Perillo: Cutting military funeral honors would be ‘a disgrace’

State Rep. Jason Perillo of Shelton is criticizing Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposal to cut $469,000 from the state Military Department’s honor guard, which provides military funeral honors for Connecticut veterans.

The military funeral honors include rifle teams that fire graveside salutes and play Taps.

“I think we all recognize that there are some very tough choices that have to be made when it comes to this budget,” said Perillo, a Republican.

“However, there really is little excuse for the governor trying to overcome his poor budgeting over the past four years by stripping veterans of the honors due to them for their service to our nation upon their passing. It’s a disgrace,” he said.

Federal law requirements

Under federal law, veterans of any military branch are entitled to the rendering of military funeral honors by two representatives of the armed forces for graveside services.

This includes the playing of Taps and the folding of the American flag with presentation to the veteran’s next of kin. The service is free of charge.

The state of Connecticut Military Department often augments these minimum mandatory requirements with rifle teams that fire a salute volley.