"It’s very disappointing. These people that put their lives on the line for this great country deserve every single honor they have."
Sad, but true.
Without a budget, the state of Connecticut is unable to pay stipends for Honor Guard details at funerals and other military services. Talk about a failure of leadership under Democrat Governor Dan Malloy, Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman and State Comptroller Kevin Lembo.
But while stipends for Connecticut’s Honor Guard are cut, the Malloy administration has not altered its plans for a $1 million bus expansion announced last week. With no end in sight for the state’s budget crisis, Malloy, Wyman and Lembo seem unfazed by the toll their failures are taking on veterans.
NBC Connecticut: Budget Woes Limit Military Funeral Honors
Paul C. Huber has a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for serving in World War II.
Which is why his family was both surprised and confused when the Army veteran didn’t receive a traditional three-volley salute at his July funeral service.
Huber’s wish was to be buried with full military honors, but some of the honors many consider customary at military funerals are not federally mandated.
"It’s very disappointing. These people that put their lives on the line for this great country deserve every single honor they have," said the late veteran's son, Dave Huber.
As of July 1, the state stopped paying a stipend to the Honor Guard detail that carries out the rifle salute. The state currently does not have a budget, and the executive order the Governor signed did not include funding for the Honor Guard, according to Chris McClure, a spokesperson for Governor Dannel Malloy.