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.