New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Retirees, Buglers, and VSOs


Retirees: Retirees of the NJ Army and Air National Guard are authorized to participate in the NJARNG Honor Guard. Retirees must meet the same requirements of appearance as our current team members. Retirees are paid $50 per funeral mission.

Live Buglers: The Honor Guard Program has live buglers sounding TAPS throughout the entire state of NJ. Some of our live buglers are Traditional Guardsmen, but most are civilians that are looking for a little extra money during the day. Why not honor one of our fallen veterans? Pay for civilian buglers is $50 per mission. Since we do not dictate the amount of funeral requests that are tasked to us, we cannot guarantee steady work. Consequently, we recommend this work to be used as supplemental income only! Most days are comprised of 1 to 2 missions (within a reasonable distance to each other). Only on rare occasions do we ask to complete 3 missions in one day.

Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs): VSOs are authorized and encouraged to participate in Military Funeral Honors. Generally, VSOs, such as the American Legion or VFW, participate due to the deceased being a member of that organization. We are willing to training VSOs in proper firing party techniques to improve their performance and interoperability with our Honor Guard.
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