Nominations sought for Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame

Department of Veterans' Affairs Commissioner Linda Schwartz encourages all citizens to consider nominating distinguished veterans who have made significant contributions to their communities after leaving military service to the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame.

The deadline for applications for the Class of 2012 is Sept. 3.

Ten Connecticut veterans are inducted each year based on application reviews and recommendations from an executive committee and final selection by the Lt. Governor. Seventy-two current and former citizens of Connecticut have been inducted to date into the Veterans Hall of Fame, including five recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor.

"I would like to remind everyone that the purpose of this award established in 2005 was to honor those veterans who left the military and continued to make contributions to their communities," Commissioner Schwartz said. "The Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame has honored many fine men and women who wore the uniform and kept on serving. Their accomplishments have enriched our state in countless ways. We hope that individuals will see this opportunity to honor a veteran that they know" said the Commissioner.

Among the requirements to be eligible for the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame, the nominee must have been born in Connecticut or resided here for at least five years; the nominee must meet the definition of a "veteran" under the Connecticut General Statutes 27-103; and the nominee must have received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces.

Nomination packets must not exceed five 8" x 11" pages and must be received by Sept. 3, 2012 at the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs, ATTN: Veterans Hall of Fame, 287 West St., Rocky Hill, CT 06067. Nominations received after Sept. 3 will be considered for the following year's class.

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