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Oct 10, 2014 10:39 PM

Proposed budget cuts could halt memorial services for NH veterans


CONCORD - Jim Yannekis is Commander of the Concord American Legion.

He says it's a disgrace that there's even a question about funding military honors at veterans funerals.

"If it's a lack of funds, that anybody is concerned about we can't provide honor guards, that's ridiculous," Yannekis said.

Yannekis served two tours in Vietnam and one in Korea.

He said it's a problem with decisions being made at the top.

"The ones that have served have done their job beautifully. They've sacrificed and all that. But the ones that provide for those that have served have not done their job," he said.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte agrees.

"It's not just federal law, but it's a moral responsibility to our veterans who have served in our military," she said.

Ayotte has now written to the Army about her outrage on the lack of funding.

But Yannekis said that even with the threat of less funding - to him - it won't change anything.

"They will be honored," he said. "The widows, and the family will be presented a flag. If it has to be me, at 94-years-old, they will be honored."


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