As more agencies continue to tighten their belts and cut costs, because of budgetary problems, the National Guard is now cutting their budget by cutting real bugle players at funerals in New York State. For the last 150 years, TAPS has been played by a live person at each funeral for a veteran. Since the National Guard will be losing a quarter of their funding, a live bugler will now be replaced by a recording of TAPS. Joe Robach has had many conversations with veterans regarding this issue and understands just how important this is to not only veterans, but to their families as well.
According to the National Guard, by eliminating live buglers at funerals, the National Guard will be saving roughly thirty thousand dollars a year. This will also enable them to send a live solder to each veterans funeral. While this continues to be an issue throughout New York State, Joe Robach has, and will continue to fight for veterans to ensure their needs are attended to and that their families are properly taken care of.
Currently, many organizations within New York State are trying to raise private funds so the tradition of buglers at veterans funerals will continue through the next one hundred and fifty years. Joe Robach understands the importance of such a ceremony at veteran funerals and anticipates a solution to this matter, be it restoration of funding, or private funding. Joe Robach has many friends and family that have been impacted by this funding cut. As they all would agree, TAPS is such an important part of the ceremony. It is such a shame that budget cuts have eliminated a live bugler at each veterans ceremony. This may be an issue that New York State addresses during the next session calendar.