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 NMDVS established its Military Honors Burial Program to ensure that, upon death, all honorably-discharged veterans be buried with honor and dignity.   
 
The NMDVS is committed to supervising 33 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.
 
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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 uniforms and 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 by E-mail at josetta.rodriguez@state.nm.us.

NEW MEXICO HONOR GUARD TEAMS

ACOMA
American Legion Post 116
PO Box 116
Acoma, NM  87034
(505) 362-2868

ALAMOGORDO
Marine Corp League Det 850
PO Box 4171
Alamogordo, NM  88311
(575) 434-4774

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

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) 753-6712

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

FRUITLAND
Upper Fruitland Chapter
PO Box 1257
Fruitland, NM  87416
(505) 960-5032

GRANTS
MT Taylor 'TSO DZIL' Honor Guard
PO Box 215
Bluewater, NM  87005
(505) 290-5483

GRANTS
VFW Post  #3221
202 Davis St              
Grants, NM  87020
(505) 287-5157

HOBBS
Lea Cnty Marine Corp League
PO Box 861
Hobbs, NM  88240
(575) 399-9307

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

LAS VEGAS
VVA Chapter 1063
PO Box 3211
Las Vegas, NM  87704
(505)

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
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
American Legion Post 1
1601 Berry Ave
Santa Fe, NM  87506 (505) 469-6270

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
SILVER CITY
Marine Corp League Det 1348
PO Box 2251
Silver City, NM  88062
(575) 574-0361
SOCORRO
DAV Chap 24 Joe Montoya PO Box 1584
Socorro, NM  87801
(575) 418-7513
TAOS
VFW Post 3259
523 Upper Ranchitos Rd
Taos, NM  87571
(575) 779-7850
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, the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services has established the Forgotten Heroes Burial Program to ensure that no veteran will be alone at the end—and that the deceased veteran will receive a military funeral and burial.
 
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The Forgotten Heroes Burial Program covers the deaths of homeless or indigent veterans.
 
The program was developed in 2009 as the result of a cooperated effort between the NMDVS,       Bernalillo County, the state Office of the Medical Investigator to properly honor and bury unclaimed deceased veterans in the county.
 
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The Forgotten Heroes Program designates the NMDVS as the family of record of any veteran upon death whose body goes unclaimed by family members and which has been cremated and stored at state-contracted funeral homes. If the cremated remains have been identified by the VA as that of a veteran, the NMDVS will take possession of these cremains and contacts the Santa Fe national   Cemetery and an Honor Guard Team to provide a full military funeral. The remains will then be    interred at the cemetery’s Columbarium. The public is invited to any Forgotten Heroes Funeral to function along with the NMDVS as the “family” to provide the farewell and “Final Salute” which these veterans have earned through their service to our country.
 
For more information, please contact Josetta Rodriguez at (505) 827-6356  or by E-mail at
josetta.rodriguez@state.nm.us.