Veterans blast Pentagon's proposed cuts to color guard
The Pentagon has just proposed cutting 25 percent of the country?s honor guards. For Long Island, that could mean no more live buglers, uniformed salute or folding of the flag at military funerals.
Local veterans and veterans? groups say cuts in honor guards at Calverton and Farmingdale would be a disaster for military families.
"I think that the government just owes us that, for the time that we've spent in the service,? Jay Abbondondelo, with the American Legion, says. ?These young men and women coming back now, it's really a slap in the face to us." Rep. Tim Bishop says he is working to correct the cuts but needs the help of veterans and constituents to speak up.