NY National Guard performs 10,000 military funerals in 2012 - FOX 26 News | MyFoxHouston

NY National Guard performs 10,000 military funerals in 2012

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

The New York Army National Guard's Honor Guard reports that it will perform about 10,200 military funerals in 2012.

New York is home to a large number of Korean War and Vietnam War veterans.

According to the United States Census Bureau there are 950,000 veterans in New York. Almost half are age 65 or older, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Of these veterans, 306,000 served in the Vietnam War era and 170,000 have served in the Persian Gulf region since 1990.

There have been more than 10,000 military funerals a year in the state since 2007.

The number of World War II veterans whose families were taking advantage of  honor guard services peaked a couple of years ago. So the overall number of funerals for that era's veterans is declining.

Any veteran, with an honorable discharge, whether they served during peacetime or wartime, whether they retired or not, is entitled to military honors at their funeral.

The 50 New York Army National Guard Soldiers who work full-time with the Honor Guard, along with 40 who perform duty on a part-time basis, work from nine offices located across New York.

Federal law requires that at least two honor guard members be present to play taps, fold and present a flag to the next of kin for all former soldiers when requested by the family.

The honor guard is funded by federal tax dollars.

  • New York State NewsNew York State NewsMore>>

  • Mom charged in girl's death could get trust fund

    Mom charged in girl's death could get trust fund

    Sunday, August 31 2014 5:06 PM EDT2014-08-31 21:06:06 GMT
    A New York special education teacher accused of killing her severely disabled 8-year-old daughter by withholding food and medical care could inherit nearly $1 million from the girl's trust fund.
    A New York special education teacher accused of killing her severely disabled 8-year-old daughter by withholding food and medical care could inherit nearly $1 million from the girl's trust fund.
  • Obama in Westchester for Democratic fundraisers

    Obama in Westchester for Democratic fundraisers

    Friday, August 29 2014 7:28 AM EDT2014-08-29 11:28:47 GMT
    President Barack Obama is going on a fundraising sweep through New York and Rhode Island as he continues to help Democrats raise money for November's elections. Obama headlines three events on Friday. Two in Westchester County, and the third is in Newport, Rhode Island. The New York fundraisers will benefit the Democratic National Committee, which is still paying off debt from the 2012 campaign season.
    President Barack Obama is going on a fundraising sweep through New York and Rhode Island as he continues to help Democrats raise money for November's elections. Obama headlines three events on Friday. Two in Westchester County, and the third is in Newport, Rhode Island. The New York fundraisers will benefit the Democratic National Committee, which is still paying off debt from the 2012 campaign season.

  • RV offers legal help outside NY, NJ family courts

    RV offers legal help outside NY, NJ family courts

    Thursday, August 28 2014 11:09 AM EDT2014-08-28 15:09:22 GMT
    A new assistance program in New York and New Jersey seeks to help parents settle child support battles.
    A new assistance program in New York and New Jersey seeks to help parents settle child support battles.
Powered by WorldNow

KRIV FOX 26
4261 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77027

Phone: (713) 479-2801
Fax: (713) 479-2859

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices