Rep. Cummings Proposes Several Veteran’s Bills; Bills Would Honor Waterbury Vets, Provide Tuition Help for Connecticut Veterans’ Families

Posted on February 6, 2019 by admin


Inspired by the service and sacrifice of Waterbury veterans, State Representative Stephanie Cummings (R-74) proposed legislation to change the Brass City to gold by proclaiming Waterbury  the “Gold Star City of Fallen Heroes,” and submitted proposals to help Connecticut veterans and their families cope with high college costs by waiving tuition for Gold Star family members and children of eligible veterans.

Proposed bill 5292 – An Act Designating a “Gold Star City of Fallen Heroes” – would require the Governor to proclaim Waterbury to be a “Gold Star City of Fallen Heroes” in honor of the city’s citizens who have lost their lives serving as members of the armed forces.

“Waterbury has a long and proud history of sending selfless men and women to serve in the armed forces and defend our freedom, with many making the ultimate sacrifice,” Rep. Cummings said. “Ceremonially changing the Brass City to the Gold Star City of Fallen Heroes is a fitting way to honor their memory and let everyone who enters Waterbury know that we will never forget their service and commitment to others.”

Proposed bill 5291 – An Act Concerning Tuitions Waivers at Public Institutions of Higher Education for Gold Star Family Members – would grant a tuition fee waiver for any resident of the state who is a parent, surviving spouse, sibling or dependent child of a person who was killed in action while performing active military duty with the armed forces of the United States, and is a resident of the state.

“If this measure provides even small assistance and helps ease a financial burden then it’s the least we can do for the families of the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf,” Rep. Cummings said. “We can never adequately repay a family for such a loss, but we can say thank you, we respect your parent’s service and sacrifice and we support you.”

Proposed bill 5290 – An Act Concerning Children of Veterans and Unused Tuition Waivers at Public Institutions of Higher Education – would require public college tuition be waived for any child of a veteran who did not utilize any tuition waiver they were entitled to. Eligible children would only receive tuition waivers for the number of semesters the qualifying veteran had not personally used when subtracted from the number eight.

“I introduced these bills to show our veterans that we support them and that we’re willing to give back to them, and their family, for giving so much on our behalf,” Rep. Cummings said. “It’s easy to overlook the families who are at home when their mother and father are serving in the armed forces, yet they’re just as invested in our communities and they also deserve our thanks and support. I’m always proud to support the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to defend our country.

All three bills have all been referred to the legislature’s Veterans’ Committee and are awaiting action. The legislative session ends at midnight on Wednesday, June 5.