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Former lawmaker aims to raise money for veterans’ funerals

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on May 27, 2011 at 4:43 pm with No Comments »
May 27, 2011 4:43 pm

The melancholy notes of “Taps” ring out at many military funerals, but former state Sen. Ken Jacobsen fears too many veterans are missing a final honor they’ve earned.

He submitted a bill last year to compel the state Department of Veterans Affairs to hire buglers that would be available to perform at every veterans’ funeral, but it didn’t pass the Legislature.

He’s taking a different approach with a Memorial Day fundraiser called “Taps for Taps” at Seattle’s Ravenna Alehouse.

“Only 12.2 percent of Washington’s deceased veterans receive a live performance of ‘Taps’ at their funeral,” Jacobsen said in a news release.  “’Taps for Taps’ is a great way for us to give back to our veterans by raising funds so that all veterans may have the distinction and honor of a live ‘Taps’ performance at their funeral.”

Marine Corps. Col. Bruce Meyers is scheduled to give a keynote address at the fundraiser.

It starts at 2 p.m., Monday at Ravenna, 2258 NE 65th St., Seattle.

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