FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- State Sen. Carlo Leone (D-Stamford and Darien) joined Gov. Dannel Malloy at a bill-signing ceremony Monday to honor and improve services for Connecticut’s veterans.
State Rep. Jack Hennessy (D-Bridgeport) attended along with other state and local officials. Hennessy and Leone co-chair the Connecticut General Assembly’s Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
“Veterans Day is an opportunity for us to express our admiration, respect and appreciation for the men and women who served our country in uniform, and these state laws demonstrate our unwavering support for this select group of Americans,” Malloy said. “Thanks to the leadership of Veterans’ Committee chairs Senator Carlo Leone and Representative Jack Hennessy, together, we have been able to pass laws to ensure that the resources and services our Veterans and their families receive are second to none.”
Malloy signed the following bills:
• Public Act 13-57: Allows local and regional school boards to award high school diplomas to Vietnam-era veterans who left high school before graduating for military service.
• Public Act 13-224: Provides towns and cities with the option of expanding the municipal tax exemption for 100 percent disabled veterans, as determined by the U. S. Department of Veterans' Affairs.
Last year, Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman announced the creation of a 14-member Governor’s Veterans Cabinet made up of agency commissioners and other executive branch representatives. The cabinet will meet periodically to report progress and create strategies to improve delivery of services to veterans and their families.
Malloy and Wyman also launched a new state website to give military veterans one-stop access to the range of veterans’ services and benefits offered by the state and federal government. The website links veterans and their families to other state and federal agencies offering services in areas such as employment and job training, health care and education.
To commemorate Veterans Day, Malloy also attended ceremonies in Middletown and New Britain.
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