Darien native Phillip Kraft will be inducted into the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame during a Dec. 2 ceremony.

Kraft, of Darien, is the CEO of the National Veterans Services Fund and served with Admiral Zumwalt on the Agent Orange Commission. For the past 10 years, he has been an instructor of veteran's benefits for the UAW annual conference. He has watched over the 1,500 veterans buried in the Spring Grove Cemetery in Darien and has worked with the community to greatly improve the quality of the grounds there.

Sen. Carl Leone, D-Stamford, congratulated Kraft and the other veterans who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

"The men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces honor our country every day by fighting to preserve the freedoms we cherish. The Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame honors the very best of our state's military veterans, and holds up their service as an example for future generations to follow," Leone said in the statement. "I would like to thank Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman and Commissioner Linda Schwartz for their efforts to honor this year's Hall of Fame inductees."

The Hall of Fame recognizes distinguished veterans who have made significant contributions to their communities after leaving military service.

Wyman and Schwartz will be joined by leaders of the state's veterans' community at the induction ceremony on Friday, Dec. 2, at 5 p.m. in the Atrium of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. Each inductee or family representative will receive a commemorative medallion recognizing their induction.