Millions for Halliburtion and Swampwater, but no cents for tributes. From ASZ:
From the Army Times:
The sound of a gun salute at funerals for Rhode Island veterans could soon be heard less frequently, due to a federal funding cut.
The Rhode Island National Guard has informed funeral directors that it can only supply firing squads for certain veterans, including those killed in action, Medal of Honor winners, general officers or those who served at least 20 years.
Local vets are livid over the new restrictions. But a National Guard spokesman blamed a cut in federal money for the military honors program â€” from $1.16 million to $775,000.
(ASZ Comments) Rhode Island state law requires a firing squad and a bugler for any honorably discharged vet, so long as the request has been made by the vetâ€™s family. It looks like the Bush Administration has decided this isnâ€™t a very good law.