On November 25th in an event that was hosted by State Senator Gayle Slossberg (D-Milford) over 100 Veterans were presented the Connecticut Veterans Wartime Service Medal. Slossberg organized the event to recognize Connecticut’s veterans for their service. She was joined by Commissioner of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Sean Connolly and the Mayor of Milford, Ben Blake.
“Our freedom is not free. It has been earned through the sacrifice of our brave veterans, many of whom we honored today,” said Slossberg. “These medals represent our gratitude to all those who heard the call and stood up for their country. It was an honor to make this small tribute to them today, but nothing we do can be enough to equal everything our veterans have done for us.”
Prior to 2005, the state of Connecticut had not honored its veterans with a wartime service medal since World War I. Slossberg helped change that in 2005 by creating the Connecticut Veterans Wartime Service Medal during her time as Senate Chair of the then-new Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.
Any person who served in the armed forces during a time of war and was a Connecticut resident at the time, or currently lives in Connecticut, is eligible for the award. Many veterans from the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq received the medal as part of their discharge packets, but many veterans who served prior to 2005 are unaware of the medal’s existence. Any veteran who believes they may be eligible for the medal may contact Senator Slossberg’s office at 860-240-0482.