State ends payments for honor guards at vet funerals

The state of Minnesota had been contributing $50 to help pay for honor guards whenever a veteran is buried in the state, but that has been eliminated as part of the new budget agreement.

MPR reports that the state had allocated $100,000 a year for the honor guard program, and has paid out $265,000 since 2008. The money helped local vets groups pay for uniforms, mileage, rifle shells used during military salutes and musicians who played Taps.

The story says federal law requires funeral honors — with the minimum being the presentation of a folded American flag to the family and a rendition of Taps — if requested by the family of an eligible veteran.

Several vets groups said they’ll continue to provide the honors, even if the state doesn’t help pay.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Richard O'Neil on 08/31/2011 - 11:22 am.

    Great. Eliminate a $50 expense to bury someone who put his life on the line out of duty to his country. Oh, but give Zygi $650 million to build a nice football stadium.

  2. Submitted by James Hamilton on 08/31/2011 - 11:50 am.

    Seems a shame that those who served in WWII and later conflicts may not receive the honor so many of them anticipate. Perhaps you can identify which groups provide the honor guards, so that those with the wherewithal might send a donation.

  3. Submitted by Diane Clare on 09/01/2011 - 09:21 am.

    the House and Senate approved Dayton’s full budget plan for veterans.

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