Joe Robach Seeks Explanation For Cutting Buglers At Veterans Funerals

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.

Joe Robach Helps to Honor Veteran Elmer Hindl

On September 8th, the Commanding General of the 81st Regional Support Command will be honoring Lt. Col. Elmer Heindl, Chaplain U.S. Army Inf. 37th Division 145th-148th Regiments.  During the ceremony in Fort Benning, GA, an administration building will be named in honor of Father Elmer Heindl.  When Joe Robach was approached with the reqest to honor this veteran, he was most honored.  Joe Robach feels it is essential that we honor the veterans who gave so much for our freedom.

Lt. Col. Elmer Heindel was part of the 37th Division.  This division fought in the Pacific during World War II.  During his time serving our nation in World War II, Reverand Heindl received many honors, including the Distinguished Service Cross which is our country’s second highest combat medal for his bravery and courage in the Philippines in 1945.  He also received both the Bronze and Silver Star for saving a wounded officer on the battlefield and for his bravery in New Guinea.  Joe Robach is proud to not only honor Elmer Heindel, but the many veterans who put their lives on the line everyday so we can live free in this country.

Father Heindl was born on June 14th, 1910 and raised in Rochester, NY.  After WWII, he returned to his hometown, where he became a very well respected priest in our community.  Father Heindl became the oldest active priest in the Diocest of Rochester.  Elmer Heindl lived an extremely rich and admirable life.  He passed away at the age of 96 on July 17th, 2006.

So often, the many deserving veterans in our country do not receive the credit and respect they so greatly deserve.  Joe Robach has, and will continue to fight for benefits for veterans in New York State.