Former Lt. Gov. Steve Henry and his wife, Heather French Henry, held a press conference at the Barren County Court House Monday to discuss issues concerning veterans.

During her reign as Miss America, Heather French Henry worked to increase awareness of veterans-related issues.

The pair spoke about the Right to Know legislation which seeks to increase the number of service officers working to secure benefits for veterans and their families on several fronts, including education, health care and pensions.

The Henrys told spectators yesterday they would also like to the see the Weaver Bill reinstated. It would give hiring preference to veterans and their families applying for state government jobs. The bill was abolished by Gov. Ernie Fletcher last year.

The couple spoke out in support of Senate Bill 93, a proposed bill that would make it crime to interfere with a military funeral or memorial service or congregating within 300 feet of such service.

Under this bill, violators could be charged with interference with a funeral or memorial service.

A similar bill in the House, House Bill 333 would allow anyone found guilty of disrupting a funeral or memorial service to be charged with disorderly conduct.

These measures stem from recent anti-military and anti-American demonstrations at military funerals by members of the Westboro Baptist Church based in Kansas.

Church members have picketed a number of funerals of U.S. servicemen killed in Iraq.


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