State Sen. Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, announced that the state Senate has passed two bills that will aid veterans. The Senate approved the bills unanimously during a session April 27.
"Every day, Connecticut's military personnel and families make sacrifices in order to serve their country and protect the rights we hold dear," Duff said. "Despite the state's fiscal troubles, there are still things we can do to help meet the needs of our veterans and to make life just a little bit easier for them."
The first bill grants veterans license plates to a surviving spouse or any member of the United States Armed Forces who requests them. Currently, only veterans or their spouses can qualify for the special plates.
The second bill permits the state Department of Veterans' Affairs Board of Trustees to include members or representatives of organizations that serve or represent disabled veterans. Currently the board is made up of the commissioner and 16 other members who are qualified in health care, social services, business management or law.
The two bills now go to the state House of Representatives.
"The bills approved in the Senate are initiatives that we can all stand behind, and I'm hopeful that these and other measures benefiting veterans that are before the legislature this year will make it through the process and into law," Duff said.
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