Veterans protest Gov. Malloy’s funeral budget cuts

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HARTFORD--On Wednesday, veterans marched on the state Capitol to protest the governor's decision to cut out Taps and gun salutes from military funerals.

Gov. Dan Malloy's budget proposal takes away funding for the additional honor guard members needed to perform a full military funeral, meaning the playing of Taps and gun salutes were left on the cutting room floor. In all, 470,000 was cut from the budget.

Local veterans voiced their displeasure, and Micah Welintukonis, a veteran and Purple Heart recipient, discussed why it was a disgrace.

Federal law gives veterans the right to have at least two representatives at graveside services.