NEW MEXICO HONOR BURIAL PROGRAM
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 34 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.
This service is provided free to the family of any deceased honorably-discharged veteran. The NMDVS ensures that all units undergo training 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Service Organization Request for Reimbursement
NEW MEXICO HONOR GUARD TEAMS
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.
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.
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