, An Act Honoring Deceased Veterans, was the subject of a public hearing before the Veteran’s Committee on February 28. Sen. Martin said it was unanimously supported by veterans and veterans’ groups.

“After the sacrifices our veterans have made, they should not have to travel to Hartford every year to ask the state to fund the funeral honors they deserve,” he said.

Residents who wish to submit testimony in favor of the bill can send an email to [email protected] and put Veteran’s Funerals in the subject line.

Sen. Martin represents the communities of Bristol, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth, and Thomaston.