NEW MEXICO HONOR BURIAL PROGRAM

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One of the mandated missions of the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services (NMDVS) is to ensure that all honorably-discharged veterans receive a proper burial upon death.

The Final Salute
The NMDVS established its Military Honors Burial Program to ensure that, upon death, all honorably-discharged veterans will be buried with honor and dignity.    

The NMDVS is committed to supervising 28 all-volunteer Honor Guard Teams throughout the state to provide a Final Salute at a veteran’s funeral.  These teams provide trained uniformed men and women to perform the ceremonial funeral duties of covering and uncovering of a casket with an American Flag, the folding and presentation of the flag to a widow or family member, a 21-Rifle Salute, and the sounding of Taps.

NM Burials Bugler

This service is provided free to the family of any deceased honorably-discharged veteran.  The NMDVS ensures that all units undergo training, are provided with equipment, and are provided with a small stipend for each service performed. Please contact the nearest Honor Guard Team listed below to make arrangements.

For further questions, or if you are interested in forming an Honor Guard Team, please contact Josetta Rodriguez at (505) 827-6356 or josetta.rodriguez@state.nm.us.

NEW MEXICO HONOR GUARD TEAMS

ALBUQUERQUE
American Legion Post  #13
1201 Mountain Road NE
Albuquerque, NM  87102
(505) 243-1901

ALBUQUERQUE
American Legion Post  #49
11005 Central Ave. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87123
(505) 296-4224

ALBUQUERQUE
American Legion Post #69
9000 4th St. NW
Albuquerque, NM  87114
(505) 890-5343

ALBUQUERQUE
Marine Corps League
PO Box 81552
Albuquerque, NM  87198
(505) 256-4131

ALBUQUERQUE
47th NM Regiment
PO Box 21842
Albuquerque, NM  87154
(505) 298-9800

ALBUQUERQUE
Women Veterans of  NM
PO Box 36648
Albuquerque, NM  87176
(505) 610-0787

CAPITAN
American Legion Post #57
PO Box 88316
Capitan, NM  88316
(505) 354-2257

CARLSBAD
Carlsbad Veterans'  Honor Guard
PO Box 1115
Carlsbad, NM  88220
(575) 887-7478

CUBA
American Legion Post #23
PO Box 1287
Cuba, NM  87013
(575) 289-2044

ESPANOLA
American Legion Post  #17
PO Box 1273
Espanola, NM  87532
(505) 753-3207

ESTANCIA
American Legion Post  #22
676 Highway 55
Estancia, NM  87106
(505) 384-2892

FARMINGTON
VFW Post  #2182
5513 Highway 64
Farmington, NM  87401
(505) 327-2182

GRANTS
VFW Post  #3221
202 Davis St              
Grants, NM  87020
(505) 285-5157

HURLEY
VFW Post  #3347
24 Pattie Ave.
Hurley, NM  88043
(575) 388-5217

LAS CRUCES
El Perro Diablo Detachment  #478
PO Box 7322
Las Cruces, NM  88006
(575) 524-0369

LOS OJOS
AMVETS Post  #15
PO Box 258
Los Ojos, NM  87551

MORA
VFW Post 1131
PO Box 0555
Mora, NM  87732
(575) 387-2618

PORTALES
American Legion  Post  #31
PO Box 275
Portales, NM  88130
(575) 226-0302

RATON
VFW Post 1793
PO Box 716
Raton, NM  87740
(575) 445-3318

RIO RANCHO
New Mexico Honor Guard 7089 Albany Hills Ct.
Rio Rancho, NM  87144
(505) 867-5043

RIO RANCHO
Marine Corps League
PO Box 44304   
Rio Rancho, NM 87174
(505) 892-5618

ROSWELL
Roswell Veterans' Honor Guard
411 S. Washington Ave.
Roswell, NM  88203

SANTA CRUZ
DAV Luchetti Castner Chapter 13
PO Box 1759
Santa Cruz, NM  87567

SANTA FE
VFW Post #2951
307Montezuma St.
Santa Fe, NM  87504
(505) 983-9045

SHIPROCK
VFW Post  #9517
PO Box 2506
Shiprock, NM  87420
(505) 327-2182

SILVER CITY
American Legion Post 18
9 Crestway Drive
Silver City, NM  88061
(575) 538-2755

TAOS
VFW Post 3259
523 Upper Ranchitos Rd
Taos, NM  87571
(575) 758-1066

TOHATCHI
Tohatchi  Veterans'  Organization
PO Box 460
Tohatchi, NM 87325
(505) 863-4048
   

 

Forgotten Heroes Burial Program

 In the event no family members come forward to claim the body of a veteran upon death at a hospital or is sent to the Office of the Medical Investigator (OMI), the NMDVS established its Forgotten Heroes Burial Program to ensure that no veteran will be alone at the end.

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The Forgotten Heroes Program allows the NMDVS to become the family of record of any person identified as a veteran by the VA and whose body is subsequently cremated and stored at state-contracted funeral homes. The NMDVS will take possession of these cremated remains and will contact the Santa Fe national Cemetery and an Honor Guard Team to provide a full military funeral—with NMDVS serving as family members at the interment ceremony. The remains will then be interred at the cemetery’s Columbarium.

For more information, please contact Josetta Rodriguez at (505) 827-6356 or josetta.rodriguez@state.nm.us.